The Best of the Brunch

March 24, 2016 | Tampa Magazine | Food

Brunch is defined as a meal that serves as both breakfast and lunch, but we know there is so much more to it than that. Brunch is the chance to catch up with friends and family after the end of a long week or a way to recharge yourself for the week ahead. It’s the perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite comfort foods or discover new ones, a time when it is perfectly acceptable to go back for seconds or even thirds. Brunch is also the perfect excuse to drink before noon.

You’ve got your whole day ahead of you, so take the time to do some people watching, really take in the view around you, enjoy your food, tell another story to your friends and go back for one more biscuit—enjoy the best of the brunch.

3203 W. Bay to Bay Blvd.
South Tampa – Palma Ceia
(813) 831-9339

Brunch served: Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can get breakfast every day at this colorful, quirky diner. Favorites include the eggs Benedict and the frittatas. Loyal customers love getting their java jolt at the self-serve coffee bar.

Keke’s Breakfast Café
13121 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
(813) 968-0005

Brunch served: Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Serves a wide variety of breakfast food every day: 11 different waffles, eight types of pancakes, 10 French toast options and 16 omelet combinations.

Grille 54
11935 Sheldon Rd.
Citrus Park
(813) 920-0054

Brunch served: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Omelet, carving, and bananas Foster cooking stations. Buffet includes crab legs, sushi and raw bar. On Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, margaritas and sangria. Live music completes the experience.

901 W. Platt St.
Hyde Park
(813) 254-7070

Brunch served: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Popular entrees include the BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict and the chef’s daily frittata. Add on bottomless mimosas and bottomless Bloody Marys to top it off.

Oxford Exchange
420 W. Kennedy Blvd.
University of Tampa Area
(813) 253-0222

Brunch served: Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Try the Kale Scramble or the Monkey Bread French Toast. Peruse the shops after lunch or enjoy the ambiance of the atrium while sipping a Bellini or matcha lemonade.

Cask Social Kitchen
208 S. Howard Ave.
(813) 251-0051

Brunch served: Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Serving American fare with a Southern twist, brunch at Cask is guaranteed to make your mouth water. Try the Shrimp ‘N Grits with aged white cheddar, roasted tomato chutney and chorizo oil or the Lobstah 83 — delicately poached lobster on a fresh croissant with Bibb lettuce, avocado and fresh citrus and herbs. Meat lovers will enjoy the Morning Moo — a prime burger served with citrus bacon jam and an over easy egg. For a more traditional breakfast, treat yourself to the Chicken ‘N Waffles, Breakfast Tacos or a Wild Mushroom Omelet. During brunch, Cask offers bottomless mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys.

Del Frisco’s Grille
4138 W. Boy Scout Blvd.
International Plaza Area
(813) 878-6890

Brunch served: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Indulge in Red Velvet Belgian Waffles, enjoy Crab Cake Benedict or Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles. Specialty drinks include build-your-own Bloody Mary and white sangria.

2616 S. MacDill Ave.
South Tampa
(813) 831-7000

Brunch served: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Try the Datz Good Hash or treat yourself to an order of monkey bread. Specialty cocktails include the Bacon and Eggs, made with Old Forester, lemon, simple syrup, egg white, orange bitters and (yes) bacon.

2900 Bayport Dr.
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
(813) 207-6815

Brunch served: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bountiful buffets with breathtaking views and superior service. Wide variety of food stations to choose from, including a raw bar and dessert bar. Buffet includes unlimited mimosas and sangria.

Catch Twenty Three
10103 Montague St.
(813) 920-0045

Brunch served: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Serves fresh seafood dishes including Lobster Sardo, Lobster Gruyere Grilled Cheese and a seafood omelet, plus bottomless champagne. Fun patio for people-watching while enjoying live music.

Rusty Pelican
2425 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Rocky Point
(813) 281-1943

Brunch served: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy gorgeous views of the bay while indulging in a buffet with raw bar and pastry and omelet stations. Also includes chef’s selection of made-to-order small plates and unlimited mimosas.

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café
5119 N. Nebraska Ave.
Seminole Heights
(813) 234-1000

Brunch served: Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ella’s forgoes traditional brunch in favor of Soul Food Sundays. Enjoy eclectic artwork and soulful entertainment plus shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles, and Kansas City-style barbecue. Specialty cocktails include one that tastes like pancakes and syrup.

Marchand’s at Vinoy
501 5th Ave. NE
St. Petersburg
(727) 824-8072

Brunch served: Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Floribbean-style buffet with poached shrimp and crab claws, pates, assortment of local cheeses and fresh fruit. Also includes made-to-order items like eggs Benedict and pancakes.

Lenny’s Restaurant
21220 US Hwy 19 N
(727) 799-0402

Brunch served: Saturdays & Sundays, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reminiscent of a New York diner, this has been a favorite breakfast place for 30 years. People come here for the country-style breakfasts, the fresh bagels and the Danish baskets.

Cassis American Brasserie
170 Beach Dr. NE
St. Petersburg
(727) 827-2927

Brunch served: Saturdays & Sundays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cassis actually serves brunch every day of the week. Favorites include the homemade pastries, croissants and rolls. Try the Lump Crab Benedict or the Andouille Sausage and Shrimp Ragout.

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