Rise And Shine Fare
Lazy weekends and late night boogie woogie demand meals wbere you can languidly lap up mimosas and merry rehashing of yesterday’s hijinks. When you can’t decide between breakfast and lunch, why not brunch? Brunch turns Sunday into a birthday party, tickling your fancy with a cornucopia of exotic dishes you can’t prepare yourself, lavish desserts, spicy Bloody Mary’s, festive champagne cocktails and no dirty dishes, hold the java.
The Brunchery Restaurant: Sit down to comfort food, decorative bric a brac in this jumping joint. Stars of the show from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. are the crepes (crab and cream cheese, Monte Cristo), strawberry cream cheese waffles, eggs Benedict (krab meat, spinach, bacon and asparagus), quiches and almond topped stuffed French toast.
Tampa; (813) 873-7745.
Café Alfresco: Break bread indoors or al fresco Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in this whimsical bistro featuring eggs benedict, fresh fruit medley, smoke salmon bagel, eggs alfresco, French bread deep fried and topped with leaf honey and powder sugar, Greek or seafood omelette, raspberry cheesecake and more.
Dunedin; (727) 736-4299
Café Alma: Get decadent, start early with a soul-stirring Saturday brunch served on the McNulty Station patio or indoors in one of downtown’s hippest hang outs. Share espresso and laptop musings (free WiFi) while nibbling stuffed French toast (bananas, blueberries, mango butter and honey vanilla syrup), warm breakfast polenta (chocolate, mascarpone, cinnamon and hazelnut), poached eggs served over a potato cake and grilled skirt steak, blue crab corn cakes and poached eggs drizzled with hollandaise, spinach and seafood crepe or salmon Benedict.
St. Petersburg; (727) 502-5002.
Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa: On a clear day, you can see forever from the top floor at this exquisite buffet set with linen, crystal chandeliers and chafing dishes fit for a queen. A classic/jazz trio enhances the royal meal of decadent desserts perched next to the baby Grand and omelette/waffle station (gummi bears for kids can top your whip cream) and glorious salads, eggs, crepes, pastas, seafood and carving stations that never empty.
St Petersburg; (727) 360-1881
Island Way Grill: Sophisticated tiki décor and impressive Pan-fusion menu (wok fried potatoes, sushi rolls) and regional American favorites (fruit blintzes, Cajun crawfish) highlight the Sunday brunch (eggs, waffles, French toast, ice cream sundae table) served 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Clearwater; (727) 461-6617.
|O’Bistro: Six egg Benedicts (spinach, blue lump crab, smoked lox), crème brulee or bananas Foster French toast made with rich challah bread, the “Oy” smoked salmon plate and Reuben or wild mushroom and brie omelette put the “oh my” into “I’m full.” Best of all is the boutique wine list, from the Bonny Doon Ca’ del Solo Freisa to the split of Chandon Brut. Served Sunday from noon until 2p.m.. |
St. Petersburg; (727) 381-1212.
The Renaissance Vinoy Resort: Set up in Marchand’s and on the terrace, this bustling Mediterranean market come to life abed is the doyenne of brunch, elegant displays and lavish style. Fresh seafood , a mixed grill, exotic cheese and fruits, omelettes and waffles cooked to order and a seasonal menu that changes weekly kicks off at 11 a.m. enhanced by unlimited bubbly. $38.95/person.
St. Petersburg; (727) 894-1000.
Oystercatchers: The atmosphere? A Mediterranean grotto, set with plants and decorative rocks and one of the best views in town. Highlights include the roasted sirloin, shrimp cocktail, made-to-order pasta, smoked fish, omelettes and waffles, exotic salads and cheeses, pate and cheeses and desserts (Bananas Foster, Cherries Jubilee). Adults $32.50, children 4-11 $15 served 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tampa; (813) 207-6815.
The Pub Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge: Drop in by boat or car, watch football and enjoy the weekend buffet served 8 a.m-noon Sat. and Sun. until 1 p.m. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, corned beef hash, pancakes, French toast and more for just $7.95/person.