We all love going out to eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch — doesn’t matter. We’re ecstatic when we can grab any meal away from the confines of our home kitchen.
Though we don’t discriminate in terms of meals or times, each one has its purpose. Breakfast is a great way to start what will become a busy day; lunch is the opportune time to bond with friends; dinners out are intended as a relaxing way to end the day, whether with a romantic partner, close friend, or family member.
Brunch, on the other hand, is the ultimate time to de-stress. You don’t have to rush back to work; you don’t have to get home to go to bed; it’s one of the few occasions in life when it’s all right to just chill out with some comforting food and a daytime cocktail and totally decompress.
However, the ideal way to let it all go looks different to everyone. Whether you like to sip champagne with a sophisticated raw bar or Benedict, gorge yourself with an open buffet, or party it up with bottomless booze and live music, the ideal breakfast-lunch hybrid exists, and we have more than our fair share to choose from around here.
Below are the Top 10 Best Brunches in Broward County as reported by Nicole Danna of New Times in her June 2018 article.
While we singled out those on Fort Lauderdale Beach, for locals and visitors adding a side of ocean view, the complete list of the other top 10 spots, are certainly worth venturing off the island or just down the road.
10. Milk Money | Fort Lauderdale
9. Steak 954 Anything related to W Fort Lauderdale is chic and sophisticated, especially the resort’s beloved steakhouse by famed restaurateur Stephen Starr. Steak 954 offers a twist on the traditional American steakhouse. Although the beachfront restaurant has a smaller breakfast menu available daily, Sunday brunch takes things to the next level with an expanded selection of high-end riffs on classics. Choices include a raw bar with East and West Coast oysters, starters such as lobster bisque, and a selection of steaks that range from an eight-ounce filet mignon to the pricey 14-ounce American Wagyu New York strip. Mid-morning masterpieces continue with homemade baked goods like pecan-pie-stuffed maple-bourbon-glazed pop tarts, vanilla French toast with dulce de leche syrup, and a chorizo, manchego, and roasted tomato omelet. There are even four types of eggs Benedict, including crab and avocado with a tomato Hollandaise, as well as smoked salmon served atop potato pancakes. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., 954-414-8333; steak954.com.
8. Louie Bossi | Las Olas
7. Pelican Grand Beach Resort | If you’re looking for a great way to relax on a Sunday, the beach is where it’s at. Unfortunately, in terms of dining, it’s not easy to find great food while keeping your toes in the sand. But that’s not the case at Pelican Grand’s Ocean 2000 restaurant. With a veranda that opens straight onto that golden strip of land, the brunch is about as close as you can get to the Atlantic Ocean. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for $60 per person, guests have unlimited access to a number of food-covered tables, including a seafood tower, meat carving stations, made-to-order waffles and omelets, and build-your-own pasta bowls. If you’re craving the sweet stuff, a dessert table is offered throughout, but is extra special the first Sunday of each month when it becomes a chocoholic’s dream. All the while, booze it up with a choice of traditional or pineapple and cranberry Champagne mimosas, blood marys, or a Kir Royale. Think of it as a vacation from the average brunch scene for both tourists and locals. 2000 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-556-7667; pelicanbeach.com.
6. Shooters | Fort Lauderdale
5. American Social | Las Olas
4. Rok:Brgr | Himmarshee Village
3. The Foxy Brown | Fort Lauderdale
2. Tap 42 | Fort Lauderdale
1. Rooftop | Las Olas
Other Local Island Favorites
Coconuts South Florida is a seafarer’s paradise. If you’re looking to boat to brunch — or you just want to pretend — Coconuts is your ideal spot. With plenty of outdoor seating and an open dining room, the restaurant is perfectly set up for taking in the ocean air. Fortunately, the fare matches the view, with delectable dishes like shrimp and grits ($14); Moo & Cluck ($18), steak and eggs with chimichurri; a number of Benedicts ($12 to $16) ranging from heirloom tomato to lobster; freshly fried free doughnuts; and various specials every week. Finish it off with à la carte mimosas, bloodies, bellinis, sangria, and spritzers to enhance the feelings of enjoyment.
Nanou French Bakery If you need a break from the bottomless brunch scene, we recommend Nanou French Bakery. This quaint café is a hidden gem. Reviews claim that it’s the best French bakery in Florida. Why not see for yourself? A family-run institution, Nanou is beloved for its authentic French pastries and bread. With flaky croissants, fresh baguettes, quiche and crepes, Nanou is a carb lover’s dream. Try the Paris Breakfast, which includes coffee, fresh orange juice, preserves and a half baguette, or the Gourmand Breakfast, with coffee, fresh orange juice and your choice of a croissant. If you’re looking for a heartier brunch, go for the omelet (or l’omelette!) with swiss cheese and served on a half baguette or a croissant.
S3 Most people choose to live in South Florida for the idyllic beaches. Given the option, wouldn’t you prefer to incorporate the beach view into your brunch? Yeah, we thought so. Set right across from the Atlantic, with tables stacked to ensure a view, S3 serves creative fare with a fresh ocean breeze. Innovative à la carte options like chicken and sweet potato waffles, pork belly hash, and banana bread French toast will fill you up while drinks, such as passion fruit and lychee bellinis as well as bloody mary samplers, get you going on your Sunday Funday. Brunch is offered on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Terra Mare. Saturdays and Sundays, the oceanfront restaurant with sweeping views of the Atlantic, rolls out an Instagram-worthy bloody mary and mimosa bar ($19 to $24). Dress up your cocktail with myriad mixers and toppings, from fresh-pressed mango and lychee juice to berries, blue cheese-stuffed olives, pickled okra, and bacon. In addition, Terra Mare offers nearly two dozen brunch-inspired plates. The menu, divided into three categories — eggs and omelets, pancakes and waffles, and sandwiches and toast — includes at least five choices per section. Standouts include ropa vieja empanadas, which come stuffed with braised short rib, pico de gallo, and jalapeño, alongside fried eggs ($19); lobster hash drizzled with sea urchin hollandaise and tarragon ($32); avocado toast on a slice of wheat bread with heirloom tomatoes and chipotle crema ($13); and Korean fried chicken and scallion waffles with a sunny-side-up egg ($23). Other items include a spicy peach toast garnished with goat cheese, peach jam, and jalapeño on multigrain bread ($12); a Cuban sandwich packed with roast pork, ham, salami, house pickles, and mustard ($16); and a mushroom or spinach omelet ($15 to $16). Sides include grapefruit brûlée ($7), chocolate croissants ($5), and homemade granola with fruit ($15).