You may not have noticed, but brunch has become sort of a big thing across Florida. For some, brunch is the time when family and friends gather to celebrate the end of another week. Others take advantage of the later mealtime to get some much-needed shut-eye and recover from the adventures of the night before. Those few who have yet to jump on the brunch bandwagon have no end of options for their first experience.
So for those wondering: what makes for a great brunch spot?
The short answer: An important combination of location, fare, and atmosphere provides the perfect spot for a weekend wind-down. If you are looking for a great new brunch spot in the Lakewood Ranch area, check out GROVE Restaurant, Patio, and Ballroom—the newest offering from the restaurant team at PIER 22, the award-winning waterfront destination headed by restaurateurs Hugh Miller and Greg Campbell. Brunch on the patio at GROVE makes for the perfect Sunday.
GROVE specializes in the fine-casual dining experience, offering a wide-ranging selection of house-made meals served in several distinct environments—all of which give guests a unique choice of cuisine and scene. It is stepping out and reimagining what diners want to see in a culinary hot spot. “We’re committed to using quality fresh ingredients along with innovative cooking methods to inspire, nourish, and wholly satisfy our guests,” notes Chef Greg Campbell.
Fresh fare for every fan
No matter what your brunch appetite desires, GROVE has an option for you. Handcrafted by a team led by chef Greg Campbell, GROVE’s brunch menu features delectable breakfast plates, light sandwiches and salad fare, and full-course entrees. According to Campbell, his menu draws inspiration from international cuisines and his French grandmother’s kitchen.
Here’s a quick look at some of the top-tier offerings from GROVE’s fresh, local menu:
Bananas Foster Stuffed French Toast
Made with house-made brioche, bananas Foster, and Peter Pan crunchy peanut butter. Topped with marshmallow fluff and powdered sugar.
Locally-sourced seared diver scallops garnished with bacon, tomato jam, and béarnaise sauce. Served with potato scallion pancakes.
Sandwiches & Salads
A hearty sandwich featuring bacon, fried pork belly, pulled pork, and slaw. Drizzled with BBQ sauce, and a sunny-side-up fried egg on Texas toast. Enjoy with a side of breakfast potatoes.
The GROVE trademark salad, bringing together fresh spring mix, andouille sausage, grilled shrimp, and crispy onions. Topped with smoked cheddar, scallions, candied pecans, with a citrus cilantro vinaigrette.
A seared chicken breast with sautéed garlic spinach, sweet pea risotto, Kalamata olives, and roasted tomatoes. Topped with brioche crumbles in a pan sauce.
A gluten-friendly steak made to order with chimichurri, a fried egg, hollandaise, and breakfast potatoes.
Drinks for every palate & passion
Whether you are looking for a refreshing start to your day or need a pick-me-up from the night before, the brunch options at GROVE have you covered. With a great selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic offerings, there is something for every person and palate.
For those looking for something to kick-start the day, GROVE offers cold press juices carefully crafted by Sarasota’s own SaraFresh—staying true to GROVE’s commitment to bringing customers locally sourced food and drink. Try the Energizing Green Lemonade: a fruity drink featuring apple, romaine, lemon, cucumber, celery, and ginger. If you are needing a drink more tropical, try the Tropical Beet Juice: a mix of beet, romaine, kale, cucumber, pineapple, ginger, and lime.
Desiring something with a bit more of a buzz? Join your friends on the patio for bottomless mimosas, bloody Marys, or sangria for $15 per person. For those with a taste for the high life, check out GROVE’s bottomless Veuve Clicquot mimosas at $60 per person.
It’s time to check out GROVE—an award-winning brunch
If you are looking for a new hot-spot to bring your family or friends to enjoy brunch in Lakewood Ranch, check out GROVE. The winner of Best Brunch from Herald-Tribune Readers' Choice two years in a row, GROVE is poised to become a mainstay in the Florida foodie scene. Don’t miss your chance to be one of the first to try GROVE’s brunch, and see why critics are saying this new hot spot is the place to be!