On Sunday morning, I met few blogger friends for brunch. Last month, we kicked off the Tampa Brunch Tour with a visit to Ciccio’s in South Tampa. This month we headed a bit north to Grill 54 in Citrus Park. Grill 54 is a local restaurant with two locations, Citrus Park and Trinity. It specializes in sushi, wine, and fine dining. On Sundays, the restaurants offers a buffet-style brunch from 10:30 to 2:30.
The buffet includes UNLIMITED Bloody Marys and Mimosas. And no I am not joking about the unlimited part. With that knowledge, I decided to try both of them to see how they compared to others I have had.
I started my meal with regular mimosa. It is one of my favorite brunch drinks. I found the balance of orange juice and champagne. Of course, if you want more or less orange juice, the bartenders are more than happy to do so.
The second drink I tried was the Bloody Mary. It was spicy and delicious. This one did not have any bacon though.
A few of the others were having a variation of the mimosa, which they called a poinsettia. This drink is a mixture of cranberry juice and champagne. I love cranberry juice so I decided to give this one a try. Our waitress told us that some customers even prefer grapefruit juice. I loved the cranberry mimosa. It was very refreshing.
At the end of the meal, I decided to have some coffee. Grill 54 has an espresso machine so I was able to enjoy a nonfat latte.
The buffet had quite a selection of food to choose from. No matter what you are in the mood for, I am sure you can find something to eat. The menu boasts of a full raw bar, fresh fruit bar and dessert bar as well as carving, omelet and pasta stations. With all of that, it really is hard not leave full.
Since we were there to discover what a buffet-style buffet was all about, we all decided to try a little bit of everything. I was thrilled that I hadn’t eaten anything yet because there was a ton of food to choose from. I started with the full raw bar. I tried the seafood ceviche, some sushi, and crab legs.
The seafood was delicious, very fresh, and well prepared. The ceviche was definitely my favorite item from the raw bar. It was spicy but not over powering. I also had a different fish with each bite.
After trying some seafood, I was craving some traditional breakfast items. I headed over to the buffet area where the rest of the food was located. As I browsed through the line, I was a little overwhelmed with the selection. There was bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast, waffles, eggs benedict, potatoes, chorizo hash and several other items that I can’t remember. I chose my favorite breakfast items.
While I was wandering through the buffet line, I couldn’t help but look at everything else and drool (not really). As a group, we all decided to share omelets and some pasta. We were starting to get full and we still wanted to have room for dessert. When I went up to order my omelet, I was very pleased to find out that they offered egg whites. The number of possibilities was limitless. I finally decided on an egg white omelet with tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and just a small amount of Swiss cheese.
We also split some penne pasta with a tomato-cream sauce, garlic and plenty of vegetables. It was amazing.
Once we finished trying the omelets and pasta, we finally decided it was time for dessert. I have a serious sweet tooth so I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to try. I ended going with a small assortment of cookies, chocolates and tarts. The chef told us that he starts working on the desserts on Wednesday for the Sunday Brunch.
I truly enjoyed the buffet-style brunch at Grill 54. It had everything that one could possible want for a late breakfast/early lunch. The food was fresh and delicious. Plus you can’t go wrong with unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was also very inviting. Every Sunday there is live music from the Ben Bryan Band. These guys were awesome! Sometimes live music can be turn off for me while eating but not this band. They truly made the meal enjoyable and entertaining.
Disclosure: I was provided with a free meal in exchange for my honest opinion. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.