They say that brunch is breakfast without an alarm clock and a Sunday treat to the late-risers! The best part of brunch is a more relaxed atmosphere and the acceptance of mimosas in the morning!  We rounded up the best brunch restaurants in North Central Florida around Inverness, Gainesville, Homosassa, and Ocala. Now, cheers to the weekend and let there be brunch!

Peach Valley Café: Gainesville

Open from 7 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., Peach Valley Café in Gainesville has a menu that will satisfy all types of appetites. They have lighter meals such as yogurt, fruit, and granola but also bigger dishes such as wraps, omelets, and burgers! Don’t forget about the mimosas or sparkling wine, Peach Valley Café has that too!

The Starting Gate Restaurant: Homosassa

Quiet and quaint in Homosassa, The Starting Gate Restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. through noon for breakfast and lunch! Benedict specials are served daily so you can enjoy their grilled shrimp bene or Steve’s corn beef hash bene each and every day! They also offer burritos in several varieties, homemade blueberry cobbler, and sandwiches. Something for everyone! 

43rd Street Deli & Breakfast House: Gainesville 

Monday through Sunday, 43rd Street Deli & Breakfast House is open from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch. Offering classic breakfast and lunch specials, 43rd Street Deli also offers vegetarian and vegan options for brunch.This Gainesville staple is active in both locations!

Braised Onion Restaurant: Ocala

Ocala has The Braised Onion Restaurant, which a cozy place for a late lunch on Sunday. Start off with their crab cake with a side of Asian slaw and cup of lobster bisque, and end with their quiche of the day. They also have a gluten-free menu.

East End Eatery: Gainesville

On Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., East End Eatery in Gainesville hosts brunch. The exact brunch specials will change but will include an assortment of benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, and more!

First Watch: The Villages

First Watch is the perfect place for brunch if you’re coming with a group who wants variety. The avocado toast is great for friends wanting something on the lighter side while their trifecta gives more of a classic take on filling breakfast items like eggs, waffles, and pancakes. Protein choices include bacon, turkey sausage or pork sausage.

Dillon's Cinnamon Sticks Restaurant & Bakery: Inverness

In Inverness, Cinnamon Sticks has both a breakfast and lunch menu to satisfy whatever you’re craving! Their cinnamon swirl pecan pancakes, country biscuit breakfast, and corned beef hash meals offer comfort food breakfast choices. Their lunch menu includes classic sandwiches, and a pot roast melt or comfort classic entrees such as mama’s meatloaf.

The Greenhouse Bistro & Restaurant: Homosassa  

The Greenhouse Bistro & Market in Homosassa offers healthy choices for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.! The bistro benedict is made with sweet potato and their breakfast burrito has goat cheese. A twist on your favorite classic dishes! 

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