Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Promises promises...

Places where we will be breakfasting and writing about soon: Nana's in West Palm Beach, Bradley's in downtown West Palm Beach, Harry & the Natives in Hobe Sound, plus a couple of repeats. Stay tuned! We will hopefully update more often in the next two months.

Easter Brunch suggestions for South East Florida

We haven't tried out any of the following places in the links. But if you are looking for a holiday brunch in the Ft Lauderdale area, here are some suggestions. As for us, we are avoiding overcrowded restaurants and going for a picnic ourselves.

Happy Easter/Passover/Spring!

Easter Brunches in Broward per New Times

Easter Brunches in South Florida per South Florida Food & Wine

La Petit Pain Cafe, Lantana, February 26, 2014

Cute little place. A little disorganized. Delicious quiche. Oversized (and mispriced on the sign) cookies. Convenient parking. Just a couple tables. It is definitely not Starbucks. But a cute little slice of Europe in a rundown strip mall in a small beach town.

Photos may or may not eventually be found for this.

La Petit Pain Cafe
  • 123 S 3rd St
  • Lantana 33462
  • (561) 582-5844

Lester's, Sunrise, March 3, 2014

Finally made it to this institution with three friends before an Ikea run. It's always a good idea to fuel up before spending several hours wandering through Ikea's showrooms. Pictures were taken but appear to have been lost. :-(

I had a spinach and cheddar omelet.I had special ordered it; the norm was spinach and feta.  It seemed the cheddar was only on top, not mixed in. So it wasn't the cheesiest, but it was huge.  It was good, but I couldn't finish it. I also got a side order of biscuits and gravy at a small cost in place of toast. I split this with S. she loved it, but I found the biscuit a wee too sweet. The sauce was good and not too peppery.

S had the standard spinach and feta omelet and she loved it.

B was the good one among us and had an egg white omelet. She knew egg white omelets are often flavorless, but she praised this one as being delicious.

E ordered up the Belgian waffles with strawberries, which looked amazing. Other than the strawberries rolling off her plate occasionally in some irrational attempt to escape, her meal behaved and was delightful.

Service was quick and efficient. The place was packed on a late Monday morning but we got a great seat and were served right away. And the table was cleared very quickly. By the time I finished paying up front and then came back to put down the tip, the table was already clean!

Nice looking selection of pastries near the entrance, but I avoided looking at them to avoid temptation. We also didn't try out the mini jukebox on the table. I bet that'd be fun with the kids.

I am not providing a link to the Lester's Website, because my malware blocker warns there's something dangerous on their page. Eeep! Stick with the old fashioned way of contacting them:

1393 NW 136th Ave
Sunrise, FL
(954) 838-7473

Beachside Cafe, Melbourne Beach, March 22, 2014

Sean had a business trip in the midAtlantic beach, and the family went with him. We stopped for breakfast at this little diner. The most awkward, spouse-argument-inducing part was the parking. The restaurant faces a major street, coming over a bridge from the mainland, so parking is in back for all the shops and restaurants in the little strip mall. But there wasn't a single sign to let you know which lot belonged to Beachside. Forbidding signs about being towed behind one store had us concerned. We finally parked and guessed which door, and as we walked up we confirmed we'd made the right choice. But we weren't happy about that kind of stress so early on a Saturday morning.

Despite those hassles, we got there just in time. The place was packed soon, and there was a line as we left. So plenty of folks were willing to brave the parking lot confusion. The place is small so it got crowded.

The menu is extensive; it took us a while to figure out what to order!

I had Eggs Benedict Florentine, which since I didn't read the menu closely I assumed meant Eggs Benedict WITH spinach (florentine = spinach). But it turns out the spinach REPLACED the ham. Huh. Well, I am sure that's healthier for me, but I was a bit disappointed. The hollandaise sauce was good, not cloying, not too much of it. The eggs were poached well and the whole thing was yummy.

The boy as usual had chocolate chip pancakes. He was not able to finish all three for breakfast, but the last one made a good road trip snack for the ride home.

Sean and I split biscuits and gravy. The gravy was bland. Meh.

The girl also had chocolate chip pancakes, plus bacon. She polished it all off and said YUM.

What did Sean have and how was it? Only he knows! he took the picture of his own meal. We shall see if he adds to this review and lets you know! I made note that he said the hash was good, but he was annoyed by a leaky water glass.

Beachside Cafe
109 5th Ave, Indialantic, FL 32903(321) 953-8444