Marlene’s Original serves the best breakfast sandwich in Tampa

Marlene’s Original is a quirky concept totally dedicated to the art of the breakfast sandwich, and you can visit it at 7206 N Dale Mabry Highway. Restaurant owner Ryan O’Shea is the mad genius behind excelsior sammies. The sandwiches, and the restaurant itself are an absolute feast for the eyes. Yes, Marlene’s breakfast sandwiches are exactly as good as they look.

The name is inspired by O’Shea’s mother, who herself was something of a breakfast sandwich pioneer. These stacked, savory towers are made with love, and an expert flavor palette. While they specialize in breakfast sandwiches, the team has teased that brisket is on the way.


From left to right: Fully Loaded Breakfast Sandwich, The Special Sandwich | Photos via Marlene’s Original Breakfast Sandwich

Marlene’s Original Breakfast Sandwich served on a French croissant

Marlene’s opened just a few years ago, but it already feels like a sunrise staple in the Tampa community. One look at its menu, and you can see exactly why.

The number 1 sandwich, Marlene’s Original, is our favorit. This delicacy features a French croissant, a fresh cracked fried egg, grilled breakfast ham, Swiss cheese, basil and baby spinach, and Marlene’s own zesty sauce. It’s a fiery upgrade to the quintessential breakfast sandwich, and the fluffy French croissant truly makes this one a bonafide standout.


It seems The Cuban spacial was made for the city of Tampa. This pressed sandwich is served on a Cuban baguette, with a double fried egg, smoked kielbasa, gouda cheese, chives and cilantro, and spicy mayo.

From left to right: The Special on a Cuban Roll, Sunrise Beef | Photos via Marlene’s Original Breakfast Sandwich

Serving sensational tater tots on the side

We know the sandwiches are massive, but we highly recommend you also order up a side of Marlene’s deluxe tater tots. You can eat your order there, or order in advance and take it to go. Visit Marlene’s Original Breakfast Sandwich’s website for more details.


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