“Brunch is breakfast without an alarm.” — Unknown
Most college kids sleep late. It’s a well-known fact. So, going out for breakfast on weekends, in particular, may not be an option. Brunch, however, is generally a good option on weekends and there are quite a few choices not far from UF’s campus. However, if you can get your student out of bed early and breakfast is what you want; check out our blog Wakey, Wakey Eggs & Bakey. Some things to consider beforehand are price and time. It is not unusual for there to be a considerable wait, even with a reservation, on a game weekend or graduation, at some of the more popular selections.
Alpin Beer & Wine Bistro – Brunch is usually paused during the summer through August 1st, but check them out starting August 1st. This French-influenced bistro serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm
Boca Fiesta – Downtown. Serving brunch on Sunday from 11 – 4 pm, this Mexican establishment’s brunch features breakfast fare with a Mexican flair and a bloody mary bar and mimosas.
Bonefish Grill – 0ff Archer. Brunch served on Saturday with $10 bottomless drinks.
Daily Green – Downtown – Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant, Organic & Health Food Restaurant with Smoothie & Juice Bar. Vegetarian egg dishes, bottomless mimosas, avocado toast and more
Daybreak Pleasant Street – Near Downtown. Simple, compact cafe offering locally sourced quality ingredients and from-scratch cooking
Emilianos– Downtown – Latin fusion flavors plus fresh mojitos and martinis. Think rancheros, benedict Cubano, chorizo breakfast burrito and more. (Saturday and Sunday) Open for lunch and dinner too.
Haile Village Bistro – Haile Village is a great place to walk around, check out their farmer’s market on Saturdays (end of October to end of June). Enjoy brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
Leonardo’s 706– Mid-ish. Brunch is on Sundays. The original Leonardo’s was an institution at UF since 1973. The original location was purchased by the University of Florida but fear not, you can still get their infamous pizza at their new location and much more Italian offerings at Leonardo’s 706.
Oak– Downtown. An acronym for Original American Kitchen, for its Southern comfort food including shrimp & grits, country fried steak, and country gravy biscuits. The brunch menu also includes eggs, burgers, steak, waffles, and salad.
One Love Cafe – Located in Magnolia Parke on 39th Avenue, they serve brunch on Saturdays from 11 – 3 and Sundays from 11 -2 (beer and wine)
Paramount Grill– Downtown. This is one of the more upscale restaurants in the area. Reservations definitely recommended. Homemade offerings that are perfect for foodies. Brunch available on Sunday
Swamp– Midtown. Located across the street from the football stadium (thus the name), this is considered a game-day spot for casual American eats and alcohol. No trip to The Swamp should be without an order of gator bites – crispy marinated gator tail bits, with a mango chili puree. The brunch menu also includes specialty waffle selections, shrimp & grits, french toast, and eggs benedict prepared in several ways.
The Top– Downtown – There is typically a minimum 45-minute wait on weekends to get into this hip spot known for its vegetarian and vegan options and modern take on American food. A must-try when you head to Gainesville. Brunch on Sundays.
Vine Sourdough Bakery – Downtown – fresh, organic handmade bread, pastries, coffee, and pasta. They also partner with other area businesses and farms to provide their sourdough bread.
World of Beer – Located off 34th Street & Archer. Their Beerunch includes breakfast items, donut bits, avocado toast and their bottomless boozy brunch (mimosas, beermosas or bloody marys)
The truth is one might think Gainesville isn’t the place to go for gourmet food, but you are in luck. There is plenty to choose from whether you are looking for a quick breakfast before you rush off to tailgate or a long, delicious brunch so you can spend a little quality time with your hard-working student.