Last month, Mister M and I completed a Tampa foodie’s rite of passage by stuffing ourselves like little pigs in a blanket at Oystercatchers Champagne Brunch. Our expectations were high. After all, Oystercatchers was one of our favorite Tampa seafood restaurants and we considered ourselves brunch professionals- with brunch bonanzas at the Biltmore in Coral Gables and the Four Seasons in Miami under our (ever-expanding) belts. Oystercatchers rivals the aforementioned buffets and had the value-added bonus of being only half the cost of these other high-end spreads.
As expected, there’s something for everyone at Oystercatchers: traditional breakfast buffet favorites like eggs benedict and brioche French toast, sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs, and an omelet station with seemingly never-ending options. Oystercatchers also puts the “lunch” in brunch, offering a sushi bar, an extensive raw bar, a hot buffet with all sorts of warm lunch entrees and a salad bar with at least ten salad creations (the scallop, green apple and curry salad was light and zesty). There’s also a carving station, an impressive international cheese assortment and the requisite pastry and dessert island.
Truth be told, Mister M and I were disappointed in our assault on the buffet. Mister M loaded up on too many carbs (amateur mistake!) and thanks to a large portion of eggs Benedict, I didn’t attack the raw bar with my usual zeal. Regardless, we were impressed and are looking for an excuse to go back another Sunday. Champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys are all included in the $45 per person price ($27.50 for kids). Reservations are suggested. 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Tel: (813) 207-6815.