252 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL | Directions 3278928.599509 -81.350981
Neighborhoods: Winter Park
Excellent food but crowded – I always head to the Briarpatch when I come to town and I have yet to be disappointed with the food.
The pear and gorgonzola omelette is fantastic!
I find the menu caters to everyone and would gladly recommend the restaurant to my friends.
The only downside is the crowded dining area but this leads me to believe that the Briarpatch is truly a favourite with many return customers.........yum!
Worst omelet ever – Once a good place but no longer. Rickety tables, no silverware, way too young and inexperienced staff, no manager on duty, and the worst omelet ever!!! Our meals did arrive timely; however, the omelet was a disaster - Overcooked from too high heat, too fast, to the point that it was burned and smelled of sulfur. The plate upon which the omelet ?floated? was filled with a brown watery liquid. As I cut into the omelet, another ? cup of liquid flowed out from the mushrooms. It was gross and inedible. Furthermore, no fruit accompanied the dish as stated on the menu. If they can?t find a chef, or teach a chef, to saute mushrooms correctly (until they?re cooked) and cook an omelet correctly (slowly over low heat), then the item should not be offered on the menu. My guest's "Ultimate grilled cheese and ham" was not much better. Lousy hot cocoa - powered with no whipped cream or marshmallows. It's Park Ave, come on, dress it up.
I once recommended this place - no longer.
What a disappointment – The $8 fruit bowl was very small with just strawberries and grapes. They were out of the cottage cheese that comes with it so they offered cream cheese instead. What? Then still charged us full price. The tuna wrap had to be the most boring sandwich I've ever had. The special said cranberries and walnuts. Mine came with onion and cheese. No tomato, no mustard or lettuce, nothing. $12. We waited over 20 minutes for these two dishes and nothing was even cooked! The table next to us sent back their meals for being wrong too. For these prices I'll never return.
Casual eatery is known for its superb sandwiches and breakfasts. – The Scene
With its wooden floors, antique soda fountain and artwork in childlike colors, Briarpatch is one of the most casual eateries on Park Avenue. The waitstaff, mostly college-aged, sometimes get so involved in chatting with each other that service can suffer.
The turkey Reuben, thinly sliced turkey piled with sauerkraut, is one of the best sandwiches available and comes with thick home fries. The Chicken Briarpatch--grilled strips of chicken and artichoke hearts cooked in light cream sauce and served over an ample portion of angel hair pasta--is also worth trying. Breakfast dishes are unique (egg-white omelet platter anyone?) and hearty. Homemade desserts, showcased in a rotating glass cabinet, are a highlight, not to mention the fresh ice cream. Although chocolate lovers may want to try the layer cake, you can't go wrong with a plate-sized slab of moist red velvet cake with sour cream icing; it's more than enough to share. Steer clear, however, of the egg creme.
Not consistent – Being a life long resident of Winter Park Ive seen my share of restaurants that start off great but over the years decline not only in food quality but service as well. The Briarpatch is no exception to this. The last couple times I have gone there, both the food quality and server has just plain been bad. Usually I can count on good food even is the service is slightly slow, but not lately. It is a shame it has come to this maybe you will have better luck than me here, as I can no longer dine here.
Awesome! – Their breakfast is great, their lunch/dinners are great! The desserts - AWESOME! I mean people are complaining because they cost so much - give it up - have they seen the size --- you can feed a small army with those things...try making one of those and see what happens and how much it costs. Small in size compared to other establishments, but still worth at least one dining experience! LOVE IT! (Try the pancakes!!!)
Tooo Slow – I visiteded Sunday morning after reading the review in the Sentinal, I was looking forward to a good dining experience. I was very disapointed in everything from the service to the food. I went knowing it would be busy and even settled for a seat outside. After being seated for about fifteen minutes and still no sgn of drinks for the table Iwent looking for the waiter. Breakfast was eventually served in about fifty minutes. People aronnd me where all complaining. Food was just o.k,I don't think I'll be going back to give it another try.
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