East Orlando boasts brunch options
Whether it's an excuse to sleep in, an easy way to nurse a hangover or just a reason to drink Bloody Marys and mimosas before noon, brunch has garnered a cult following, and the Central Florida area is no exception.
Recently named the most economical city for foodies by WalletHub, Orlando brunch options abound, both in the UCF area and among the swans and runners of Lake Eola Park.
White Wolf Cafe on North Orange Avenue offers brunch seven days per week, though on Sundays, it only offers breakfast, with an especially popular item being the Crab Cake Benedict.
"Some Sundays we'll have people waiting almost an hour to get a table," said White Wolf owner Michael Hennessey.
This brunch has been rated one of Orlando's best brunches year after year in Orlando Weekly's annual "Best Of" roster.
If you would rather enjoy the fresh air and a picnic-style brunch, try out the Orlando Farmers Market, located right off the waters of Lake Eola. At the weekly farmer's market, you can pay $12 for bottomless mimosas — named the "Best Mimosa Deal" by Orlando Weekly in July — and peruse the local vendors or lie out by the lake and dine.
"The [Orlando] Farmers Market is one of my favorite places for brunch," said Victoria Gordon, a junior film major. "I'll usually take a couple friends and some food, and we'll have a picnic."
Brunch has become such a popular meal in Orlando that even places not traditionally involved in the spectacle have started trying to cash in on the craze.
The well-known late-night staple Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria, for example, recently started rolling out an exclusive weekend breakfast and brunch menu, said employee Jonathan Schroder.
But for those who don't feel like trekking all around town in search of the perfect brunch, there's a number of options close to home by UCF.
First Watch, just down University Boulevard, is open 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and offers a variety of hashes, omelets and traditional breakfast items, as well as lunch items. A bit further from campus is Keke's Breakfast Café in the Waterford Lakes Town Center, boasting 11 different waffles to order.
But away from the waffles, omelets and mimosas of traditional breakfast, there is also Eastside Asian Market on East Colonial Drive, which opens at 10 a.m. daily.
The market boasts a selection of all-vegetarian products in its café for a healthy, Asian-inspired breakfast, such as its egg pancakes.
"I eat there all the time," said Steven Hogue, a public administration and nonprofit management master's student. "Their vegan bánh mì [Vietnamese sub] is amazing."