Eleven Best Breakfast Spots in Broward County

Eleven Best Breakfast Spots in Broward County
Photo courtesy of Hardy Park Bistro

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In South Florida, it can be the best meal of the day too. 

Around the country, people flock to places like Denny's or iHop to get their eggs and bacon on, but we don't have to. Because the area is such a tourist trap, there are plenty of local spots — from 24-hour diners to establishments specializing in breakfast-only menu items — to get your breakfast on.

Here they are: the best breakfast spots in Broward County.

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11. Waffleworks
3265 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Call 954-963-9161, or visit waffleworks.net.
If you like cars and breakfast and waffles, Waffleworks is your spot. Owner Sergio Goldvarg is an avid collector of scale model cars, many of which are on display at his Hollywood restaurant. It makes for a family-friendly environment. The menu has traditional breakfast eats like eggs Benedict, corned beef hash, and egg and pancake combos. The real draw here, however, is the waffles. Since 2011, the restaurant has been churning out some of the best waffles and crepe dishes around, everything from Butterfinger and dulce de leche to M&M's, Oreo, and apple and cinnamon. There's even a strawberry that isn't just topped with strawberries but whose batter is actually made with strawberries, meaning a bright red-pink waffle is in your future. Goldvarg also says he is trying to be the first to develop the pizza waffle. Hey, breakfast and lunch in one? We can dig it.

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10. Dandee Donut Factory
102 N. 28th Ave., Hollywood; call 954-929-1118. Also 1900 E. Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach; call 954-785-1461. Visit dandeedonuts.com.
Sometimes, all you want for breakfast is coffee and a doughnut. And you can get both at Dandee Donut Factory in Hollywood. This locally owned and operated institution has two locations, including Pompano Beach, each a small eatery specializing in fresh-baked doughnuts often touted as larger than the nearby local and national chains but equally inventive (have you tried the Boston Cream Cronut yet?). A small lunch counter with a row of booths also serves regular breakfast, but you might find it hard to think about bacon, eggs, and hash browns with that wall of oversized doughnuts beyond. It's also good for you early birds — the restaurant opens at 5 a.m. daily.

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9. Cypress Nook
201 E. McNab Road, Pompano Beach. Call 954-781-3464, or visit cypressnook.com.
At night, it's a German restaurant, but by day, it's a great spot to grab breakfast. The Cypress Nook in Pompano Beach has been a fixture in the city's quiet neighborhood since 1979, when a German couple relocated the business from Fort Lauderdale, named for its tucked-away spot on a quiet stretch off McNab Road beside a canal branching off from the Stranahan River. Not much has changed over the past three decades, according to the founder's son, Michael Gerike, who explains that the restaurant was once open only for breakfast. During a busy Sunday brunch — or throughout weekday mornings — the restaurant's small dining room offers a glimpse into the country-cottage kitchen. The spot will turn over tables from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with patrons spilling out onto the patio, where several tables sport giant colorful umbrellas. Nearby residents walk in with dogs and kids in tow, while others vie for parking along the narrow street. They come for plates overflowing with oversized three-egg omelets, thick slabs of cinnamon-raisin French toast, and piles of blueberry and banana pancakes served with hash browns, home fries, or grits.

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8. J28 Sandwich Bar
1854 N Young Circle, Hollywood. Call 754-208-2902, or visit j28sandwichbar.com.
South Florida breakfast wouldn't be anything worth raving about without a few Latin-influenced dishes. That's exactly what you'll get at the Hollywood-based fast-casual Peruvian restaurant J28, which recently expanded its hours of operation to include a short breakfast menu. The free-range egg sandwiches is served on the restaurant's own fresh-baked bread with a choice of added turkey or country-ham, both prepared and cooked in-house To make it a true Peruvian-style breakfast sandwich, customers are encouraged to pick one of the restaurant's homemade sauces, a choice of haucatay, amarillo, rococto, or huancaina. The same eggs are also used to make the house omelette, prepared with a medley of fine-chopped onion and cilantro, made perfect with a mimosa or two (available only on Saturday and Sunday). 

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7. The OB-House
333 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-530-7520, or visit o-bhouse.com.
The Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House (AKA the O-B House) will help you rise and shine the right way each morning when it opens for business. The establishment opened just four years ago on Himmarshee Street in downtown Fort Lauderdale and has been serving a brunch-style menu — and only that menu, with a touch of "sass" — until 3 p.m. daily ever since. That includes a variety of specialty items, many of which have a distinctly Floridian vibe. The Anchor Breakfast features oven-baked Florida grouper with eggs, toast, and cheese grits. Another sea-inspired dish is the D-Clawed, an omelet filled with jumbo lump crab meat, cream cheese, and cilantro. The menu puts a spin on classic breakfast dishes like French toast and pancakes — the eight-inch pancakes are oven-baked in a cast-iron skillet and served with maple syrup from Vermont. For locals on the go, the O-B House offers several breakfast sandwiches like the Big O-B BLT (try saying that three times fast!) with raspberry mayo or the Morning Sailor — two eggs over medium with mayo on thick-sliced toast.

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6. Dixie Tracks Cafe
4820 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. Call 754-223-2456, or visit dixietrackscafe.com.
For the past few years, this low-key, café-style establishment has been serving some of the best breakfast in Oakland Park. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dixie Tracks Café offers a number of creative plates for breakfast and lunch. Here, you can order from the daily specials — everything from crab cakes egg Benedict to shrimp and grits — or off the main menu, where you'll find dozens of specialty sandwiches and even a few salads. Owner Marc Lynn says one the most popular menu items is the Philly Changa: sliced rib eye with onions, American cheese, red and green peppers, and cream-of-mushroom sauce wrapped up into a tortilla and deep-fried. It might not sound breakfasty, but we don't care. And if you like waffles, there are plenty here. The Naughty Waffle comes with caramelized banana, fresh strawberries, Nutella, and homemade whipped cream. Or try the Pigs and Waffle Jenga, a towering pile of country and Canadian ham, American cheese, sausage gravy, and bacon. And yes, the place has fried chicken to put on those waffles, including one served with a spicy Asian-maple syrup.

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5. La Bonne Crepe
815 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-761-1515, or visit labonnecrepe.com.
In Europe, crepes are sold as street food — a quick meal for busy people on-the-go. In Quebec, Canada, the crepes are served for breakfast, stuffed with fresh fruits and drizzled with syrup. At La Bonne Crepe in Fort Lauderdale, you can get a taste all kinds, with fillings ranging from fresh strawberries and bananas with homemade blueberry syrup to apple and cinnamon compote to ham and swiss cheese. The place also serves a traditional egg breakfast, a dozen specialty omelets, waffles and pancakes, and even French toast. 

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4. Lester's Diner
250 State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-5641, or visit lestersonline.com.
Around for decades, Lester's Diner in Fort Lauderdale (there's one in Pompano Beach and Coconut Creek as well) is the epitome of diner chic, and everything about this place is a matter of superlatives: It's one of the oldest dining establishments in the county, dating back to the late '60s. It's also one of the biggest diners around, with room for hundreds. And its menu is one of the largest, featuring every breakfast food you can imagine (and still more you might not know were possible, like pizza sauce on an omelet and a continental burger topped with an egg and cocktail sauce). But it's not just the food you should come to see; it's also the late-night crowds. Come the weekend, the spot is jam-packed around 4 a.m. — and again for normal breakfast time, around 9 a.m. From self-proclaimed fluffy omelets, available in vegetarian, Spanish, Western, and plain old American cheese to Belgian waffles and homemade pastries, it's worth the late-night or morning lines. Don't worry: Lester's provides a bench in the expectation of a lengthy wait.

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3. Floridian Restaurant
1410 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-463-4041.
For more than 70 years, the 24-hour Floridian Restaurant has been offering up a number of diner classics to the South Florida populace. The kitschilly decorated spot provides a touch of old-school Americana to Las Olas Boulevard, and weekend mornings are packed with patrons loading up on huge made-to-order omelets, pancakes, and French toast. To say the menu is extensive in an understatement; it boasts more than 30 sandwiches (including "The Floridian," a satisfying tuna melt), hamburgers, hot dogs, and even five types of meatloaf. Of course, that means there's always something available for even the most discerning palate. Choose from homemade pancakes, soups, salads, and pasta. Or go vegetarian and low-calorie with a number of fruit- and vegetable-based dishes. If you're especially hungry in the wee hours of the morning — or even the middle of the day — you can indulge in all the breakfast dishes, served anytime.

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2. Hardy Park Bistro
21 SW Seventh St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-652-1475, or visit hardyparkbistro.com.
Hardy Park is one of South Florida's favorite restaurants, so when we heard it'd be serving breakfast — as well as lunch and dinner — we couldn't wait to check it out. In August, chef-owner Philip Darmon launched a short breakfast menu served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., highlighting a number of dishes just for the early birds, something born from the success of the restaurant's busy weekend brunch. Today, one of his favorite breakfast indulgences on the menu isn't the French toast with blueberry compote, huevos rancheros (a favorite on the brunch menu), or the steak and eggs but instead his own take on the grilled-cheese sandwich. Two slices of fresh-baked white bread hand-cut and delivered fresh daily from a Hallandale bakery are toasted in a pan with a thin spread of butter until seared to the perfect doneness. Next, the cheese, that same bread stuffed with what seems like a half-pound of pungent raclette, sharp cheddar, and smooth Gruyère. There's so much that it oozes out the edges and onto the plate, providing a hefty weight that settles in your belly before sending you into a dairy-induced coma.

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1. Grandpa's Bakery & Restaurant
17 SW First St., Dania Beach. Call 954-923-2163, or visit grampasbakery.com.
This longstanding local restaurant fixture has been serving house-baked breads and pastries — plus basic American eats — all day, every day, since 1957. The bakery/restaurant was even made famous after an appearance on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Ever since , crowds line up early at this Dania Beach spot to get a seat and order their favorites from the extensive menu. Just don't forget to leave room for a pie or dessert; the bakery side serves many flavors of homemade pies, cookies, and pastries, all made on the premises. 

Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.


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