As my late mother once said, “You gay boys may not have invented brunch, but you sure have perfected it!”
The gay community certainly has an affinity for gathering for brunch. It may have developed because, in the past, so many of us didn’t go to church with our families on Sunday and it provided a chance to socialize on Sunday mornings when most bars were closed. In fact, a friend of mine when asked what church he attended, used to answer, “Our Lady of Perpetual Brunch.”
Whatever the reason, brunch has become a tradition in our community and, for many, brunch is synonymous with buffet. Here’s a look at some options if you choose to worship at the altar of the steam table.
Beefcake’s at Boardwalk
1721 N Andrews, Fort Lauderdale
It’s no surprise that you can get a nice piece of sausage at Boardwalk, but now, with the club’s Beefcake’s Café offering brunch every Sunday, you can get a nice pair of huevos to go with that juicy tubesteak. Okay, enough with the double entendres, let’s talk about the incredible deal that’s being offered. Not only are they serving up a brunch buffet for $16.95 from 11-4, but that price also includes unlimited mimosas or Bloody Mary cocktails. That’s a great deal if you’re looking for standard options, such as scrambled eggs, fruit salad, potatoes, biscuits and gravy or French toast. If you want something a little more exotic, such as chicken and waffles, or eggs Benedict, you can still order off of the ala carte brunch menu. As always, the eye-candy is free.
4801 S. University Dr., Davie.
For unusual dishes you can’t beat B.C. Café where you can order a pancake-topped burger (sweet potato pancake, egg, cheese, and bacon) or a special breakfast ramen (served with a scallion pancake, pork belly, sausage, and a sunny-side-up egg). The bananas Foster French toast and chicken-and-waffle sliders (prepared with a spicy maple syrup) are dangerously addictive, and you might have a hard time choosing which craving to satisfy. Luckily, during weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 3:30), there’s a sampler platter featuring a half-portion of each menu item. If that’s not enough of an enticement, the $12 bottomless mimosa, Bellini or the restaurant's specialty drink, a cranberry punch will keep you coming back for a fix week after week.
Dockside Barbecue at the Rusty Hook Tavern
125 N. Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach
Rusty Hook is always a good choice for the view alone, but the barbecue brunch, served Sundays from 11:30 to 2:30, makes it a must stop for any foodie. The $26 tab includes unlimited access to an array of traditional brunch fare, a raw bar and omelet station as well as specialties such as pulled-pork eggs Benedict, chicken and waffles and house smoked meats. An additional $15 will bring on unlimited rose and Bellini or Bloody Mary cocktails, while pitchers of sangria are $25.
Beauty & The Feast
The Atlantic Hotel
601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Consistently named one of the area’s best restaurants, Beauty and the Feast offers a weekend brunch buffet that is surprisingly reasonable given its size and scope. For just $29.95, in addition to omelet and carving stations, the beachfront restaurant’s buffet also offers salads, assorted smoked, poached and steamed fish, potatoes, bread and pastries, chicken and waffles, numerous versions of eggs Benedict, crispy chicken sliders, shrimp and grits, and a dessert bar. Bottomless bubbles and Bloody Mary drinks are available for an additional $15.