Nothing says “weekend” like a good brunch with friends, right? And we Central Floridians love to brunch. Guess that means we like spending time with our friends. It most definitely means we love spending time with our food! And there’s certainly no shortage of places to choose from when it comes to brunching in the area.
One longtime staple for such a dining experience is Briarpatch on Park Avenue in Winter Park. Now, Briarpatch has been around for as long as we can remember. Located on the northern end of “The Avenue,” passing by Briarpatch on any weekend day you’ll certainly see a crowd gathered around to get in.
The few times we’ve eaten at Briarpatch we’ve also opted dine outside, so we can’t really speak to what sitting in the main dining room is like (if you can, please share). The one thing we’ll note which seems to be a downside about this place, in our humble opinion, is the set-up to wait to get indoors is just a mess. There’s really no place for customers to wait outside while their table is being prepared. And those that are waiting around really only have the option to linger around tables where other customers are seated and enjoying their meals. It’s quite awkward if you are one of those customers who are seated and trying to enjoy their meal.
Now the Briarpatch menu is quite extensive, concentrating mainly on breakfast dishes and favorites. According to the Briarpatch website there are some definite must-haves:
“homemade lemon raspberry pancakes, brioche french toast, truffle fried eggs, prosecco white peach bellinis, cheese grits, heirloom tomato b.l.t. (seasonal), slice of our homemade layer cakes, to name a few…”
All sound quite delicious but are things we’ve never tried (always a reason to return for another visit!). On this particular occasion we opted for the steak & eggs dish and it was the perfect choice. The steak was very flavorful and juicy, topped off with a chimichurri that had a little bit of kick to it. (Side note: That butter is actually honey butter, and it’s so good it’ll make your eyes roll back in your head.)
Now our dining companion went for something a little simpler: An omelet with a side of bacon and a biscuit…which looked and tasted (of course we snuck a bite) equally as good.
As mentioned earlier on the menu at Briarpatch is quite extensive. Check out what they offer for breakfast and for lunch. See anything you really, really want to try? Well here are a few more delicious pics from some Instagram fans (used with permission):
252 Park Avenue North
Winter Park, FL 32789
Have you ever brunched at Briarpatch? What did you have, and what were your thoughts?