The Ten Best Brunches in Fort Lauderdale
You can order filet mignon during Steak 954's Sunday brunch.
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5. Steak 954
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8333, or visit steak954.com.
Anything related to the W Hotel 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.
You can get food like this chicken and waffles dish (from the regular menu) during the brunch buffet at American Social in Fort Lauderdale.
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4. American Social Bar & Restaurant
721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-764-7005, or visit amsobar.com.
Whether you’re looking to start your weekend with a bang or just cure the headache from last night, AmSo is ready to help. Sure, you can find a slew of à la carte brunch deals off Las Olas Boulevard, but not too many offer the decadent atmosphere offered at American Social. Its weekend-long buffet gives hard-core brunchers a steal of an all-you-can-eat deal, served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for $26.95 per person. Items run the gamut, including made-to-order omelets, freshly pressed Belgian waffles, salt-and-pepper prime rib, fried chicken, chilled snow crab legs, house-smoked Atlantic salmon, two kinds of breakfast sausages, hickory smoked bacon, roasted potatoes, warm biscuits and gravy, and an assortment of baked goods alongside an à la carte menu of classic American comfort food. More interested in the booze? Unlimited bloody marys and mimosas cost $12 per person. AmSo offers an option to step it up with Belvedere vodka for $19.95 and premium Moët.
These Hershey brownie pancakes are a thing at Rok:Brgr's Sunday Social brunch.
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201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-616-5275, or visit publichouseftl.com.
Himmarshee Village is the place for brunch. That’s where each of the JEY Hospitality concepts — including Tacocraft, Pizzacraft, and Himmarshee Public House — throw down their own versions of this awesome midday meal. Although the downtown strip has a lot going on in the way of brunch options every weekend, the original Rok:Brgr “Sunday Social” brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. was the first. Here, you can get it all: bottomless drinks, gastropub-style fare, loud music, and plenty of people-watching. Add unlimited mimosas for $15 — but it’s free for the ladies with any food purchase.
Get unlimited mimosas for $15 during brunch at Tap 42.
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2. Tap 42
1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-4900, or visit tap42.com.
If anyone put a stamp on living the brunch life, it’s Tap 42. The weekend-morning crowd grows so outrageously large that patrons line up at the door as early as 10 a.m. for a chance to snag the first available tables. This South Florida beer bar and gastropub has been putting on a wild and crazy Saturday and Sunday brunch for more than three years. Both the Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton locations are known to serve 500-plus patrons each day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. That means hundreds of bottomless beverage specials flowing thanks to $15 all-you-can-drink mimosas, bloody marys, and draft Harpoon UFO White. Of course, there are also platters upon platters of tantalizing fare. Start your day with crispy Asian calamari; the hangover breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausage, and white cheddar, served between French toast buns; or a healthy golden quinoa superfood salad with mixed greens, Brussels sprouts, Mandarin orange slices, green apples, cranberries, almonds, feta cheese, and citrus vinaigrette.
The Oreo pancakes from Bull Market's brunch menu.
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1. Bull Market
210 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-1213, or visit bullmarketbar.com.
Himmarshee Village on Sunday is like the set of Brunch Wars. Every restaurant seems to have a special going for bottomless this or endless that, but the real party is happening at Bull Market. Here, you can get the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat brunch buffet for $24, served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights include omelet, waffle, and carving stations where you can create your own masterpieces. Or order à la carte staples such as the award-winning Juicy Lucy burger, Bulled eggs Benedict, or General Tso chicken and waffles. It wouldn’t be a proper South Florida brunch without unlimited drinks, and Bull Market offers a bloody mary bar complete with triple-pepper- or garlic-thyme-onion-basil-infused vodkas and all the fixings for $15 per person, which you can enjoy in the upstairs brunch lounge that opens at noon and features a live DJ. It’s the same price for endless mimosas and “Angryosas” — half orange juice, half Angry Orchard cider — as well. (Ladies: Order any type of food, and you get unlimited drinks for $5.) And because our local service industry professionals deserve brunch too, Bull Market does the whole thing all over again every Monday.
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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