Imagine a sunny Sunday morning in St. Augustine, Florida. It’s early enough to enjoy the cooling sensation salty ocean breezes that offer respite during a leisurely stroll through town, and never too late to plan a wonderful day of sightseeing. Perhaps you visited the Cathedral Basilica for worship services, or walked the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos as children flew kites or chased a Frisbee around in the grass. It’s a fine time to be on vacation, and the perfect time to explore a delicious brunch to keep you energized throughout the day.

If you have an appetite for delicious Florida seafood and fruits, and other culinary delights, St. Augustine restaurants provide wonderful brunch menus prepared to satisfy. Whether you want to sample the best of the buffet or sit down to a unique plate as you watch the tide gently lap the distant shores, there is a table reserved for you here.

Of the buffet-style Sunday brunch options, The Reef (4100 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine) prepares a sumptuous selection of breakfast favorites – omelets, waffles, and fruit – along with a carving station, crab legs and shrimp, an array of cheeses, and homemade dessert. Live jazz and classical guitar complement the late morning view of the ocean as you dine. Brunch is served from 11AM – 2PM on Sundays, call 904-824-8008 to reserve for holidays.

Another popular buffet in town belongs to 95 Cordova Restaurant, located – of course – at 95 Cordova Street in the Casa Monica Hotel. This upscale Sunday fare includes succulent carving and omelet stations and fresh seafood. If you happen to around during the right season, you may find stone crab claws among your choices. Don’t forget to save room for dessert, for the Cordova presents a selection almost as large as brunch itself.

Local favorite Gypsy Cab Company (828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine) offers an eclectic menu of egg dishes on weekends until 3PM. Choose from traditional omelets – savory Greek with feta cheese, or the filling bacon, cheddar and tomato – Eggs Benedict and Florentine, and more unusual offerings like Eggs Copenhagen (a Benedict with salmon instead of ham). A stop at the Gypsy Cab is great if you have a full schedule and need a quick bite at a great price.

For more Mediterranean fare, try La Pentola (58 Charlotte Street, St. Augustine) in the historic downtown district. Enjoy a steaming espresso with a serving of baked brie and fresh fruit, or try the chef’s special quiche of the day or one of many delicious pasta dishes, tossed in creamy Alfredo or spicy marinara. La Pentola provides an intimate atmosphere and a welcome respite from the busy tourist areas.

Whether searching for a quick bite before a day at the beach, or a leisurely midday meal with friends and family, Sunday brings the best of brunch to St. Augustine. Bring an appetite for a delicious taste of Old City.

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