In JAX, we take brunch pretty seriously… and why wouldn’t we? It’s only the most important meal of the day (move over, breakfast!). So, in honor of April being National Brunch Month, we’ve picked 5 great places from around the region where you can kick start the celebrations:
Have you ever had a brunchcuterie board? Well, now is your chance to try one of the hottest trends to hit the brunch scene in the heart of St. Augustine’s Historic District on St. George Street. At Ancient City Brunch Bar, pick from classic breakfast staples like French toast, waffles, bacon, eggs, pastries, fruit and more to build a delectable, custom charcuterie board with your favorite items – and pair it with a pitcher of Ancient City sangria!
Known as Amelia Island’s best spot for weekend brunch by locals and visitors alike, Leddy’s Porch Bistro is the perfect place to soak in the sunshine and sip on bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys (for only $10!). With a unique selection of Southern comfort food, you can enjoy locally caught Fernandina Beach shrimp and some of the best fried green tomatoes in the region. Before you dine, stop by The Mermaid Bar to sip on a pre-brunch drink and check out the historic inn.
Following the motto, “Live, Love, Local,” Jax Beach Brunch Haus has amazing food and coffee concoctions (Nutella latte syrup made from scratch? Yum!). Sporting a coastal beachy vibe, this beloved local spot has delicious dishes, including many vegan varieties, that are fun, but the real fun is in the owner, Dan Altman, a Jacksonville native and classically trained opera singer. Known as the “singing chef,” Dan often belts out opera as he pops open a bottle champagne or plays the baby grand piano in the lobby.
Let’s be real, southern style brunch isn’t complete without fried chicken & waffles…and Silkie’s has the best in JAX. Named one of the top 10 best champagne bars in the country by The Champagne Bureau, celebrity-chef and Oprah fave Kenny Gilbert puts a luxurious take on the iconic Southern chicken and biscuits – mixing comfort cuisine with international flares inspired by his world travels. Find Your JAX tip: pairing the biscuit sampler with a champagne flight is 100 percent the way to go!
At Just A Pinch Café, you’re invited to “come taste the fusion” of Southern favorites with “just a pinch” of Hawaiian flare. The menu features pineapple upside-down pancakes, spam & eggs rice bowl, Hawaiian French toast, boa buns and other specialty dishes that will take your tastebuds on a trip to island paradise. The restaurant is located in an unassuming strip center, so this restaurant truly is a JAX hidden gem.
Hand crafted cocktails, scrumptious scrambles, mimosa mixtures and tasty pastries – the places to get a bangin’ brunch in JAX are endless. After you’ve tried these hot spots, check out the Ultimate Jacksonville Brunch Bucket List to put some new places to the test.