The Art of the Brunch

A Bucket List of 15 of the Best Brunches in South Florida

Here in South Florida, we like to indulge on the weekends. That means sleeping in, spending all day on the boat and at the beach, and sharing gossip over bottomless mimosas at brunch. Local restaurants have taken brunch far beyond eggs and bacon, inventing new menus every weekend, lining make-your-own Bloody Mary bars with 30+ ingredients, preparing house-made artisan Pop-Tarts, and serving French toast in every decadent flavor imaginable.

From Fort Lauderdale to Boca, we highlight 15 of the most mind-blowing brunch experiences we’ve encountered.

by Jennifer Tormo Jul 2014 Also on Digital Edition

50 OCEAN

Served on: Sundays

Unlimited mimosas: $15

This oceanside spot offers arguably the best view of Delray Beach, but it’s Executive Chef Blake Malatesta’s inventive menu that will make you want to come back every weekend. The small plate offerings provide the perfect excuse to try several things – go for the sticky bun with candied pecans, cherry bourbon syrup, applewood bacon and Vermont maple butter; the hearty Rock Shrimp Pot Pie; and the PB&J waffle with peanut butter mousse and blueberry jam. The build-your-own-Bloody Mary bar offers an array of more than 30 add-ons, ranging from filthy pickles and olives to sweet chili asparagus, and pepperoni and cheeses.

50. S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach.

Call: 561.278.3364 Visit: http://50ocean.com

SUNDY HOUSE

Served on: Sundays; limited brunch on Saturdays

Unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys: included in Sunday brunch buffet

There is a reason this historic spot was recognized for hosting one of the 100 best brunches in the entire country by OpenTable users. The quaint setting is quintessential Delray Beach – it’s the oldest home in the city, a Victorian-style house and garden built in 1902 by Delray’s first mayor, John Sundy. Breakfast items are spread across a full buffet, including carving, salad and omelet stations, waffles and pancakes, pastries and a wide range of delectable desserts. A must for every South Floridian’s bucket list.

106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.

Call: 561.272.5678 Visit: http://sundyhouse.com

THE FOXY BROWN

Served on: Saturdays and Sundays

We’ve never met anyone who’s had a bad meal at this diner-like gastropub. So, it didn’t surprise us when we discovered that Foxy Brown’s brunch menu is out of this world. Start with an order of the doughnut holes served with cereal milk. If you’re in the mood for something savory, order the tender and flavorful short rib benedict. If you prefer something sweet, the s’more waffle with Nutella is a delicious dose of nostalgia. Ask about the pancake of the day – in the past they’ve served pancakes stuffed with strawberry and chocolate beer pudding; apple pie; chicken quesadilla; and Cadbury cream eggs. Sip on a BLT Sake Bloody Mary – served with bacon strips, celery ice cubes and fried asparagus, it’s unlike any we’ve tried before.

723 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Call: 754.200.4236 Visit: http://myfoxybrown.com

TANZY

Served on: Saturdays and Sundays

There’s only one way to describe brunch at Tanzy: decadent. The artisanal Italian restaurant connected to iPic Theaters has nearly 20 brunch craft cocktails, including our favorite – the Illegalito, a passionfruit, coconut, pineapple and rum cocktail, served in a coconut and garnished with a giant slice of fresh pineapple. Try the warm croissants with cream cheese drizzle; filet medallions with eggs; and the Monte Cristo smoked ham and cheese sandwich with strawberries and maple syrup gelato. The $22 pre-fixed menu is the best way to try everything. Save room for the red velvet bread pudding for dessert.

301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.

Call: 561.922.6699 Visit: http://tanzyrestaurant.com

ROK:BRGR

Served on: Sundays

Unlimited mimosas: free for ladies

If the idea of brunch at one of the best burger spots in town doesn’t lure you in, we know what will: free, bottomless mimosas for ladies. The restaurant also offers $4 Bloody Marys for all and $4 mimosas for men. While enjoying the libations, start with the ROK:BISCUITS, flaky, honey butter biscuits topped with braised short rib, American cheese, smoked bacon and maple syrup. The Hangover Sandwich – with over-easy farm egg, maple pepper bacon, Sriracha aioli, American cheese, heirloom tomato and avocado served on artisan multigrain bread – and the chicken and waffles are both popular dishes. And then, of course, there are the burgers – try the bacon jam sliders with Kobe beef, maple bourbon bacon jam and Brie cheese. Not a bad way to wake up.

208 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale.

Call: 954.525.7656 Visit: http://rokbrgr.com

KAPOW!

Served on: Sundays

Unlimited mimosas: $15

The brunch menu at this noodle bar is small, but powerful. It’s clear that each dish on the menu was carefully crafted – like the bacon and jalapeño rangoons with chimichurri (which won best appetizer at BaconFest in 2013, by the way); the Captain Crunch French Toast with Captain Morgan-infused maple syrup; and the Kapow Smash – a pan-fried potato pancake stuffed with cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, tomato and scallion, served with eggs, toast and fruit puree. The Benedict Arnold is also divine – toasted challah topped with pulled pork, poached eggs and house-made hollandaise. Is it Sunday yet?

431 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.

Call: 561.347.7322 Visit: http://kapownoodlebar.com

BIG CITY TAVERN

Served on: Saturdays and Sundays

Unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys: $12

Big City’s Chef Louie Bossi makes a mean brunch. To start, the mimosas, made with Kennesaw fresh-squeezed orange juice, are so you good you’ll drink them like they’re water. Which is good, because the attentive servers never let guests sit with empty glasses. It’s worth starting off with one of the “Boards” – choose from house-made charcuterie, fresh fruits and cheeses, Greek yogurt with granola and fruit salad, or a selection of artisan bakery items. Be sure to get a side of house-made jam, pig butter, pecan butter or kitchen steak sauce. Finish the meal with the porchetta hash with a six-minute egg and hollandaise; or the Peanut Butter ‘n’ Jelly Pancakes with pecan butter and fresh fruit.

609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Call: 954.727.0307 Visit: http://bigcitylasolas.com

DOS CAMINOS

Served on: Sundays

Complimentary mimosa or cocktail: with the order of an entree

We can’t think of too many local Mexican restaurants that serve brunch, but a quick glance at Dos Caminos’ menu makes us wish that more did. Start with fresh, made-to-order guacamole: choose from traditional; mango-papaya habanero; shrimp; or bacon, chicharrón and pickled jalapeño. So. Good. The rest of the menu is packed with uber-unique dishes we’ve never seen on a brunch menu before, like roasted plantain empanadas and tacos with goat cheese, grilled wild mushrooms and black kale. For those not in the mood for Mexican, the restaurant also offers more traditional breakfast dishes with a Dos Caminos twist, like lemon blueberry pancakes and poached eggs served on buttermilk biscuits with Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce. Quite simply: love at first bite.

Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, 1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Call: 954.727.7090 Visit: http://doscaminos.com

CAFFE LUNA ROSA

Served: Daily

The most amazing thing about brunch at Caffe Luna Rosa? Brunch is served every single day. The next best thing about brunch at Caffe Luna Rosa? The food – it’s the reason the restaurant is ranked No. 1 out of 339 Delray Beach restaurants on TripAdvisor. Eggs benedict is the house specialty, and you can have it served with your choice of spinach, smoked salmon, lump crab, pastrami/corned beef hash, pork roll and more. If you have a sweet tooth, try the Banana Berry Delicious Belgian Waffle or the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl French Toast. If you still have room, get a breakfast pizza for the table – freshly made pizza dough topped with breakfast sausage, bacon, fresh roasted peppers, spinach, mushroom and cheeses.

34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach.

Call: 561.274.9404 Visit: http://caffelunarosa.com

REBEL HOUSE

Served on: Sundays

Unlimited mimosas: $12

This “renegade restaurant” is nothing like any other eatery in Boca Raton. Maybe it’s the eclectic menu, or the industrial vibe, or the funky artwork covering the walls – whatever it is, it’s working. The food here is just plain good. And the rest of Boca knows it – getting a table here is nearly impossible unless you have a reservation. Jalapeño cheddar biscuits with smoked sea salt make the perfect starter. The banana bread pudding French toast with cinnamon swirl, barrel-aged bourbon, maple syrup and drunken blueberries, with an option to add seared foie gras, will make your mouth water. Rebel House is known for the pork belly on its dinner menu, making the pork belly benedict a must-try for brunch.

297 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton.

Call: 561.353.5888 Visit: http://lifetastesbetter.com

S3 – SUN, SURF, SAND

Served on: Sundays

S3 is a great spot for a social brunch. Situated directly across from Fort Lauderdale beach, the view is stunning, and the variety of small plates, sushi rolls, and even cocktail and Bloody Mary samplers are perfect for sharing. Which is good, because there’s a lot to try. Start with homemade doughnuts with berry preserves and vanilla custard, or banana bread French toast. The chicken and sweet potato waffle is served with maple syrup and bacon butter – mmm! Or, try the pork belly hash with poblano chili, new potatoes, caramelized onions and eggs. Finish it off with a side of the mac and cheese with smoked Gouda and crispy prosciutto.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Call: 954.523.7873 Visit: http://s3restaurant.com

D.B.A CAFE

Served on: Sundays

Two-for-one mimosas or sangria

This rustic spot in a Federal Highway strip mall doesn’t look like much from outside, but inside foodies will be delighted to find some of the best food in Fort Lauderdale. The French toast steals the show – it’s stuffed with cheesecake that’s creamy, warm and oh-so good. If you’re more into pancakes, the Blueberry & Nutella Pancake Short Stack with chantilly cream and turkey bacon is another good option. If you want eggs, go for the chorizo and Gruyere cheese omelet or the d.b.a brunch burger with bacon, egg, avocado and salsa verde.

2364 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.

Call: 954.565.3392 Visit: http://dbacafeandwinebar.com

STEAK 954

Served on: Saturdays and Sundays

Brunch at the W Fort Lauderdale’s signature restaurant lives up to its reputation as one of the best spots for dining in Fort Lauderdale. Start with a house-made Pop-Tart – choose from strawberry crumb; or Nutella and banana-bourbon-marmalade. For an entree, order the crab and avocado benedict with tomato hollandaise; or the vanilla French toast with berries and dulce de leche – it’s incredible. Outdoors, the view and sound of the waves crashing on Fort Lauderdale beach is relaxing; indoors, the giant, statement-making jellyfish tank is hypnotizing.

W Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Call: 954.414.8333 Visit: http://starr-restaurant.com/steak954

TAP 42

Served on: Saturdays and Sundays

Unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys: $15

At Tap 42 brunch, you have two choices: get there early, or wait in line. Whichever you choose, the time investment is worth it. Here, unlimited mimosas mean a bottle of Champagne and a carafe of orange juice at your table – both of which are replenished when you run out. Tap 42 is also known for its craft beer selection, with 42 taps behind the bar. As far as food goes, the Hangover Part Tres is touted as “the ultimate breakfast sandwich,” with scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausage and cheddar cheese. The Green Eggs & Ham Benedict with Angry Orchard pulled pork shoulder, sunny side up eggs, bacon cheddar toast and green chili hollandaise is also excellent. And at Tap 42, it’s never too early for a burger – especially the Drunken Goat Burger, a lamb and beef blend topped with whipped goat cheese, arugula and Abita Purple Haze raspberry jam.

1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

Call: 954.463.4900 Visit: http://tap42.com

MAX’S HARVEST

Served on: Saturdays and Sundays

Unlimited Bloody Marys and Champagne cocktails: $15

This farm-to-fork restaurant pays such careful attention to its ingredients that you can feel less guilty about indulging. It sources from local farmers, and uses meat only from humanely treated animals and seafood caught or raised without damaging the ecosystem. Craft a grapefruit, cucumber, orange or watermelon Champagne cocktail at the interactive bar. Then, snack on the heavenly goat cheese croquettes, crusted with Marcona almonds and served with red chili-guava jelly; and the fresh fried doughnuts with vanilla custard and berries. For an entree, you’ll have a hard time choosing between the Nutellaand ricotta-stuffed French toast, with “lady finger” bananas, candied hazelnuts and butterscotch sauce; the BBQ Brisket BLT, with fried green tomato and coleslaw on an onion brioche roll; and the lobster or pork belly benedicts.

169 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach.

Call: 561.381.9970 Visit: http://maxsharvest.com