Without brunch to broker the peace, breakfast and lunch would still be waging their brutal war filled with syrup rations, eggs Benedictine betrayals, and the needless sacrifice of countless belgian waffle warriors. Savor the fruits of compromise with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of eclectic brunch creations and drinks at either Ciccio's/Lodge or The Lodge Restaurant & Bar.
These popular New Tampa and SoHo lounges dish out diverse and creative brunch fare to hungry weekend survivors, boasting outdoor seating and a fully stocked bar of lively liquid libations. At Ciccio's/Lodge, banish the memory of last night's artisanal shoe-leather tasting with a spicy Tex-Mex omelette with jalapeño jack cheese, black beans, guacamole, diced tomatoes, and chipotle sour cream ($7.50), or sing some sambas to your brazilian egg bowl, full of blackened chopped chicken, scrambled eggs, and black beans dancing close with avocado, corn, sour cream, and cheddar cheese over rice ($8). After noon, adventurous appetites can test their taste buds with American-style sushi like the CoCo shrimp, made with coconut shrimp, avocado, cucumber, banana, and boom sauce ($8). Guests can sip a welcome mid-morning cocktail at Ciccio's/Lodge from the environs of their outdoor patio, and free up dollar bills for high-stakes games of Monopoly with $2 mimosas and $3 spicy Bloody Mary's.
The Lodge Restaurant & Bar offers up similarly savory brunch fare, culling morning sweet teeth with plates of bread pudding french toast topped with fresh whipped cream ($7.50). Get a grip on hard to pin down breakfast sliders—two tasty bread nuggets of ham, bacon, eggs, and cheddar cheese ($7)—or eat your way around a breakfast pizza topped with fresh tomato purée, scrambled eggs, and a delicious cheese blend. Omelette options change daily, just like the public's opinion on the sanctity of toe socks ($9).
The Lodge Restaurant & Bar has been featured by Creative Loafing, MetroMix's Best Bets, The Tampa Tribune, and the St. Petersburg Times. Yelpers give the South Howard Avenue location a 3.5-star average.
- Great vibe, crowd and music. The décor is very cool and totally different then any place in Tampa. Then we looked at the menu and wereblown [sic] away. – Chuck W., South Howard Avenue location, Yelp
- Sirloin burger spring rolls? Mac 'n' cheese pizza? Sushi stuffed with pulled pork or, yikes, hamburger and fries? Sounds kind of icky, tastes pretty awesome. – Sherri Ackerman, The Tampa Tribune