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The Ten Best Brunches in Fort Lauderdale

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6. Shooters Waterfront. We all love choices. When it comes to brunch choices, you have two at Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Select sweet and savory dishes from the restaurant's à la carte menu featuring dishes like crab cake eggs Benedict, challah bread French toast, and the Power House egg white omelet with spinach, feta, tomato, cheddar, and pico de gallo. Or go for the all-you-can-eat $40 brunch buffet ($20 for children 12 and under) complete with a carving station, custom omelet station, waffles, sushi, bagels, pastries and salads. The waterfront, Intracoastal view from the lounge-style lawn is the perfect spot to catch some rays while also sipping on unlimited drink specials like bottomless mimosas and bloody marys priced at $20 per person. Brunch runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But wait, there's more: Shooters also offers free Yoga and Yolk classes every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. before brunch so you can get your Bikram on with a complimentary glass of rosé. 3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-566-2855; shooterswaterfront.com.
7. Pelican Grand Beach Resort. If you're looking for a great way to relax on a Sunday, the beach is where it's at. Unfortunately, in terms of dining, it's not easy to find great food while keeping your toes in the sand. But that's not the case at Pelican Grand's Ocean 2000 restaurant. With a veranda that opens straight onto that golden strip of land, the brunch is about as close as you can get to the Atlantic Ocean. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for $60 per person, guests have unlimited access to a number of food-covered tables, including a seafood tower, meat carving stations, made-to-order waffles and omelets, and build-your-own pasta bowls. If you're craving the sweet stuff, a dessert table is offered throughout, but is extra special the first Sunday of each month when it becomes a chocoholic's dream. All the while, booze it up with a choice of traditional or pineapple and cranberry Champagne mimosas, blood marys, or a Kir Royale. Think of it as a vacation from the average brunch scene for both tourists and locals. 2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-556-7667; pelicanbeach.com.
8. Louie Bossi. Italians know how to eat, which naturally means they know how to brunch, too. At least that's the case at Louie Bossi's Ristorante in Fort Lauderdale, where you can "brunch like a boss" thanks to a sprawling menu offered 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast-and-lunch mashup specials range from Americanized options like scrambled eggs on avocado toast and wholegrain Nutella pancakes, to the Italian-inspired like eggs served with oven-roasted polenta or a decadent porchetta hash topped with fried eggs. Heartier fare comes in the form of Bossi's standard offerings, with a selection of salads, panini, wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta. If you're in the mood to drink, there's a triple threat bottomless bar waiting for you: all-you-can-drink mimosas, endless bloody marys, and unlimited Bossi bellinis for $12 per person until 5 p.m. all weekend long. 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-356-6699; louiebossi.com.
9. Steak 954. Anything related to the W Hotel is chic and sophisticated, especially the resort’s beloved steakhouse by famed restaurateur Stephen Starr. Steak 954 offers a twist on the traditional American steakhouse. Although the beachfront restaurant has a smaller breakfast menu available daily, Sunday brunch takes things to the next level with an expanded selection of high-end riffs on classics. Choices include a raw bar with East and West Coast oysters, starters such as lobster bisque, and a selection of steaks that range from an eight-ounce filet mignon to the pricey 14-ounce American Wagyu New York strip. Mid-morning masterpieces continue with homemade baked goods like pecan-pie-stuffed maple-bourbon-glazed pop tarts, vanilla French toast with dulce de leche syrup, and a chorizo, manchego, and roasted tomato omelet. There are even four types of eggs Benedict, including crab and avocado with a tomato Hollandaise, as well as smoked salmon served atop potato pancakes. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8333; steak954.com.
10. Milk Money. If you want to start #SundayFunday super early, head to Milk Money. The bottomless brunch menu kicks off at 7 a.m. and runs all the way through 4 p.m. — and that goes for both Saturday and Sunday. Drink options include $15 bloody marys and grapefruit Bellinis that pair perfectly with the piña colada pancakes made with pineapple and shaved coconut or avocado toast with maple-glazed bacon and eggs. Stop at the restaurant's sister establishment next door, Warsaw Coffee, on your way out for a shot of espresso to keep you bright eyed and bushy tailed through the remaining daylight hours. 815 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-990-4018; milkmoneybar.com.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
Contact: Nicole Danna