Breakfast in Winter Park is practically a local tradition. It doesn’t get any better than starting your day lounging at a quaint little bistro table, leisurely sipping coffee before tackling the shops of Park Avenue, strolling its picturesque streets, or grazing its infamous Saturday Farmer’s Market. The options are many including high-end eateries and humble diners… and you’ll probably want to try them all.
New to the scene and my current favorite is Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, a diner-like locale on Fairbanks just west of Park Avenue. Serving lots of breakfast favorites plus their own selection of eleven different varieties of waffles (Banana, Nut & Caramel… mmmmm), keke’s serves diner food without the sticky seats and orange booths. In fact, you could almost describe the setting as chic – just what we’ve come to expect from Winter Park restaurants.
Since the tables at Briarpatch are almost always full, it doesn’t take a genius to surmise that locals love this spot nicely located on Park Avenue across from Central Park. The breakfast menu is packed with delicious fare including creative omelets and outstanding eggs Benedict. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, count on at least a 20-30 minute wait for a table during high time (10am – noon).
Walk west on New England Avenue to Hannibal Square where you’ll find Dexter’s, a hip spot with a handful of curbside tables. Dexter’s Sunday Brunch Cafe Menu is served from 10am ’til 3pm and includes tasty treats like Cinnamon Brioche French Toast. $3 mimosas with orange, pineapple, cranberry, mango, peach or raspberry juices are the perfect accompaniment. Across the street, Hannibal’s is also serving a delish Sunday Brunch from 11am – 2pm. This french-inspired menu features decadent crepes and croissants crammed with ham and cheese.
A few of Park Ave’s beloved lunch and dinner spots also serve a Sunday brunch that’s worth checking out. Try 310 Park South and Park Plaza Gardens. Both Spice Modern Steakhouse (10am – 3pm) and the Bistro on Park Avenue (starting at 8am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday) serve breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. I love The Bistro’s tucked away setting and its Ultimate Seafood Omelet loaded salmon and crab.
And for a quick little bite you can take with you as you stroll, grab a pastry at Croissant Gourmet or devour one of the famous bagels found at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. Trust me, you won’t go hungry in Winter Park! The coffee is always brewing, the pancakes are always flipping, and the bacon is always sizzling!
Looking for even more more of Orlando’s favorite breakfast spots? Check out this list and enjoy!