Mornings Over Easy: 20 Best Breakfast and Brunch Places in South Tampa

December 16, 2016 | South Tampa Magazine | Categories: Food | Tags: No tags found.

Breakfast and brunch in South Tampa isn’t like most mid-morning meals. The pace is unhurried, the menu a tad more adventurous. The patrons often linger at their tables long after they finish eating, immersed in conversation. Make your next morning dining experience memorable by trying a place from our list of 20 best South Tampa breakfast and brunch spots.

Written By Derek Herscovici


›› Boca Kitchen Bar & Market ‹‹
901 W. Platt St.
(813) 254-7070
Brunch Served:
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Popular entrees include the BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict and the chef’s daily frittata. Add on bottomless mimosas and bottomless Bloody Marys to top it off.



Brioche French Toast

In terms of wine production, the term élevage refers to the refining of fermented grapes into the finished product. In terms of culinary experience, the Epicurean Hotel’s restaurant Élevage does quite the same, taking familiar dishes and cuisines from around the world and elevating them to sensory-saturating levels, featuring dishes assembled and prepared by James Beard semi-finalist for best chef, South Chad Johnson (’12,’14). He has resurrected and refined forgotten or little-known recipes using only the freshest premium ingredients and latest cooking techniques. Come savor some of life’s greatest flavors today!

›› Élevage Restaurant ‹‹
1207 S. Howard Ave.
(813) 999-8726
Brunch Served:
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

›› Carmel Kitchen ‹‹
3601 W. Swann Ave.
(813) 964-6889
Brunch Served:
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Try this: crab and eggs Benedict; French toast l’orange; The Ultimate


The Raymond: Egg whites, ham, guacamole, sautéed spinach, sliced tomatoes and American cheese served on multigrain bread.

›› Daily Eats ‹‹
901 S. Howard Ave.
(813) 868-3335
Breakfast Served:
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Brunch Served:
Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Try this: Captain Crunch French toast; The Raymond; the Breakfast Fiesta bowl

›› The Bungalow ‹‹
2202 W. Kennedy Blvd.
(813) 253-3663
Brunch Served:
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Try this: breakfast sliders; Spicy Caribbean Hash; cronut



Breakfast Tacos

Serving American fare with a Southern twist, brunch at Cask is guaranteed to make your mouth water. Try the Shrimp ‘N Grits with aged white cheddar, roasted tomato chutney and chorizo oil or the Lobstah 83 — delicately poached lobster on a fresh croissant with Bibb lettuce, avocado and fresh citrus and herbs. Meat lovers will enjoy the Morning Moo — a prime burger served with citrus bacon jam and an over easy egg. For a more traditional breakfast, treat yourself to the Chicken ‘N Waffles, Breakfast Tacos or a Wild Mushroom Omelet. During brunch, Cask offers bottomless mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys.

Cask Social Kitchen ‹‹
208 S. Howard Ave.
(813) 251-0051
Brunch Served:
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

›› Del Frisco’s Grille ‹‹
4138 W. Boy Scout Blvd.
(813) 878-6890
Brunch Served:
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Try this: The Grille Benedict; red velvet Belgian waffles; chicken-fried steak and eggs

 ›› Roux ‹‹
4205 S. MacDill Ave.
(813) 443-5255
Brunch Served:
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Try this: Bananas Foster pancakes; seafood gumbo; shrimp and cream cheese grits

›› First Watch ‹‹
3712 Henderson Blvd.
(813) 350-3447
Breakfast Served:
Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Try this: Chickichanga; Floridian French Toast; seasonal pancakes


Since opening in 2009, Datz has been a foodie wonderland filled with bacon, cheese and house-made breads.

›› Datz ‹‹
2616 S. MacDill Ave.
(813) 831-7000
Breakfast Served:
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Try the Datz Good Hash or treat yourself to an order of monkey bread. Specialty cocktails include the Dunk this Doughnut, with Wild Turkey rye, Grind espresso liqueur, nitro cold brew and black walnut bitters topped with a powdered doughnut.

›› Mad Dogs & Englishmen ‹‹
4115 S. MacDill Ave.
(813) 832-3037
Brunch Served:
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Try this: Full English breakfast; Eggs Englishmen; eggs in a basket


One of the only Mexican brunches in Tampa, Miguel’s has been a favorite spot for more than 20 years thanks to the family recipes made with the freshest ingredients.

›› Miguel’s Mexican Seafood & Grill ‹‹
3035 W. Kennedy Blvd.
(813) 876-2587
Brunch Served:
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Try this: huevos rancheros; Miguel’s Benedict; breakfast tacos

›› Oystercatchers ‹‹
2900 Bayport Dr.
(813) 207-6815
Brunch Served:
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bountiful buffets with breathtaking views and superior service. Wide variety of food stations to choose from, including a raw bar and dessert bar. Buffet includes unlimited mimosas and sangria.


O Cocina creates gourmet Mexican plates that skillfully blend the traditional style with a modern one. Come for weekend brunch and dinner throughout the week.

›› O Cocina ‹‹
4110 Henderson Blvd.
(813) 289-0649
Brunch Served:
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Try this: chicken and churros; Mexican omelette; Cochinita has

›› Oxford Exchange ‹‹
420 W. Kennedy Blvd.
(813) 253-0222
Breakfast Served:
Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Brunch Served:
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Try the Kale Scramble or the Monkey Bread French Toast. Peruse the shops after lunch or enjoy the ambiance of the atrium while sipping a Bellini or matcha lemonade.


Signature French Toast

When the name of your restaurant is The Brunchery, you take morning meals seriously. This South Tampa staple has been dishing it all since 1985, earning a well-deserved reputation for serving a little bit of everything with a whole lot of flavor and imagination. Try their Signature French Toast with bananas, strawberries, slivered almonds, powdered sugar and special cream cheese sauce. You’ll see why they’re still in business.

›› The Brunchery ‹‹
3225 S. MacDill Ave.
(813) 831-4694
Breakfast Served:
Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

›› Pané Rustica ‹‹
3225 S. MacDill Ave.
(813) 902-8828
Breakfast Served:
Tuesday – Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Try this: fresh pastries


Pinky’s offers everything from six different kinds of egg sandwiches to frittatas, pancakes, stuffed French toast, baked goods, sandwiches, soups and daily specials.

›› Pinky’s Diner ‹‹
3203 W. Bay to Bay Blvd.
(813) 831-9339
Breakfast Served:
Tuesday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

You can get breakfast every day at this colorful, quirky diner. Favorites include the eggs Benedict and the frittatas. Loyal customers love getting their java jolt at the self-serve coffee bar.

›› Buddy Brew Coffee ‹‹
2020 W. Kennedy Blvd.
(813) 258-2739
Breakfast Served:
Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Try this: avocado toast; biscuit sandwich; caramello


The Hangover

When restaurant impresario Richard Gonzmart announced he was reviving the vintage shake joint Goody Goody in the heart of Hyde Park, burger and hot dog enthusiasts from all over rejoiced. But what about breakfast? All your favorite mornin’ fixins’ are served from open to close. Come in for The Hangover — a fresh biscuit split and topped with home fries, cheddar, green onion, sausage gravy and two over-easy eggs.

›› Goody Goody Burgers ‹‹
1601 W. Swann Ave.
(813) 308-1935
Breakfast Served:
Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.