A night out with friends, fireworks, and a few too many festive drinks: If that's your plan for New Year’s Eve, it might be a good idea to add a morning-after plan of action to your list of resolutions. Nothing kicks a dreadful hangover to the curb like a hearty meal, so some top notch local restaurants will be up and running early on January 1, serving special restorative menus that might just be the perfect antidote to your over-indulgence.
From offerings of simple, comforting plates of hams and fried eggs to crafted three-course meals and full buffets, we've singled out eight of the best brunch menus in South Florida to help you start 2019 on the right track.
1. Cafe Boulud.
Good French fare appeals to all senses, making for a definite winner for a morning-after fix. In Palm Beach, Cafe Boulud takes it up a notch by infusing authentic South Florida flavor to classic dishes, some of which you can enjoy on New Year's Day as a three-course prix-fixe brunch menu. Start with a berry tartine with grilled country bread and triple cream cheese, a pistachio parfait with pomegranate and apple butter, or the hamachi crude with shies, edamame, and daikon. For the main course, choose from options such as the quiche lorraine with baby spinach salad, a crab back benedict with English muffin and hollandaise, or, for an extra $10, the 8 oz. black Angus filet mignon with gratin dauphinoise and super green spinach. End your meal with a Buche de Noel a la vanilla with caramelized pear ice cream or a coconut cremeux with elderflower ice cream. There will also be live music in the terrace and courtyard. Price of prix
-fixe menu is $65. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 301 Australia Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-6060; cafeboulud.com.
2. Doc B’s Restaurant + Bar.
Candied bacon is one of the highlights on the New Year's Day bunch menu at this cool, no-fuss dining venue in Fort Lauderdale. Seated inside or at the outdoor terrace, you can pair it with other hangover cure options like the Angry Meatball, the shredded brussels sprouts salad, oven-roasted chicken wings, or the wedge burger. For a second
round of toasting to the new year, the bar offers an extensive craft beer, wine, and spirits selection in addition to specialty cocktails. 11:30 a.m. at 500 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 754-900-2401; docbsfreshkitchen.com.
3. Crazy Uncle Mike's.
Courtesy of Crazy Uncle Mike's
This Boca Raton eatery/brewery/live music venue's Breakfast for Dinner menu is the perfect way to reboot your system after a night of too many bottles of champagne. The substantial options include a dish of bacon and eggs with beer-braised pork belly, creamy polenta, or poached eggs and sweet potato pancakes served with crispy chicken, gochujang maple butter, and maple syrup. Another rich, comforting option is the New Mexico breakfast burrito with diced potatoes, peppers, onions, scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, and green chili sauce. 11:30 a.m. at 6450 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton; 561-931-2889. crazyunclemikes.com.
4. El Vez.
Rough morning? Head to this Mexican hotspot to revive yourself with generous portions of guacamole, ceviche, and classics such as the mahi mahi tacos, grilled Branzino Baja Style, or the traditional tacos al carbón. If all you want is to spend the day in bed, you'll also find coffee, fresh pastries, sandwiches, salads, and snacks available for take
out. 7 a.m. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach; Fort Lauderdale; elvezfortlauderdale.com.
5. Point Royal.
Geoffrey Zaccharian's Point Royal in Hollywood will be hosting a "Grand Brunch" to celebrate the new year.
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Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is well-known for his hospitality. On New Year's Day
he will be hosting a Grand Brunch at his restaurant inside the Diplomat Hotel, where first-class ocean views and a live jazz band trio will create a soothing atmosphere for those in recovery mode. There will be a butcher's table with specialty carved meats, specialty egg dishes, salads, fresh-baked breads
, house-made pastries, and options including fried chicken, shrimp, and mac and cheese. If you want to keep the party going, you can enjoy unlimited mimosas and a full-service bloody mary bar cart outfitted with assorted toppings and sauces for an extra $30. Standard brunch menu is priced $75. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3555 S. Ocean Dr.; Hollywood; 954- 602-8750; pointroyal-fl.com.
6. Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar.
Benedict Azteca at Rocco's Tequila and Bar
Courtesy of Rocco's Tequila and Bar
Brunch at this Mexican eatery is sure to get your mind off the pain by waking your taste buds with vibrant dishes like the Benedict Azteca and the desayuno
tacos. You can also try lunchtime classics such as the Yucatan, the taco burger, and the torta de pescado
. Or give the Aussie Eggs a whirl: They're poached, free range eggs on toast with tomato, garlic and
fresh basil. Bottomless mimosas or bloody marys go for $13 and bottles of Veuve Clicquot are priced at $70. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations. roccostacos.com.
7. Steak 954.
The Short Rib Eggs Benedict are a highlight on Steak 954's brunch menu.
Courtesy of Steak 954.
Protein is a great hangover cure, so snag a seat on the oceanfront patio of this luxury boutique on New Year's Day to fortify yourself with a la carte dishes executed by chef Johan Svensson, including favorites such as the lobster avocado toast, yellowfin tuna tacos, short rib eggs benedict, and Atlantic salmon. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., 954-414-8333; steak954.com.
8. Terra Mare.
Nurse your headache with plenty of fresh air at this oceanfront oasis as you soak up breakfast and lunchtime favorites including the lobster hash, lemon poppyseed pancakes, Korean fried chicken 'n'
waffles, and a variety of raw bar options. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-5160; terramarefl.com.