Sunday morning, 11 a.m. You’ve got the brunchies and you want something beyond the usual eggs-and-hash-browns-muddy-looking-coffee vibe. Check out these excellent options for brunch in the Orlando area.
Se7en Bites, 207 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando. 407-203-0727. Open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day but Monday. Located in Orlando’s Milk District, Se7en Bites Bakery opened up in late 2013 and rapidly became a neighborhood must-try. You have your choice of savory (delicious sandwiches, breakfast entrees and creative goodies like the Super Southern) and sweet (scones, muffins, any kind of baked yummy you can imagine) for the best brunch experience. Fresh, hot coffee, sweet breakfast goodies, and delicious comfort-food options.
Dexter’s, 558 W. New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-648-2777. Dexter’s is on Hannibal Square in Winter Park, so the scenery’s great-cool little shops, pretty cobblestone streets-without as much hassle and bustle as the Park Avenue area. Their mimosas can’t be beat and Dexter’s serves great Bloody Marys, so start your brunch with a drink while you choose from the café menu. Dexter’s features traditional brunch dishes with that special Dexer’s twist, like Banana Bread and Build-Your-Own-Omelet options, as well as unique must-try choices like A Hot Mess-a fried chicken cutlet on a biscuit with eggs and hearty homemade gravy-and catfish with grits. Parking can be a challenge in Winter Park, but once you’ve found a spot you can take in brunch and then stroll the square for a nice morning in the Park.
Cask & Larder, 565 W. Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL. Open for brunch on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Foodies take note: Cask & Larder is brunch heaven. Located on Fairbanks Avenue, not in the parking-pain zone of downtown Winter Park, Cask & Larder has a private lot so parking’s not as much an issue as it is in other parts of town. Knowledgeable, accommodating wait staff make sure your meal is enjoyable. Try the Bakeshop Tasting Board and if you’re in the mood for down-home comfort food, the Chicken and Waffles won’t disappoint. Attire is casual, but Cask & Larder takes food and service seriously.
First Watch, 1414 N. Mills Avenue, Suite 180, Orlando. Open 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, seven days a week. First Watch is a local fixture with several restaurants around the area. Like its older sister restaurants in Maitland and Altamonte Springs, First Watch on Mills features fresh, healthy food without pretense or hoopla. This is the kind of place you walk in, plop down, eat a great meal, and leave in a good mood. Parking is a breeze with a spacious lot. First Watch can get crowded on Sunday-no surprise there-but it’s a great place to take in brunch any day of the week. The staff is helpful and friendly and the menu is huge with choices galore.
Start your lazy Sunday with brunch. Take time to enjoy the ambiance, people-watch, and savor something special at one of Orlando’s best brunch spots.