Sometimes the point of brunch is just to have a socially acceptable reason to down mimosas or a bloody mary at otherwise frowned-upon hours. But for the gastronomically inclined, brunch is an opportunity to do exactly what the name implies – combine breakfast and lunch into one big sweet-and-savory meal.
For those who lean toward the latter, Social Roost in downtown St. Pete is bringing the heat two days a week with one of the best brunches in town. And while the chicken-inspired restaurant does go strong on the poultry-centric dishes, the brunch menu features a deep well of hearty and globally inspired options that go far beyond the classic yardbird.
The Saturday and Sunday menu has chicken and waffles, of course, and they’re more than worth the hit to your daily caloric count. Brunch mainstays like frittatas and pancakes grace the menu, as well as chicken and biscuits, and steak and eggs. However, it’s in the non-traditional dishes that the kitchen’s creative juices get flowing, often literally.
Cuisine-crossing dishes bring big flavor to brunch
Where else will you find pan-seared scallops served over soft scrambled eggs with pio pio sauce, citrus pico de gallo and toast? For the carb-obsessed, try the apple-stuffed French toast with cinnamon-apple cream cheese filling, apple dressing, bourbon-fried almonds and maple syrup.
More of a grazer? The roost breakkie board is a smorgasbord feast of andouille sausage, banana-blueberry bread, nut butter, granola, yogurt, deviled eggs, and mixed berries and banana. For an even more excellent meal, try the shakshuka – eggs poached in smokey tomato sauce with coriander-spiced chicken, avocado and toasted ciabatta.
And a favorite for those who enjoy the filling food of the south, the eggs royale is a massive plate piled with a southern biscuit, collard greens, pan-seared salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise. Double-down on the savory southern delights with shrimp and grits, chicken pot pie, or the sinfully filling pork belly hash served with slow-braised and ponzu-glazed pork, potato hash, sunny side up eggs and chili relish.
Still hungry? Join the club
For those who can’t get enough, Social Roost recently launched a new program to pay back those who return time after time. The new Roost Rewards is like a cash back credit card that pays in fried chicken and cocktails instead of Amazon credits.
Members are rewarded one point for every dollar spent on dinner, brunch or drinks. Every 50 points accrued earns $5 in Roost Rewards to be spent on your next round of waffles (or whatever you prefer). Call us crazy, but 10% back on chicken is a lot better than 3% back on gas.
Social Roost is located 150 1st Ave N. Read more about Social Roost and the incredible story of its owners.