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, even thirds. Brunch is 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, go back for one more biscuit—enjoy the best of the brunch.

Pinky’s
3203 W. Bay to Bay Blvd.
South Tampa
(813) 831-9339
pinkysdiner.com

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.
Carrollwood
(813) 968-0005
kekes.com

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
eatatthegrille.com

Omelet, carving, and Bananas Foster cooking stations. Buffet includes crab legs, sushi, and raw bar. Saturday, enjoy bottomless mimosas and Sangria. Sunday features bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Live music.

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

Popular entrees include the BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict and the Chef’s Daily Deep Dish Quiche. Find inner peace with a Namaste—Muscat grape liqueur, Lilet Blanc and fresh carrot juice.

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

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.

Piquant
1633 W. Snow Ave.
Hyde Park
(813) 251-1777
piquanthydepark.com

French-inspired brunch includes Croque Madam, Quiche du jour, Crepes, and of course French Toast. Specialty cocktails include La Tour Eiffel – Ciroc, passion fruit, St. Germain, bubbly, and rosemary.

Del Frisco’s Grille
4138 W. Boy Scout Blvd.
International Mall Area
(813) 878-6890
delfriscosgrille.com/tampa

Indulge in a 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.

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

Try the Datz Good Hash or treat yourself to an enormous Cinnamon Bun. Specialty cocktails include the Rebel’s Brunch made with bourbon, maple, lemon, champagne, orange peel, and juice.

Oystercatchers
2900 Bayport Dr.
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
(813) 207-6815
hyatt.com/gallery/oystercatchers

Bountiful buffets with breathtaking views and superior service. Wide variety of food stations from raw bar to dessert to choose from. Includes unlimited Mimosas and Sangria.

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

Serves fresh seafood dishes including Poached Sea Bass, Lobster Gruyere Grilled Cheese, and a Seafood Omelet. Fun patio for people watching while enjoying live music.

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

Enjoy gorgeous views of the Bay while indulging in a buffet with raw bar, carving, 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
ellasfolkartcafe.com

Eclectic artwork and soulful entertainment plus Shrimp and Grits, Fried Chicken and Waffles, and Kansas City Style BBQ. Specialty cocktails include one that tastes like pancakes and syrup.

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

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
Clearwater
(727) 799-0402
lennysfood.com

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
cassisab.com

Serves brunch on Mondays in addition to the weekends. Favorites include the homemade pastries, croissants, and rolls. Try the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Benedict or the Andouille Sausage and Shrimp Ragout.

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