Chef Oliver Saucy on Café Maxx's New Brunch, Healthier Options: "It's All About Balance"

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Ah, brunch. It's relaxing, rejuvenating, and refreshing; the perfect antidote to your aching case of the Sunday morning blues.

Fortunately for you -- and your terrible headache -- South Florida is full of hundreds of brunch options ranging from raging all-you-can-drink parties to chic and sophisticated.

One of Broward County's premier restaurants just started up a new brunch program of its own. Darrel and Oliver's Café Maxx has created a brunch menu, which includes inventive healthy and classic -- i.e. hangover repairing -- dishes.

We spoke to Café Maxx chef and co-owner Oliver Saucy about the new service and his favorite dishes.

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"We have been talking about it for a long time as our brunch from the late Darrel & Oliver's East City Grill was a big hit; our customers are still bringing it up after more than ten years, " said Saucy. "Also, Pompano Beach on the east side of Atlantic Boulevard up to the beach as been redone and looks great, not to mention the front of the restaurant has been renovated, as well. it just seemed like a perfect time to dive in."

The new brunch features Morning After Coffee and Juice Bar with options ranging from invigorating, like the The Jump Start (orange juice, whipped banana and strawberries with granola, nuts, wheat germ, protein powder, and vanilla frozen yogurt for $8) to hair of the dog, such as a jumbo poached shrimp Bloody Mary ($14).

A stark departure from most brunches, Café Maxx is offering a number of lighter options for diet-conscious diners. Dishes like the slice of caviar pie ($10.95), egg white and grilled vegetable omelet with crumbled goat cheese, herbs, and a tomato-basil marinara ($15), and the house made bircher muesli ($11) can make up for all the boozy calories consumed on Saturday night. Obviously, decadent items are also available for those who are looking to gorge themselves before going back to sleep.

"Its really about balance, many people are health conscious these days and we want to have options for everyone. Most everything on our menu is made from scratch and we use cage free chicken and duck eggs from a Florida farm, which are both lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, not to mention the clearly superior flavor and taste," said Saucy.

While the new menu offers some divergent options from the usual brunch suspects, Saucy asserts the goal is to keep with the same level of cuisine for which Café Maxx is known.

"At the end of the day we are still Darrel & Oliver's Café Maxx and our customers have a certain expectation for a level of quality and creativity, while yet remaining identifiable providing for wide appeal and reassuring comfort zone," he said. "Some have described it as a 'safe adventure' as related to dining."

Brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.

Café Maxx is located at 2601 East Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach. Call 954-782-0606, or visit cafemaxx.com.

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