Best Places for Breakfast in Orlando

American breakfast feast

Right, there’s no getting away from it, you will need to eat whilst staying in Orlando! Even though staying in your Florida holiday home and cooking for everyone is definitely cheaper than eating breakfast out, many people will take the plunge and head to a restaurant. With so many options in and around the parks, where should you choose and what is on offer? In this blog we have given you a quick peek at where to go and what to expect for breakfast in Orlando.

Cracker Barrel

For the family with varied tastes, there’s no better place to enjoy your breakfast than Cracker Barrel! Here you can tuck into a buffet of fried options, as well as pancakes, French toast, oatmeal, fruit and yoghurt, in addition to American classics such as grits and biscuits with gravy. You could also try out a few side dishes, just to make sure you have sufficient energy for the day of fun you are bound to have planned! Fried apple, hash brown casserole and a blueberry muffin should keep you full until lunch, at least! You can either go into the restaurant yourself, or you can order it to be collected from your closest outlet.

Cracker Barrel in Orlando

Locations:

  • 13300 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837-6636
  • 5400 W Irlo Bronson Memorial, Kissimmee, FL 34746-4709
  • 6699 S Semoan Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822-3219
  • 7878 W Irlo Bronson Memorial, Kissimmee, FL 34747-1738
  • 111 Dunson Ln, Davenport, FL 33896-8315

First Watch

Discerning diners can enjoy a more gastronomical feast at First Watch. Not as many branches as Cracker Barrel, but equally a hit with the hungry hordes! A daytime café by trade, they are only open until 2:30pm so you do need to get in early to avoid disappointment. Traditional fry-ups aside, you can also try smashed avocado on wholegrain toast, granola or oatmeal in addition to appetising sandwiches, omelettes and frittatas; there will be something for all to get their early-morning fill from!

First Watch restaurant

Locations:

  • 8280 Champions Gate Blvd, Champions Gate, FL 33896
  • 11951 International Drive South, Suite A, Orlando, FL 32821

IHOP

You may have heard about them on many a US TV show, but now you can actually eat in an IHOP for real! Perfect for pancake lovers, both breakfast-style and crepe, they come complete with many different toppings and accompaniments! You could have pancakes a different way each morning and still be spoilt for choice come the end of your holiday. Also here, hot favourites including omelettes, French toast and Belgian waffles sit on the menu alongside the more traditional fry-up. Finding it too hard to decide? Try out a combo to really mix things up before your big day out in the Sunshine State!

IHOP restaurant in Orlando

Locations:

  • 6065 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747
  • 6005 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819-8207
  • 5184 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • 1715 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Golden Corral

Want minimal fuss as you eat yourself awake for a fun day in Florida’s theme parks? Head down to Golden Corral for a buffet-style feast! With vegetarian options as well, all the family can come here to enjoy the belly-busting food before their big day out! Waffles, pancakes, grits, burritos as well as cereal, frozen yoghurt and French toast guarantee that there is something for all tastes, and the fussy eaters! Whilst here why not try the American classic – grits or biscuits and gravy for a real culinary experience!

Golden Corral restaurant sign in Orlando

Locations:

  • 6077 W Irlo Bronson Memorial, Celebration, FL 34747
  • 7702 W Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747
  • 11701 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

DID YOU KNOW: Biscuits and gravy isn’t like dunking a digestive in your roast dinner! American biscuits are essentially scones to us Brits, with their gravy being a creamy sausage sauce!

Egg City

For a truly one-off experience, we have to recommend Nikko’s Egg City! Set in a 50s-style diner, this restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, closing at 2pm, so make sure you get in here quick, it’s fantastic value! Not a fan of eggs? That’s fine, there are plenty of other mouth-watering dishes on the menu that are certain to satisfy! From French toast that is filled with jam and cream cheese, to stacks of American-style pancakes, waffles, biscuits & gravy, omelettes and a range of breakfast sandwiches, you will find something to eat. For the younger ones there is also a kids’ menu, that includes a Mickey Mouse pancake! Keep your eyes peeled for the specials board, you could be in for a treat!

Egg City diner, Haines City

Address: 35510 US-27, Haines City, FL 33844

Chef Mickey’s

Want to quit the faff and head straight into Disney? Why not grab breakfast at Chef Mickey’s in Magic Kingdom whilst you’re there? Open for a buffet breakfast between 7am and 11:15am, this restaurant serves up a variety of fruit, as well as smoked salmon, salads, yoghurt, scrambled eggs, waffles, croissants, cereals and potato bites. Ideal for the little ones, with Disney characters such as Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Minnie and even Mickey Mouse himself roaming the floor to interact with guests, children are bound to start the day with a massive smile on their face, and in the end what could be better than that?

Pluto at Chef Mickey's, Disney World

Photo credit: CC by Ashley, flickr

Address: 4600 North World Dr, Contemporary Resort Hotel, Orlando, FL 32830

As you can see, there is plenty of choices for somewhere to eat the first meal of the day! From the children-centred Chef Mickey’s, and independent outlets such as Nikko’s Egg City, all the way up to US-wide restaurant chains IHOP, Cracker Barrel and Golden Corral, there will be somewhere to fill your belly and banish your appetite until lunch, or maybe even dinner!

We have listed our recommendation for breakfast in Orlando, but have we missed one of your favourite haunts? Any handy tips you have when searching for breakfast in the area? Get in touch via our usual social media channels, we’d love to hear from you to share your wisdom!