On Sundays, We Brunch: Gainesville’s Top Brunch Spots

Sundays are meant to be a day filled with rest and relaxation and, of course, all the brunch your heart desires. Arguably a girl’s favorite activity, Sunday brunch is a sacred event meant to be enjoyed with good friends, great food and strong coffee. Just like finding the perfect shade of lipstick, discovering your go-to brunch spot will take a lot of trial and error. Look no further, Gator collegiettes, as we have put together a list the of the top five best brunch spots in Gainesville along with some must-try menu suggestions. Happy brunchin’!

1. Civilization
Considered one of Gainesville’s best hidden gems when it comes to brunch, Civilization locally sources their food, allowing them to have some of the best, freshest ingredients. Serving brunch on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a weekend trip to Civilization is sure to not disappoint. Just make sure you didn’t break your bank account the night before because their menu can be a little on the expensive side.
What you should try: The lemon ricotta beignets, a pitcher of the hibiscus ginger iced tea or the mimosas if you’re of ~legal~ age.

2. East End Eatery
An adorable but unknown brunch spot, East End Eatery is tucked away on Eighth Avenue, serving Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every week. The East End Eatery prides itself on serving food just like home, and its reasonable prices and large portions will leave you feeling more than satisfied.
What you should try: The tempeh scramble. Vegetarian or not, this will still be the best meal you’ve had in months.

3. Emiliano’s Cafe
Serving Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Emiliano’s will give you the best Latin fusion breakfast food in all of Gainesville. Aside from the food, the atmosphere is what it’s all about here. You will enjoy your lazy Sunday dining on their patio, listening to live music while sipping on an espresso.
What you should try: The portobello-brie crepes. Need I say more?

4. Leonardo’s 706
A trip to Leonardo’s 706, while on the pricier side, is a must-do in the Gainesville brunch scene. Not only is their coffee some of the best I’ve ever had, but each entree also comes with their delicious brunch punch and a plate of muffins. Open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Leo's 706 requires reservations, as Sunday brunch is one of their busiest days.
What you should try: The fabulous french toast — it really is just that: fabulous.

5. Ivey’s Grill
A local favorite, Ivey’s Grill has a reputation for having some of the best food around. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ivey’s is always jam-packed with a line out the door of people waiting to be seated. This just goes to show how great the food really is in this charming little restaurant.
What you should try: The iced coffee and cheesy grits here have cured any Sunday blues I’ve ever had.

Make sure you stop by any of these local restaurants the next time you’re looking for a great brunch spot, and remember collegiettes — On Sundays, we brunch!

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