If you want to go out for brunch but aren’t comfortable eating indoors, Tallahassee fortunately offers plenty of places with outdoor dining. Here’s a list of some of the best choices for brunching outdoors.
— Andrews Downtown: Bananas foster French toast, Oscar Benedict, shrimp and grits, omelets, burgers, salads and sandwiches, mimosas, and bloody marys. No buffet currently. Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. 228 S. Adams Street; 850-222-3444. (Photo at top courtesy of Andrews Downtown).
— Bada Bean: Benedicts, pancakes, cinnamon roll French toast, salads, sandwiches, freshly baked treats. No alcohol, but you can bring your own bubbly and order orange juice. Brunch 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. 2500 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-562-2326.
— Black Dog Cafe: Sweet and savory baked goods, bagels, snacks and items like Impossible burgers during lunch hours. Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 229 Lake Ella Dr.; 850-224-2518.
— Blu Halo: Ahi tuna, tuna poké, chimichurri steak and eggs, chicken and waffles, omelets, salad, and burgers plus specialty cocktails. Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bannerman Crossings, 3431 Bannerman Road; 850-999-1696.
— Canopy Road: Omelets, breakfast burrito, sweet potato pancakes, Italian avocado toast, handhelds. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The breakfast-lunch spot has multiple locations, but the most outdoor seating is the covered patio at 1779 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-727-0263.
— Coosh’s Bayou Rouge: Boudin grits or shrimp and grits, fried chicken on a biscuit, omelets, pancakes and New Orleans-themed fare are on the menu for Sunday brunch in both locations. The Northeast branch is open for brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the College Town site is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. 6267 Old Water Oak Rd., 850-894-4110; 705 W. Woodward Ave., 850-597-9505.
— The Crumb Box Gastarden: The restaurant in the red caboose in Railroad Square Art Park doesn’t serve a specific brunch menu but they open at 11:30 a.m. and serve “hot hoagies and cold beverages, including our made in house, grind to grill sausages” in an outdoor dining area. 602 Industrial Park; 850-599-0633.
— The Egg Cafe and Eatery: Bayou cakes, Benedicts, pancakes, omelets, mimosas, and bloody marys. Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily except Mondays. 3740 Austin Davis Dr., 850-765-0703; 300 S. Duval Street; 850-907-3447.
— The Edison: Breakfast bowls, Benedicts, omelets, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and a full bar. Brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Cascades Park. 470 Suwannee Street; 850-765-9771.
— Food Glorious Food: Omelets, plates and bowls, fried chicken and waffles, salads, handhelds, desserts, mimosas, and bloody marys. Brunch 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays. 1950 Thomasville Road; 850-224-9974.
— Grove Market Cafe: Pancakes, omelets, breakfast bowls, waffles, sandwiches, burgers, plates, mimosas. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with a large patio area. 1370 Market Street; 850-894-5060.
— Horizons Bar and Grill: The attractive venue, which opened Dec. 14 in the Bannerman Crossings shopping center, offers brunch classics like chicken and waffles, stuffed French toast, biscuits and gravy as well as shrimp cake Benedict, six-layer brunch bowl and steak and eggs as well as charcuterie and a grouper sandwich. Pair with one of the fun brunch cocktails, like the Irish cold brew, peach sangria and zesty Bloody Mary. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. 3427 Bannerman Road, Suite 104; 850-329-2371
— Jeri’s Midtown Cafe: French toast, breakfast specials, pressed sandwiches and other lunch items, mimosa (bottomless mimosas available). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1123 Thomasville Road; 850-385-7268.
— Lofty Pursuits: Waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, corned beef and hash, grit bowls, sandwiches plus ice cream. You can order to go and eat in the outdoor patios. Breakfast and lunch are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Open daily for ice cream from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1355 Market Street; 850-521-0091.
— Madison Social: Hot toddies, pancakes of the month, spiced honey chicken and waffles. Brunch 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 705 S. Woodward Avenue; 850-894-6276.
— Prime Time: Pancakes, waffles, omelets, breakfast bowls, mimosas, bloody marys. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1921 W. Tennessee Street; 850-329-7148.
— Railroad Square Craft House: French toast, Tally Mac and Register’s sausage burrito, avocado toast, chicken and waffles. bloody marys. Bottomless mimosa for $15 with entree. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch Saturday and Sunday. 644 McDonnell Dr.; 850-296-3496.
— Sage: A Restaurant: Coconut French toast, omelets, smoked salmon toast, crepes, mimosas, and bloody marys, breakfast cocktails. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday brunch. 3534 Maclay Boulevard; 850-270-9396.
— Table 23: Steak and eggs, Benedicts, bagels and lox, shrimp and grits, sandwiches, Mimosas, bloody marys, and cocktail menu. Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1233 Thomasville Road; 850-329-2261.
— Tally Fish House & Oyster Bar: Chicken and biscuits, waffles, shrimp and grits, mimosas, bloody marys, espresso martinis. Brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 6800 Thomasville Road; 850-900-5075.
— Uptown Cafe: Omelets, pancakes, hash with house-smoked salmon, salads, sandwiches. Mimosas, peach Bellini’s, and craft beer. Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Sunday brunch; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 1325 Miccosukee Road; 850-219-9800.
If you’re missing Sunday brunch at your favorite restaurant, chances are you’re also craving a top-notch bloody mary or a summer-fresh mimosa. If you don’t want to dine at a restaurant, you can still order both brunch and a cocktail to-go at several Tallahassee spots.Here are five of your prime options for a brunch cocktail from TallahasseeTable, published in the Aug. 9th edition of floridapolitics.com/ Here’s Brunch column.
These are just a few highlights but I’d love to share your favorite brunch cocktail options if they’re not included here.
— Coosh’s Bayou Rouge: You can add a bloody mary, mimosa, or even a half-gallon of daiquiris along with your brunch at the New Orleans-themed restaurant. The Northeast branch is open for brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the College Town location is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. 6267 Old Water Oak Road, 850-894-4110; 705 W. Woodward Avenue, 850-597-9505.
— Jeri’s Midtown Cafe: Pair your brunch fare with bloody marys, mimosas or containers of red or white sangria or tipsy lemonade. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1123 Thomasville Road; 850-385-7268.
— Railroad Square Craft House: You can take home a gallon of cherry limeade sangria as well as other spirits with your weekend brunch. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch Saturday and Sunday. 644 McDonnell Dr.; 850-296-3496.
— Sage: A Restaurant: The fine-dining destination features fun cocktails like a charred orange old fashioned, elderflower daiquiri and summery drinks like the Pool Party (with watermelon juice) as well as classics like a bloody mary and sangria. Curbside cocktails can serve four to six people. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday brunch. 3534 Maclay Boulevard; 850-270-9396.
— Table 23: Get a complimentary 750ml bottle of Wycliff Champagne and a bottle of either cranberry or orange juice to make your own mimosas at home when you order brunch at the Southern-style restaurant. You can also buy a bottle of wine to go with your meal. Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1233 Thomasville Road; 850-329-2261.