What does it take to win both of us over for Brunch in South Florida? A trip to The Foxy Brown in Fort Lauderdale did just that. This was our first visit to this Downtown Fort Lauderdale restaurant and it will not be our last. We must be on a good ‘Brunch’ upswing as this is actually the second restaurant in a long time where we both left quite satisfied and wanting more.
Located on East Broward Blvd in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, The Foxy Brown is off the Las Olas strip, yet still packs them in. We were in the area on a recent Saturday right around the time they opened. We beat the rush and scored a free parking spot in back of the restaurant (customer parking only). Brunch is served starting at 9:30AM Saturdays and they had the small brunch beverage stand at the patio entrance. The infused waters looked great along with the coffees, but we proceeded inside to check in.
The inside of The Foxy Brown is long and narrow with not much seating. They really maximize the space here which means it might get a bit loud at peak times. The front of the restaurant holds the bar, with a nice craft beer selection, along with a small waiting area. The colors of choice are orange and black/grey which gives the space a sleek, modern look. The parent company’s motto “be nice” is dotted around the space which is also found at the other restaurants in the group (Coconut’s and The Red Cow).
The weather was perfect outside, so we chose to sit on the patio and were seated immediately. We got what we think is the best seat on the patio, right under a cool red umbrella and next to the green palm plants. The rest of the patio serves its purpose, but really isn’t as cozy as our spot.
Our server was over to take our drink orders and by the time he returned, the place was packed. Looking at the menu, we had a hard time narrowing down our choices. Not in a bad way, but rather in the ‘we want one of everything please’ way. The Banana Bread Grilled Cheese starter caught our eye, but we decided to choose only one main dish. Pancakes and waffles have some interesting twists, like the raspberry and white chocolate pancakes or the S’more waffle. Benedict lovers will get to chose from an inspired selection like crab cake Benedict or short rib Benedict. They have a few lunch items for those not wanting to skew to breakfast as well as some appetizers from their main menu. We ordered and our dishes came out in about 20 minutes.
The “Hank” ($14) – Thick slices of Hebrew National bologna served with fried eggs (your style) and melted cheddar over sour dough toast. I’ll just start by saying that this was comfort food heaven. The bologna was high quality and the thickest I’ve ever seen. It was grilled to perfection with a slight crisp exterior and still meaty on the inside. This sure beats any bologna I’ve had at home, or even anywhere for that matter. The cheese was like a blanket of comfort on top and worked well with the dish. There was only once slice of oversized toast and it was more than enough. The toast seemed more grilled than toasted which I liked a lot. You don’t get any potato or ‘choice of side’ here. They gave us a small assortment of fresh cantaloupe, blueberries and strawberries. We both didn’t mind as the main dish was big enough and we didn’t even eat until dinner.
Foxy Dip ($14) – Sliced prosciutto and provolone cheese on ciabatta with a side of poached eggs with herb oil for dipping. The presentation was an eye-catcher and we really liked green poached eggs. It almost made us think of ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and I’m sure they’ve spun that reference here a few times. The eggs were poached perfectly and the herb oil worked really well and crated a great dipping sauce once you broke the yolks. The fresh herb flavor had Jeff raving for a while. The sandwich was tasty and had lots of cheese almost making it more of a grilled cheese on ciabatta. The prosciutto looked to be a smaller portion, but had so much flavor, you didn’t need that much. Dipping the sandwich into the herb oil/poached eggs made it feel like you had two separate sandwiches, which was great.
We were stuffed and both commented again on how much we enjoyed our Brunch at The Foxy Brown. Service is quick, efficient and with a full dining room that impressive. We did find that the servers really didn’t have much time to chat with their guests, but that didn’t bother us a bit.
Our server balanced everything well and we loved the warm damp towels dropped off at the end to clean our hands. The unique inspired menu ensures you don’t have to order the same thing twice on future visits and it really is a home run on comfort food for Brunch. The prices can be a bit on the higher side, but considering the quality and portions we received, well worth it.
The Foxy Brown is located at 723 East Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Brunch is only served Saturdays and Sundays and they are closed Sunday nights. Check their website for specific hours.