Breakfast? Brunch? Here are Some of the Best Spots Around
Whether you’re looking for down-home cooking, Sunday brunch with a view, or something a bit more Spanish, Florida’s Historic Coast has lots of choices to satisfy your appetite.
The Blue Hen
This cute and cozy restaurant in Lincolnville is a local favorite for breakfast. Maybe it’s the fluffy Southern biscuits served with peach butter and honey. Or the generous portions. Or maybe it’s just the good old Southern hospitality of its staff. Either way, come hungry and try the pumpkin pancakes. You’ll be back.
O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits
Those who like their Sunday brunch served with a side of history love coming to what was once the Worth Mansion, whose story dates back to the 1790’s. Originally a hotel, the restaurant is both charming and perfectly located by the bayfront, where diners can enjoy their mimosas, hibiscus and poinsettias al fresco. Along with omelets and pancakes, the Shrimp n’ Grits are as authentic as it gets on Florida’s Historic Coast.
Maple Street Biscuit Company
If you like biscuits, and we mean the genuine, fluffy Southern kind of biscuits, this is definitely the place for you. Baked fresh every day and served in a variety of innovative ways, including with their house-made jams and jellies. Try the biscuits with sausage gravy with a maple mocha. Inside or outside, this quirky café is a great find on Cordova Street.
La Herencia Café
Chances are, you’ll be walking on Aviles Street, the nation’s oldest street, at some point during your visit. Be sure to stop in for a café con leche and breakfast any time of day at this little Cuban gem. Enjoy some authentic dishes such as eggs with chorizo or a media noche sandwich. As you sip your café at a table along the ancient brick street, you’ll feel transported to another place and time.
A little bit of speakeasy, moonshine and swing make this a favorite stop along St. George Street. Make your way to the Roosevelt Room for the yummiest breakfast and brunch dishes around, all using the finest ingredients from local farms. Like eggs? They’ve got lots of ways to enjoy them, or you can create your own “this or that” breakfast with cheddar grits or potato confit or bacon or sausage or house-made jams and jellies or…you get the idea.
Mary’s Harbor View Café
This little place will feel familiar to those who’ve never visited. The staff is warm and friendly and the food is simply great, with generous portions to boot. Try the Big Bubba breakfast if you’re very hungry or planning to walk around the Castillo de San Marcos and the Historic District. You’ll need the fuel, and there’s no better way to prepare for the day than with this hearty dish.
If you’re headed to the shops along San Marco Avenue, you can’t miss this Colonial Victorian House. Sunday Brunch is a must for locals and visitors alike, served inside the beautiful 1897 home or outside in the courtyard. Crepes and Croques Madames are just a few of the many delicious selections to enjoy with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary.
At the Beach
Little Margie’s FA Café
This cozy Sunday breakfast café is almost religion for some locals. With outdoor seating across from the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park, you can take a stroll on the beach afterwards or work up an appetite before breakfast. Either way, enjoy your mimosa with the fresh ocean breeze from the popular outdoor deck.
The World Famous Oasis
Beachy and casual is the vibe at this spot known for its daily breakfast specials. From French toast to blueberry pancakes, you won’t find a better spot for a bite to eat along A1A. Upstairs dining area offers guests ample room and open windows, not to mention plenty of TVs to catch up on the day’s sports while dining.
Up the Coast
The Reef Restaurant
How do you top brunch with a waterfront view? How about with a Prime Rib Benedict or a Creole Omelet? Go ahead and celebrate with your champagne or sangria. Whether you dine inside or out on the deck overlooking the ocean, you’ve found the perfect place to enjoy your Sunday afternoon with a brunch as breathtaking as the view.
On U.S. 1
Crispy fried chicken and waffles with strawberry butter? Yes, please. But this diner has so much more to offer on its extensive menu. Come hungry and enjoy a great cup of joe with a steak and scramble bowl or a biscuit with sausage gravy any time of day. Generous portions, a comfortable atmosphere, and friendly service make this one hard to pass up as you run your errands on U.S. 1.
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