Who doesn’t love brunch? When I visit others cities, there is a big brunch rush on Saturdays AND Sundays. I’m not sure if it’s because we are in the Bible Belt (should I capitalize both of those?) that we don’t have such a “brunch” on Saturdays, but I wish we did.
The best part of a Sunday (or Saturday) to grab an awesome meal with close friends and family. I love planning brunches to get together with a group of girlfriends to catch up and even introduce a acquaintances to one another. Typically, I’d like to find somewhere with bottomless mimosas, in case anyone wants to indulge for the day.
1. Ruby Slipper Café
Ruby Slipper has a few locations in the south. The original location is in New Orleans. In the heart of downtown, Ruby Slipper Cafe is a must stop. Be ready for a small wait, but it’s completely worth it! My absolute favorite meal is the Gulf Fish ‘St. Peter.’ This dish is drool worthy! A pan-seared Gulf fish of the day (typically mahi-mahi) over a cheesy grit cake. Even if you don’t like grits or you’ve never had grits, you must try this grit cake! It’s topped with sautéed spinach and tomatoes, a skewer of grilled shrimp and a creole mustard hollandaise. Delicious and it’s so big, plan to share.
509 S Palafox Street | Pensacola, FL
2. The Fish House
I brought a girl friends that was visiting to Fish House for brunch. It is easily one of my favorite places to brunch, especially outdoors. She was so ecstatic when I told here there were $5 bottomless mimosas. She called her boyfriend on the way to brunch with me and says, “They are $5 mimosas, not $25, but $5!” We were giggling the rest of the day. But nothing beats brunch outside, along with bottomless mimosas and the World-Famous Grits a Ya Ya. Seeing a little trend with grits already. It is topped with sauté of spinach, Portobello mushrooms, apple wood-smoked bacon, garlic, shallots and cream compiled over a bed of smoked gouda grits.
3. The Leisure Club
Known for being a bright and cheerful coffee shop, the Leisure Club serves and excellent brunch. My go-to is the Brunch Trio Plate with Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote, Whipped Cream & Powdered Sugar and Crab Cake with Roasted Pepper Remoulade. Their bubbles and brunch menu is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1151 Office Woods Dr, Unit A | Pensacola, Florida
4. Single Fin Cafe
This café is a little hidden gem. Tucked away inside of Waterboyz Surf & Skate shop, they served breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have daily specials and are always thinking up new dishes. One of my go-to items is acai bowls! A powerful punch of fruits and veggies! They have a Ala Mona Bowl, Pavones Bowl or the Kona Bowl. You can’t go wrong with any of them!
380 N. 9th Avenue | Pensacola, Florida
5. Grand Marlin
One of my favorite restaurants in Pensacola, not only for brunch but all of the time. The Grand Marlin stole my food loving heart since it opened. For brunch they even offer one of my favorite appetizers, the Blue Angel Chips. They are home-made chips covered in a blue cheese sauce. Another southern menu favorite, Chicken and Waffles. GRILLED jerk chicken, coconut pecan malted waffle, honey buttered rum syrup, and mango. Get in my stomach delicious!
400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. | Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561
Where do you like to brunch? What are your favorite meals?