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American breakfast Ft Lauderdale airport to Coral Gables

dudleycat Feb 21, 2014 01:27 PM

Will arrive from NYC mid morning starving for a high quality American breakfast . Good diner is okay, but must be special. Great coffee is all important.

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    retloctt Feb 24, 2014 12:38 PM

    Well, that's a pretty large area! You'll be sad to find that most breakfast places down here don't really serve anything special for coffee, so that could narrow down a choice pretty quickly. Also, if you are arriving on a Sat or Sun, your quality selection pool increases substantially! Breakfast is more geared toward the cheap tourist crowd down here and most locals really don't do anything special for breakfast unless its the weekend. Give us a few more parameters and i'm sure we can come up with something fitting!

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    1. re: retloctt
      dudleycat Feb 24, 2014 05:19 PM

      thanks retloctt.
      Will be arriving on a Thursday. Want to be as close to FLL as possible heading south.

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      sfeatz Feb 24, 2014 03:59 PM

      OB House In Himmarshee area of Fort Lauderdale
      Lester's Diner on SR 84 in Fort Lauderdale

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        retloctt Feb 24, 2014 04:37 PM

        OB House is waayy overpriced for what it is and in the wrong direction. Lester's is nothing special, I'd rather eat at Waffle House.

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          dudleycat Feb 24, 2014 05:15 PM

          I recall Lester's as a basic diner, and would go there if there is no other option, due to proximity to airport. Will be starving after the early flight. Waffle House is not a place I had ever planned on entering.

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            Mat Josher Feb 24, 2014 06:43 PM

            OB house is less than 15 minutes from the airport and is "overpriced" because they use quality ingredients. They don't use fake maple syrup, etc. It's your best bet.

      2. gblcsw Feb 24, 2014 07:57 PM

        I agree with the consensus that OB House is your best bet. The food is VERY good, as compared to Lester's, which is just your average diner....Definitely better tan I would think a Waffle House would be, but still, your average diner. You will enjoy OB House and it really is only a few minutes north of the airport.

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        1. re: gblcsw
          dudleycat Feb 25, 2014 04:35 AM

          OB House menu looks great.
          Thank you! Would not have found on my own.

        2. CFByrne Feb 25, 2014 04:53 AM

          If you're willing to deal with a 20 minute detour (each way), you could really go for the gusto and hit Josh's Deli in Surfside (North Miami Beach).

          Really creative chef-driven, all house-made/cured ingredients.

          And the specials are often "off the chain". Octopus and Grits... Corned Beef Benedict...

          You won't find anything like what you'll get at Josh's at Lester's or anything similar, that's for sure.

          You asked for special, this is special.

          The website doesn't do it justice, follow on Twitter or Instagram for a better idea at what's going on there,


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            lemarais Feb 27, 2014 06:44 AM

            Flashback Diner in Hallandale/Aventura has very traditional American breakfasts. (Great matzo ball soup, too!)

            For great coffee, hit up the Starbucks on Hallandale Beach Blvd, or stop at a Cuban place for a Cuban coffee. It's a bit like mud, but if you like strong coffee, it's GREAT!

            1. taiga Mar 5, 2014 09:40 AM

              I'd chill and go to Lester's which is a trip even if the coffee is simple, American. If time is no issue and Coral Gables is the border, why not go to Versailles?

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                dudleycat Mar 5, 2014 10:08 AM

                will look into Versailles.
                Will report back on where I ended up, and how it was. thanks everyone for your advice.

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                dudleycat Mar 24, 2014 06:22 PM

                Feedback on Ft Lauderdale breakfast near airport-
                I am happy to report that we went to O-B House. EXCELLENT. Contrary to a few reports, service was very pleasant and professional. Coffee was a bit too 'Starbucks ' burned tasting for me. Coffee was not weak, good thing. All around great food and experience. Most highly recommend.

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                  seminole phil Mar 28, 2014 01:58 PM

                  grampas on us1, a mile and a half south of airport on federal hwy us1 in dania beach

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