Sage Biscuit Cafe
Sage is probably one of the most popular breakfast and lunch spots in downtown Bradenton but they also have a location further west on Manatee Avenue. It was a friend’s recommendation that guided me to order my biscuit “grilled”, meaning buttered, warm, and pressed. It is so much better this way..The cafe is family owned but they have a fantastic staff that keeps everything moving quickly. I’ve had both breakfast and lunch there, but I’m going to concentrate on their early morning selections.
My first choice always tends to be an omelet and the Wisconsin Three Cheese Omelet is my favorite. It’s made with Cheddar, Swiss, and Monterey Jack Cheese. You can have it with potatoes, grits, or fruit and sage biscuit or toast. Never skip the biscuit!
Another good choice is the Corned Beef Hash with onions and peppers topped with two eggs. Lately, I’ve been more open to the idea that avocado is a breakfast fruit and the California Hipster certainly helps that belief. It’s a rustic, multigrain toast loaded with fresh guacamole, sliced tomatoes, poached eggs, and scallions and served with fresh fruit. There’s nothing dainty about this breakfast. There truly is a breakfast here for everyone. I’ve even had a parfait or two at Sage Biscuit.
You really can’t find a poor choice on this menu. They have amazing Omelets, Benedicts, Bowls, and Vegetarian options too, There’s plenty to enjoy including Gluten Free Pancakes and the Gluten-Free Berry French Toast topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries.
Sage Biscuit Cafe Downtown is located at 1401 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton, FL 34205, and Sage Biscuit Cafe Cortez is located at 6656 Cortez Rd W., Bradenton, FL 34210. They’re open 7 days a week from 7 am to 3 pm.
Wilder’s Pizza’s Weekend Brunch
This choice might seem a bit unusual, but I consider Wilder’s Pizza to have some of the best brunch items on their weekend brunch menu. You know that you can get Pizza or Calzone or Lasagna at Wilder’s- but what they’ve baked for brunch is delicious.
First off, you must try the Brewer’s Breakfast Sandwich. It’s made with two scrambled eggs with cheese on their homemade focaccia bread. It’s thick, crunchy, and fresh. Even though it doesn’t say it anywhere on the menu, ask to have yours topped with sausage gravy. This breakfast sandwich will suddenly be engraved in your brain forever.
Pizza for breakfast is an old thing, but breakfast pizza is the way you were always meant to have pizza. Egg & Cheese Pizza; Bacon, Egg & Cheese Pizza or Sausage, Egg & Cheese Pizza are the three original brothers of the breakfast pizza family. Then came some distant cousins named the Hangover Pie with sausage gravy, bacon, sausage, ham, onion, green pepper, egg, breakfast potatoes, and cheese; and the Country-Style Brisket Pizza with the Old World-Famous Scarpino family dough recipe, dressed with country sausage gravy, grande mozzarella cheese, topped with two fresh eggs cooked your way and hand-carved corned beef brisket. There are a few more options or you can always consult with Ryan and come up with your own creation.
There are a few more choices for breakfast – you can have Peaches & Cream French Toast
If you’re craving something sweet,, or a Top of the Morning Burger – a handmade char-grilled 100% ground beef patty topped with lettuce, bacon, crispy onion strings, provolone cheese, and an over-medium egg if you wake up ready for action. $3 Sangria, Bellini, or Mimosas will finish up this delicious brunch.
Wilder’s Pizza is located at 827 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Robin’s Downtown Cafe
Robin’s is a staple of Bradenton’s Old Main Street. A local’s favorite is also a visitor’s great find. Back in 1998, it was my favorite lunch spot when I first landed in Bradenton. The cafe remains as good as it was then. They have a large selection of breakfast offerings and an equally ample lunch menu. Many Bradenton residents know the serving and kitchen staff on a first-name basis.
What sets Robin’s apart from other local breakfast restaurants is their omelets. A thin egg “crepe” is folded several times over and filled with your choice of vegetables or meats. This technique gives it a unique fluffy and light characteristic. I tend to go with the Classic Greek 3 Egg Omelette. It’s filled with sausage, tomato, onion, spinach, and feta and served with toast or biscuit; home fries, hash browns, or grits. They also have Breakfast Combos, Traditional Breakfast, and Robin’s Favorite Breakfast.
The lunch menu is also served during operating hours and includes wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and salads. The Pot Roast Beef Melt and the Reuben Sandwich are standouts you won’t want to miss. Also, don’t forget to check out their Daily Specials board.
Robin’s Downtown Cafe is located on Historic Old Main Street at 428 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00 AM to 1:30 PM and are closed on Mondays.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled for More Great Breakfast Options
This is the first in a series of local breakfast restaurant reviews, so if you’re a breakfast lover, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the next installment! In the meantime, when your morning cravings strike, skip the drive-thru and #EatLocal instead! When you visit each of these iconic local restaurants for breakfast, be sure to let them know you heard about them on Discover Bradenton!