Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but brunch is the most popular.
Why? Because you can roll out of bed late and into a perfectly wonderful, relaxed meal that begs to be savored. It lingers beyond the lunch hour and helps you cruise effortlessly into dinner. Brunch, it seems, is what South Florida weekends were made for.
Whether you have a hankering for a cheeseburger in paradise, brunch buffets at one of the classiest steak joins in Broward County, a classic French aperitif in place of that usual mimosa, or a pitcher full of some of the best bloody mary mix in South Florida, there's sure to be a brunch for you in Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.
8. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
2501 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Call 954-924-2202, or visit margaritaville.com.
Located directly off Hollywood Beach's paved beachside boulevard, there isn't much to not love about this location — or the restaurant's breakfast. Open daily at 6:30 a.m., the restaurant offers a full breakfast menu with dishes like huevos rancheros, tortilla-wrapped chorizo, queso fresco, refried beans, lime crema, spicy tomato sauce, avocado, and sunny-side-up egg served with a roasted jalapeño or Corn Flake-crusted brioche French toast with sliced banana and drizzled with caramel. When it comes to drinks, you won't be left wanting. There restaurant offers the typical mimosas and bellinis along with frozen sangria and the "perfect" bloody mary made with Margaritaville gold and silver tequila and its own house blood mary mix. But the best part might be the option to do a margarita flight instead of the same boring brunch options you find elsewhere.
7. Bistro 1902
1902 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Call 954-689-2229, or visit bistro1902.com.
Foie gras for brunch? Sure, go for it. Or, at least you can at Bistro 1902 in Hollywood. The restaurant serves one of the downtown restaurant row's best brunch scenes, complete with decadent French fare. The menu opens with eggs Benedict, several types that include shrimp, crab cakes, prosciutto, or smoked salmon. Or go fancy with crepes. The savory ones like the Parisian is made with mushroom, ham, and Brie, or the seafood take arrives with shrimp and fish smothered in a creamy basil sauce. Sweet crepes include banana and caramel, peanut butter and jelly, or Nutella and strawberry. Breakfast sandwiches include a breakfast take on the classic croque monsieur made with smoked salmon and Brie. For drinks, try a traditional French kir, an apéritif that consists of crème de cassis topped with Champagne. Feeling more Florida? There's a Champagne mojito that might hit the spot. Bottomless mimosas might be a little pricey at $17.95, but remember it's the food that will bring you back for more.
6. GG's Waterfront Bar & Grill
606 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Call 954-929-7030, or visit ggswaterfront.com.
You can never have too many restaurants on the water, be they casual Florida landmarks like Le Tub serving greasy, sea-inspired bar food or a bevy of pricey, upmarket spots with all the pomp and circumstance of a Michelin-starred rating. But not every waterside restaurant has a brunch quite like GG's Waterfront Bar and Grill, the Hollywood steak and seafood restaurant off A1A. The best seat in the house is on the water, of course; perhaps one of the tables lining the narrow, dock-like strip running alongside the restaurant's wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Each has an uninterrupted view of the Intracoastal Waterway where you can watch as shiny, sleek yachts glide past the North Lake, a rare expanse of open water in these parts. Here you can enjoy everything from made-to-order omelets to a chef's carving station and full breakfast buffet. If you're down for imbibing, the restaurant offers a complimentary mimosa at the beginning of your meal. You can keep the good times going with a Champagne special on Sunday $75 of Veuve rose and yellow label during business hours all day.