McDonald's isn't the only eatery boasting breakfast all day. There's a new restaurant in town serving breakfast and lunch all day, "made with love" (as their menu says), with fresh, local ingredients.
Kitchen Four Twenty recently opened up in downtown Fort Lauderdale near Flagler Village, right next to Temple Street Eatery. Both restaurants are owned by Christina Wan, who also owns Christina Wan's Mandarin House two blocks away. This year, the Wan family celebrates 50 years in the South Florida restaurant business.
Unlike Temple Street and Christina Wan's, Kitchen Four Twenty combines deli, diner and Southern styles, serving American-style comfort food. Their slogan is a play on their name, claiming that their food "highly addictive."
"We're going for very well-executed contemporary comfort food," says Executive Chef and General Manager Brett Redstone. "Stuff anywhere from New Orleans to the Carolinas, and Texas-style. ... It's kind of the stuff you would get when Mom and Dad made it for you growing up. We're just going to be a little more refined in the way we present and prepare it."
The breakfast menu is broken down into six categories: "Griddle Love," "From the Coop," "Omelets and Frittatas," "Healthier Stuff," "Your Way," and "Breakfast Bites."
The griddle serves items such as Funfetti waffles ($8), lemon ricotta pancakes ($9) and challah French toast ($9), among others.
Chorizo hash ($10), with poached eggs, green chili sauce and tarragon aioli, is an item "From the Coop," along with eggs Benedict options like bacon ($10), fried green tomato ($10), spinach ($10) or nova ($12).
Frittata choices include smoked salmon or pizza (both $10), while healthier breakfast selections include Greek yogurt ($8), avocado toast ($8) or the tofu scramble ($9).
Nothing on the breakfast menu is above $12.
The most expensive item on the lunch menu is the tender brisket ($19), off the "Big Plates" section. The brisket is braised in beer and Dr. Pepper, and served with a side of gravy.
There are 11 handheld options, from a shrimp po boy ($14) to the farmhouse burger ($11). Alternatives include grilled cheese ($9), a roast beef sandwich ($16) or a veggie burger ($11). Each come with one side, like fries, cheesy grits, crispy Brussels or blue cheese slaw.
Protein such as chicken ($4), fried chicken ($6) or shrimp ($7) can be added to any of the five salads on the lunch menu. The Paillard ($12) comes with chicken, chopped iceberg lettuce and chopped kale, tomato, cucumber, peppers, feta and citrus vinaigrette. The spinach salad ($8) is served with dried cranberries, candied walnuts, goat cheese, red onions, bacon and warm sherry mustard vinaigrette. The other choices are the kale Caesar ($6/$9), wedge ($8) or Southern Cobb ($13) salads.
Lighter bites include crispy pickles ($6), butter and bacon poached shrimp ($10) and the black-eyed pea hummus ($7).
Dessert options include the waffle sundae ($9), carrot cake ($7) and New York cheesecake ($7).
Most of the desserts are outsourced.
"Our plan with the desserts is to use really good local bakeries like [Miami's] Derek the Fireman [and Fort Lauderdale's] Sweeter Days [Bake Shop]," Redstone says. "We're going to advertise that it's theirs', not ours, but that's where the diner sense comes in."
The bread on Kitchen Four Twenty's menu is baked by a small local bake shop called South County Wholesale Inc., located in Deerfield Beach.
Kitchen Four Twenty also specializes in a made-to-order take-away option for locals on-the-go. Customers can go online the night before, or as early as 6 a.m. on the day of, and place an order with the time they'd like to pick up.
"Kind of like you would at a window at a Cuban restaurant," Redstone explains. "Just show up and tell us your name, whether it's a sandwich, grilled muffin or yogurt parfait."
Kitchen Four Twenty hopes to expand to include a dinner menu in the upcoming months.
Kitchen Four Twenty is at 420 N. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant is open daily, from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 954-900-3107 or search "Kitchen 420" on Facebook.
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