The Best Breakfast Spots in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Many breakfast places in Fort Lauderdale have outdoor seating in the warm sun
Many breakfast places in Fort Lauderdale have outdoor seating in the warm sun | © Richard Cummins / Alamy Stock Photo
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2 November 2020

With its white-sand beaches, yacht-clad marinas, warm weather and more than 160mi (257km) of canals and waterways, Florida’s Fort Lauderdale draws tourists from all over the world. From bougie bakeries to decades-old, homegrown diners, here are Culture Trip’s top six breakfast spots in Fort Lauderdale.

O-B House

Restaurant, American, $$$
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O-B House, also known as Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House, has one of the best breakfasts in town. The bottomless coffee makes you feel right at home, while its menu of thick, fluffy skillet pancakes – from pineapple pecan and fresh strawberries to Belgian white chocolate and even spicy andouille sausage and corn – will set you up for the day.

Ocean2000

Restaurant, Fusion, $$$
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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the Pelican Grand Hotel, Ocean2000 serves local fresh fish and vegetables cooked with a little Latin flair. Like any hotel restaurant, there are breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus. For the morning and early-afternoon crowd, try the cinnamon-challah french toast. Alternatively, if you’re craving something savory, the blue crab cake eggs benedict is a winner. The outside patio adorned with tiki torches is an excellent place to enjoy your meal.

Nanou French Bakery and Café

Bakery, Cafe, French
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Since opening in 2015, this French bakery on Las Olas Boulevard has become known for its French-style bread and pastries, but it also has a cafe menu. Head to Nanou for a neighborhood boulangerie feel, a custom omelette, an egg breakfast, a Parisian breakfast or its specialty, the Cromelet, a made-to-order omelet served in a croissant.

El Mar Cafe

Cafe, American
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Head to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, a charming old Florida beach town about a 20-minute drive from Fort Lauderdale, and get an all-American breakfast at El Mar Cafe – a no-frills locale that makes every dish with fresh ingredients found at local farmers’ markets. If you’re ravenous, get the Country; this specialty features a biscuit with two eggs, a sausage patty, American cheese and sausage gravy.

Joe’s Diner

Diner, American
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Looking for an authentic American diner breakfast? Joe’s Diner has it, with its all-day breakfast and lunch and vintage Americana feel. Don’t miss the free-song-play jukebox, the piece of a 1960s-era Mustang convertible mounted on the wall or the toy train track running above diners’ heads. On a sunny day, snag a covered glider booth and slide back and forth as you dig into the Joe’s Hangover, a half-pound cheeseburger with two eggs, potatoes or grits and a home-made biscuit or toast.

Top Hat Deli

Diner, American, $$$
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Named for owner Elliot Wolf’s grandfather, who emigrated from Germany to NYC in 1936 with his top hat, this spot is a traditional Jewish deli with a twist. Serving everything from bougie cocktails to matzo ball soup, the deli also offers fun and filling breakfasts. Get the Grand Schlam with two eggs, a crispy potato latke and your choice of pastrami, corned beef, bacon or maple sausage, or order the spot’s specialty: the “doughssant,” a cross between a doughnut and a croissant.

These recommendations were updated on November 2, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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