Looking around for a breakfast/brunch place in Orlando is like looking for sea water while on a fishing boat out at sea. They are EVERYWHERE, from the cheapest to some very expensive options.
My poor long suffering husband was nominated as the event planner (we were meeting up with his parents on their visit from the UK) and looked up some options (both on tripadvisor and another restaurant/hotel review website) and said "let's try here". It was very close to us so we decided sure - why not - but we were expecting the normal, eggs and bacon with toast and hash browns and watery coffee. BOY were we wrong. We were so wrong that long after breakfast, while packing and getting ready to leave our hotel room, my husband was sitting on the chair looking worried. I asked him what was wrong and he sighed and said "I just can't find the words to express how wonderful breakfast was." and went on in detail to tell me just how superb he'd found it - and how he couldn't find the words to express how much he loved it, which I will detail below. The point is that it so exceeded his expectations, he just couldn't stop thinking about it.
Firstly, it's in a strip mall that you wouldn't really think twice about going into - so don't be fooled by that. Once inside, we were seated immediately (it was about 9 ish on a Sunday morning, just before the big brunch crowd) - and the minute we saw the menus, we were silenced. No "eggs bacon and hashbrowns here" - although you can of course get something similar - it was all gourmet breakfast dishes at not-gourmet prices - hubbie had scrambled eggs with hollandaise sauce and cheese with ham, father in law had a skillet hash (Two eggs* any style atop a hash of fresh, seasoned potatoes, bacon and house-roasted onions with melted Cheddar and Monterey Jack.), mother in law had Avocado, Bacon and Tomato (Two eggs* any style atop a hash of fresh, seasoned potatoes, avocado, bacon and tomatoes with melted Cheddar and Monterey Jack.) and I had the Market Hash - Two eggs* any style atop a hash of fresh, seasoned potatoes, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, zucchini, onions and red peppers with spinach, melted mozzarella and herbed goat cheese. There were small pots of fresh fruit as well as English muffins served with these, and let me tell you, the flavors and freshness were just outstanding. We ordered a large orange juice and shared it (best orange juice I've had in AGES - freshly squeezed and just sweet and delicious) - a pot of coffee (GOOD coffee!!!) - it was just so different from all other breakfast houses we've been to in the past.
While we were eating, we noticed how crowded it was getting and there was quite a queue and customers waiting in line were given cups of coffee - how nice and what a great idea!
It was OUTSTANDING. Obviously the produce is fresh, some of it is organic, it's not the normal mass-produced mass-assembled kind of breakfast food - it's thoughtful, well planned, and deliciously executed - all the combinations worked well, like they had spent years perfecting what goes with what, I could not taste any salt which pleased me (I hate salty-tasting food) - but it just tasted like everything had just come out of the garden. The eggs were a lovely bright orange/yellow, like they'd come from happy chickens. The prices were so reasonable too - I think around $7.50 (ish) for my husband's scrambled egg with hollandaise sauce, I think the other dishes were around $8.50, coffee was I think $2.59 per person (you can see it all detailed below in the check). The only thing I found odd and didn't like was that the Beverages section on the menu had no prices - obviously an oversight but I hate having to ask anyone "how much is coffee? How much is orange juice?" etc. Should be prices on there for all food and beverage items. However, that is such a miniscule complaint, but just something that needs mentioning.
Overall, we gave our event planner (my husband) a standing ovation. Well, we stayed sitting down but asked him to pretend that we were standing up. If you're reading this darling hubbie, choosing so well means you don't have to do the dishes for one whole week. Well, at least until tomorrow night.
OUTSTANDING, DIFFERENT, FRESH AND DELICIOUS - NOT TO MENTION DELIGHTFUL SERVICE STAFF AND GREAT SERVICE. Will we go back? If in Orlando, without question. Would we recommend it? Again, without question. Best breakfast/brunch place around.
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