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The Orlando dish on the best brunches in town



If there's something we millennials love more than ruining already defunct industries and drowning in student loan debt, it's treating ourselves to a nice brunch to forget we probably won't have Social Security when we're older.

The Stubborn Mule
Brunch runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. serving the perfect mix of hangover food. There's everything from funnel cake fried chicken (!) to brunch nachos (!). Bottomless mimosas are $15 if you're dining, and $25 if you decide not to eat. Their brunch even has its own hashtag (#stubbornbrunch).

First Watch
This one's not boozy but a solid, Florida-based chain. The breakfast, brunch and lunch menus are available daily from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you like pancakes this place has good – and really big – ones, and if you'd like to cleanse your liver from all the drinking you've been doing, they have "morning meditation juices" with flavors ranging from turmeric to agave nectar.

Keke's Breakfast Café
Cue the Drake reference. Here's another chain with good food but no booze. They technically don't call it brunch, but their "breakfast menu" runs from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and their waffles are the real deal. So yeah, it's brunch. The silver lining is it's daily so you don't have to wait for the weekend.

Another daily brunch menu: You could swelter in line for an hour on a weekend for Briarpatch's stuffed raspberry and brie brioche French toast, or the pork belly waffle with sunny-side-up eggs – they're one of the area's most popular brunch spots. Or, you could walk right in, sit down, and have coffee on the table in minutes on a weekday.

Linda's Winter Park Dine
Broke millennials aren't supposed to rack up a $50 bill for a Saturday morning meal. If you're feeling the pinch, Linda's is your budget-friendly bet. You can get a short stack of pancakes for $5, eggs benny for $8, or a cheese omelet for $5.50.


Bloody Marys and mimosas are the classics, of course.

If there were a mimosa Olympics, Eola Wine Co. would be going for gold. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it's also the only time of the week you can get their mimosa flight: For 10 bucks, you get a flight with raspberry, peach, banana and, of course, orange juice mimosas. On top of that, you get a full glass of whichever one you liked the most.

More of a Bloody Mary fan? The Hammered Lamb across from Lake Ivanhoe is arguably Orlando's most extensive Bloody Mary bar. Try not to be overwhelmed when you're faced with the choice between Tito's or a vodka infused with either herbs, peppers, pickles, citrus or bacon, plus the roughly 75 items you can put in your drink including shrimp, veggies, cheeses and local hot sauces. If you're after stronger stuff (and a festive communal vibe, because brunch is all about the crowd), the Ravenous Pig serves a special Brunch Punch – but order early; when it's gone for the day, that's it.


252 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, thebriarpatchrestaurant.com

Eola Wine Co.
430 E. Central Blvd., eolawinecompany.com

First Watch
Multiple locations, firstwatch.com

The Hammered Lamb
1235 N. Orange Ave., thehammeredlamb.com

Keke's Breakfast Café
Multiple locations, kekes.com

Linda's Winter Park Diner
1700 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, winterparkdiner.com

The Ravenous Pig
565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, theravenouspig.com

The Stubborn Mule
100 S. Eola Drive, thestubbornmuleorlando.com

This story is from the Aug. 8, 2019, print issue of Orlando Weekly's Newcomers Guide 2019. Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly Headlines newsletter.

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