Eat + Drink

When in Orlando, Brunch Like You Mean It

Briarpatch Restaurant (Photo: Rafael Tongol)

Breakfast on weekdays is usually sad — oatmeal, toast, a smoothie — but a boozy weekend brunch with all the fixings makes up for the Monday-through-Friday drudgery. These Orlando restaurants serve a mid-morning meal so decadent, it’ll send you right back to your hotel room for a nap.

Hash House A Go Go

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Right at the International Drive bend near Artgeon Marketplace and Orlando Premium Outlets, Hash House A Go Go, a farm-to-fork Vegas transplant that opened in Orlando just a couple years ago, slings giant (we’re talking mammoth) portions of chicken & waffles, an insane 18-ounce pork tenderloin Benedict, and a bloody mary with all the garnishes you could imagine. The wait can get quite long, so either hit up this spot really early (read: when they open the doors) or really late if you want to avoid an hour-long wait.

Briarpatch Restaurant

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Another one with a line out the door, the ultra-popular Park Avenue brunch spot in Winter Park will make cake and ice cream look like legit before-noon food. The enormous homemade chocolate, carrot and red velvet cakes pair well with bourbon-cornflake ice cream. If you’re looking for actual brekkie, favorites like raspberry and brie-stuffed French toast and truffled fried eggs are piled high at the pick-up counter. For a little variety, opt for weekly specials like pork belly hash and crab cake Benedict.

Artisan’s Table

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Artisan’s Table (Photo: Rafael Tongol)

This downtown temple of local, upscale cuisine serves a mean brunch, including some stand-alone uniques like breakfast ramen with shaved prime rib, blackened flank steak and eggs, and ham-and-cheese pancakes topped with a fried egg and real maple syrup (of course!). The menu changes often, depending on what’s available from local artisans and farmers, but each item is fresh to order and speaks to Orlando’s cultural melting pot. Happy hour is every day, all day, with $5 bloody mary’s, an Aperol-spiked grapefruit spritz and other mid-morning craft cocktails.