Brunch is an essential, integral part of a vacation, regardless of whether you’re alone, traveling with your beloved, or enjoying a family vacation. Sure, sipping a mimosa or bloody mary during the daytime is a fun holiday novelty, but this in-between meal is all about the food: omelets, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and all the bacon you can eat. Jacksonville has a happening brunch scene with a number of restaurants providing breakfast and lunch dishes — but some of them stand out brighter than the others.
Zeta Brewing Company Is All About the Mimosas
Do you need to know anything beyond the fact that Zeta Brewing Company offers $8 bottomless mimosas for brunch? It just so happens that nearly every item on the menu pairs well with Champagne and orange juice. Zeta’s menu is a smorgasbord of refined Southern classics served up for brunch. Eat your chicken and waffles in a handy wrap overstuffed with fried chicken, bacon, and bourbon apple butter. Eat your cheese biscuits with smoked bacon and a sauce made of beer cheese. Even the shrimp and grits get an elevated makeover — and it’s Gouda.
Nibble on Orsay’s High-End Brunch Fare
Orsay is a high-class hot spot at dinner, but the brunch menu is more affordable. Day drinking is never classier than at Orsay, where the bloody mary includes a red wine reduction, the Corpse Reviver #2 includes an absinthe rinse, and you can get a whole pitcher’s worth of mimosa mixings for the table.
The deviled eggs range from simple to sublime. Some have maple syrup and bacon, some have truffle vinaigrette and lobster, and others come with caviar and Champagne. The charcuterie boards are just as deliciously diverse, and the hors-d’oeuvres include roasted oysters, steak tartare, biscuits and gravy, and decadent pastries. From sandwiches to omelets to entrees to-die-for, you might travel back to Jacksonville just to eat at Orsay.
Eat Your Eggs at Copeland’s
The regular brunch menu at Copeland’s New Orleans is full of egg-stravagant egg dishes. The Benedicts include toppings such as pork loin, crab cakes, and filet mignon. In addition to set omelets, there’s an omelet station so that you can build your own brunch with fresh ingredients like spinach, shrimp, crawfish, or cheese.
Copeland’s also hosts a New Orleans Sunday Brunch Buffet that you can’t miss if you’re in Jax on a Sunday. From peel-and-eat shrimp and down-home crawfish boils to stations for beignets, prime rib, honey ham, French toast, and waffles, everything has a New Orleans flair. The city’s brunch scene is so impressive that it’s worthwhile to look for accommodations in Jacksonville that are near the restaurants you want to try. Just make sure Copeland’s is near the top of your list.
Brunch offers the opportunity to enjoy sweet and savory foods while sipping on the hair of the dog and worrying about absolutely nothing — you’re on vacation, after all. Whether you love standard brunch dishes or something more elevated, Jax has it. Where do you go to while away the hours between breakfast and lunch?