South Florida has nailed brunch; that breakfast-lunch mashup we've come to know and love so well. Locals truly have it all, from all-you-can-eat buffets in fancy hotel digs to the plethora of bottomless imbibing that make
our Monday mornings hell.
If it's a variety of breakfast-lunch treats and deals you're after, Fort Lauderdale has something for everyone. Here are the best brunches The Venice of America has to offer.
1. Rooftop. Chambong
: it's what you do during Rooftop's Sunday brunch. Here's how it goes: take one bottle of bubbly and a half-dozen of your closest (or newest) friends,
and spend the afternoon perfecting your aim, tossing tiny white plastic balls into champagne coupes. If early morning brunch just isn't for you, but you still want to brunch, try this deal. Every Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Rooftop offers $20 bottomless prosecco and Chambord, which they encourage you to down while playing an uber fancy version of beer pong — complete with live music by their resident DJs and panoramic skycap views of downtown Fort Lauderdale. After a few rounds, you'll probably need some food to soak up all those bubbles. Luckily, a selection of snacks, small plates, and entrees offer the perfect variety. Instead of the usual brunchy
favorites, this menu presents a number of breakfast
, lunch, and dinner items priced $9-$17, aimed to please all palates. Start with buffalo chicken with empanadas or goat cheese-stuffed dates; continue with vegan quinoa spring rolls or sirloin steak skewers, or go all-in with the banana- and Nutella-stuffed French toast waffle. 1 West Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-1956; rooftop1wlo.com.
2. Tap 42.
If any eatery has put a stamp on living the brunch life, it’s Tap 42. The weekend morning crowd grows so outrageously large that patrons line up at the door as early as 10 a.m. for a chance to snag the first available tables. This South Florida beer bar and gastropub has
been putting on a wild and crazy Saturday and Sunday brunch for more than three years. Both the Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton locations are known to serve 500-plus patrons each day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. That means hundreds of bottomless beverage specials and $15 all-you-can-drink mimosas, bloody marys, and draft Harpoon UFO White. Of course, there are also platters upon platters of tantalizing fare. Start your day with crispy Asian calamari; the hangover breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausage, and white cheddar, served between French toast buns; or a healthy golden quinoa superfood salad with mixed greens, Brussels sprouts, Mandarin orange slices, green apples, cranberries, almonds, feta cheese, and citrus vinaigrette. 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-4900; tap42.com.
3. The Foxy Brown.
Boston cream pie. Carrot cake. A half-dozen of your favorite Halloween candies. No, it's not part of dessert
, although those are good here too. Instead, it's just a few of the toppings you'll find on the Foxy Brown house pancakes, which change frequently enough to keep even the most demanding bruncher happy. For nearly a decade, this restaurant located just one block north of Las Olas Boulevard has been taking names for those waiting to nab a table for it's
popular weekend brunch. On Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the restaurant offers up an impressive menu of breakfast eats that range from banana bread grilled cheese sandwich to veggie cake eggs Benedict or chicken and waffle sliders. And Instead of drowning in mimosas and bloody marys, try the restaurant's $10 boozy milkshakes made with Mu cream liqueur, a flavorless wine made from Florida citrus fruits and blended with ice cream for an indulgent kick to your favorite midday meal. If that's too much, the cereal milk satisfies sans liquor and pairs perfectly for dunking a few of the fresh house donuts. 723 E. Broward Blvd., 754-200-4236; myfoxybrown.com.
Himmarshee Village is the
place for brunch. That’s where each of the JEY Hospitality concepts — including Tacocraft, Pizzacraft, and Himmarshee Public House — throw down their own versions of this awesome midday weekend meal. Although the downtown strip has a lot going on in the way of brunch options each week, the original Rok:Brgr
"Sunday Social" brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. was the first. Here, you can get it all: bottomless drinks, gastropub-style fare, loud music, and plenty of people-watching. The deal is one of the best around: unlimited mimosas for $12 with any food purchase, now available on both Saturday and Sunday at all Rok:Brgr
locations. 201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-616-5275; rokbrgr.com.
5. American Social Bar & Restaurant.
Whether you’re looking to start your weekend with a bang or just nurse the headache
from last night, AmSo is ready to help. Sure, you can find a slew of à la carte brunch deals off Las Olas Boulevard, but not too many offer the decadent atmosphere of American Social Bar. Its weekend-long buffet gives hardcore brunchers a steal of an all-you-can-eat deal, served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for $21.50 per person. Items run the gamut, including made-to-order (unlimited) omelets, freshly pressed Belgian waffles, salt-and-pepper prime rib, fried chicken, chilled snow crab legs, house-smoked Atlantic salmon, two kinds of breakfast sausages, hickory smoked bacon, roasted potatoes, warm biscuits and gravy, and an assortment of baked goods alongside an à la carte menu of classic American comfort food. More interested in the booze? Bottomless bloody marys and mimosas cost $18 per person. AmSo offers an option to step it up with Belvedere vodka for $29.99 or premium Chandon rose ($34.95) and Moët bottles ($50) 721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-764-7005, or visit amsobar.com.