What better way to begin a lazy Saturday or Sunday than to let someone else do the cooking for you? So drag yourself out of bed and head to one of these breakfast destinations.
BANYAN COFFEE & TEA COMPANY 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., 727-896-6100. Bereaved fans of Banyan's bountiful breakfasts, rejoice! St. Pete's much-loved little café is re-opening in just a few weeks. Save a bacon and goat-cheese flatbread with honey for us!
BEVERLY’S LA CROISETTE 7401 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-360-2253, beverlyslacroisette.com. The lines for brunch may be long, but the big, beautiful pancakes are worth the wait. So’s the French Toast Marie with croissant and Texas toast.
BRUNCHERY 3225 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-4694, brunchery.com. With a name like Brunchery, there’s no question about the house specialty. Follow up a crazy night with a Morning After Omelette, or try the Waffle Deluxe, which is topped with ice cream.
DAILY EATS 901 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-868-3335, dailyeatstampa.com. One of SoHo’s top breakfast destinations, with an impressive selection of breakfast bowls and benedicts.
DATZ 2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-7000, datzdeli.com. A gastro pub with a big-city vibe, also known for breakfast. Hangover is your best bet if you were a party animal the night before. Red Velvet Tower or Carrot ‘Cakes will make your breakfast outing really sweet.
DOE DOES BREAKFAST AND LUNCH 9395 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, 727-398-2407. Doe knows breakfast so well, there’s sometimes a line outside the door, but the service is still fast and friendly. Biscuits and gravy and blueberry pancakes are favorite items.
FIRST WATCH 520 Tampa St., Tampa, 813-307-9006; 3712 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-350-3447; 2726 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-975-1718; 13186 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-961-4947; 1648 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, 813-929-3947; 2569 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater, 727-712-8769; 35146 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, 727-789-3447, firstwatch.com. First, watch your server bring you an entire pot of coffee and newspaper, and perhaps one of First Watch’s unique breakfast selections, such as the Chickichangra. Health-conscious patrons will dig the Healthier Side menu.
FROG POND 16909 Gulf Blvd., N. Redington Beach, 727-392-4117, mizfrogspad.com. Leap over to Frog Pond when you’re in the mood for an enormous breakfast. Gaze at the frog décor while feasting on pancakes, biscuits and gravy, Eggs Benedict or quiche. Then head to the beach!
HARVEY’S 4TH STREET GRILL 3121 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-821-6516, harveys4thstreetgrill.com. Harvey’s Sunday brunch and Saturday breakfast are St. Pete staples. Try tenderloin filet Benedict or geographically correct 4th Street Scramble.
KELLY’S, FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING 319 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-5824, kellyschicaboom.com. Kelly’s is in fact the place to go for just about anything, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in the heart of Dunedin. Specials are available for mini, moderate and monster-sized appetites. Try the ham or turkey breakfast club if you’re in the mood for a sandwich.
LA CREPERIA CAFÉ 1729 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813-248-9700. Sweet or savory crepes for breakfast? Oui, oui. Butterball and Nutella selections will satisfy your sweet tooth. Savory selections include Dancing Salsa and La Paris. Be sure to pair your crepes with the Greek coffee.
LENNY’S 21220 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, 727-799-0402. If you’re a fan of breakfast and the Phillies, you won’t strike out at Lenny’s. This destination is a Clearwater institution and salutes Philadelphia sports teams. It often gets crowded on weekends, so the basket of Danishes that accompanies some of the meals will be a welcome treat. Be sure to check out the breakfast bar.
MAGGIE MAE’S 1261 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, 727-595-1096; 2961 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs, 727-724-4243, maggie-maes.com. Farmer’s Hearty All-Day Breakfast, Email Breakfast and three-egg omelet bar are some of the menu selections. Menu items vary, depending on which location you visit, so check the website beforehand.
MUNCH’S 3920 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg, 727-896-5972, munchburger.com. Featured on Food Network’s Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives. Bring your five favorite people in for the “biggest breakfast in town” (make reservations 24 hours in advance), and feast on a dozen eggs, pound of bacon, 10 pounds of home fries, a loaf of bread and bottomless coffee.
OHANA CAFÉ 306 Orange St. N, Palm Harbor, 727-787-1234, theohanacafe.com. Put on your grass skirt and hula over to this island-inspired destination. The menu offers vegetarian and gluten-free options. The oatmeal pancakes, turkey bacon, smoothies, coffee, and atmosphere all gets two thumbs up.
PINKY’S 3203 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, 813-831-9339, pinkysdiner.com. Voted Best Eggs Benedict by CL, this bustling brunch destination is worth the wait. If you’re craving a java jolt, check out the full-service coffee bar. If you can’t decide between pancakes and a sandwich, try Pancake Sandwich. The Breakfast Quickie is always a good bet.
TRIP’S DINER 2339 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-498-8980, tripsdiner.com. The diner formerly known as Dave’s has been given a fresh lease on life with new owners, bright decor (including some fascinating St. Pete memorabilia) and hearty breakfast fare, including a tasty crab omelet and deliciously cheesy grits. Opened in March and already a local favorite.
SAMARIA CAFÉ 502 N. Tampa Ave., Tampa, 813-223-1674, samariacafe.com. Named after a famous national park in owner Eftechios Xanthoudakis’s native Crete, Greece, this destination is popular with the church crowd. They offer everything from gyro omelets to crabmeat Benedicts.
YANNY’S 1258 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater, 727-446-5797, yannys.com. If you’re into enormous pancakes, your best bet is the Frisbee-sized One Pancake, which is one inch thick. Owners Sylvia and David are so confident that you will be pleased with your breakfast that it’s on them if you’re dissatisfied.
Agree, Saigon Deli, the real one, not the other one across the street.
We ate there and the food was excellent. You need to go back and have…
lets not forget the old elephant foot IPA in the 16 oz cans from Tampa…