Hibiscus Cafe: A Charming Spot for Breakfast or Lunch

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This nook tucked in a retro-shopping plaza that also houses Undergrounds Coffeehaus and Hi-Life Cafe is the kind of place

to take your mother or aunt to for a light breakfast, lunch, or afternoon

tea. Mismatched tables, window dressings, hardwood floors, and area

rugs shape a space that feels like a shabby-chic home.

Opened in June 2010 by

Sheryl Mauro, Hibiscus Cafe features sandwiches named after

friends, such as Jodi's Favorite, with turkey, goat cheese, and pesto

on a tomato panini; or Kathy's Favorite crabcake. Comfort food makes an

appearance in homemade soup such as cheddar corn chowder

or Southwestern black bean.

For breakfast, try the

migas of eggs, jalapeño, cheddar, crumbled chips, and salsa or an egg-and-cheese croissant that's made in-house. Mauro throws occasional Friday

happy hours, which

you can learn about should you connect with Hibiscus Cafe on Facebook, for which she offers Prosecco, craft beers, and homemade sweets and savories. Mauro also offers a nightly dinner to go. Call ahead to place an order and pick up by 6 p.m. Last night featured goat cheese and arugula-stuffed chicken breast with rice pilaf and steamed broccoli.

Hibiscus Cafe, 3000 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-533-7224. Open 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday

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