Nothing says vacation quite like a leisurely breakfast that rolls right into lunch. A little day drinking doesn’t hurt, either. Here are some great brunch spots to hit up during your visit to The City Beautiful.
International Drive and Universal Studios
Hash House a Go Go. Serving classics with unique twists, this spot located on International Drive is a great place to get your brunch fix seven days a week. Sage Fried Chicken with Bacon Waffles will keep you going for hours. Pair them with the HH Front Porch, a sweet tea cocktail, to keep the mellow vibe alive.
Islands Dining Room. Fuel up before heading into the parks of Universal Resort on exotic dishes inspired by the islands at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. We love the Paleo Smoked Brisket Hash with a side of Avocado for a healthy start to the day, or indulge in the the Tahitian French Toast a L’Orange.
Disney Area and Disney Springs
Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen. Florida has a rich agricultural heritage, and native son, Chef Art Smith, is pleased as punch to share it with visitors in his Disney Springs eatery. “Southerners live for brunch," says Chef Art. "It's a meal that can't be rushed." Indulge in House-made Doughnuts, topped with Bacon and Pecans, before diving into Hush Puppy Benedict or the Hallelujah Biscuit.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. The Irish take breakfast seriously. It's not a problem if you find yourself craving a Full Irish in the middle of Orlando's magic. Just head to Raglan Road in Disney Springs, where you can tuck into that full-size classic. Or choose from a sumptuous and cheeky menu of favorites. We can never resist their Three Times a Boxty—Irish potato pancakes topped with ham and Dubliner cheddar. Of course, you shouldn't pass on the libations, which include the Grapefruit & T, one of the best gin and tonics you will ever taste. Paired with live music and traditional Irish dancing, Raglan Road offers some of the best value in Orlando's tourism corridor.
Wine Bar George. If the thought of visiting wine country for brunch appeals to you, make your way to Wine Bar George in Disney Springs. Choose from a carefully curated menu of favorites with delightful twists, like a Bene built with house made Chicken Sausage atop Polenta Cakes.
Plancha. For brunch with a country club feel, treat yourself to Sunday at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club. Begin by visiting the Bloody Mary or Mimosa Bar to craft your cocktail, before indulging in a decadent plate of Raspberry and White Chocolate Pancakes.
Garden Grove. Character breakfasts are a common Orlando bucket list item, but can be pricey and hard to book. This alternative, available at the Swan and Dolphin Resort on weekends, is your solution for last-minute booking, complete with those delicious Mickey Waffles.
Other Great Brunches In and Around Orlando
DoveCote. Relish in this unexpectedly beautiful spot that pays tribute to the modern French brasserie, both in terms of decor and food. Don’t let its location in the Bank of America building fool you; this meal will transport you. Ham and Cheese Beignets and the Herb Omelet are standouts.
Hawkers Asian Street Fare. This micro-chain, with its roots in Florida, offers up a wide array of Asian street fare, with everything ranging from Roti Canai (which you MUST have), to Dumplings, to Laksa by the steaming bowlful. They've recently begun offering brunch at their spacious Windermere location, with unique dishes such as Stacks on Stacks, fluffy Japanese souffle-style pancakes, topped with Nutella, banana, and house made peanut sesame sauce. Lovers of Team Savory might prefer Friends With Benedicts, a riff on the classic featuring Crispy Pork Belly and Coconut Curry Hollandaise.
Slate. One of the darlings of trendy Restaurant Row in the Dr. Phillips/Sand Lake Road area, Slate serves up sophisticated takes on Modern American Cuisine. Toast to the weekend with an Apperitivo Fizz, featuring Cappeletti, St. Germain and Grapefruit Bitters, before tucking into out of the ordinary dishes like Fried Artichokes, Duck Confit Hash and Eggs or a Salmon Cake Bene.
1921 Mount Dora. In a roadtripping state of mind? This hip restaurant that’s a darling of the Orlando food scene recently welcomed Chef Josh Oakley and his commitment to seasonally-evolving and handcrafted dishes. Put yourself in the chef’s capable hands; we’ve never had a bad meal here.