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12 restaurants that take brunch seriously

Finding Sunday brunch in Pensacola is as easy as finding seashells on the beach.

But with so many options, where to start?

Below, you’ll find 12 of the best brunch spots Pensacola has to offer.

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At Aunt Katie’s

Where: 3005 E. Cervantes St.

Aunt Katie’s takes brunch seriously and generously distributes portions. Open for breakfast and lunch, with both menus available all day, Aunt Katie’s offers a fairly simple menu that emphasizes seafood, steak, and Southern cuisine.

What to try: Aunt Katie’s Breakfast, Cinnamon French Toast and Breakfast Burrito.

Polonza Bistro

Where: 286 N. Palafox St.

When it comes to brunch, Polonza Bistro has it all: a good atmosphere, home-style comfort food, quality coffee and delicious cocktails. This is a medium sized restaurant with plenty of seating, but you should always expect a wait on Sundays.

What to try: Steak and eggs and the toad in the hole.

Coffee cup

Where: 520 E. Cervantes St.

The Coffee Cup is a local landmark that has served breakfast in Pensacola since 1945. The restaurant has changed hands over the years, but the quality is still there. Coffee Cup isn’t fancy with its menu, offering breakfast classics, omelets, eggs Benedict, and a few basic lunch options. However, everything it does, it does very well.

What to try: French toast and omelettes.

George Bistro + Bar

Where: 6205 N. Ninth Avenue.

If you’re looking to take your brunch to the next level, George Bistro + Bar is one of the best places to do it. The menu is inspired by the flavors of the South with a touch of modernity. Brunch has lots of omelettes, French toast, quiche and more. Skip the bottomless mimosas and try one of the 14 signature cocktails available for brunch.

What to try: Very berry French toast and eggs benedict crab cakes.

Taylor’s Breakfast and Lunch

Where: 7175 N. Davis Highway

Taylor’s Breakfast and Lunch is a relative newcomer to the dining scene after opening in 2019. It’s a local breakfast and lunch restaurant with a second location open in Panama City. When it comes to breakfast, this place has one of the most extensive menus. It has sections for healthy meals, sweet indulgences, benedicts, omelets, benedicts, skillets and hashes, scrambles, and southern sides.

What to try: Patriot apple cinnamon, breakfast burrito and the classic breakfast.

Ruby Slipper Cafe

Where: 509 S. Palafox St.

The Ruby Slipper Café in Pensacola is part of the Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group which has 18 locations throughout the South. It was created in New Orleans in 2008, right after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the city. No storm could stop the restaurant’s formula and it’s been a popular brunch spot in Pensacola since bringing its New Orleans hospitality and flavors to the Panhandle. The menu features many brunch dishes, like French toast, Benedictines, omelettes, and special options like breakfast tacos, Trifecta, John Dory grilled fish, and more.

What to try: Brioche French toast, French toast nourishing bananas and pork eggs.

South Market

Where: 905 E. Gregory St.

You know a restaurant is having brunch when its brunch cocktail menu is as important as the main course menu. South Market is a downtown restaurant known for its made-from-scratch dishes, craft cocktails, and wide selection of gluten-free meals. Brunch entrees include Belgian waffles, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, as well as benedicts and plenty of lunch options. For drinks, there are 10 house cocktails and 8 happy hour specials.

What to get: Benedict with crab.

Five Sisters Blues Cafe

Where: 421 W. Belmont Street

The Five Sisters Blues Café offers a different brunch with its Sunday Jazz Brunch. Every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a live jazz band is invited to accompany the restaurant’s Southern Creole cuisine. The brunch menu includes eggs, benedicts, cookies, waffles, and French toast with plenty of options for regular entrees, sandwiches, salads, and delicious side dishes.

What to try: Crab cake Benedict and chicken and waffles.

Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille

Where: 997 S. Palafox St. and 12700 Gulf Beach Highway

Jaco’s is one of the best places to dine with a view in Pensacola as it is right at the end of Palafox Pier Marina and overlooks the bay. The brunch menu has a pretty interesting mix of foods like the BLT&E, which is a BLT with two eggs and a fried green tomato and a flatbread scramble, making it a more interesting option. There are also plenty of breakfast accompaniments, like French fries, Creole oatmeal and more.

What to try: Pile of fried green tomatoes, French toast with blueberries.

leisure club

Where: 1151 Office Woods Drive, Ste A

The Leisure Club is all brunch, all the time. It’s a cafe known for its brunch trio and coffee, the first of which is a fancy name for their $12 brunch option that lets customers choose two entrees from over 13 options, including the Conecuh sausage. , cookies and gravy, smoked salmon bagel and choice of side. Vegan versions are available for most options.

What to try: Biscuits with vegan sauce and vegan waffles.

Another broken egg

Where: 721 E. Gregory St.

Another Broken Egg is a breakfast and brunch franchise. The Pensacola location was sold in 2021 to Ron Schier, a retired Army Signal Corps officer. Schier also owns Auburn, Alabama, home of Another Broken Egg Café with his wife, Teresa.

The brunch menu is huge. Similar to Taylor’s, you’ll find the menu separated into sections such as brunch specials, low calorie options, indulgences, omelets, scramblers, traditional classics and more.

What to try: French toast with cinnamon and Mardi Gras omelet.

McGuire’s

Where: 600 E, rue Gregory

A McGuire’s brunch is hot and heavy with limited hours, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., complementary Irish coffee and homemade French Quarter donuts and a limited but serious menu. Although you can get anything from the full menu, the brunch menu only has seven options, most of which are omelettes and benedicts. A Belgian waffle and Killarney eggs are also available. Be careful, these plates are McGuire size, so don’t overfill the donuts.

What to try: Donuts and steak omelet.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement