Late spring and early summer are the perfect times to dine outside in Jacksonville. The humidity is still at bay, mosquitoes keep to a minimum and the weather is pure bliss. Whether you opt for an alfresco brunch on your patio or head to Valley Smoke, we’re here with delicious ideas for your next summer brunch spread. 

Mashed Avocado on Sourdough

Some call it trendy, we think it’s here to stay. Avocado toast is a year-round crowd pleaser and so easy to serve large groups. Here’s how to make enough for a party of four:

Ingredients:

4 avocados, sliced and smashed in a medium bowl

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

½ red onion, diced

½ cup crumbled feta

Kosher salt and pepper

Squeeze of fresh lemon

Loaf of freshly baked sourdough, cut in thick slices

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mash the avocados and mix in the tomatoes and onion. Add the lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Lightly stir in half the feta, reserving the rest for topping. 

Meanwhile, add the sliced bread in one layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for five minutes (or until the top layer is crisp). Generously spread the avocado mash on each piece, and top with feta and some S&P. 

Baked Eggs with Seasonal Herbs

This egg recipe is adapted from Ina Garten and unlike anything you’ve ever tried. Take our word for it! One of the top perks is that you likely have all the ingredients in your pantry already. Pair this dish with the avocado toast for a match made in heaven. 

Ingredients:

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan 

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

½ tsp fresh thyme, minced

½ tsp rosemary, minced

12 large eggs

2 tbsp salted butter

Zest of half a lemon

¼ cup heavy whipping cream

Kosher salt and pepper

Preheat the broiler. Combine the first five ingredients and set aside. Place the butter and cream in a small casserole dish or glass pie dish. Place under the broiler for a couple of minutes, until bubbly. 

Crack the eggs into the dish and top with the herb mixture, salt and pepper. Broil for another five minutes, until the whites are cooked. Remove from oven and set aside for a minute while the eggs continue to cook. 

Visit Valley Smoke for All of Your Brunch Favorites

It just doesn’t get better than breakfast with a view. When you’re ready to venture outside your home for a meal, Valley Smoke is here. Opt for one (or two!) of our seasonal cocktails, a few brunch or lunch entrees and just relax. 

Call ahead to make a reservation or place a takeout order. We can’t wait to see you!

We could really sum this up with just a few words — gourmet southern food with waterfront views. Brunch is practically a weekend pastime here in Jacksonville, and we’re prepared to make the case for Saturday and Sunday mornings at the pit. Between the fresh-pressed juices and our modern twist on classic brunch favorites, you’re in for a treat when you spend your morning at Valley Smoke. 

Shareables Even the Kids will Love

Encourage the little ones to venture outside their pancakes and waffles comfort zone. Start your meal off with an order of beignets or mini jalapeno cornbread muffins. We promise that caramel sauce and powdered sugar coating the beignets are irresistible even to the pickiest eater. 

While the adults sip something strong to kick off the weekend, your kids will love the pre-brunch snacks. It’s not every day you find appetizers at a brunch spot! Many of our team members are parents themselves, so we understand the value of getting good food on the table right away. 

Space to Relax Before and After Your Meal

Sometimes all you need on a Sunday morning is a delicious meal and some relaxation. Play a little putt-putt on our green, chase the kids around in the grass or kick back on the cushioned chairs at the end of our dock. 

We certainly know a thing or two about great food here at Valley Smoke, but we also consider ourselves relaxation experts. When we’re not in the kitchen, we’re at the end of our dock with a cold drink. There’s just something so special about the peace and quiet of the Intracoastal

Brunch Entrees Like You’ve Never Experienced

We wanted to do something different with our brunch menu to set us apart from other Jacksonville brunch spots. Our specialty is great meat, so it’s only natural for our brunch menu to be an extension of our lunch and dinner. 

Some of your BBQ favorites from dinner have made their way onto the morning menu. Big fan of brisket? Yeah, us too. Brace yourself for the brisket hash and eggs with peppers, sweet onions, crispy potatoes, cheese, fried eggs and salsa. If you have more of a sweet tooth, you’ll feel right at home with our southern fried chicken and waffles with a local honey sriracha gravy.

Spend Your Weekend with Us at Valley Smoke

With a brunch menu this good, we don’t blame you if you come two days in a row. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Be sure to book a reservation to get your favorite table. 

Don’t forget about brunch cocktails! We offer our full bar menu during brunch, but the Valley Smoke Bloody Mary packs the perfect punch to start your day off right.