Brunch might just be the ideal meal. It allows you to eat either breakfast or lunch or a unique combination of both. If you have several diners in your party, it can be the right meal to satisfy all tastes and preferences. Brunch is perfect for weekends when you want to sleep late or you just don't want to rush out to enjoy your meal. In Tampa, Florida, you'll find all sorts of tasty spots to grab brunch, and there are a few exceptionally great places in and around Midtown. Here's a list of some of our favorites.
The Metro Diner is a local chain with scrumptious food that'll satisfy you no matter when you go. You can get classics such as fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and a variety of mouthwatering omelets. If you're craving something with a healthy component, try the fruity waffle, which comes piled high with fresh strawberries and bananas, the oatmeal breakfast, or the avocado toast. If you want a sandwich, we recommend the Metro Cristo, but the breakfast burger is another popular choice for those looking for brunch that's closer to lunch.
The scramble bowls are filling, and you can choose from the Southwest, avocado bacon, steak, or carnitas. The fresh seasonal fruit, Honest To Goodness Grits, and biscuits all make delicious additions to any meal.
- Location: 4011 W. Kennedy Blvd.
- Hours: Daily from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Brunchery Restaurant & Catering
You can't go wrong getting brunch at The Brunchery Restaurant & Catering. It's been around since the 1980s, so you know it has to be good. Try one of their delightful omelets, such as the Tex Mex, which comes with spicy Mexican chorizo, peppers, onions, guacamole, and pepper jack cheese topped with sour cream and salsa. You also might want to order the signature French toast or stuffed French toast if you'd like a sweet twist on a brunch staple.
If you want something closer to lunch, get The Brunchery Burger with Swiss cheese and bacon. They also have a wonderful breakfast sandwich that includes a fried egg, sausage, and American cheese served with house-cut home fries or grits. Have a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice or a cup of Joffery's Gourmet Coffee with your meal.
- Location: 3225 S. MacDill Ave.
- Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
True Food Kitchen
If you want to get brunch at True Food Kitchen — and trust us, you do — you'll have to go on the weekend between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., but their midweek menu is great too. The brunch menu has a seasonal focus, so it rotates throughout the year depending on what's fresh. Some of the delectable menu items available now include the smoked gouda crustless quiche, strawberry quinoa pancakes, and two-egg breakfast. A must-try dish, if you want something really delicious, is the lemon ricotta muffin, which melts in your mouth and is loaded with flavor.
The acai smoothie is light and refreshing and can be a meal on its own or added to your main course. They also have brunch cocktails you can pair with your meal for a special treat.
- Location: 3645 Midtown Drive.
- Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
At Daily Eats, you'll find a classic diner vibe and a unique menu with options to please every palate. For brunch, make sure you arrive before 3 p.m. Otherwise, you'll be ordering from the brinner menu. Breakfast bowls are fun to eat and full of a variety of ingredients you love. For example, the Lox Bowl comes with eggs scrambled with scallions, diced red onions, and tomatoes served over your choice of home fries or tots and then topped with smoked salmon. It comes with a side of scallion cream cheese.
The menu at Daily Eats also lets you build your own omelet, egg sandwich, or egg plate so you can customize your meal. Or, get the Memphis Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich with its savory buttermilk-battered fried chicken. If you want something off the griddle, consider the Cap'n Crunch French Toast that brings two breakfast favorites together in a memorable way.
- Location: 901 S. Howard Ave.
- Hours: Brunch served Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Willa's is another brunch spot you have to enjoy on the weekend, but it's worth the wait. Although the menu and atmosphere at Willa's are both simple, you'll feel welcome and at ease from the moment you walk in the door. The focus here is on the food, and you'll know it from the first bite. The salmon bagel sandwich is a very popular option perhaps because of the perfect amount of scallion cream cheese on the bagel or the crispy alfalfa sprouts that pop in your mouth.
One of their signature items, Nate's Plate, is also worth trying. It comes with two potato latkes, soft scrambled eggs, half an avocado, garlic aioli, herbs, and onions with house-cured salmon gravlax. They have coffee from King State and tea from Rishi Organic to complement your meal.
- Location: 1700 W. Fig St.
- Hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
These are some of our favorite brunch spots in and around Midtown Tampa, Florida. Have you been to any of these places? If so, we'd love to hear about your experience. Why not drop us a line to let us know where your favorite brunch spot is? We love getting out in the community to try new things and support local businesses.