The Briarpatch Restaurant
252 Park Avenue N., Winter Park, FL 32789
The Briarpatch is synonymous with the word “brunch” in Winter Park. It is a staple on Park Avenue and offers contemporary comfort food in a charming, southern setting. The outside seating is relaxed and under a covered patio. Inside, however, is exciting and bustling, with separate dining and bakery areas.
I met my grandmother last weekend to have brunch at our favorite Sunday spot. Even on the weekdays, it is best to have a reservation at The Briarpatch, or you may find yourself window shopping on Park Avenue while you wait for a table.
After a long week of junk food in the library, I decided to order something off the Heart Healthy menu. While ignoring the giant cakes and ice cream on display was hard, my Egg White, Tomato, and Basil Omelet was delicious and filling. The fresh tomatoes and basil were sautéed perfectly so that they were both juicy and crunchy. Melted Parmigiano Reggiano cheese made me forget how healthy the meal was.
The Briarpatch is known for their fresh, fluffy pancakes. Rich flavor combinations and homemade whipped cream topping set these pancakes apart from any other. My grandmother ordered her usual, Raspberry Lemon Cream pancakes, topped with fresh raspberries and whipped cream. They were thick, moist, and the lemon cream added a deliciously tart kick.
The Briarpatch is consistent and comfortable. There are plenty of tourists, but it’s also the preferred brunch spot of Rollins Students and Winter Park locals alike. I suggest going home with a slice of the rich and creamy peanut butter pie or the towering red velvet cake. You will not be disappointed!