Top 10 Brunch Spots in St. Petersburg

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Mimosa or Bloody Mary?

Weekend mornings are made for sipping and noshing at one of The Burg’s top brunch spots   

BY LORI BROWN

400 Beach – The Dessert Room at Brunch

It’s the weekend and time to treat yourself to a terrific brunch, but where should you go? We have compiled a list of the best downtown brunches to help with your decision. These are listed in alphabetical order.

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House
Saturday and  Sunday 10am – 3pm
400 Beach Dr NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-2400
400BeachSeafood.com

Located caddy-corner from the historic Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, 400 Beach dishes up   plenty of outdoor seating at what is considered one of the best  brunches in Tampa Bay. For $25.95 you will find an elaborate buffet of traditional breakfast items, including an omelette station, along with shrimp, salads, a carving station and an entire dessert room. They also offer $4 Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Screwdrivers during brunch hours.

The Avenue Eat + Drink
Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

330 1st Ave S.
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 851-9531
theavenuedtsp.com
 
At The Avenue you will find a lively crowd for brunch. There is a small outside section and the inside is surrounded by TV’s for your game watching pleasure. On the casual side, The Avenue has  cleverly named menu items such as the Morning After  (fried egg, peppered bacon, yellow American, chipotle mayo and avocado on brioche); Glazed & Confused Sliders (peppered bacon, yellow American, bacon maple aioli on glazed donuts) and Smokin’ Hash  (tots, cheese, peppered bacon, pico and sunnyside up egg). For those looking for a healthier option you will also find an Acai Bowl on the menu.

Birch & Vine
Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
340 Beach Dr NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 828-9940
thebirchwood.com

Located inside the beautiful Birchwood Inn, the Birch & Vine offers lots of outdoor dining or enjoy brunch in the cool air-conditioning. Besides a traditional breakfast menu,  you can also choose from such items as a Chicken & Waffle Open Faced Sandwich,  Wild Mushroom & Truffle Omelette or a Baby Spinach & Strawberry Salad. They also offer $4.50 Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas and Bellini’s or choose to have them bottomless for $15.

Cassis
Brunch is served every day from 8am – 3pm
170 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 827-2927
cassisstpete.com 

Cassis offers American classics with subtle French influences for brunch, lunch, and dinner. They serve simple, hearty food and drinks at affordable prices right on Beach Drive. Cassis has lots of outdoor seating offering a great view and is ideal for people watching. Samplings from the brunch menu include Andouille Sausage and Shrimp Ragout, Blueberry Pancakes with poppy seed and lemon ricotta and Smoked Salmon Benedict. By the way, they have the best sausage links I have ever tasted and they offer fresh squeezed orange juice.

Ichicoro Ane
Saturday and  Sunday 11am – 4pm
260 1st Ave S
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 300-0281
ichicoroane.com/brunchuru

The new Ichicoro Ane located in the lower level of Station House describes the  restaurant as “Japanese inspired eating and drinking den.” One might wonder what this type of restaurant would serve for brunch. The brunch menu is a breath of fresh air because it is so different from what any other restaurant offers downtown. Choose from such treats as Japanese Pancakes served with seasonal fruit and syrup, a brothless B.E.C. (bacon, egg, cheese) Ramen or Biscuits & Tonkotsu Gravy.  The pancakes are out of this world.

Marchand’s Bar & Grill
Sunday 9am – 2pm

Located in the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel
501 5th Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 824-8072

Located in downtown St Pete’s famous and historic Vinoy Hotel, Marchand’s serves up traditional American fare. Choose from  an extensive Sunday Buffet ($28 adults, $14 children) or order from the brunch menu. The buffet offers all the traditional breakfast fare along with meats and cheeses, a sushi and seafood table and a carving station. With the buffet you can choose to add unlimited Mimosas or Bellini’s for $15. They also offer a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar starting at $12. What’s a Sunday without a Bloody Mary?

The Mill
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
200 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 317-3930
Themillrestaurants.com

Located in the heart of the action on Central Avenue, The Mill serves up New American Cuisine and is an all-around sensory delight from the unique decor and top-notch libations to the Chef’s delectable creations. Their motto is “Amazing food without the Attitude!” From the Sausage & Waffle Benny, Pork Belly Baguette to one of my personal favorites The Mill Burger, you can’t go wrong at The Mill.

Brunch at The Oyster Bar

The Oyster Bar
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm
249 Central Ave
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 897-9728
oysterbarstpete.com

Directly across the street from The Mill, The Oyster Bar offers a very affordable brunch buffet for $18 per person with traditional breakfast items as well as an omelette station. You can add on bottomless Mimosas for $14 or bottomless Bloody Mary’s for $18. You can also select from a regular menu with items such as Fried Oyster Scramble, Creole Scramble and Steak and Eggs Chimi.

Parkshore Grill
Saturday 11am – 3pm; Sunday 10am – 3pm
300 Beach Dr NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-9463
 parkshoregrill.com

Parkshore Grill is a long-established favorite that was here well before the restaurant boom and still stands tall with excellent cuisine, professional service and an elegant setting in the scenic heart of Beach Drive. The outdoor patio is the place to see and be seen under the recognizable blue umbrellas at every table. Parkshore’s brunch menu by  award winning Chef Tyson Grant, serves up such delectable concoctions as Niman Ranch Smoked Ham Benedict, Ale Battered Shrimp and Cheese Grits and a Chorizo-Pork Belly Frittata.

Red Mesa Cantina
Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm
128 3rd St S
St Petersburg, FL 33701
redmesacantina.com

With two bars inside and out, an elaborate fountain with outside courtyard dining and the most extensive selection of tequilas and Mezcals in the South, Red Mesa Cantina is nothing short of a lively Mexican brunch with a menu that delivers bold, fresh flavors. You will find on the brunch menu one of my favorite burgers in St. Pete – the Sirloin Chorizo Burger. They also serve breakfast tacos, burritos, ceviche and quesadillas along with many other scrumptious offerings.  The Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s are $4.50.

Lori Brown writes about the local food scene for StPetersburgFoodies.com