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 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. 1370 Market Street; 850-894-5060.
— 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.