Brunch is the most important meal of the week, incorporating all five food groups -- bacon, alcohol, fat, salt, and Hollandaise sauce. Palm Beach brunch spots range from beachy to posh, with prices ranging from cheap to the equivalent of a car payment on a Hyundai. Grab a pal and your wallet and prepare to brunch, dahling...
The Circle at the Breakers, 1 S. Country Road, Palm Beach 33480; 561-659-8440.
The highest-priced brunch we could find, the Breakers brunch tips the scale at a hefty $90 per person. The Breakers features all the usual brunchy items (muffins, omelets, bacon) alongside such "blingy" breakfast treats as caviar, oysters, and 30 different desserts. Unlimited mimosas and seafood bloody marys are poured. Come hungry and bring a large overcoat with lots of pockets in which to store enough danish pastries to eat for the entire week.
Sundy House, 106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444; 561-272-5678.
The name Sundy House even sounds like brunch! This brunch buffet not only has the standard omelets, waffles, bacon, and pancake offerings but brunch comes complete with a carving station, antipasti station, salad bar, fruit station, and dessert bar. Unlimited bloody marys and mimosas might make you forget the $42-per-person charge.
Dune Deck Cafe, 100 N. Ocean Blvd., Lantana 33462; 561-582-0472.
Stone crabs for brunch? How about pancakes shaped like lovable rodents? Heck yeah! The Dune Deck Cafe, overlooking the Atlantic in Lantana, offers both stone crabs and Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes. Finally -- a place that both sophisticates and stoners can agree on. Brunch is served à la carte Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and prices average around $10-11 per entree.
Waterway Cafe, 2300 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens 33410; 561-694-1700.
Go for the Key West Benedict (eggs Benedict atop a crab cake) or the French toast stuffed with ham and cheese. Stay for the floating barge bar and man-made beach. The Waterway Cafe turns brunch into an all-day affair. Brunch is ala carte with prices ranging from $6.95 to $12.95. Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Cafe Boulud, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach 33480; 561-655-6060.
Chef Daniel Boulud's Palm Beach restaurant at the Brazilian Court Hotel and Beach Club offers a luxe three-course brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $36 per person. For the most decadent brunch possible, start with the pâté de campagne (roasted pork terrine with butternut squash, mushrooms, and raisins); follow with the French omelet with ham, Gruyère, and shaved white alba truffles ($75 upcharge for the truffles); and finish off with a chocolate chestnut ginger sundae.
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