In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles, or mind-blowing Bloody Marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times.
Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options (over 20), along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas.
Note: All times listed are brunch-only.
Price estimates are based on general entrees, and don’t include drinks, tax, or tip.
$ ~ $10 or less per person
$$ ~ $10-20 per person
$$$ ~ $20+ per person
Frescos Southern Kitchen & Bar, 132 S. Kentucky Ave. | Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Southern comfort food | $$ | Our perfect brunch lineup includes fried green tomatoes, apple bourbon monkey bread, and spicy chicken and waffles.
Garden Bistro, 702 E. Orange St. | Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Bistro | $$ | Enjoy your brunch with a scenic view of Lake Mirror.
Nineteen61, 215 E. Main St. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Latin American cuisine | $$ | Try the Pollo Benedict aji verde + a side of sweet plantains.
Red Door Lakeland, 733 E. Palmetto St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Craft fine dining | $$ | The crispy french toast, topped with cinnamon sugar crumble, smoked maple, and powdered sugar pairs perfectly with a batch of bottomless sangria.
For a special occasion
Cob & Pen, 1221 Florida Ave. S. | Saturday + Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bistro | $$ | Peruse the menu for everything from french toast to smoked fish dip — try the “My"-Mosa bar to build your own mimosa using orange, pineapple, or pom-cran juice.
Terrace Grille, 329 E. Main St. | Sat.-Sun.,10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Fine dining | $$ | We recommend the Terrace Frittata: Eggs filled with asparagus, red peppers, mushrooms, and cheese.
The Back Nine, 7331 US Hwy. 98 N. | Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | Whether you’re ordering up a breakfast quesadilla or shrimp + grits, feast with the whole family while competing in simulated sports like golf.
Born & Bread Bakehouse, 1113 Florida Ave. S. | Wednesday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bakery | $ | This carb-lover’s happy place is known for sandwiches, cakes, croissants, and creative creations like the cruffin. Plus, it’s vegan-friendly: Try the Banana Nate Muffins and B+B granola.
Divicious Deli & Coffee Shop, 128 E. Main St. | Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday) | Delicatessen | $ | This spot offers pastries + breakfast sandwiches all day long — try the Western Omelet with ham, tomatoes, peppers, and onions.
Quick and easy
Britt’s Cafe, 3662 Harden Blvd. and 6617 N. Socrum Loop | Days and times vary by location | Cafe | $$ | Choose from savory Benedicts, breakfast sandwiches, bowls, and more.
Egg Station, 1625 Shepherd Rd. | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (stays open until 7 p.m. on Friday) | Diner | $ | We recommend the Southern French Toast (made with biscuits) + a side of home fries if you’re feeling extra hungry.
Fat Jack’s Deli & Pub, 2940 Florida Ave. S. | Sat. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. + Sun. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Delicatessen | $ | This is a cozy hole-in-the-wall scene where you want to be a regular.
Waffle House, 2312 Florida Ave. S. + 3244 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. + 4210 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | Open 24 hours | Diner | $ | You can’t go wrong with this classic eatery serving the goods all day every day.
For the fam
Biscuits and Benedicts, 1212 Florida Ave. S. | Tues.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Fri.-Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | Southern comfort food | $$ | Grab a seat on the patio and peruse the full menu — did we mention there’s a special vegetarian menu, too?
The Brunch Box, 735 E. Memorial Blvd. | Daily, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. (Opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday) | Diner | $ | Whether you’re looking for a light bite or a hearty burger, The Brunch Box can deliver what you’re craving.
Charlie’s Family Restaurant, 2614 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Ste. 8 | Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Diner | $ | This family-style diner has been serving up Southern comfort foods for over 25 years.
Cozy Oaks, 1201 E. Orange St. | Daily, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Diner | $ | We recommend The Hulk — two pancakes, two slices of french toast, two eggs, home fries, grits, bacon + toast.
Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, 3615 Florida Ave. S. | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Cafe | $$ | Looking for something sweet? Try the Banana Split Waffles with banana, pineapple, strawberries, chocolate fudge syrup + pecans.
Sorrel Bistro, 1560 Town Center Dr. | Tues.-Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | Caribbean fusion | $$ | Order up classic brunch items — like breakfast burritos, waffles, and sandwiches — with a Caribbean flair.
The Egg Factory, 1533 S. Combee Rd. | Daily, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., (opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday) | Diner | $ | In addition to breakfast bowls and other brunch options, this spots offers weekly dinner deals.
Highland City Diner, 5221 US-98 | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Diner | $ | Try the Traffic Jam — four scrambled eggs, sautéed green peppers, onion, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, and melted cheese on top of hash browns or home fries.