Dig In to Florida’s Best Brunches

December 20, 2012 | By | Comments (1)
Photos by Art Meripol

Photos by Art Meripol

The Sunshine State serves up plenty of seafood with a side of stunning views. Start your days off right with some of our favorite local flavor.

Lido Beach Resort

It’s all about the view here at this high-rise restaurant buffet ($33; $17, ages 12 and under) on the Gulf of Mexico. Grab a seat beside a window (we like tables 50, 51, and 52) and gaze for miles from your eighth-floor perch. Highlights include the snapper with citrus beurre blanc, marinated jerk pork tenderloin, and a lighter-than-air bread pudding. 700 Ben Franklin Drive; lidobeachresort.com or 941/388-2161

ritz carlton Dig In to Floridas Best BrunchesThe Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach
Palm Beach

Start with the bottomless mimosas made with freshly squeezed oranges ($18). If the drinks don’t soften the blow of the $38 price ($19, ages 6-11), remember you’re enjoying the glitz of the Ritz without shelling out for a whole night. Kids adore the mini pancake bar, where they can pick out toppings such as banana-maple compote and warm sugarcane syrup. 100 South Ocean Blvd.; templeorangepalmbeach.com

Island Way Grill
Clearwater Beach

Although this dockside restaurant’s $24 buffet ($9, ages 10 and under) features high-end novelties (made-to-order sushi, Gulf oysters, bottomless cappuccinos, and fresh-pressed waffle cones filled with bananas Foster), half the clientele arrive in bare feet. Owner Frank Chivas is known among local fishermen for directly buying the freshest catch possible. Try the Gulf oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, or the smoked amberjack fish spread with a dash of hot sauce. 20 Island Way; islandwaygrill.com

bloody mary bar Dig In to Floridas Best BrunchesBohemian Hotel Celebration

This upscale restaurant and Bloody Mary bar let you custom craft your own signature Mary with more than 20 possible ingredients. The Champagne brunch ($35; $16, ages 12 and under) offers Creole peel-and-eat shrimp and a meat-carving station in addition to cooked-to-order omelets and eggs Benedict. 700 Bloom Street; celebrationhotel.com or 407/566-6000

Jacksonville Beach

This flip-flop-casual Mexican restaurant offers a Baja-inspired take on brunch. We love the “Don Patrol” ($9), a breakfast quesadilla with chorizo, black beans, shredded Jack cheese, fried eggs, and hash browns. Feel free to bring the kids, kick back, and let the salsa flow! 1712 Beach Blvd.; tacolu.com or 904/249-8226


  1. Lisa D

    SL, did you assume that Tacolu has a view, or did you research this tidbit? Tacolu is view-less. It may be located in Jacksonville “Beach,” but it is not on the ocean (or even the Intercoastal). It recently moved down the street to a larger location (with a larger parking lot). However, when we were there most of the spots were blocked off for valet. If you didn’t valet, good luck finding a spot. Not sure why they need valet. I am not a huge fan of Tacolu, but my family is, so I keep going to try and find the allure. I tried one of the brunch menu items, since SL said it was one of Florida’s best. I would suggest you eat at Tacolu for their tacos. Their brunch menu is limited. I tried the eggs and chorizo with potatoes. Yet I had tater tots with about 2 teaspoons of egg. There was a decent amount of sausage. The tortillas were dry and the entire dish was borderline cold. I would never have ordered this if I knew I was getting tater tots. The young lady who came to our table said they recently changed from potatoes (real) to tots (potato scraps). The menu does not reflect the change. Yes, I will go back to Tacolu with my family, but I won’t be there to look at the nonexistent view or eat the brunch.

    January 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

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