Ten Best Breakfast Places in Fort Lauderdale

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Talk to any dietician, or mom, and you'll hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

It may sound counterintuitive, but consuming calories in the morning -- healthy calories, that is -- helps individuals maintain a healthy weight says a number of scientific studies.

While that theory most likely does not extend itself to your favorite binge brunch of mimosas, syrup and butter coated waffles, and hollandaise smothered eggs benedict, it's okay to indulge every so often -- you know, like every other day.

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All health debates aside, getting out of the house to break one's fast is a great way to set the tone for the next twenty-four-hour period. Are you going to indulge every morning? Probably not; it's not like you have the time anyway.

However, for those times you want to get going in a relaxing kind of way, it should be done properly with crisp smokey bacon, perfectly cooked eggs, fluffy pancakes, or whatever other accoutrements you've come to desire and expect.

Whether you have a favorite morning resting place of your own -- and you think it should make the cut -- or you're looking to find something new and exciting, we bring to you the ten best breakfast spots in Fort Lauderdale.

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10. The Floridian
Filled with knickknacks from days gone by, the Floridian has been long hailed as a "to-go" for Fort Lauderdalians looking to get a fix of good ole fashion diner food. Situated right on Las Olas Blvd., the twenty-four hour spot is prime for awkward people watching --which may or may not include local music producer Rick Ross -- all hours of the day and night while noshing on classic fare like New York strip and eggs, western omelets, and reuben sandwiches. While it's nice to try something different, sometimes you just want to go back to your old reliable.

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9. Lester's Diner
Another oldie, but goodie, Lester's has been around since the '60's and it's the epitome of diner chic -- if such a thing exists -- and most of its servers have been around since the placed opened up. Another 'round-the-clock place, the spot is jam-packed on weekends around 4 a.m. and again for daylight creature's normal breakfast time of nine in the morning. From self-proclaimed fluffy omelets, available in vegetarian, Spanish, western, and plain old American cheese among others to Belgian waffles and homemade pastries, its worth the late-night or morning lines. Don't worry, they provide a bench in the expectation of a lengthy wait.

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Location Info

Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House

333 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Bonne Crepe

815 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Steak 954

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Hibiscus Cafe

3000 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: General

St. Bart's Coffee Company

441 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Riverside Market

608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: General

Lester's Diner

250 State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Floridian

1410 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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21 comments
reinapa
reinapa

The Rendezvous beats the pants off of so many of the restaurants listed here. Soooo good,

Cindi Armagost
Cindi Armagost

MOM'S KITCHEN on Floranada off federal hwy ft lauderdale

cynthia103
cynthia103

WOW !! I can't believe MOM's Kitchen on Floranada Off federal hwy in Ft Lauderdale is not on this list.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

No Grampa's? GTFO. Go home list, you're drunk.

Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson

you mean 10 best diners, drive-ins and dives

hsrv5e
hsrv5e

I am in Ft Lauderdale every year and always go to La Bonne Crepe...they have a great breakfast for a reasonable price...they give you so much food...I recommend this restaurant highly

Dave Culver
Dave Culver

Don't waste yer time on St. Barts...

formula2201
formula2201

WENT  TO  ST. BARTS  THURSDAY.  IT WAS  PRETTY  BAD.  AND THE  PIGEONS  STAKE OUT YOUR TABLE.  PRETTY  BAD.  NEVER  GOIN  THERE  AGAIN.  RICK

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

my personal WEEKEND favorite breakfast you didn't mention and again i'm glad because i can get a table and a parking space - OCEAN ALLEYs (YUP right on the bRoadwalk with FREE LOT PARKING) and GRANDPAs (for variety, price and portions).................... (maybe they are technically outside the area covered)...............but certainly EL TAMARINDO on SR84 anytime but for me typically during LUNCH when i want BREAKFAST / BRUCH during the week instead of LUNCH fare - steak eggs cheese sauce potato fried yucca plantain garlic pesto in olive oil to drizzle over toasted cubano bread with espresso cortadito

WHATEVER happened to the GREEK place on sunrise (where it also is fed hwy) (previously an old TACO BELL) IT WAS GREAT and simply vanished - lock stock and barrel - in a single weekend ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

 

YES lesters diner; parking (plenty) portions (plenty) variety (plenty) desserts (plenty); basically the tri-fecta of ordinary good food

YES st barts oatmeal bowl with bananas cranberries and walnuts for $6 - downside YOU WILL BE MONITORED BY THE GESTAPO parking violations bureau if you park !

YES OPH but only for the scrambled eggs with diced HAM - downside REAL MAPLE SYRUP IS $5 a thimbleful and will not even cover a single silver dollar pancake

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

la bonne crepe for a french place doesn't have CROISSANTs - what is breakfast withOUT a good buttery croissant ?

le sysco all the way here

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

the FLORIDIAN has lost it's luster with me not that they should care but for starters try and get a fresh slice of tomato and see that you will get a dumb look from the waitress and an argument from the chef (or whoever that is in the kitchen)

sometimes i think they PAID rick ross to get shot at in front of the place just for the publicity BUT after a twenty plus year ON and OFF relationship - it's OFF

Dori Zinn
Dori Zinn

For Mexican breakfast, I really dig Taquera Dona Raquel (get the chorizo and eggs!). That place is legit. For the "higher-end" mention of breakfast, I would've rather seen Shula's on the Beach. Stuffed French Toast! Also, surprised Peter Pan wasn't mentioned. One of the quickest, cheapest, two-egg breakfasts around.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@hsrv5e 

just don't ask for a CROISSANT - i just don't know how a "french" place can NOT serve croissants

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Dave Culver 

i guess you don't like OATMEAL with cranberries and bananas and cinnamon sugar and walnuts for $6

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@formula2201


RE ST BARTs pigeons

if you are bothered by PIGEONS you better not go to DIRTY BLONDIEs up the street because that place has GORILLAs,  who attack patrons who are then arrested by FT LIQUORDALEs finest PD (1) for being beaten up 

otherwise RICK the locals, including myself, just enjoy the simplicity of the place AND YES there are families with baby carriages and the kids feed the pigeons

NEVER visit italy or paris RICK - too many PIGEONs there

oh and yeah don't go on the sand either RICK - too many baby turtles !


(1) the FtL PD later saw a video and changed their tune - arresting the GORILLAs on felony and misdemeanor counts of savage violence (basically stomping on a patron on the ground who was suckerpunched and put in a choke-hold from behind)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Dori Zinn 

peter pan as well as gibby's and the swiss chalet were well known establishments back in the dayz of NE snowbirds in pale-aire and environs who have since migrated to boca and beyond so OPB is no longer the place to go for snowbirds

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