One of the interesting things about the holidays is that the traditions surrounding them can be so enjoyable, and oftentimes so delicious, that even the most staunch atheist can feel hesitant to completely abandon them. Even those who still identify with a particular religion can often forgo the rituals, services, and prayers associated with certain holidays but will definitely embrace the gift exchanges, parties, and most definitely the food. I’m certain that not everyone has been making sacrifices for Lent. Many Catholics have probably forgotten that Palm Sunday was this past weekend, many more will be observing Holy Week as just another week, and there are probably quite a few who don’t plan on going to church this coming Sunday. Nevertheless, many self-identifying Christians will probably be making plans to enjoy an Easter meal this weekend. Along with the warmer weather our northern compatriots hope to experience, our recent “spring forward” to which many of us are still adjusting also marks an unofficial start to “the brunch season.” Sure, we enjoy leisurely al fresco brunches all the time in South Florida, but brunch never seems as mandatory as it does during one of the Spring’s most brunch-friendly holidays, Easter. In case you have yet to make plans for this weekend, here are a few of Joonbug’s suggestions for restaurants serving up Easter brunch in South Florida:
For those of you who don’t reside in the 305 or just don’t want to deal with Miami’s infamous traffic and parking, there are many restaurants north of County Line Road where one can have a delicious and memorable Valentine’s Day. Whether you decide to dine on bustling Las Olas Boulevard or in quirky Delray Beach, Joonbug’s Broward/Palm Beach dining guide for V-day will help point you in the right direction. Here are a few of our picks:
Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
It might not be the same for everyone, but in my experience, Thanksgiving is that very special holiday when some of the worst cooks consider themselves to be award-winning chefs. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been a victim of such atrocities as a coleslaw-ambrosia salad combination, an unnaturally colored cool whip and graham cracker crumb dessert, or a casserole so replete with cream, butter, cheese, and bacon that it constitutes one’s allowable fat intake for the entire year. Trying to dissuade these mad scientists turned amateur cooks from contributing to your Thanksgiving feast can quickly become an ugly scene with all the crying, fighting, and emotion of a 90’s talk show. Trying to trick yourself into making your relative’s multicolored congealed salad into a suitable side dish for your chestnut and morel stuffed bird has proven futile...and quite ridiculous. The only solution to make everyone happy is to leave the cooking to the professionals this Thanksgiving and going to a restaurant. If your ideal Turkey Day is one in which there are no dishes to wash and you’re not stuck with a week’s worth of leftovers, then you should definitely check out Joonbug’s recommendations for restaurants offering some of the best Thanksgiving dinners in South Florida this year.
Yes, it is true that mixology culture has gained a solid footing in South Florida, but for the adventurous tippler it can appear as if the amount of local bars serving new and creative cocktails is still not enough for a palate that constantly craves invention. We all love our tried-and-true classic cocktails, especially when they're impeccably made using the finist spirits, but there comes a time in every cocktail enthusiast's drinking career when even a unique cocktail from a bar's signature beverage menu becomes a little tiring. Steak 954, located in the über chic W Fort Lauderdale, is planning to put an end to the drinking doldrums this summer with its Never-Repeat Cocktail Program. Starting today and up until Thursday, cocktail connoisseurs can enjoy a different, creative, sometimes bordering on weird, but never boring cocktail every single day from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Steak 954's resident mixologists will give you a break during the weekend before their crusade to bring Fort Lauderdale never-before-sipped cocktails starts anew the following Monday through Thursday, repeating every week for the length of the summer.
Located within the W Fort Lauderdale
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
West Fort Lauderdale
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Waves crashing on the soft beach sand, tourists who still resort to wearing fanny packs and Hawaiian shirts, and an imposing W adorning the entrance let you know you have arrived at Steak 954 in the W Hotel.