Tasty Tuesday- Brunch Basics

Last Tuesday I dished on one of my favorite things…tacos! This week, it’s time to discuss another favorite of mine…BRUNCH! After being in Orlando for 14 months now, I feel confident that I’ve done enough research on the best brunch spots, and now it’s time to share them. One of my criteria for a great brunch spot is that they must have a bottomless mimosa option or really cheap, single mimosas. Because let’s be honest, if you’re a restaurant and the only option is a premixed $15 mimosa (Yes, I did experience this in real life), you will never make it in the brunch business. In addition to offering  a great mimosa, the place also needs to have a unique menu…more than just your typical brunch options.

 

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Rocking my official Brunch Shirt down by Lake Eola. Thank you Target! 🙂

I’d like to start with some “Honorable Mentions” before I get to my top 3 picks. All of these places are great, but to me, they just didn’t have that “wow” factor that I’m looking for during my brunch experience.

Shout out to the following places for ALMOST making the top 3:

Dexter’s in Thorton Park- Get there early, make reservations if you can. Outdoor seating is great for people watching. Order the double mimosa since you will be there for a while. 🙂

KASA in Downtown Orlando- This place gets a 10 out of 10 for location. It’s right in the heart of downtown Orlando, making it a perfect spot to start your Sunday Funday and frolic around town on a nice, sunny afternoon. Get the bottomless buffet which includes mimosas. Sometimes they have fun themed brunches where they change up the food and drink items.

Swine and Sons in Winter Park- I don’t even know if this place fits in the brunch category, but they open at 9am and I considered my visit there to be a brunch type meal. Everything they serve is GREAT and you can even buy stuff to take home with you…think mason jars of pimento cheese and other delicious things.

 

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My Brunch Bestie since 2005! <3

And now…drum roll please….for Wardlando’s Top 3 Brunch Picks! 

  1. Santiago’s Bodega

Let me just start my saying that this place serves prime rib, crab legs, bottomless mimosas and sangria on their bottomless buffet. It is a tad on the pricey side, but you will NOT regret the experience. In fact, my husband didn’t eat dinner the night before we went just to make extra room for it. HA! If you go, you will need reservations…like months in advance. You also have a time limit on how long you can be there so don’t waste a moment debating on whether you want a mimosa or sangria- just get both.

 

2. Txokos

This place is everything you could ask for in a perfect brunch spot- live music, great food, $2 mimosas, and it has the added bonus of being connected to East End Market (which deserves a separate blog post on how awesome it is). When my husband and I first discovered Txokos, we had only been living in Orlando a few months. According to my GPS, it was only 1.2 miles from where we lived, so we decided to walk it and burn off some of the calories that we were going to consume. While the walk wasn’t terrible, I stick to biking to/from now on. 🙂 I’m pretty sure you won’t get a better mimosa for $2 and everything on their menu is unique and delicious. You should probably go ahead and go there this weekend if you don’t have plans yet.

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This is my happy place. 🙂

3. Osprey Tavern

I honestly don’t want to know how much of my monthly income has gone to this place since they opened in March of 2015. I remember when we first moved into our apartment we saw this place under construction and got so excited that it was less than a 2 minute walk from our front door. And even  when it was nothing more than dust and boxes inside, it looked like it was going to be an awesome place when it finally opened. And it certainly is. When they initially opened we were disappointed that they weren’t serving brunch right away, but fast forward to fall 2015 and our wish was granted! Fast forward again to present day and they do Saturday AND Sunday brunch. (Insert praise hands emoji here). All you really need to know about their brunch is: bottomless mimosas, oysters, and a pastry cart that comes around with every delicious bakery item you could ever imagine. Do yourself a favor and order 1 of each so you don’t have FOMO if you pick the wrong one.

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The pastry cart at Osprey Tavern!

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The most beautiful (delicious) salmon and toast from Osprey Tavern.

While these are my 3 favorite brunch picks in Orlando so far…I’ve got my eye on some places that I still need to try because I have heard GREAT things! Next up on my list of need to try brunch spots are:

The Pharmacy

Boca in Winter Park

Maxine’s on Shine

 

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