The bacon sizzles and the pancakes are stacked high and the coffee keeps coming and Fort Lauderdale is serving breakfast. With millions of visitors arriving in this Venice of America each year, the very best in breakfast can be found. We at 10best have scouted the area and happily indulged in these amazing eateries to share the not-so-secret list of the best restaurants and their breakfast menus. Why not indulge in the best omelets made of crab or mahi or, for that matter, anything you want at O-B House Downtown. This place has been serving the best breakfasts for many years. Speaking of longevity, Lester's Diner has three locations and has been in the area for over 40 years and serving everyone's favorites. If it's a popular pancake house you're looking for stop in at The Original Pancake House. With 11 locations in South Florida come and enjoy their long list of breakfast delights and see why they're so popular. Other tried-and-true breakfast spots include The Floridian on Las Olas, Andrews Diner off Oakland Park and Andrews Avenue, Peter Pan Diner or 84 Diner in near-by Davie. Locals and visitors stream to these places for the delicious food and great service. So, get up, get dressed – breakfast is served!
Egg & You
A popular breakfast spot any day of the week and popular with folks especially in Oakland Park and Wilton Manors, Egg & You offers that old-time diner atmosphere in an eclectic neighborhood with a huge menu filled with breakfast favorites of every kind. Get here early and prepare to wait for a table, but be sure and wait; you won't be disappointed. Tables are close to each other and conversations flow freely, and who knows, perhaps those people sitting near-by can become good friends. Staff is experienced, friendly, quick and knowledgeable and, most importantly, refill coffee cups as they empty. ((954) 564-2045)
Known as South Florida's Largest Diner, 84 Diner is a classic eatery for the entire family. Breakfast served all day with amazing prices and an extensive menu of American, Greek and Italian dishes make this mom-and-pop establishment popular. Spinach pie, mousaka and the feta cheese omelet are among the more exotic offerings while traditional breakfast and dinners staples are also available for less adventurous taste buds. At the end of the meal be sure and order from the dessert and pastries menu, which has an abundance of tasty delights. Remember that kids eat free from Monday-Thursday after 3 p.m. The spacious, casual interior is crowd-friendly. (954-423-1787)
You know what it's like when you have a craving for food that can only be served in a diner, where there's a line out the door, pictures all over the walls, a menu that includes everything from tantalizing breakfasts of every kind to the very best hamburgers, chicken fried steak slathered in gravy, milkshakes that make your eyes roll back in your head, and the very best coffee that never stops being refilled by a waiter that knows everyone's name? Yes, you know the place. This is Andrews Diner. For over 20 years this place has served the very lucky patrons in Fort Lauderdale who know a good thing when they taste it. Gather your friends and sit around the table and get ready for the best food and the friendliest service around – no joke! ((954) 563-2499)
You know what it's like when you have a craving for food that can only be served in a diner, where there's a line out the door, pictures all over the walls, a menu that includes everything from tantalizing breakfasts of every kind to the very best hamburgers, chicken fried steak slathered in gravy, milkshakes that make your eyes roll back in your head, and the very best coffee that never stops being refilled by a waiter that knows everyone's name? Yes, you know the place. This is Andrews Diner. For over 20 years this place has served the very lucky patrons in Fort Lauderdale who know a good thing when they taste it. Gather your friends and sit around the table and get ready for the best food and the friendliest service around – no joke! (954-563-3555)
Peter Pan Restaurant
One of the most popular restaurants in Fort Lauderdale is Peter Pan Diner. Just ask anyone. This popular diner-type restaurant has been open for many years and sits conveniently on Oakland Park Boulevard and Dixie Highway, just east of the tracks. Nothing fancy, just a very welcoming eatery that will surely become your favorite. Come early, especially during "season" (December - June) when Peter Pan Diner fills up quickly for breakfast, with a list of everyone's favorites that come heaped on the plate. From omelets to pancakes, eggs made to order and endless combinations of delicious options. This is where snowbirds flutter as quickly as they get back to Florida, as well as those who live here year-round. The decision of what to order isn't easy, so consider yourself warned. This is the fun part. ((954) 565-7177)
Everyone knows about The Floridian. It's one of those places that's not fancy, walls covered with celebrity pictures – mostly well-known for being a Rachel Rae favorite – and tables close to one another and fellow diners just inches away, and the place that has the best food around. From salads that catch your eye as they go by to another table, and one particular favorite, the Buffalo Burger, mark this place down as your favorite. It's especially busy on weekend mornings, when folks gather for huge omelets, fresh oatmeal, biscuits, and other typical breakfast fare. Don't expect the service to be refined or sophisticated, but do expect the food to be hearty and satisfying. There's an ATM on-site. (954-463-4041)
Origional Pancake House
With eleven South Florida locations, the Original Pancake House is a cozy restaurant that has been delighting locals and visitors here for over twenty years. Each location is slightly different but all are known for never compromising quality, the Original Pancake House is also known to have a patented enzyme that creates a lighter pancake, and uses the authentic recipes of famous chefs and home recipes handed down from generation to generation, including their world-famous oven-baked Apple Pancake and Dutch Baby entrees. Also serving lunch and dinner, stop in and see what has attracted South Floridians for these many years. (954-564-8881)
This is where Fort Lauderdale comes to have breakfast. When the name is the Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House you know they mean business. The list of delicious breakfast items is nearly endless, and whatever the diner's favorite dish is it's here and even more. From incredible omelets of Build Your Own with only the best items to D'Clawed, which consists jumbo lump crab, cream cheese and fresh, chopped cilantro to the Mahi Omelet, which is a delicious choice made of a Mahi filet laid inside a gentle egg white omelet with Pepper Jack cheese and a side of house-made O-B Salsa. Amazing! This is only the beginning. Stop in and you'll be back! (954-530-7520)
Grampa's Bakery and Restaurant
Grampa's Bakery & Restaurant has been a local favorite since it opened its doors in 1957, serving the very best feel-good favorites of home-style food, as well as fresh-baked breads, biscuits, pastries and breads in a spot just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale. The bakery/restaurant duo was made famous by its appearance on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, when the nation took notice. Crowds line up early to get a seat and order their favorites from the extensive menu. Located in the cozy 'burb of Dania Beach, just south of downtown Fort Lauderdale and amidst antique shops, boutiques and parks, Grampa's Bakery & Restaurant is a must-stop. ((954) 923-2163)
With three locations in South Florida, the legendary Lester's Diner has been around for over 40 years and for good reason. With prime locations, prime food and prime service, Lester's is where locals know to go for the best in a great diner-type breakfast. Infamous for the 14-oz. coffee, top it off and dive into that delicious stack of pancakes, Belgian Waffles, enticing French Toast or an endless array of omelets. Also try the bagels, Gyro & Two Eggs or the "LEO", which stands for Lox, Eggs and Onion, or perhaps the always-favorite Eggs Benedict, all prepared just as they should be. (954-525-5641)
About Dale Mack
Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition published by the Fort Lauderdale Associate Publisher; the city's beauty, its energy and the fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. When an opportunity came to relocate to Fort Lauderdale by another company, Dale accepted. He has spent the last eleven years discovering "the Venice of America" and South Florida itself.
Dale is the author of three children's books and numerous articles. He has also worked as a copywriter for the South Florida real estate market.
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