The Ten Best Brunches in Fort Lauderdale

Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale has an al a carte brunch menu and all-you-can-eat buffet on Saturday and Sunday.
Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale has an al a carte brunch menu and all-you-can-eat buffet on Saturday and Sunday.
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South Florida has nailed brunch, that breakfast-lunch mashup we know and love so well. Locals truly have it all — from waterfront spots and all-you-can-eat buffets to the fancy hotel digs with seafood towers and $15 bottomless mimosas that make our Monday mornings hell.

Whether it’s deals on drinks or fancy eggs in classy digs, Fort Lauderdale has it all. Here are the best brunches in town.

Colada's tres leche waffles with guava whipped cream.
Colada's tres leche waffles with guava whipped cream.
Photo courtesy of Colada

10. Colada
525 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-368-4705, or visit coladahouse.com.
If you're going to do brunch in South Florida, you might as well do it Cuban-style. That's how you'll get it at Colada, where — every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — the cafe and restaurant offers a special brunch menu with a la carte items priced $7 to $10. The most popular dish is a unique create-your-own Colada brunch bowls: bring-your-own bowl and select a base of French fries or scrambled eggs, then add toppings like chorizo gravy, lechón, bacon, cheese, and avocado. There's also Cuban-style eggs Benedict, savory biscuits topped with roasted pork, poached eggs, papitas, onions, and a Latin-inspired black Hollandaise sauce; tres leches waffles with guava whipped cream; or simply order one of the most traditional Cuban sandwiches around. And while there's the option of taking down as many Cuban coffees as you can handle, Colada also does its own bottomless drink bar where you can get everything from mimosas, sangria, mojitos on tap, and select local craft beers for $15 all day on both Saturday and Sunday.

Rum is still a main focus event during brunch at Burlock Coast.
Rum is still a main focus event during brunch at Burlock Coast.
Photo courtesy of Burlock Coast

9. Burlock Coast
1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-302-6460, or visit ritzcarlton.com.
Everyone loves a good weekend brunch — bonus if an establishment includes both Saturday and Sunday. While no waterfront hotel restaurant would be complete without a solid Sunday brunch, the Burlock Coast brunch doesn't disappoint, served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the weekend. Here, South Florida superbrunchers can choose from a number of executive chef Gavin Pera's new array of a la carte dishes like the Hog and the Egg (two Lake Meadow poached eggs over pork belly and dressed with Hollandaise sauce) or the Challah French toast sandwich (bacon, egg, housemade jam, candied pecans, and maple rum butter). Bargain hunters can appreciate raw bar items like $1 oysters served with a citrus Champagne mignonette or chilled Florida shrimp with Burlock Coast’s in-house cocktail sauce, while the drinking crowd can get punchy for $20 per person with bottomless drinks like mimosas, bloody marys, or the restaurant's own BootLager made especially for the restaurant by Twisted Trunk Brewing. There's even endless rum punch —  Fwaygo Joe's personal favorite.

Louie Bossi's offers unlimited $12 Bossi bellinis during brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Louie Bossi's offers unlimited $12 Bossi bellinis during brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
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8. Louie Bossi
1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-356-6699, or visit louiebossi.com.
Italians know how to eat, and apparently they know how to brunch, too. At least at Louie Bossi's Ristorante in Fort Lauderdale, where a sprawling brunch menu is offered all weekend long from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Brunch specials range from Americanized options like scrambled eggs on avocado toast and wholegrain Nutella pancakes to the Italian-inspired like eggs served with oven-roasted polenta or a decadent porchetta hash topped with fried eggs. Heartier fare comes in the form of Bossi's standard offerings with a selection of salads and panini, to the wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta. If you're in the mood to drink, there's a triple threat bottomless bar waiting for you: all-you-can-drink mimosas, endless bloody marys, and unlimited Bossi bellinis for $12 per person until 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Ocean 2000 at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort offers a number of bottomless drink options during its Sunday buffet brunch.
Ocean 2000 at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort offers a number of bottomless drink options during its Sunday buffet brunch.
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7. Pelican Grand Beach Resort
2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-556-7667, or visit pelicanbeach.com.
If you're looking for a great way to relax on a Sunday, the beach is — of course — where it's at. Unfortunately, in terms of dining, it's not easy to find great food while keeping your toes in the sand. 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 service, 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.

The crab cake eggs Benedict from Shooters Waterfront.
The crab cake eggs Benedict from Shooters Waterfront.
Photo courtesy of Shooters Waterfront

6. Shooters Waterfront
3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-566-2855, or visit shooterswaterfront.com.
We all love choices. When it comes to brunch choices, you have two at Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Select sweet and savory dishes from the restaurant's a la carte menu featuring dishes like crab cake eggs Benedict, challah bread French toast, and the Power House egg white omelet with spinach, feta, tomato, cheddar, and pico de gallo. Or go for the all-you-can-eat $30 buffet brunch complete with breakfast meats, custom omelet station, eggs Benedict, sushi, pancake, waffles, — even a crepe station — complete bagels and lox, pastries, and salads. The waterfront, Intracoastal view from the lounge-style lawn is the perfect spot to catch some rays while also sipping on unlimited drink specials like bottomless mimosas and bloody marys priced at $20 per person. Brunch runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But wait, there's more: Shooters also offers free yoga classes every Saturday at 9 a.m. before brunch so you can get your Bikram on with a complimentary glass of rose.



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