“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 USF’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.
Bearss Tavern + Tap – This is a fun brunch spot that offers bottomless Mimosas for $10! They like to say that they are the “Home of the 3-day weekend” with a special brunch menu on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays.
First Watch – Offers wonderful breakfasts and lunch until 3 pm. The two closest locations are on Fowler, and on Bruce B. Downs.
KeKe’s Breakfast Café – This is a classic breakfast place, but also has items like burgers, sandwiches, paninis, and salads. It is open till 2:30 on all days and is very popular, so get there early!
Shelly’s Café – This classic breakfast place is open till 3 pm. and is yummy! It is known for its beignets and their French toast varieties.
Ella’s American Folk-Art Café – For brunch, Ella’s is open at 11 am. on Saturdays and Sundays. It is in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa and is an eclectic place with music and art, as well as great food and atmosphere.
Maple Street Biscuit Company – This may be the best southern comfort food in town! Their homemade biscuit dishes are delicious and have become very popular. It is located in Carrollwood off of N. Dale Mabry and is open M – F 7 am till 2 pm, and on Saturday till 3 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Ciccio Cali – This California inspired restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but also has its own brunch menu on weekends. Located just a few minutes from campus in the Tampa Palms area, their wraps and bowls are favorites with locals.
Oxford Exchange – Located in downtown Tampa, across from the University of Tampa, this beautiful restaurant also offers a shop, tea bar, coffee bar, a new champagne bar, a bookstore, and more. Reservations are recommended, and it’s very Instagrammable!
The truth is that USF students are lucky to go to school in a large city that offers a lot. 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. You’ll need to visit often to try so many amazing places!