Delicious Brunch Food in Downtown Orlando, FL
Argentinian red shrimp, cajun cream sauce, hominy grit cakes, topped with green onion and bacon bits
Buttermilk biscuits, romesco sauce, smoked brisket, champagne poached eggs, cream cheese hollandaise
Crispy cornmeal friend chicken, jalapeño waffle, bourbon maple syrup
Fried heirloom tomato, 2 eggs, house made mozzarella, hickory smoked bacon on two slices of toast
Country fried steak & 2 eggs, over home fries, covered in sausage gravy
Smoked brisket gravy, buttermilk biscuits, add egg for $2
Two croissant donuts, covered in blood orange syrup, powdered sugar
Two eggs, home fries, toast
Homefries $2, Toast $2, Egg $2, Bacon $4
Brunch Drinks in Downtown Orlando, FL
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10AM – 4PM
Consumer Advisory: Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. --Section 3-603.11. FDA Food Code Allergy Statement: Menu items may contain or come in contact with WHEAT, EGGS, PEANUTS, TREE NUTS, and MILK.
Brunches are usually reserved for the Sunday crowd, with their bottomless mimosas, avocado toasts and hangovers from the night before.
Saturday brunches are uncommon.
Thankfully, The Aardvark is uncommonly good.
The Aardvark, the casual, unassuming beverage spot on Ferncreek is also becoming that place you want to spend a lazy Saturday morning with some good friends and great food.
The favorite local bottle shop where you can still recharge CO2 tanks, grab a keg or select one of their hundreds of beer & wine selections now has a menu ﬁlled with familiar but adventurous comfort food. Chef Hugh, formerly of Fleming's and The Whiskey, is at the helm.
Hugh and his crew are in charge of bringing SoDo an ever changing "Gulf to table" approach, focused on fresh seasonal items, from seafood to regional dishes.
Now… On to the food!!
I visited on a Saturday. The place had a decent buzz about it, but not too busy. A few tables and few places at the bar were open, with the occasional keg/C02 customer. We were seated quickly, and the waiter came over with a few suggestions as they passed out
the menus before taking out drink orders. The bottomless mimosas ($15) were the choice and both the pineapple & traditional orange were slightly more citrus than bubbly, and not overtly
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Snapper Crudo Flight
We got a little adventurous with our next item, a raw snapper crudo ﬂight ($14).
These paired well with the mimosas, the delicate piles of fresh snapper, presented with 3 diﬀerent ceviche type accompaniments: blood orange, pineapple salsa and a watermelon radish.
Each presented a diﬀerent complimentary texture and citric, tart ﬂavor to go with the tender ﬁsh.
Deﬁnitely recommended as a group dish to share.
Shrimp and Grits
The plate that I truly looked forward to the blue cheese Buﬀalo shrimp and grits - an adventurous take of two iconic ﬂavor proﬁles. These hominy grits were presented well, al dente with a creamy texture with an unexpected surprise. Add in some huge, red, Argentinian shrimp that were almost prawn like. These ﬂavorful shrimp were boosted to the next level with the addition of Buﬀalo sauce. That in itself would be great.
The bonus here was the not-so-subtle addition of blue cheese to the velvety grits. Not an in-your-face ﬂavor, but someone took the time to blend this in well so that blue cheese hits your palate in a complimentary ﬁnish to each bite. Ingenious take on a classic.