Brunch. It's the best meal of the week, and not just because of the bottomless mimosas and bloody marys.
It's because so many restaurants pull out all their best deals — and most indulgent meals — for the weekend crowds. Dishes range from house-cured bacon and pork belly eggs Benedict to platters of meats and cheeses, or thick and fluffy French toast. The best part: washing it all down with a few cocktails, and all before 3 p.m.
In Boca Raton — where brunch practically equals a weekly national holiday — these middle-of-the-day meal menus offers some of the city's biggest, baddest breakfast and lunch dishes served by some of the area's most popular eateries. Watering holes like Kapow! Noodle Bar and Tap 42 pull out all the stops with rotating specials and bottomless drink bars, while others like Farmhouse Kitchen and Farmer's Table go the health-conscious route for those looking to keep it clean and lean on their day off.
Here they are, the best brunch spots in Boca Raton.
8. Farmer's Table
1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561-417-5836, or visit farmerstableboca.com.
With a farm-to-table mantra, the Farmer's Table brunch menu offers a healthy way to kick off your day. Dishes rotate seasonally to highlight various legumes and fruits, but the mainstays are reason enough to visit time and time again. Highlights include breakfast burritos stuffed with free-range eggs and organic veggies, or acai bowls chock full of fresh fruit, house-made granola, and drizzled with honey. Heartier selections include quinoa meatballs or veggie burgers, and a chicken Caesar flatbread. The brunch menu doesn't offer any unlimited drink options — although an excellent bloody mary and mimosas are still available by the glass — but instead features a Garden-to-Glass cocktail or a list of (non-alcoholic) Refresh & Revive drinks.
301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-922-6699, or visit tanzyrestaurant.com.
Served on Saturdays and Sundays, there’s only one way to describe brunch at Tanzy: delicious. This restaurant connected to iPic Theaters offers a number of brunch craft cocktails to pair with any of their dishes, and bottomless mimosas for $14 per person. Right now you can also try their Garden to Glass cocktail flight for $11, which includes a fennel gin and tonic, apple margarita, vodka-spiked strawberry lemonade, and basil rum punch. Of course, the food is equally flavorful, everything from blueberry buttermilk pancakes and a Monte Cristo smoked ham and cheese sandwich, to
6. Saquella Cafe
410 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton. Call 561-338-8840, or visit saquellacafe.com.
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5. Farmhouse Kitchen
399 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-826-2625, or visit farmhousekitchenboca.com.
Come the weekend, Farmhouse Kitchen is one of the best places to be when you're just not sure if you want breakfast or lunch — or a little bit of both. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday the restaurant serves its "brunch with a little lunch" menu, offering several breakfast dishes paired with several more lunch selections. The breakfast lovers can go meaty with steak and eggs (skirt steak, two eggs, and potato squash hash), or sweet with banana granola French toast. Lunchers can go with a veggie burger, salmon, or the cauliflower
4. Piñon Grill
600 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 561-391-7770, or visit PinonGrill.com.
At Piñon Grill in Boca Raton, one of the restaurants located at the Town Center mall, you can enjoy some weekend brunch and shopping. On Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., diners can order everything from steak eggs Benedict (two filet mignon medallions served on an English muffin with poached egg and fresh Hollandaise), to thick-cut French toast (made with buttery brioche bread that's rolled in granola and topped with fresh fruit and bacon). Down with a day of drinking, as well? Enjoy a number of specialty mimosas, including an acai, pomegranate, or ruby red grapefruit spiked option. Or you can go bottomless for $15 per person. Just don't blame the restaurant when you exit the mall a few hours later with a whole bunch of stuff you did
3. Kapow! Noodle Bar
431 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-347-7322, or visit kapownoodlebar.com.
It just doesn't get much better than brunch at Kapow! on Sunday (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) The music is loud, the food is good, and the drinks are strong — oh, that bloody mary bar. Sure, the brunch menu is small — but that's OK. What it lacks in size it makes up for it with big flavors. Try the bacon and jalapeño
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2. Rebel House
297 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. Call 561-353-5888, or visit lifetastesbetter.com.
Maybe it's the eclectic menu, the house-cured meats and bacon, that renegade vibe, the colorful artwork, or — just maybe — it's the food and drink. Whatever it is, Rebel House has something special going on. Which means getting a table for a seat at their Wake and Bake brunch is nearly impossible. So much so they recommend you make a reservation. That's probably a good idea. Manage to squeeze in and you can order chef-owner Mike Saperstein's grilled peach salad before moving on to his Southern-style French toast with bourbon custard dipped Texas toast and caramelized peaches, and maybe add some seared foie gras to top it off if you're feeling extra fancy. Of course, Rebel House is best known for its eggs Benedict, perhaps one of their best dishes with the current Far East take: poached farm fresh eggs served over succulent pork belly, scallion pancakes, house-made kimchi, and topped with a savory Gochujang Hollandaise. Just make sure it has a side of bacon, sausage, or Canadian bacon — they're all made in-house and pretty out of this world.
1. Tap 42
5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton. Visit tap42.com.
During Tap 42 brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday), you will have just two choices. No, not on the menu. When you get there.
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.