The Tampa Brunch Guide


Local brunch addicts, please consider this list your new go-to. From Cap N’ Crunch crusted french toast to bottomless blueberry mimosas and funky waffles, here are the restaurants and dishes you need to have on your weekend bucket list.

 

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Beach at the Bay Harbor Hotel

Chef Joe Garcia refreshed the Beach Restaurant menu upon his anticipated arrival in the kitchen. Garcia’s goal is to bring a fresh take on your typical Sunday Brunch. To help satisfy the palates of all visitors, Garcia launched “Bottomless Brunch on the Bay.” The brunch features a bottomless mimosa package, fresh seafood station, carving station, build-your-own omelette, a pasta station, sushi and a chocolate fountain. The buffet is replete with southern-influenced dishes including shrimp and grits, and chicken and waffles. Enjoy lounge seating on the waterfront, or a spacious booth inside Beach. The full brunch buffet is $29.95 per adult and $12.95 per child. The special is available from 10am-2pm every Sunday. Beach Tampa is located next to Bay Harbor Hotel at 7700 West Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Learn more on Beach’s website.

 

Pinky’s Diner

Pinky’s, located at 3203 Bay to Bay Boulevard, is irresistible. The diner servees mammoth slabs of ham, thick cuts of bacon, legendary pancakes and damn fine coffee. It’s first come first serve so we suggest you get there early. Every weekend, from 8am-2pm, you can sink your teeth into six different kinds of egg sandwiches, a variety of sweet baked goods, as well as gluten free and vegetarian options. When you visit, we recommend you experience the Best Damn Benny, or, if it’s available, the Mexican bacon and eggs breakfast.

 

 

*Courtesy of Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe 

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café

Although Ella’s is open every night of the week, you can only celebrate their soulful brunch on Sunday. Starting at 11am, you can enjoy live entertainment, cocktails starting at $5, and the one-of-a-kind Funky Monkey waffle. Ella’s is located at 5119 N Nebraska Avenue.

Full Sunday menu (813-234-1000)

 

 

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*Courtesy of Datz

Datz

Datz is one of Tampa’s most popular and irreverent spots. Their social media ingenuity is only matched by the creativity with which they craft each of their dishes. Every Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8:30am, you can experience their most savory menu items, including Bloody Mary’s with their special, homemade house mix and chicken fried waffles. When you visit we suggest you splurge. Datz’s funnel cake fries, served with caramel dipping sauce, strawberry pound cake, and Datz good hash — Sy Ginsberg’s corned beef, two eggs, crispy hash browns and challah toast — are all calling your name.

Full menu (813-831-7000)

 

 

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*Courtesty of Daily Eats

Daily Eats

Located at 901 S Howard Avenue, Daily Eats offers a food and drink menu full of delicious concoctions and pairings, ranging from a Cap’N Crunch hand-churned milkshake to a Blueberry Mimosa. Brunch is available until 2:45pm Saturday and Sunday only. Staff favorites inlcude The Gigante, two eggs with applewood smoked bacon and whole wheat buttermilk pancakes, and The Kong, two egg omelet with scallions on top of an open face plain bagel with scallion cream cheese, diced tomato and red onion with a side of smoked salmon.

Full menu (813-868-3335)

 

*Courtesty of The Brunchery 

The Brunchery

Quaint, quick, friendly and tasty. The Brunchery is one of South Tampa’s best brunch stops, located at 3225 S MacDill Avenue. This classic style brunch runs from 8am-2pm. Our personal favorite item is the Bayshore Benedict — fresh croissant with scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese, topped with bacon, tomato slices and hollandaise.

Full menu (813-831-4694)

 

 

*Courtesy of Boca

Boca

Another Hyde Park favorite! Located at 901 W Platt Street is Boca, known for their organic and gluten free ingredients from local farmers, ranchers, and fisherman throughout the region. Saturday brunch starts at 10am and Sunday brunch begins at 11am. When we visit Boca we’re inclined to sink our teeth into the southern classic steak and grits — mushroom, leaks, two scrambled eggs and Boca gravy.

Full menu (813-254-7070)

 

 

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The Refinery

One of Tampa’s go-to brunch spots, The Refinery, is located in Seminole Heights at 5137 N Florida Avenue. They’re open daily for brunch from 11am-2pm, and 5pm-10pm. Some menu items change weekly but you can still find some classics that remain the same. We find ourselves frequently revisiting the Sammthing Wiched This Way Comes — toasted bread pudding, banana jam, peanut butter and cayenne whipped cream.

Full menu (813-237-2000)

 

 

Bizou

Bizou Brasserie’s eclairs are legendary. Their brunch is equally remarkable. Located inside the stunning boutique hotel Le Meridien (601 North Florida Avenue), Bizou fuses farm fresh ingredients with dishes that will satisfy your midday appetite and your sweet tooth. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11am-2pm. We highly recommend trying their “trio” spread: fresh baked croissants, seasonal scone, and baguette served with house-made preserves and whipped honey butter.

Full menu (813-227-9555)

 

 

The Oxford Exchange

The Oxford Exchange, located at 420 West Kennedy Boulevard, is a social hub for Tampa residents. It’s also arguably one of the most photogenic gathering places in Tampa. When you finish exploring their book store and event space you can make your way to OE’s restaurant. Their brunch is a revelation. Sip on an OE Bloody Mary (grey goose mix with a caprese skewer) while you indulge in their pressed french toast covered in Nutella and fresh strawberries. Brunch is served from 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Full menu

 

Did we miss your favorite brunch spot in Tampa? Let us know in a comment or send and email to info@thatssotampa.com

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of ThatsSoTampa.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. Phone: (727) 896-3435 / Email: andrew@rkc.me