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Desperate to Change My Breakfast Repertoire- Miami, Aventura, Hollywood, Ft. Laud.

jessierandall Jan 3, 2010 04:54 PM

Any feedback on any of the below for brunch/breakfast? I'm open to other suggestions.

Mom's Kitchen
Diner in Fort Lauderdale

Big Squeeze
Juices and health food in North Miami Beach

Ocean Alley
On the water in Hollywood

The French Bakery
Bay Harbour

Rendezvous Bakery
Aventura and Hollywood locations

Cypress Nook
This is a German-owned hole in the wall in Pompano (a bit further than I would like to go)

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  1. Frodnesor RE: jessierandall Jan 3, 2010 06:35 PM

    Have not tried any of the above but French Bakery in Bal Harbour is Maria Frumkin (formerly Duo) who is highly thought of.

    1. gblcsw RE: jessierandall Jan 3, 2010 07:35 PM

      Mom's Diner is just that...a diner! Cypress Nook is very good, but I don't know where you are coming from! I love their raspberry pancakes and I am told the egg dishes are excellent. (I don't eat eggs.)
      We love Sunday breakfast at Coconuts in Fort Lauderdale, the only day they serve breakfast.
      There is a Rendez-vous in Fort Lauderdale, on Oakland Park Blvd. If that is the same as those you mentioned, they serve a nice breakfast.
      We are ALWAYS looking for new and good breakfast places and haven't fpund anything terribly exciting beyond what you've mentioned.

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        jayjaymom RE: jessierandall Jan 4, 2010 07:08 AM

        Don't know how far you're willing to go, but Buenos Aires Bakery (in the 70s on Collins) has a great array of sweet and savory pastries and nice milky cafe con leche. Also, David's Two off Lincoln Road does homemade, skinny, fresh-fried churros.

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          southocean RE: jessierandall Jan 4, 2010 10:50 AM

          I like going to the Rainbo Cafe, in downtown Hollywood. The metered parking is right there, the food is reliably 'diner good,' and the setting/people watching/bustle makes me glad I'm sitting with a mimosa and watching the world go by. It's close, convenient and friendly -- and the food is good.

          And, sometimes that's just what you want from a breakfast place!

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            flavrmeistr RE: jessierandall Jan 4, 2010 12:08 PM

            The Floridian on Las Olas.

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              jessierandall RE: flavrmeistr Jan 4, 2010 12:40 PM

              I meant to add Rainbo to the list. Any feedback on Coral Rose Cafe? From what I gather, the reviews are mixed.

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                southocean RE: jessierandall Jan 4, 2010 01:41 PM

                Last time I was at Coral Rose -- coupla months ago -- everything just seemed tired. The decor, the people, and the food. Dunno how food gets tired, but it just seemed to go along with the 'tired' vibe in the place.

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                  sherry f RE: southocean Jan 4, 2010 03:17 PM

                  I know it's a chain, but we loved The Original Pancake House at 213th and Biscayne in the Target plaza. We were there for the first time last week and really enjoyed it.

                  Although it is grimy, the Sage Bagel on Hallandale Beach Blvd is great. We tried bagels and whitefish salad from all the other Jewish delis in the vicinity and hands down, the Sage was the best. I also noticed they sliced their lox by hand.

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                    pilches RE: southocean Jan 7, 2010 02:06 AM

                    We used to love Coral Rose, but I agree, it's gotten pretty grungy. The place really needs a makeover or, at least, a realy clean-up. It's gone from a once a week visit to we haven't been back in months.

              2. The Chowfather RE: jessierandall Jan 4, 2010 03:25 PM

                Jessie, I've been to Ocean Alley a few times for breakfast and it's surprisingly ok. Reasonably priced and right on the ocean.

                I also like Sugar Reef a little further south on the broadwalk for breakfast.

                You should also check out Giorgio's Bakery on the intracoastal in Hollywood. Breakfast outside on the water is always nice this time of year.

                I can't place Rendevous in Hollywood.

                Don't forget Sage Bagels in Hallandale. Best bagels in South Florida.

                Giorgio's Bakery & Bistro
                800 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

                Sugar Reef
                600 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019

                Sage Bagel Restaurant & Deli
                800 E Hallandale Beach Blvd #1, Hallandale Beach, FL

                Ocean Alley Southwestern
                900 N Broadwalk, Hollywood, FL 33019

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                  jessierandall RE: The Chowfather Jan 4, 2010 05:00 PM

                  Sounds like some good new options! I love Sage and make a pilgrimage from Miami once a month for sesame bagels.

                  I just looked up Sugar Reef's menu and it looks good. Only thing that I find a little odd are their prices. For example:

                  Two eggs any style with potatoes and toast 4.50
                  Two eggs any style with TOMATO and toast 6.50

                  I'm happy to spend on a good breakfast but is there a new genus of tomato that merits a $2 markup?

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                  lulutoofl RE: jessierandall Jan 7, 2010 04:10 PM

                  Well, I really love the Jet Runway Cafe - which borders the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport- just off Commercial Blvd.( so almost as far I guess as Cypress Nook). I've had great omelets , a marvelous breakfast paninni and really good home fries. And, you get to watch the planes and helicopters take off and land out the window. I've never been on Sunday, so don't know how busy they are on weekends:


                  I love it for lunch too, by teh way!

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                    jessierandall RE: lulutoofl Jan 9, 2010 12:39 PM

                    Wow! I never heard of that place and is sounds phenomenal. Thank you so much, Lulu!

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