Is there anything that says “vacation mode” more than sleeping extra late, then moseying to a big brunch before facing the rest of the day? Luckily, Daytona Beach has a wide range of traditional breakfasts, artisan cuisine and family-friendly dining options that fit the bill for a filling brunch. No matter what you’re in the mood for (or how late you sleep!), there is a pancake or a mimosa with your name on it somewhere in the area.
Fuel up for a day full of adventure at one of these top brunch spots in the Daytona Beach area.
A leisurely brunch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? Yes, please! Breakfast specials are served until noon at this Ormond Beach establishment. Owned by a husband and wife team, Alfie’s has been serving loyal locals for more than 30 years. Though a few things have changed over the years, a few constants are the high-quality food, the exceptional customer service and the homey atmosphere. The breakfast menu offers a wide range of options, with choices that are sure to please anyone in your vacation crew. If you have a hankering for biscuits and gravy or a 22-ounce Bloody Mary, you won’t want to miss Alfie’s!
For a no-frills, locally-loved breakfast, head to Pat’s Riverfront Café! Sometimes called “Daytona Beach’s best-kept secret,” this hidden treasure has been serving Southern comfort food for over 30 years. Known for outstanding all-day breakfasts served until 2 p.m., this classic restaurant is located on the Halifax River in Port Orange. Plus, if you’re dining on the café’s outdoor seating deck, feel free to bring along your doggo, as leashed pets are allowed outside! Although everything on the menu is good, you won’t want to miss the buckwheat pancakes, which are back by popular demand!
If you’re thinking down-home cooking and Southern specialties, Aunt Catfish’s is your best bet — it was even voted as “Best All-Around Brunch” by Daytona Beach News-Journal readers. Each Sunday, you can enjoy the restaurant’s “Blue Jean Brunch” tradition. Enjoy home-style eggs, omelets, pancakes, French toast and a hot brunch buffet bar. Of course, Aunt Catfish’s is known around these parts as the home of the sticky buns, so don’t miss out. As the cherry on top of your brunch, stop by the chocolate fountain and dip some fruit as a sweet treat! Sunday Brunch hours are from 9 a.m. ’til 2 p.m., and you can enjoy extra savings if you arrive for the “Early Bird Special” from 9 to 10 a.m.! Plus, kids eat for just $8.99.
Looking for a seaside brunch with yummy cuisine? Join The Shores Resort & Spa each Sunday for a Sunday brunch featuring creative dishes, spectacular Bloody Mary specials and a Mimosa Bar! Menu favorites include the crab cakes Benedict, chicken n' waffles, and the mouthwatering lobster and gruyere frittata. Custom-craft your Bloody Mary at the build-your-own drink station with over 50 items available for only $8. Are mimosas more your thing? Top off your group’s meal with a pitcher of mimosas for just $20. Plus, live entertainment is always provided, as well as a complimentary valet for your convenience.
In the mood to put a little effort into your breakfast? The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House is located on-site at DeLeon Springs State Park, just a short drive away from downtown Daytona Beach. Based around a fun concept that blends waited dining and do-it-yourself breakfast, this family-friendly café eatures a hot griddle in the middle of each table so that you can cook your own pancakes! The wait staff brings you two different kinds of batter, and you choose toppings to add, as well as any additional items you’d like to cook, like eggs. Then, get to flipping! Weekends and holidays can get pretty busy, so your best bet is to either arrive early, or be prepared to enjoy the springs, eco-boat tour or other features of this scenic park while you wait.
Brunching and beaching go hand in hand — so fill up on a yummy meal before heading out for a day of fun in the sun. With so many delicious choices, you can’t go wrong. Looking for more foodie faves? Learn more about all the best Daytona Beach restaurants here!