Saturday, December 9, 2023

Head South: SoBe Wine & Food Fest, New Brunches in Broward and Miami-Dade

Because brunch.

Need we say more? Brunches make us feel as if we’re on vacation instead of just a staycation. Here are two South Beach Wine & Food Festival brunches taking place as part of the CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series. Tickets are still available for these treats.

And, we’ve listed some new brunch offers from familiar faces in Broward and Miami-Dade. Brunch on!

Elvis Duran, Billy Porter, Geoffrey Zakarian, Jeff Mauro host SOBEWFF brunches

Drag Brunch
Master of Ceremonies will be Kitty Meow with a dozen local creative chefs preparing dishes inspired by SoFla’s most popular drag performers. New York’s Elvis Duran (you know him from Elvis Duran Morning Show on Y100), his fiancé Alex Carr and actor/singer Billy Porter will host and entertain. Tickets here.

Feb. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, One N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.  Tickets $125 per person.

Bloody Mary Brunch
Food Network star Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is hosting brunch at his restaurant, offering a Bloody Mary brunch that promises to be wild and fun and delicious. His “The Kitchen” co-host Jeff Mauro will be there to join in the meal that includes a suckling pig, extensive raw bar and a very large selection of Bloody Marys. Plus a dessert room. Tickets here.

Feb. 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Point Royal, The Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood. Tickets $175 per person.

And when it’s not South Beach Wine & Food Festival, here are some of our favorite new brunches (and new expansions!) down south:

Broward County

Beach House Pompano

Beach House Pompano
This oceanfront restaurant is expanding brunch to both weekend days, Saturday (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). The menu has been extended, too. Unlimited mimosas and Peroni on the rooftop bar may be a new fave view. 270 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954/607-6530;

Point Royal
Speaking of Geoffrey Zakarian, his Point Royal has launched a regular prix-fixe brunch plan, called The Royal Brunch, on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys are $30 per person along with the $45 cost of the brunch. The Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954/602-8750;

This is a new brunch, because it’s a new restaurant! This week saw the opening of the third Tacocraft Tacqueria & Tequila Bar restaurant, in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and that joins the ones in Fort Lauderdale and South Miami. This venue will have Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Taco Tuesday (all tacos $3), Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Margarita Mondays ($5 margaritas, starting at 8 p.m.). 4400 N. Ocean Dr., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; 954/530-3763;

Miami-Dade County

Lolo’s Surf Cantina

Lolo’s Surf Cantina
The Mexican venue has started a new brunch on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dishes are a la carte and bottomless mimosas are $18 per person. 161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305/735-6973;

Novecento Doral
Joining the Aventura, Brickell and Key Biscayne locations, this new venue offers Saturday and Sunday brunch (both starting at 10 a.m.). It’s a la carte, and $20 bottomless drinks are available, too. CityPlace Doral, 3450 W 83rd Ave., Miami; 786/871-4935;

Boulud Sud Brickell

Boulud Sud
Celeb Chef Daniel Boulud’s Miami place, run by Executive Chef Clark Bowen, has started brunches on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can go a la carte, or order prix-fixe for $55 per person that includes three courses and bottomless beverages. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305/421-8800;

Here’s an offer for a bottomless Whispering Angel rose brunch from Noon to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $75 for the three-course brunch and the vino. 422 NW North River Dr., Miami; 305/440-4200;

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Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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