Fall is here and you can detect a bit of apple-crisp air in the Capital City — especially during the morning hours. If you’re ready to return to outdoor brunching there are plenty of choices for savoring your bloody marys, Benedicts or brews.
Here are some of our prime breakfast spots with al fresco options.
— Bada Bean: The family-owned restaurant, known for its comfort food, has limited outdoor seating so arrive early during peak times. Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily except Tuesday. 2500-B Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-562-2326.
— Black Dog Cafe: Relax by Lake Ella while savoring light breakfast fare including baked goods, with vegan picks, and hummus on the cafe deck. FYI, Black Dog just extended its hours so it’s open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. 229 Lake Ella Dr.; 850-224-2518.
— The Blu Halo: Dine on dishes like a Country Eggs Benedict, blackened shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles on the covered patio at this chic restaurant. Open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Bannerman Crossings, 3431 Bannerman Road, #2; 850-999-1696.
— Cafe de Martin: The Peruvian cafe has added breakfast and sandwiches to its weekend lineup. Sip their organic Peruvian coffee on the patio amid greenery and shady umbrellas. Top photo: A mimosa served outdoors at Cafe de Martin. The cafe opens for breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 2743 Capital Circle NE; 850-900-5969.
— Canopy Road Cafe: The breakfast/lunch spot has multiple locations but for outdoor dining, head to the site on Apalachee Parkway for a covered patio setting. Reader Amber Brown notes that Canopy Road has “an apple pie waffle on their fall menu that is to die for.” 1779 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-727-0263. Check their website, https://www.canopyroadcafe.com/ for other locations.
— The Edison: Breakfast, lunch and cocktails are served on the patio with a lovely view of Cascades Park. Brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 470 Suwannee Street; 850-765-9771.
— The Egg Cafe & Eatery: The Tallahassee breakfast-lunch spot has outdoor dining in both locations. The original is at 3740 Austin Davis Ave. and the newer location is downtown in Kleman Plaza at 300 S. Duval St. Both sites offer an extensive menu, with Benedicts, omelets, pancakes and breakfast cocktails. The Austin Davis location contact is 850-765-0703; hours 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. The downtown contact is 850-907-3447, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
— El Cocinero: The Mexican-inspired eatery recently added brunch to its lineup that you can enjoy on the patio, shaded with colorful canvas sails. Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1303 Thomasville Rd.; 850-329-6591.
— Food Glorious Food: Start your weekend with an extensive list of breakfast and lunch fare plus morning beverages and dessert on the patio. Brunch 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1950 Thomasville Road; 850-224-9974.
— Grove Market Cafe: Owned by top chefs David and Elizabeth Gwynn, (owners of the former Cypress Restaurant), the cafe features an array of breakfast and lunch fare on the large patio. Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily except Tuesday. 1370 Market Street; 850-894-5060.
— Horizons Bar and Grille: Enjoy brunch and lunch classics, with an extensive list of breakfast cocktails, on the covered patio. Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Bannerman Crossings, 3427 Bannerman Road, Suite 104; 850-329-2371
— Jeri’s Midtown Cafe: Breakfast specials, lavish French toast and pressed sandwiches are available in Jeri’s cozy courtyard. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1123 Thomasville Road; 850-385-7268.
— Kool Beanz Cafe: Savor an eclectic brunch on the covered patio or under umbrellas from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. 921 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-2466.
— La Florída Coffee & Wine: The downtown coffee shop offers homemade pastries and coffee with outdoor seating on the Kleman Plaza. La Florida opens at 7 a.m. Monday to Friday, at 9 a.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. 350 S. Duval St.; 850-296-0110.
— Liberty Bar & Restaurant: Pair breakfast cocktails with dishes like steak and eggs, corned beef hash and a Scottish egg on the covered patio. Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1307 N. Monroe St.; 850-354-8277.
— Lofty Pursuits: Why not have ice cream for breakfast or enjoy breakfast at this ice cream parlor? Lofty Pursuits opens daily at 8 a.m. 1355 Market Street; 850-521-0091.
— Ology Northside: Grab a quick breakfast, including bagels and burritos, on the patio at the brewery’s new branch, with coffee from Java master Jason Card. Opens at 7 a.m. daily. 2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy.; 850-296-2809.
— Railroad Square Craft House: Enjoy all the outdoor space at the Craft House, featuring breakfast items and morning cocktails from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant announced it is closing in the future but it remains open now. 644 McDonnell Dr.; 850-296-3496.
— RedEye Coffee: The coffee shop offers specialty toast, breakfast sandwiches and savory and sweet drink options, with wine and local craft beer. RedEye has outdoor seating in both its locations in Midtown and on Capital Circle. Fun fact from owner Barbara Moro. She became the sole owner in January and RedEye is the region’s only Latina-owned coffee roastery. Hours 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 1122 Thomasville Rd., 850-425-5701; 1196 Capital Circle NE; 850-999-8278.
— Sage Restaurant – Tallahassee: The restaurant calls it lunch not brunch but Sage is now open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and they have an outdoor patio. 850-270-9396.
— Square Mug Cafe: Sit on the outdoor deck at this casual cafe and enjoy bagels and other breakfast fare in the Railroad Square Art District. Opens 7:30 a.m. Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 663 Railroad Square; 850-765-8356.
— Table 23 Tally: Southern-style dishes star at this restaurant, with several outdoor options, including a large covered terrace. Sunday brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1233 Thomasville Road; 850-329-2261.
— Tally Fish House & Oyster Bar: Brunch is served at the fish house, with live music as well and there’s a covered outdoor patio. Hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 6800 Thomasville Rd.; 850-900-5075.
— Uptown Cafe and Catering: This longtime spot is known for its classic and creative breakfast fare and treats like house-smoked salmon. Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. 1325 Miccosukee Road; 850-219-9800.
— Vino Beano: You’ll find bagel sandwiches, avocado toasts and quiche among other casual breakfast and lunch fare at the wine and coffee venue with outdoor seating. Vino Beano is offering a special four-course “Brunch Over Easy” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9. See sofloridabrunch.eventbrite.com Hours: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. 1309 Thomasville Rd.; 850-329-2562.
FYI: Andrews Downtown is returning to a brunch buffet with omelet stations. We’re advised to look for the restaurant to resume its Sunday brunch operation within the next few weeks so give them a call before you stop by. 228 S. Adams Street; 850-222-3444.
A version of this article article first ran in FloridaPolitics.
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