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- Photo by Rob Bartlett
- Alfresco brunch at Maxine's on Shine
BUFFET BRUNCHSantiago's Bodega
Crab legs, leg of lamb, prime rib, cured meats and cheeses as far as the eye can see – there's a reason this restaurant tops "best brunch" lists year after year. It's a little pricey, of course, with the all-you-can-eat spread costing $40 per person (there is no à la carte option, either), but the value proposition is in the unlimited booze, with mimosas and sangria flowing freely all morning and deep into the weekend afternoons.
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You could swelter in line for an hour on a weekend for Briarpatch's blueberry pancakes, or the stuffed raspberry and brie brioche French toast, or the pork belly waffle with sunny-side-up eggs. Or, you could walk right in, sit down, and have coffee on the table in mere minutes on a weekday morning. The ultra-decadent menu is the same M through F, but the lack of crowds will have you feeling like you own the place.
SEE ALSO: Another Broken Egg, where every day is Sunday Funday with dishes like bacon jam-stuffed French Toast; the delightful dependability of First Watch
FANCY BRUNCHThe Boheme at Grand Bohemian Hotel
Granny's coming to town? Tell her to pack her pumps and prime her perm, because the Sunday jazz brunch is fit for the queen she is. The menu is packed with upscale breakfast favorites, like a classic seafood omelet richly stuffed with crab meat and jumbo shrimp. Dive into it dressed to the nines, while a trio plays in the posh Bösendorfer Lounge.
SEE ALSO: Hamilton's Kitchen at the Alfond Inn for its genteel Winter Park charm; Oscar's at the Waldorf-Astoria Bonnet Creek
SENSORY OVERLOAD BRUNCHCafe Tu Tu Tango
The International Drive mainstay is perfect for brunchers with a short attention span. There's plenty of art on the walls; the Gaudì-esque architecture twists and turns; a violinist or flautist or guitar player roams the aisles serenading diners. A psychic can read your palm or tarot cards on your way back from the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Have your portrait painted or drawn by one of the brunchtime artists. It's fun, loud, irreverent and still seems to be one place on I-Drive the tourists haven't figured out yet.
SEE ALSO: Hash House a Go-Go for the biggest, tallest brunches you'll ever attack
MOBILE BRUNCHSmoke & Donuts
BBQ brisket, pulled pork and slaw sandwiched between sliced, freshly fried, iced cake donuts? What's more brunchy than a breakfast staple serving as vehicle for succulent, smoky meats? This roaming sweet-salty food truck is often parked outside Redlight Redlight on weekday evenings. On weekends, you can find the food truck at the new À La Cart alfresco dining lawn on Saturdays starting at 11:30 a.m.
SEE ALSO: The Crepe Co. and the Tamale Co.
CHEAP BRUNCHLinda's Winter Park Diner
In a time when it's difficult not to rack up a $50 bill for a Saturday morning meal, Linda's stands as a bastion of budget-friendly fare. Here, you'll find a short stack of pancakes for $5, eggs benny for $8, and a cheese omelet for $5.50. The real steals are the breakfast combos, which all come with two eggs, as well as home fries, hashbrowns or grits, and toast or a biscuit for under $10.
SEE ALSO: Junior's Diner and the College Park Diner will also give you change from a tenner