If you’re looking for a great brunch place outside of the theme parks and tourist traps, take a short drive to downtown Orlando for some local favorites. Downtown Orlando is home to several locally-owned restaurants and cafes that serve a delicious brunch on weekends and select days of the week. From the fancy Jazz Brunch at The Boheme to the healthy fare at Ethos Vegan Kitchen, here’s where you’ll find the best brunch venues outside of Mickey’s domain:
Breakfast Club of Orlando
From enchilada omelettes to Cajun skillets, Floridian French toast to banana crunch pancakes, this cozy neighborhood eatery has something for every brunch enthusiast. It has one of the largest brunch menus in Orlando, and also offers take out if you want to head out to the lake or enjoy your meal at home. The Breakfast Club of Orlando is located at 63 E. Pine Street and serves its generous menu all day from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; call (407) 843-1559 for more information.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen for Brunch in Orlando
This place has become a popular venue for vegetarians and vegan residents; it’s the place to fill up on comforting soul food and explore a variety of meat-free treats. You’ll find lunch time favorites such as a black bean burger, grilled marinated portabella mushroom sandwich and hummus wrap, but the Sunday Brunch is your chance to enjoy cinnamon French toast, raspberry pancakes or a tofu scramble. Ethos also serves $3.50 mimosas made with fresh Florida orange juice each weekend; call (407) 228-3898 for the Sunday lineup or visit the Ethos website for more information.
This neighborhood eatery serves breakfast until 3 p.m. each day, and offers cooked-to-order platters for that homecooked meal you crave. Head here for sausage and eggs, homemade waffles, omelets and other breakfast specialties. It’s a laid back and casual restaurant ready to accommodate even the largest appetite; you’ll find it at 1815 Edgewater Drive in College Park; call (407) 425-8136 for the day’s specials.
Brunch at The Boheme in Downtown Orlando
Enjoy a relaxing jazz brunch at The Grand Bohemian Hotel’s Boheme restaurant in downtown Orlando every Sunday. The brunch menu includes Belgian waffles, a chef’s carvery table and a beautiful dessert presentation for your fine dining experience. You’ll need to dress up for the occasion, but the extra effort is well worth it; brunch reservations include complimentary valet parking and champagne. Call (407) 313-9000 for more information, or visit the hotel’s website for the latest entertainment and menu lineup.