Brunch is everyone's favorite part of the weekend, right? And if you're looking for a hot new brunch to check out this weekend, look no further. We've found a few of the best new brunch offerings in Broward and Palm Beach — all of which have been offered for less than a year and which you should probably check out as soon as possible (maybe on your next weekend excursion).
For more longstanding favorites, make sure to check out our list of best brunches in Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, and Boca Raton. If there's a great new restaurant — or an established one trying new things — that we should know about, be sure to let us know in the comments below.
3. Dockside Barbecue at the Rusty Hook Tavern
125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach. Call 954-941-2499, or visit therustyhooktavern.com.
For an egalitarian $26 per person, patrons visiting the Rusty Hook Tavern in Pompano Beach can receive unlimited grub — options include chicken and waffles, pulled-pork-smothered eggs Benedict, and a raw bar. There are even a number of customizable options, including an omelet station, all available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. During that four-hour window of boozing, options include $15 unlimited bellinis, rose wine, bloody marys, and pitchers of sangria priced at $25 each. The best part: When the weather is accommodating, the dockside barbecue allows you to enjoy some amazing smoked and grilled meats compliments of executive chef Ned Jaouhar. Through it all, a five-piece live band will serenade you while you eat, playing until 1 p.m. every Sunday.
2. Create-Your-Own Bloody Mary at PizzaCraft Artisan Pizzeria
330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-616-8028, or visit pizzacraftpizzeria.com.
When it comes to Sunday brunch, there aren't many places in South Florida more happening than Himmarshee Village. Every weekend, the entire east block gets in on the booz 'n' breakfast action, everyone from Tarpon Bend and Himmarshee Public House to Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar and Bull Market. Now, newly opened PizzaCraft Artisan Pizzeria is joining the party with the official launch of its Sunday brunch featuring a new array of Italian-inspired snacks and dishes (as well as its staple, wood-fired pizzas) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Like each of its sister establishments Rok:Brgr, Tacocraft, and Public House, the restaurant's Sunday brunch menu also includes $15 bottomless mimosas and bellinis. But unlike each of them, it also has what could become the neighborhood's best build-your-own bloody mary bar, with drinks priced at $8 each with add-ons like olives, celery, and Miami Smokers bacon. New brunch entrées include a Market Frittata made with the chef's choice of seasonal ingredients; Meyer lemon and ricotta pancakes stacked with blueberry compote, Vermont maple syrup, lemon custard, and lemon zest; a breakfast polenta with fried farm eggs, Sunday gravy short ribs, and San Marzano tomato sauce; and French toast made from thick-cut challah and topped with bourbon-infused peaches. If you're in the mood for pizza, don't worry: The menu also has a choice of four standard pies, as well as a new breakfast one topped with a scallion cream sauce, smoked bacon, fingerling potatoes, cave-aged Gruyère, fontina, caramelized onions, and a roasted farm egg.
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1. "The Brunch" at Salt 7
32 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-274-7258, or visit salt7.com.
There's brunch. And then there's a Salt 7 brunch. Every Sunday for the past several weeks, the restaurant has hosted a daylong boozy brunch party it's dubbed simply "The Brunch." Typically an occasion to scarf down piles of pancakes and slowly detox from the night before, what sets this daytime brunch event apart from others is the atmosphere. So just what is a boozy brunch party all about? It often involves the biggest bottle of rosé you’ve ever seen. Lots of champagne. Lots of sparklers. Girls decked out in their finest club attire dancing on tabletops. Pumping house music. But what a boozy brunch party is not, however, is the sort of place you'd want to bring your kid sister, parents, or out-of-town guests. Unless, of course, they're cool like that (and your kid sister is old enough to drink). Although reservations begin at 11 a.m., come 2 p.m. the vibe changes: automatic curtains roll down blocking out all natural daylight; interior lights dim until it's almost dark; the music intensifies; servers deliver champagne bottle parades with sparklers; and jets of fog roll out to create a clubby vibe, transforms what is normally a meandering, lazy midday meal into an overindulgence of upmarket eats and over-the-top drinks. Order a fishbowl and girls outfitted head-to-toe in colorful getups will emerge to deliver them with plenty of fanfare. It's not cheap, though. The $16 bottomless mimosas are available only until 2 p.m. (with the price of an entrée), and those Sunday Communion punch bowls range from $190 to $240, including the rainbow hued Swedish Fish and Gummy Bear-studded "Quaalude" made with Russian Standard vodka, Malibu rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice, and club soda. When it comes to food the bourbon, Kahlua, Gran Marnier, and Godiva chocolate Boozie French toast won't break the bank at $12, but the butter-poached lobster and filet mignon might at $37 a plate. At the end, the check may be all the sobering up you'll need — but it will all be worth it. PS: You'll need reservations to get a table, and you may just want to stay there all day (this brunch party can last from 11 a.m. when doors open all the way though to 6 p.m.).
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.