Libby's is one of the many places which offer brunch. Photo by Mark Sickles.

Bunches of Brunches in Sarasota County

One of the things you'll want to be sure to do when visiting Sarasota is put on a pair of stretchy pants and make way to one of our many brunch spots. Indulge in a mimosa bar, go full the whole hog with country biscuits and gravy plus generous cut of ham steak. Or go healthy with a yogurt parfait, fresh juice and warm coffee. At local brunch spots, you can satisfy all of your cravings, from made-to-order omeletttes and waffles to eggs Benedict and innovative creations. Sleep in and combine your breakfast and lunch at one of Sarasota's many brunch spots.

On the Gulf

If it's a Gulf view you crave, brunch at Marina Jack. You can scope out the yachts on the waterfront while indulging in delectable dishes. Lido Beach Resort's Sunday brunch offers up a beautiful view of the bay and skyline. One of our favorite spots to grab an egg sandwich is New Pass Grill, which is a great way to start before a long day of fishing. For something fanciful overlooking the gorgeous bay, check out Ophelia's on the Bay and indulge drunken fosters' french toast or an "Eastern Shore" benedict -- a jumbo lump crab cakes and fried green tomatoes twist on the traditional dish. In Venice, Florida, enjoy the view and the Sunday brunch cuisine at Crow's Nest, which includes a breakfast burger, bread pudding french toast and crab cake benedict.

Downtown

What better place to brunch than downtown? The nearby bay, quaint shops, movie theater and sights make it the perfect locale. Take in the view from your brunch table or during a post-meal walk. Mattison's City Grille has inventive dishes and is all outdoors.  It's just steps from Whole Foods, so it's conveniently located for those that want to fuel up on delicious food before doing weekend food shopping. Just east of Mattison's is another breakfast nook called C'est la Vie! This little Main Street restaurant features authentic French dishes and splendid baked goods, with, of course, great coffee. Just North of downtown in the Rosemary District, Lolita Tartine, is another great French and Moroccan-based restaurant.

Back on Main Street nearby Washington Boulevard, Made Restuarant (short of Modern American Delicious Eats) serves some delicious, rich plates you won't likely find elsewhere, such as their pork belly and hash, their brisket benedict, or the B.E.L.T with billionaire bacon, fresh tomatoe, butter lettuce and a fried egg on a Hawaiian style roll. Enjoy one of the most popular brunches in town at the Blue Rooster. Let the spirit move you at their Sunday Gospel Brunch, right to the buffet line for biscuit and gracy, buttermilk waffles, famous fried chicken, collard greens, eggs, fresh fuit and much more. Next door to Blue Rooster is a new restaurant, The Rosemary, that specializes in quiches, served with rosemary roasted potatoes or cheesy grits.

South of downtown Sarasota, be sure to check out Libby's ever changing brunch menu, which offers a bloody mary and mimosa bar. Out on Siesta Key in Siesta Key Village, Village Cafe is a classic spot for breakfast that features fresh squeezed juice and homemade baked goods. Catch brunch before the football game at Siesta Key Oyster Bar and savor benedicts, sweet potato pancakes, lobster frittata and specialty mimosas. Last but not least, Another Broken Egg Cafe serves savory biscuit beigets, granola, fruit & quinoa, and "egg-straordinary" omelettes.

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