We went to First Watch yesterday morning for breakfast and it was outstanding. Good (not overly attentive) service. Fresh food, great coffee (a rarity) and really terrific pancakes (even more of a rarity). I get down here fairly frequently for trade shows, and that's going to be my breakfast spot from now on. Be prepared for a wait - the place is JAMMED.
well, we ended up at Le Peep. I had looked at some other websites that said it was great. (i only saw these posts after we had eaten breakfast!) Sadly, if their quality was great at one point, it was not so this time (they had some CitySearch best of plaques around).
We did not try any omelettes, but had traditional 2-egg breakfasts. The eggs were...eggs, cooked to order, no problems there. The Bacon had that slightly cheap slimy feel, but was not offensive. The english muffin that came with it was fine i guess...
the real problem was their potatoes...i forgot what the menu calls them...but they were small (1/2" square/rectangle), herbed (not poorly) and awfully undercooked. Some were so undercooked that they were nearly hard.
service was fine, i don't especially like when servers are constantly asking how everything is...but this is taught in the industry...though I think the practice should be banned. but overall I would say this was about as mediocre a breakfast as I have ever had.
We didn't get a chance to leave the convention ctr for lunch...because we were so busy walking around...so we had food there. And we are since returned to the deep freeze that is currently NYC.
anyway, thanks for the kind suggestions.
You are asking for the impossible. Nearly all of the diner style restaurants with the homey feel for breakfast that you describe are in Orlando or otherwise inconvenient locations for visitors staying near the convention center.
Here are a couple of alternatives and suggestions.
If you are not familiar with the chain, there is a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store at 5859 Caravan Ct, Orlando, FL, (407) 248-6260, which is a little bit east of your location off of Kirkman Road.
It's a large chain, geared to motorists traveling, and it has a very large retail component. But the Southern style food, especially breakfast is quite good. This is the most convenient location to the CC, but there are also stores in Kissimmee and in Davenport, just off I-4 going west towards Tampa past Disney.
Cracker Barrel Davenport, FL
I-4 , Exit# 55
I-4 & US 27
111 Dunson Lane
Davenport, FL 33837
Located off I-4 and US 27
Cracker Barrel Kissimmee, FL
I-4 , Exit# 64A
I-4 & US 192
5400 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
Kissimmee, FL 34746-4709
Located off I-4
I think the closest you will come to a "small and homey" breakfast spot within a reasonable travel time is Le Peep, 4666 S Kirkman Rd, 407-291-4580. They attract a large local crowd - eggs and omelets are their speciality.
For fun, I suggest the McDonald's Gourmet Bistro on west Sand Lake Road. This is a McDonald's as conceived by a local franchisee who has added all sorts of touches to the basic MickeyD menu such as made-to-order omelets, pancakes and waffles, made fresh, a variety of pastries, gourmet coffee, etc. Fun to try and the food is pretty good.
The Toojay's Gourmet Deli in the Marketplace 7600 Dr Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL on west Sand Lake is more of a deli breakfast, salmon, and bagels, that kind of thing, although they do offer the basic eggs and grits as well. I believe they also get a local crowd in the morning.
For your brunch tomorrow, I'd send you to Le Crepe, 8289 Champions Gate Boulevard, Davenport 33896 407.397 2020. It's thoroughly French food, all you can eat for $16 and its wonderful. They have changed owners and chefs, but I'm told by those who have fisited the high quality and warm, friendly service is still there. The website is <http://www.lacreperestaurant.com/inde...> .
Hope that helps.
There's little in the tourist area that fits your description. The closest I can think of is First Watch, a breakfast chain in Plaza Venezia on Sand Lake Road, or maybe TooJays, a deli across the street in Marketplace on Sand Lake Road. If you're willing to drive, you'd probably like Shakers in College Park.