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Two Tampa spots make annual list of 100 best brunches in America

Oxford Exchange and Ulele earned national acclaim on OpenTable’s list of 100 best brunch restaurants in the U.S.

Two popular Tampa restaurants have again made OpenTable’s annual list of the top 100 brunch restaurants in the U.S.

One of Tampa’s favorite riverside eateries, Ulele, and the ever-popular Oxford Exchange both made the list.

Oxford Exchange is located at 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. [Times files]

OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation and review website, ranks brunch restaurants every year around Mother’s Day. The website said it used data from more than 12 million reviews of 30,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington D.C. to compile the list.

“The overall score is made up of unique data points, such as overall diner rating, user klout, total number of reviews and regional overall rating,” Caroline Potter wrote in an OpenTable blog post. “Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the sum of tags for which ‘brunch’ was selected as a special feature.”

Potter said the site collected reviews between March 1, 2018, and Feb. 28, 2019.

Ulele is located at 1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa. [Times files]

Only 24 states had restaurants make the list. Florida alone had seven. The Grand Marlin of Pensacola, Kyle G’s Prime Seafood in Jensen Beach, Louie Bossi Ristorante in Fort Lauderdale, along with Miami’s Palace and Yardbird, also made the list.

California has the most restaurants with 16, followed by New York with 12. Texas, and Washington, D.C. also had seven and Louisiana had five.

Both Oxford Exchange and Ulele are frequent flyers on the Tampa Bay Times’ annual best restaurant list. This year, Oxford Exchange was on the list for best restaurant design and Ulele got on the list for best pet-friendly restaurants.

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Tampa Bay?

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