Brunch at SOCO in Thornton Park: Where Southern Meets Contemporary Cuisine

By Yasmene Warren

Waking up on a bright, sunny morning in beautiful Orlando has you wanting one thing and one thing only: brunch.

While there is a wide selection of restaurants around town bringing some of the best brunch bites, there’s one in particular that specializes in it exclusively on weekends.

We’re talking about Soco in Thornton Park, and trust us when we say you’ll want to make sure you have a free weekend to try their mid-morning cuisine.

What Is Soco?

Soco is a restaurant in Thornton Park in the Downtown Orlando area, right off of East Central Boulevard. This place specializes in serving Southern contemporary cuisine — think Southern classics, but make them fancy!

front of soco restaurant with sign

We’re all about the brunch, and we’re sure you are too! Enjoy it at Soco on Saturdays until 3 p.m. and all day Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesdays through Fridays, Soco is also open for dinner, but if you’re looking for breakfast foods, you’ll have to come back on the weekend. They area open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays for their dinner options.

However, on Saturdays you can enjoy brunch AND dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.!

What’s on the Brunch Menu?

Although brunch typically pales in comparison to dinner portions, the servings at Soco are nothing to play with. There’s a lot on the menu to choose from, and we had no idea where to start - but rest assured, we did decide on quite a few delicious options!

white brunch menu

Small plates are great for sharing, and you can enjoy tastes like slow roasted barbecue-glazed pork belly biscuits, home style skillet hash browns, and Lake Meadow Naturals deviled eggs to split with the table, or if you're just feeling a little peck-ish.

home style skillet hashbrowns with egg on top

You can also enjoy garden salads such as kale with roasted butternut squash, Soco wedge, and Maine lobster, burrata, and tomato.

There are also larger portions for those looking who are a bit hungrier in the morning. For our main course, we tried the chicken-n-French toast (who knew that was a thing?!), fresh buttermilk biscuits and gravy with pork belly, and the BEG plate — all of which were to die for!

chicken and french toast on a white plate
biscuits with gravy and scrambled eggs on a white plate

white plate with egg and salad with bacon

For drinks, you can order white, red, or sparkling wines, craft beer, coffee, a mimosa, or a cocktail. Rum Blossom was every bit as delicious as it sounds with its Forward Slash rum, strawberry, pavan, lime, and rose water.

water in a champagne glass and a small pitcher of orange juice
pink drink in a martini glass

Pair your meal with a side of cheese grits or apple-smoked bacon while sipping on one of Soco’s many tasty cocktails, and you’ll leave feeling more than satisfied.

The Dining Experience

Brunch at Soco was nothing short of exemplary. From the floor to ceiling classy yet contemporary decor, to the large windows that let every inch of Florida’s sunshine into the room, the atmosphere was unmatched.

inside restaurant with tall ceilings and brown designed curtains
window cutout with whiskey barrel decor

The food couples Southern classics with fine dining features, adding a little charm to the brunch dining experience that you can’t find just anywhere!

If you want a little bit of a more romantic atmosphere, you can also check out their wine room for dinner - the perfect spot on the interior of the restaurant to enjoy a glass and socialize over a fancy meal.

Soco wine room with dark brown colors

Image by Soco Restaurant


If you’re in the mood for Southern comfort food on the weekend but you’re looking for a vibe that’s just a few inches shy of upscale, then you’ll find your match made in heaven at Soco in Thornton Park. There’s exceptional food, an immaculate dining space, and undeniably sensational vibes. Brunch at Soco is definitely one place that needs to be added to your list of must-tries!

Thornton Park

The restaurant is located in Downtown Orlando near Lake Eola is the Thornton Park neighborhood, which thrives in its bustling vibrant environment filled with restaurants and shops galore. Some of our other favorite spots to visit in Thornton Park include Jack & Honey’s, Earthy Picks, and the Robinson Room. Whether you’re in the mood for fun drinks or you’re looking for fresh eats, this neck of the woods is one part of town that won’t disappoint. Looking for homes in the area, our team can help!

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