Header image: Brunch at H20
Brunch: it’s not just breakfast, or lunch. It’s a lifestyle. Brunch is synonymous with good food and good company. It’s a weekend ritual of family and friends gathering to celebrate good times while devouring delicious dishes.
My girlfriends and I always catch up over Sunday brunches. We love trying new spots throughout town and revisiting our favorites. The best part about brunch is flexibility and timing. You can wake up early or sleep in late and still make it “in time.”
Trying to find where the locals brunch? These five restaurants will not disappoint. Drop in, try the special dishes and start up a conversation with the locals, we’ll be sure to give you more suggestions on where to visit.
Here are a few of my favorites:
1. H20 Cajun-Asian Grill
A little secret gem we have in Pensacola is Chef Dan Dunn. Chef Dunn is known locally as “Dano” and is a Pensacola Celebrity Chef. His flavorful combinations and playful dishes are a reason not to miss bunch at H20 Cajun-Asian Grill, known as the “Best Brunch on the Beach.” On Sundays, H20 has FIVE buffet stations. However, you can’t miss the Bloody Mary bar that has 30 self-serve garnishes. I’ve never met a Bloody Mary I didn’t like, but with 30 garnishes for your choosing, I’m in heaven!
2. Ruby Slipper
In the heart of downtown, Ruby Slipper Cafe is a must stop. Since there’s “no place like home,” the Ruby Slipper Café shows you comfort food with a slice of New Orleans style. My absolute favorite meal is the Gulf Fish ‘St. Peter.’ This dish is drool worthy! A pan-seared Gulf fish of the day (typically mahi-mahi) over a cheesy grit cake. Even if you don’t like grits or you’ve never had grits, you must try this grit cake! It’s topped with sautéed spinach and tomatoes, a skewer of grilled shrimp and a creole mustard hollandaise. Delicious and it’s so big, plan to share.
3. Polonza Bistro
Polonza Bistro is a quaint little spot with a big and bold coffee menu. The baristas know how to make a fancy little cup of joe. My go-to coffee at Polonza is the Iced Honey Latte as the honey used is from a local company, East Hill Honey. Treat yourself to delicious chicken and waffles with candied pecan waffles, the Cervantes Frittata or the Gulf Coast benedict with crab cakes. Polonza is located on Palafox Street, so it’s easily accessible to all things downtown.
Photo by @palmerism
4. My Favorite Things
An eclectic place where my girlfriends and I love to go and catch up is My Favorite Things. A little maze-like atmosphere with down-home delicacies. Each table setting will be different as you feel like you might be in your grandmother’s house on a farm, as you sit around handmade wooden tables. Enjoy traditional meals but don’t miss the homemade cream cheese options.
Photo by @myfavoritethingspensacola
5. Fish House
My go-to brunch. The Fish House can fit a large group and has a beautiful view of Pensacola Bay. We enjoy sitting outside on the deck and listening to live music. The Fish House is quite known for their brunch, because anything you order will be outstanding. A must try is signature dish — the World-Famous Grits a Ya Ya with spiced Gulf shrimp — is topped with sauté of spinach, Portobello mushrooms, apple wood-smoked bacon, garlic, shallots and cream compiled over a bed of smoked gouda grits.
Have a favorite spot left off this list? Tell us where you go for brunch and what you order in the comments section!