Are you taking your mom out to brunch this weekend for Mother’s Day? Are you wondering where to go? Well, here is a round-up of some of the best destinations for brunch (in my humble opinion as well as popular opinion) in the Bradenton-Sarasota area. These are in no particular order – they are all fantastic.
The Capital Grille (180 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL 941-256-3647)
The Capital Grille will offer a prix-fixe brunch menu for both children and adults in addition to their full dinner menu.
For the appetizer course, guests can choose between items such as Cup of Spring Artichoke Bisque, or Bibb Stack Salad. Guests can then select from a range of items for their main course, including Bone-In Dry Aged NY Strip with Fried Egg, Pan Seared Salmon, 8 oz. Filet Mignon, or Yhe Grille’s Lobster Frittata.
Brunch concludes with decadent dessert choices such as Classic Crème Brûlée, or Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake. It is also accompanied by the restaurant’s award-winning wine list of over 350 wine selections, as well as signature cocktails including a Classic Mimosa, Bellini, Grapefruit Buck or a Bloody Mary available for $7.00.
To see their menu, please click HERE.
In addition to the dinner menu being served all day, brunch will be offered from 10am-3pm for $49 per person and $15 for children. They have provided their recipe for their decadent Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon….please scroll to the end of this post for the recipe. Photos below are of their Lobster Quiche and Steak and Eggs. Photos courtesy of The Capital Grille.
Enrich Bistro (5629 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 941-792-0990)
This I can call one of the best neighborhood restaurants since I live just down the street! Chef Rich Knowles does an amazing job with his menu and sourcing from local vendors. Brunch is from 10:30am-2pm and you will be offered servings such as a Cubano Brunch Bowl, or a Cowboy Benedict with house-ground and hand-pattied sausage with lamb, beef, pork, and sage, poached egg, on a rosemary cheddar biscuit and topped with cilantro hollandaise and served with a side of plantain potato hash. Oh my. Or….go for the enRiched Shrimp N Grits which entails lightly blackened shrimp, smoked gouda bacon grits, Cortez bottarga sherry cream, heirloom tomato, and scallion. Wow. Photos Courtesy of EnRich Bistro. To see his amazing brunch menu please click HERE.
Seafood Shack (4110 127th Street, Cortez, FL 941-794-1235)
While the Seafood Shack doesn’t offer a weekend brunch on a weekly basis, they definitely do for Mother’s Day! They are hosting their 2nd annual Mother’s Day Brunch buffet from 10am-2pm overlooking impeccable views of the Gulf Coast.
Guests can expect a variety of delicious options such as a Breakfast Station featuring Eggs Benedict, House-Cured Smoked Salmon and Fresh-Baked Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy; a Warm Entree Station with Grilled Local Fresh Catch and the Shack’s Signature Shrimp & Grits; a Steamship Carving Station and more!! Guests can also make an omelet just the way they like it by visiting the Made-to-Order Omelet Station.
In addition, there will be a selection of assorted pastries and dessert and a full bar offering Champagne Mimosas ($8), Housemade Watermelon Sangria ($8), and the Seafood Shack’s Signature Bloody Mary ($8) as well as beer, wine, and other drinks. A children’s menu is also provided. And – there will also be a complimentary photo area with a professional photographer, live musical entertainment by jazz singer Sarah Combs, and a social media contest with a prize valued at $100. Brunch is $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 5-12. Photos courtesy of the Seafood Shack.
O’Brick’s Irish Pub & Martini Bar | The Grill at O’Bricks (427 12th Street West, Bradenton, FL 941-896-8860)
A favorite place for locals – and everyone else! I popped in there about three weeks ago after going to the Bradenton Farmer’s Market which is also located on Old Main Street and had their Eggs Mexicali off of their brunch menu which was outstanding!! Their Bloody Mary’s are soooo good as well. Other brunch offerings include Shrimp & Grits, Eggs Florentine, and The Old Main Grill – which is their version of a Croque Monsieur. They open at 11 am. Photos courtesy of Stacey Siegal.
Station 400 (400 N. Lemon Avenue, Sarasota, FL 941-906-1400 and 8215 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL 941-907-0648)
Station 400 always receives rave reviews for their food and service. Pictured above is their Station 400 Signature Poached Lobster, Blue Crab & Chervil Omelette with Truffle Hollandaise. Wow, that sounds delicious! Other eye-catching brunch offerings include Huevos Gringos (two eggs any style, chipotle chicken, black beans, pickled jalapeño, avocado, and queso fresco on crispy tortillas) and both their Italian (fresh mozzarella, marinated artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, roasted peppers, and basil pesto) and French (melted Brie, caramelized onions, and fines herbes) omelettes. They also offer specialty pancakes and waffles (Nutella Waffles anyone?) and cereal dishes. And specialty mimosas! To round out the menu, there are plenty of soups, salads, and sandwiches from which to choose. They are open between 8 am and 3 pm. Photo courtesy of Station 400.
Sage Biscuit Cafe (6656 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 941-792-3970)
This is another favorite of locals and visitors alike. They have a wide array of breakfast and lunch dishes, and are known for their Breakfast Skillets and their twists on traditional Eggs Benedict include combinations such as Jalapeño-Bacon & Fried Green Tomato Benedict and Spinach & Tomato. The Sage Biscuit Cafe also offers many vegan and vegetarian options, as well as gluten-free. For their menu, please click HERE. They are open from 7 am to 3 pm. Photo courtesy of Stacey Siegal
Shore Diner (465 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 941-296-0301)
If I’m headed to St. Armand’s Circle, this restaurant is my favorite destination. Love their eclectic menu; love their truffle fries. Their Sunday Brunch includes an inviting Bloody Mary bar as well as enticing menu items such as Maine Lobster Salad Benedict, Crunchy Challah French Toast, Chicken ‘n Cheddar Waffle, and even a Banana & Nutella Sandwich. Please click HERE for their menu. You will be very glad that you did.
I hope you enjoyed this brunch round-up of some of our wonderful restaurants. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! xo
Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon (from The Capital Grille)
Salmon Fillet 8 oz
Kosher Salt 1 tsp
Ground Black Pepper ¼ tsp
Clarified Butter 2 Tbsp
White Wine 2oz
Citrus Glaze 3 Tbsp
Brown Butter ½ oz
Haricots Verts ½ cup
Roasted Cipollini Onions 2 each
Almonds, Marcona (toasted) chopped 1 Tbsp
- Season the salmon fillet with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides.
- Place the clarified butter in a pre-heated skillet.
- Place the salmon fillet, flesh side down, over the butter in the skillet and sear the fish for four minutes, or, until golden brown and crisp.
- Place salmon skin side down in a pie pan with white wine.
- Brush the crisp side of the fish with one ounce of the citrus glaze and place it in a 400 degree oven.
- Roast the fish until cooked through, but moist (5-7 minutes depending on thickness).
- While the fish is roasting, sauté the green beans, almonds and Cipollini onions in a small sauté pan with half of brown butter.
- Place warm vegetables in the center of a hot plate, with all the green beans lined up in a row.
- Place the salmon on top of the vegetables.
- Drizzle the remaining ½ of glaze around the salmon and serve immediately.
CITRUS HONEY GLAZE
Lemon Juice, Freshly Squeezed 1 Cups
Honey 1 Cups
Star Anise, Whole 1 each
Cracked Black Pepper 2 tsp
Fresh Lemon Zest 1 Tbsp
- Combine the lemon juice, honey, star anise and cracked pepper in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 12- 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow it to steep for ten minutes.
- While the mixture steeps, prepare the lemon zest. (Avoid the white pith under the rind as it will give your dish a bitter after-taste)
- Strain anise and pepper from honey lemon mixture and discard solids.
- Fold in zest and reserve at room temperature.