Eat Your Way Through Presidents' Day With Five Different Brunches

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Brunch is easily the most anticipated and beloved meal of the weekend. Falling on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the breakfast-lunch combination usually includes hearty plates filled with rich, indulgent dishes like crème brûlée-stuffed French toast, huevos rancheros, and grilled skirt steak tacos, washed down with daytime boozy drinks.

Avid brunchgoers rejoice because this weekend is extra special — Presidents' Day has given us more time to seek out a new breakfast-and-lunch-combo meal around town. These five restaurants will serve their special weekend menus, offering dishes that cover everything from pancakes to sushi. All five brunches offer unlimited mimosas and endless bloody marys for an added price.

The eateries are known to fill up, so make reservations. Brunch is the perfect cure to any case of Monday blues.

5. Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-524-9550, or visit RoccosTacos.com.
Don't expect eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and bagels at Rocco's Tacos' brunch. The downtown Fort Lauderdale eatery offers the weekend meal with a stark Mexican twist. Find burritos, huevos rancheros, and an array of tacos instead. Elect for a platter with a choice of tacos, rice, and a mixed salad ($10.50); or order traditional huevos rancheros ($12), with black beans, meat, and cheese. If you're craving something north of the border, try one of three American-inspired dishes: pumpkin spiced flapjacks ($12), steak and eggs ($16.50), or a Belgian waffle ($12). Pair your plate with bottomless booze for the holiday soiree. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4. City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill
700 S Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561-366-0071, or visit citycellarwpb.com.
Brunch-goers in the West Palm area should spend their President's Day afternoon at City Cellar. The restaurant's dynamic brunch menu offers breads, salumi, pastries, desserts, gelatos, and fresh pastas all made in house daily. Consider starting with the brioche doughnuts ($5) to share. They're topped with ginger-cinnamon sugar and served with jam on the side. As an entree, elect for the Belgian waffle ($12), made with Tahitian vanilla butter, roasted strawberries, whipped creme, and maple syrup. For a filling breakfast-oriented meal, try the Cellar breakfast ($13), which includes house-made breakfast sausage, organic eggs, fresh fruit, potatoes, jam, honey butter, and multigrain toast. For something salty, try the chicken panini, with rosemary focaccia and mushroom conserva; or the blackened mahi-mahi sandwich. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

3. Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-727-0307, or visit BigCityLasOlas.com.
At Big City Tavern, brunch is treated with as much importance as any other meal — a rarity at most restaurants nowadays. Many brunch menus offer limited choices, but this eatery's goes all out. Diners in the mood for breakfast or lunch face endless choices as there are more than 20 different breakfast-oriented and lunch-driven plates. For something sweet, elect for challah French toast ($12), served alongside Vermont maple syrup and a fruit salad; a roasted apple butter waffle with candied pecans ($14); or banana Nutella French toast ($14.50). Egg-centric dishes ($12.50 to $16.50) include omelettes, benedicts, steak and eggs, and sunny side ups. There's a breakfast pizza ($13.50) too, made with sunny side up eggs, scallions, hollandaise sauce, and housemade pancetta. For a brunch-lunch, choose between Asian chicken wings ($12.50), a spinach and shrimp salad ($18), or a house burger ($12). Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

2. City Oyster & Sushi Bar
213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-272-0220, or visit CityOysterDelray.com.
City Oyster in Delray lets diners create their own brunch experience. Go for a traditional American-style brunch or order off of the raw bar and specialities portion of the menu. There's French toast ($13), poached eggs ($14), eggs benedict ($14), and flapjacks ($12). For something fancy, try the crème brûlée-stuffed French toast ($14) or the huevos rancheros ($12), made with fried eggs on a tortilla topped with salsa rojo, guacamole, shredded cheese, and sour creme. Under the raw bar, order a dozen oysters or clams, or try the calamari fritti ($13.50). Pair it with grilled fish or skirt steak tacos ($16) for the table to share. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

1. Louie Bossi’s
1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-356-6699, or visit LouieBossi.com.
Louie Bossi's brunch is just that — boss. The Italian-based eatery offers a range of antipastis, panninis, pastas, pizzas, pastries, and a nine-plate speciality breakfast and lunch-oriented menu. For a true Italian-inspired brunch plate, pick the strata ($13.50), which is a breakfast lasagna topped with a fried egg and pesto; or a ricotta crespelle ($12.50), made with lemon curd, mascarpone, and berries. Make sure to snag an order of the bombolinis, which come filled with custard- or cannoli-cream-filled or glazed with chocolate. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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