Rise and Shine: Best Sarasota Breakfast Spots

Rise and Shine: Best Sarasota Breakfast Spots

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It’s easy to make a passable breakfast. It’s difficult to make an outstanding one.

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    A pastel-hued mainstay of mid-Sarasota, this small café is a go-to spot for neighbors and for businesspeople putting their heads together for a working meal. Don’t miss the specials. The restaurant recently piled together a crispy black bean cake, slices of avocado, a poached egg and Hollandaise for a one-of-a-kind Benedict. Oasis displays its popular fresh-baked goods in a glass case and on some tabletops right inside the front windows. 
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    This small cafe in a U.S. 41-fronting Nokomis strip offers crazy-affordable breakfast food from sunup until 3 p.m. every day of the week, cranking out primarily egg-heavy plates. Winners include the rich corned beef hash, topped with a couple eggs, and the “bacon Benny,” an eggs Benedict upgraded with applewood-smoked pork. The decor is old-school touristy Florida, with colorful images of the sun, the ocean, seagulls, shells, seahorses and lizards, and the service is equally cheery—and quick.
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    The little Amish-Mennonite community of Pinecraft is beloved by locals and visitors for its restaurants serving hearty comfort food. There’s no better place to sample that than at Der Dutchman’s big breakfast buffet. It’s tough to keep bacon crispy on a buffet, but this massive Amish dining hall has figured it out. The strips of pork hit your plate snappy and crackly, perfectly complementing the magnificent hash browns and big, doughy biscuits. 
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    The crêpes, made of eggy, stretchy dough, pack in savory stuff like bacon, cheese, mushrooms, potatoes and eggs, and just gazing at the pastry cases filled with fresh-baked French concoctions—oh, those chocolate and almond croissants!—can bring on a sugar and butter rush. 
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    Breakfast House’s pancake, though, marries a lovely, tight griddled skin to a creamy interior pocked with air holes and bearing subtle toasted notes. The package is enlivened by butter and genuine maple syrup. The ’cakes taste even better when eaten as part of “Uncle Harry’s hearty breakfast,” a belly-busting $9.99 sampler of most of what the house does best. The restaurant is located in a vintage cottage complete with white picket fence. If the weather is nice, ask for a table out back. 
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    The restaurant’s relaxed environment is sometimes at odds with the big crowds it attracts, particularly on in-season weekend mornings. Those who can find a spot, though, will find plenty to enjoy. The menu runs the a.m. gamut from corned beef hash to huevos rancheros and Belgian waffles, with a very worthy eggs Benedict playing a starring role. (The eggs in that dish and everything else come from Sutter Egg Farm in Sarasota, and you can taste the freshness.)
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    A bowl of house-made granola, fruit and Greek yogurt balances sweetness with whimsical hits of salt. The dish is centered around a mound of blueberry quinoa—bland on its own, but a nice counterpoint to the more powerful flavors arrayed around it. 
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