The last holiday weekend of summer is upon us, and soon it will be time to buckle down for the industrious days of fall. Labor Day seems like the perfect time to soak in some lazy and boozy weekend meals. Here are six brunch picks to celebrate (or mourn) the calendar’s turn to September.
Etaru Las Olas: The Fort Lauderdale outpost of this upscale Japanese chain started Sunday brunch service Aug. 19 with a $55-per-person deal (plus tax and tip) featuring bottomless wine options including Whispering Angel rosé and a spread of sushi and grilled robata items. The brunch, which runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., also includes a starting cocktail and choice of one entree such as grilled skirt steak, salmon teriyaki, glazed pork ribs or prawns with sweet potato and asparagus tempura. Supplement options include unlimited Louis Roederer Champagne ($20) or A5 Wagyu beef ($30). The original Etaru in Hallandale Beach also will offer brunch at this promotional price for a limited time. 500 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-477-8068, or 111 S. Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, 954-271-3222, EtaruRestaurant.us
Beach House Pompano: This gorgeous oceanfront restaurant opened in March near the Pompano Pier and introduced Sunday brunch service (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) earlier this summer. Drink options include bottomless Negronis or mimosas for $20 and the a la carte menu includes brioche French toast or crab cake Benedict for $15. Reservations are not accepted, so brace for a wait. 270 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-607-6530, BeachHousePompano.com
Blue Moon Fish Co.: This elaborate Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., is expensive ($69.95 per person, plus tax and tip) and worth it. Besides picturesque dining overlooking the Intracoastal, it includes unlimited mimosas, champagne or Bloody Marys and an impressive spread that includes a hot-and-cold buffet featuring carved meats, omelets and premium seafood items such as oysters and crab legs. Brunch also includes a choice of small dishes from the kitchen cooked to order. The cost for children 6-12 is $34.95, and kids under 6 eat free. 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954-267-9888, BlueMoonFishCo.com
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits: Since opening in autumn 2015, this playful and decidedly unstuffy beachfront restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton has gained a strong local following with its fun weekend brunches and a wide selection of rums and cigars (with smoking allowed outside). Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. and includes $25 bottomless drink options of mimosas, Bloody Marys or rum punch and an a la carte menu featuring oysters, burgers, salmon-and-avocado toast and steak and eggs. 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460, BurlockCoast.com
Kristof’s Kafe: This popular and reasonable breakfast-lunch joint in a Davie strip mall is always packed on weekends, and for good reason. The breakfast fare is terrific, including crunchy waffles, heart-clogging biscuits and gravy, and French toast stuffed with goodies such as strawberries and cream cheese. I waited nearly an hour the last time I went (in July), but by the time I polished off my cannoli French toast, stuffed with sweet ricotta and chocolate chips, I had no complaints. Most items cost less than $10, and beer and wine is available. Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, with breakfast items served all day. 8912 W. State Road 84, Davie, 954-475-8977, KristofsKafe.com
Kuro: For those who hit a jackpot or are looking for a sumptuous splurge, the signature Sunday brunch at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood is a fine place to get stuffed. With the Council Oak Steakhouse temporarily relocated to a ballroom during a massive renovation, the $79-per-person (plus tax and tip) brunch is now being served at Kuro, the resort’s stylish Japanese restaurant. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday and includes unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys or sparkling wine. The spread features 10 food stations, including a chef-attended sushi station; a raw bar with Alaskan king crab legs, shrimp and oysters; omelets, waffles, pastas, charcuterie, salads; and a carving station with Beef Wellington, lamb chops and pork belly. A rotating dessert selection is prepared by pastry chef Ross Evans.1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. 954-327-7625, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com