As the old adage goes, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day," so here are the best breakfast Restaurants in Tampa; all 15 restaurants are guaranteed to start off your day in the most delicious way.
Voted Best Breakfast in Tampa five years in a row, Pinky's Diner is the number-one place to go for breakfast. They have different options with breakfast Cubans and half a dozen frittatas (you can even create your own frittata). Other specialties include their award-winning eggs benedict, hearty oatmeal pancakes, and stuffed French toast made with Cuban bread and homemade berry cream cheese. If you haven’t already, you must stop by Pinky’s for breakfast one morning- you won’t be disappointed!
Although it's called The Brunchery, this South Tampa favorite also serves breakfast and has an impressive menu. In addition to eggs benedict and omelets, they also have French toast, specialty pancakes, and waffles. Their signature Waffles a la Brunchery is topped with cream cheese sauce, bananas, strawberries, and powdered sugar. With a selection of sweet and savory crepes as well as their Quiche of the Day. The Brunchery covers all of the bases when it comes to breakfast.
If you are looking for a light breakfast, swing by Pane Rustica for their Frittata of the Day or breakfast sandwich. They also have sweet bakery items like sticky buns, scones, and muffins. A cappuccino, latte, or espresso pairs perfectly with breakfast at Pane Rustica.
New to South Tampa, Another Broken Egg Cafe is a unique breakfast chain that hails from Louisiana. Not only do they have a selection of omelets, eggs benedict, and breakfast skillets, but they also have sweet items from the griddle like Sweet Potato Pancakes and Cinnamon Roll French Toast. And, of course, they serve shrimp and grits, a Southern specialty. Turn your breakfast into a spirited morning with a mixed drink or coffee like their Nutella Late, which is garnished with a biscuit beignet and a strip of BACON! Their Shrimp Grits are awesome, we loved their Lobster and Brie Omelet too!
Located in the trendy Soho District (aka the Soho District), Daily Eats serves breakfast all day with a variety of breakfast bowls, omelets, and eggs benedict. They also have French toast and pancakes (they even have whole wheat and gluten-free pancakes). Try Chef’s Famous Crunchy French Toast, which owes its sweet crunchiness to Cap’n Crunch. With its mix of classic and new breakfast dishes, Daily Eats is a contemporary diner that has something for every taste.
There’s a reason why Brunchie's rhymes with “munchies.” They have omelets, skillets, and eggs benedict as well as items “off-the-griddle” like waffles and pancakes. Their signature Blueberry Crunchcakes are made with granola, which makes it healthy, right? Brunchie’s Guava-Stuffed French Toast also seems good for you with guava cream cheese stuffed in challah French toast, topped with cornflakes, strawberries, and almonds. Brunchie’s knows you’ll be back again and again for breakfast, which is why they have their own rewards program.
Nicko's Fine Foods serves up a greasy-spoon breakfast with a side of nostalgia. An Airstream with round, vinyl barstools and snug booths, this classic diner makes you feel like you stepped back into the 1950’s. There’s more history to Nicko’s than the décor, though; Elvis Presley actually ate at this diner after doing a show in Tampa on August 5, 1956. Marked with a small plaque, “The Elvis Booth” is by far the most coveted seat in the joint. Come to Nicko’s for breakfast and get the true diner experience (you may be lucky enough to sit where Elvis once did over 60 years ago).
Downtown Tampa and the Kennedy Corridor
The Oxford Exchange ups the ante for breakfast with its posh seating and vintage décor. Although they have high-brow plates like eggs benedict and smoked salmon, they also have breakfast tacos and sandwiches. Whatever your fancy, they have drinks like mimosas and bellinis to go with it. After breakfast, you can swing by their Pottery Barn-esque shop or peruse the many volumes in their bookstore.
With several locations in Tampa, First Watch is a popular choice for breakfast-goers in Downtown Tampa. This restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients and making all items to order while having fast, friendly service. They have dishes like omelets, eggs benedict, and scrambles as well as pancakes, Belgian waffles, and French toast. First Watch also serves healthier items like their Tri-Athlete Omelet and Power Wrap. Make First Watch your first stop for breakfast!
Located in historic Ybor City, La Creperia serves both savory and sweet crepes for breakfast. If you aren’t familiar with crepes, they’re thin pancakes that can be filled with any number of ingredients. La Creperia’s Southwest crepe, for instance, has cheese, egg, guacamole, jalapenos, and tomatoes with a dollop of sour cream. Their “To Your Health” crepe is one of their sweet options with honey, walnuts, strawberries, banana, and your choice of yogurt or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy one of La Creperia’s many creations with a cappuccino, latte, or frappe.
The Egg & I in Brandon serves everything eggs for breakfast: eggs benedict, scrambles, omelets, skillets, and frittatas. They also have huevos rancheros and biscuits, eggs, and gravy. From the griddle, they have sweet breakfasts like Strawberry Banana Waffles and Apple Cinnamon Pancakes. Whether you’re an egg fan or not, there’s something delicious for everyone at The Egg & I.
Looking for a good brunch place or a Bloody Mary (you know, for the morning after)? If so, check out Wake Up to Tampa's Best Brunch Spots and Best Bloody Mary Bars Found in Tampa | Top 50. What do you think about our list of Tampa's best breakfast restaurants? Did we miss your favorite spot? Share your thoughts in the comments, and remember our top suggestions next time you're wondering where to grab a bite in the morning.