The 10 Best Breakfasts in Orlando on International Drive
10 Best Breakfasts in Orlando on International Drive
“Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life.” – A. A. Gill
Legendary nutritionist Adelle Davis once famously proclaimed, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” In fact, according to the International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, “The general advice from the health experts is to eat a substantial well-balanced breakfast, one that delivers its energy slowly over the course of the morning.” Therefore, why not ditch the stale Pop-Tarts, sugary cereals and lukewarm coffee, and head out to world-famous International Drive (aka I-Drive), where you can simply enjoy one of the best breakfasts in Central Florida during your Orlando vacation getaway. In addition to quality breakfast chains where you can order a predictable hearty meal, International Drive offers a variety of hidden breakfast gems, award-winning brunches, family run diners, quaint coffee shops, trendy juice bars and international breakfast cafes so you can get a great start to the day before you embark on a theme park adventure at Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort or SeaWorld Orlando. Learn more about the 10 best breakfasts in Orlando on International Drive:
1 | Hash House A Go Go | Make sure to bring a hearty appetite to the Hash House A Go Go, which is billed as the “home of twisted farm food” and famous for its immense portions. According to food critic Scott Joseph of the Orlando Restaurant Guide, “The portions here are outsized and designed to impress, if not frighten and intimidate.” In fact, one oversized menu item – Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken Hash House Farm Benedict – even made a celebrated appearance on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food reality series. One of the best International Drive restaurants for breakfast and brunch, Hash House A Go Go features an award-winning menu with such delicacies as HH Big O’ Pancakes (“steering-wheel-of-a-tractor sized big!”), Sage Fried Chicken & Waffles, Margie’s Famous Crab Cake Benedict and the Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil & Goat Cheese Farm Scramble. Nursing a hangover? Hash House A Go Go provides the perfect remedy in the form of O’Hare of the Dog – a 24 oz. Budweiser accompanied by five huge slices of bacon.
WHERE: 5350 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: (407) 370-4646
2 | Pao Gostoso Bakery | Less than 0.5 mile away from Hash Hash A Go Go lies Pao Gostoso Bakery, another great choice for an amazing International Drive breakfast. An immensely popular Brazilian bake shop and café, Pao Gostoso Bakery serves delectable pastries, authentic Brazilian-style breakfasts and hot cups of freshly brewed Brazilian coffee. A favorite breakfast choice at bustling Pao Gostoso Bakery is the “pao com ovo e queijo coalho” – delicious toasted bread with egg and cheese. Diners enjoy friendly counter service and a large covered patio with flat-screen TVs often tuned to an international soccer match. Quick and convenient, Pao Gostoso Bakery is the perfect spot for a tasty breakfast on the go!
WHERE: 5472 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: (407) 447-8946
3 | World Café | A friendly family-style café on International Drive, World Café offers both British and American classics for breakfast. The menu at World Café features British breakfast sandwiches such as the British Bacon and Egg on Toast Sandwich; British Sausage and Egg on Toast Sandwich; British Bacon, Sausage and Egg on Toast Sandwich; Heinz Beans with Toast Sandwich; and Heinz Beans, Hash Brown and Toast Sandwich. Other World Café breakfast specialties include pancakes, omelets and American-style breakfast sandwiches and platters, as well as smoothies, and hot and iced caffeinated beverages. World Café lies adjacent to Gator Golf Adventure Park, an 18-hole mini golf course that winds around Gator Lagoon – home to more than 200 alligators!
WHERE: 6582 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: (407) 370-2288
4 | iCafe de Paris | Ideally located on International Drive in the heart of ICON Park – which is home to popular I-Drive attractions such as The Wheel at ICON Park (400-foot-tall observation wheel), Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, Orlando StarFlyer and Madame Tussauds Orlando – iCafe de Paris is a fast and efficient French-style bakery and coffee shop. Breakfast menu highlights at iCafe de Paris include crepes, omelets, muffins and a variety of croissants, including Butter, Chocolate, Strawberry & Cheese and Spinach Feta Cheese. In addition, iCafe de Paris serves hot and iced coffees, teas, smoothies and lemonades. Outdoor dining is available with great views of The Wheel, the tallest observation wheel on the East Coast of the United States.
WHERE: ICON Park, 8465 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: (407) 203-3000
5 | The Golden Pod | Prepare to be totally wowed at this eclectic Australian chocolate bar and café located on International Drive just north of Sand Lake Road that specializes in amazing “choco-dishes”, confectionaries, snacks and baked goods. Breakfast specialties include the All Time Favorite (grilled bacon served with two eggs on sourdough bread), A Superfood Bowl (Brazilian acai, banana, cocoa, almond milk and topped with granola and seasonal fruit), The Red & White (coconut yogurt, granola with pear and rhubarb compote) and Made in Heaven (banana bread, vanilla mascarpone, berries, coconut flakes and pure maple). The breakfast menu at The Golden Pod also features crepes, omelets, waffles and Dutch pancakes. Inspired by the Chocolate Room, a world-famous chocolate dessert café chain in Australia, The Golden Pod is a sure bet for an unforgettable breakfast on International Drive.
WHERE: 7653 International Drive, #100, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: (407) 776-9206
6 | Amor em Pedacos Bakery | Translated from Portuguese as “Pieces of Love,” Amor em Pedacos Bakery is a colorful Brazilian bakery located on International Drive just east of Kirkman Road. Seeking a breakfast on the go? Amor em Pedacos features quick and easy counter service, freshly brewed Brazilian coffee and traditional breakfast classics such as pancakes, Belgian waffles and omelets, as well as an array of savory Brazilian baked goods, including such specialties as “pao na chapa” (crispy Brazilian buttered bread), “pao de queijo” (Brazilian cheese bread), empadinhas, coxinhas and pasteis. Get there early to avoid the lines!
WHERE: 5576 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: (407) 730-9851
7 | Panera Bread | An old standby, this reliable fast-casual bakery café (just one of a chain of 2,300 Panera Bread locations throughout the United States and Canada) can be found toward the southern end of International Drive near SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica Orlando. The breakfast menu at Panera Bread features croissants, muffins, scones, bagels and sweet rolls, as well as baked egg souffles (Four Cheese, Spinach & Artichoke, Spinach & Bacon and Ham & Swiss) and breakfast sandwiches (Ham, Egg & Roasted Tomato; Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Sausage, Egg & Cheese; Egg & Cheese; Ham, Egg & Cheese, Steak & Egg; and Avocado, Egg White & Spinach). On the lighter side, Panera diners can choose from Steel Cut Oatmeal with Almonds, Quinoa & Honey; Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries and Fresh Fruit Cup. Panera Bread lies adjacent to another popular International Drive chain restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, home of “Out of This World Pizza.” Originally founded in 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, Panera Bread was at one time known as Au Bon Pain (meaning “from good bread”).
WHERE: 10739 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 | WHO: (407) 985-3390
8 | First Watch | Conveniently located adjacent to Escapology Escape Room Orlando and less than a mile from Westgate Leisure Resort, First Watch offers award-winning, made-to-order breakfast choices such as omelets, French toast, egg sandwiches, eggs benedict, power wraps, breakfast tacos, pancakes, waffles, avocado toast, steel-cut oatmeal, granola bowls and freshly brewed coffee. Seasonal favorites include such delicacies as Asian Pork Belly Breakfast Bowl, Smoked Salmon Tzatziki Toast and Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes. By the way, the name “First Watch” is derived from an old nautical term referring “to the very first shift of the day.”
WHERE: 11951 International Drive, Suite A, Orlando, FL 32821 | WHO: (407) 796-7050
9 | @ The Diner | Nestled just off International Drive at the Lake Cay Shopping Center on Universal Boulevard, @ The Diner is a family owned, neighborhood-style breakfast joint with the motto “Tastes Like Home.” The menu here features delicious twists on traditional breakfast fare such as omelets, egg sandwiches, bagels, grilled steak & eggs, chicken & waffle sliders, biscuits & sausage gravy, Belgium waffles, buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict (try The Bennyffle, which consists of poached eggs, bacon & ham over crispy waffles drizzled in house-made hollandaise sauce).
WHERE: 9938 Universal Boulevard, Suite 140, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: (407) 237-7687
10 | Friendly’s | Friendly’s has been around since 1935 (the Blake brothers opened their first “Friendly” ice cream shop in Springfield, Massachusetts, that year), so they must be doing something right. If you’re in the mood for huge breakfast platters, you’ve come to the right place. Breakfast “classics” at Friendly’s include the Big-Two-Do Breakfast, Southern Chicken & Waffles, Meat Lover’s Omelette, Philly Steak & Cheese Omelette, SuperMelt Egg & Cheese Sandwiches and, for the heartiest of appetites, the legendary Lumberjack Breakfast (three extra-large, farm-fresh eggs and choices of applewood bacon or sausage plug three buttermilk pancakes or slices of Brioche French toast). Friendly’s is located on International Drive less than 0.5 mile from ICON Park and its famous observation wheel.
WHERE: 8718 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: (407) 345-1655
BONUS | Bubble & Co | Relax in an artistic atmosphere and find yourself “immersed in the aroma” of fragrant tea, coffee and sweet pastries at Bubble & Co, which is located on International Drive less than 0.5 mile from Westgate Palace Resort. Billed as “an innovative, eco-conscious bubble tea bar,” Bubble & Co features the signature menu items of Bubble Tea and made-to-order Bubble Waffles. Bubble & Co also offers delicious French pastries with all natural and organic ingredients, egg and cheese croissants, organic loose-leaf tea, premium coffee and fruit smoothies.
WHERE: 6400 International Drive, Suite 103, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: (407) 751-7340
Bottom line, no matter what type of mood you're in, count on International Drive having some of the best morning fare you can chew on with a diverse collection of craft culinary cafés, heartwarming hole-in-the-walls, dishy diners, and bodacious brand brunches, all of which promise to power up your morning meal for an epic theme park marathon day ahead! You best I drive breakfast is beckoning! Get up and go! Whether you're looking for the best bars on I drive in Orlando, a great collection of the best restaurants International Drive has to offer, or an awesome Kissimmee sports bar, we've got your best guide right here on our travel blog! Looking for more International Drive attractions? Check out the coolest escape rooms International Drive has to offer or find out the latest scoop on Universal Studios wait times at these sweet links!
* Westgate Resorts is in no way affiliated with the bars or restaurants featured in this article. Menu items listed are current as of the publishing date of this article. Please call or visit the respective website for each restaurant for the most up-to-date offerings.