The Ritz-Carlton is hoping to lure locals to its oceanfront Fort Lauderdale establishment Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits with new weekend brunch and weekday happy-hour specials.
Overseen by chef de cuisine Gavin Pera and beverage director James Camp, the new offerings will highlight the restaurant's artisanal approach to food and drink.
Happy hour — appropriately dubbed "Splice the Mainbrace," an order given aboard naval vessels to issue the crew an alcoholic drink — goes down every weekday from 4 to 6 p.m. For $6 each, imbibers can enjoy their choice of house Chardonnay or Cabernet wine by the glass; Burlock Coast's exclusive beer, the BC Bootlager; well spirits; or one of several signature cocktails.
To keep the good times flowing, specials continue from 6 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday, with additional happy-hour specials. On Tap Tap Tuesday, the bar has $5 draft beer and $8 casked wine, while Wine Down Wednesday offerings include half-price bottles of wine and half-price charcuterie boards.
As for food, the kitchen has prepared a selection of $6 bar bites that include a rock shrimp fry with a lime and passionfruit aioli; spicy avocado tomatillo dip served with house chips; a half-dozen East Coast oysters; and a cheese of the day offered with almonds and a house-made jam.
Of course, no waterfront hotel restaurant would be complete without a Sunday brunch, and Burlock Coast's brunch — now available from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday — doesn't disappoint. South Florida's superbrunchers can choose from a number of Pera's new à la carte dishes like the Hog and the Egg, two Lake Meadow poached eggs over pork belly and dressed with Hollandaise sauce.
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The Challah French toast sandwich doesn't sound bad either, prepared with a house-made jam, candied pecans, and maple rum butter. And the BC Burger — topped with rum bacon jam, Mt. Tam cheese, arugula, tomato, and a choice of duck or hen egg — could probably cure that hangover. If you're feeling fancy, a niçoise salad dresses up frisée lettuce with haricots verts, quail eggs, and confit potato.
Bargain hunters can appreciate raw-bar items like $1 oysters served with a citrus Champagne mignonette or chilled Florida shrimp with Burlock Coast’s house-made cocktail sauce, while the drinking crowd can get punchy for $20 per person with options that include bottomless drinks like mimosas, bloody marys, the restaurant's Bootlager, or Camp's rum punch.
Burlock Coast is located at the Ritz-Carlton at 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-302-6460, or visit burlockcoast.com.
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.