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Vote Best of Dunedin: Favorite Breakfast 'Dive'

Have a favorite spot to grab a bite to eat for breakfast that doesn't require a dress code? Let us know your pick for the best breakfast joint in town.

As your mom used to say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 

That being said, we got to thinking what some of the best dive breakfast spots in Dunedin are, places a little off the beaten path, where you don't have to put on your Sunday best and use a linen napkin to wipe the egg yolk off your T-shirt.

Which breakfast dive spot do you think is best? Here's a rundown of some local favorites.

Perhaps the gold standard when it comes to simple yet filling breakfasts in the area, Brenda's has been serving its signature dishes like corned beef hash and blueberry pancakes at affordable prices to causeway visitors for almost 20 years.

A wise man once said breakfast was built on a bagel. Actually that's not true, but it could be, based on the number of people whose morning meal consists of a bagel and a coffee. This Main Street shop has all the building blocks of a great breakfast, not to mention a mean matzoh ball soup.

This is the type of diner you see in the movies: quaint, cozy and serving just the right amount of home-cooked food to satisfy the customer. Throw in terrific service and a location near the Blue Jays stadium, and you've got the makings of an ideal breakfast joint.

Breakfast isn't all about runny eggs and greasy sausage links; healthy eaters will want to check out this gluten-free zone, where the eggs are free range, the bread is homemade, and the food is both good for you and tastes great.

Known for its Saturday morning quiches, this quaint cafe near the Dunedin Library is a great place to grab a good old-fashioned breakfast without breaking the bank. The menu is extensive but not expensive, and the atmosphere is charming and relaxed.

 Dog-friendly and down-home-y, this Bayshore Boulevard landmark has been serving its signature eggs Benedict dishes for more than 25 years. 

 The quintessential "dive-y" diner, what Bonnie's lacks in looks it makes up for in taste. Specializing in Pennsylvania Dutch meats, as well as incredible sticky rolls, Bonnie's will fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.

 Family-owned, pet friendly, featuring outdoor dining and a large, inexpensive menu, this longtime downtown Dunedin staple may have undergone an ownership change recently, but it is still a good choice for a hearty breakfast.

If bagels are the basis of most simple breakfasts, doughnuts aren't too far behind. And this family-owned Patricia Avenue shop has you covered when it comes to the delicious, doughy treats. But don't worry if you don't love doughnuts — they also serve breakfast sandwiches, muffins and burritos. 

Another place that looks funky on the outside but delivers the goods once you get inside. Converted into a diner from a former Pizza Hut, the Mark Family Restaurant boasts big portions for small prices, with friendly service to boot.

Cast your vote for Best Dive Breakfast below. Voting is open until noon on Friday, and we'll announce the winner right here at 3 p.m. and present the winner with a Best of Patch certificate. Happy eating!

Update Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, 9:25 p.m.:

Due to popular demand, the following restaurants were added to the poll:

Update: The votes are in, and the Dunedin Patch readers' choice for Best Dunedin Breakfast 'Dive' 2012 is Brenda's on the Causeway, with 16% of the vote. Congratulations!

Janice Cotting February 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
New owners of Benedicts really know how to cater to the public. They're food is delicious and plentiful, the owners are friendly and helpful, the prices are very reasonable....once you go, you will go back...again....and again....and again......:-)
Joyce Hall February 27, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I think the Coveted Bridge restaurant is the best! They have the best food and great prices. And they're special pancakes are amazing!
Jennifer Pierce February 28, 2012 at 12:55 AM
The Covered Bridge is awesome. If you want great service, awesome food, great atmosphere, owners who love what they do, u will love the covered bridge!!! Do u want to enjoy a unique shaped pancake of your choice and delicious try the covered bridge, How about an actual true Philly Steak..yummy, then try this place. Jenn Pierce
Jeffrey Rosenfield February 28, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Sounds like Dunedin Patch will have to make a special trip to the Covered Bridge very soon!
Katie Dolac February 28, 2012 at 03:27 AM
They make special pancakes! See for yourself —>http://patch.com/A-mDSZ
Happy Jordan February 29, 2012 at 04:58 PM
What about Ann's Breakfast at the Pig on Sundays - she and her husband lease out Ozona Pig and have THE best home style, home made breakfast around! They use ultra fresh ingredients and really go over the top on their specials.
Tina Louise March 01, 2012 at 04:04 PM
The Covered Bridge is a special place, and we have a great clientele!!! Yes, I am lucky to work there. Do I get to vote ?!;)
Katie Dolac March 01, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Absolutely, you may!
Tyler Sontag March 02, 2012 at 08:14 PM
You forgot The Chatterbox at Dunedin Lanes!!
Karen Egan March 06, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Norton's Diner!
Keith Becker March 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Broadway Deli & Cafe ! P.J.'s or a Business suit gets you The Best Coffee & Breakfast in Town ! 7 days a week.
Judy April 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
That is great information , I'm a Dunedin resident . and I love it. thanks ..
Judy April 18, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Thanks friends.....have a great stay, when you are in Dunedin.
Susan Wallace August 03, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Pete's on Main Street, near the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood store.
cathy August 06, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Hey genius its called Dunedin Patch ...NOT OZONA...lets keep our money in our towns...besides ozona pig has a dirty dining write up.....
priscilla August 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Chatter box gets my vote
Happy Jordan November 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Cathy - Ann and Donnie are genius! They buy their seafood in DUNEDIN at Jensen Brothers! They buy local wherever they can!

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