Big City Tavern has been a staple on Las Olas for quiet a while now and for good reason. The design and atmosphere is everything you’d want in a brunch spot. It’s classy and modern with a dark and cozy feel and the food is always delicious. I’ve been there for brunch in the past and it was always good but with the launch of a new brunch menu I couldn’t wait to check it out again. Their brunch menu now has a lot more breakfast items, but fear not there are some non-breakfast classics on there as well.
If a menu says they have a house-made donuts of the day….well you have to start with that for sure. Just so happened that the flavor of the day was maple bacon. Maple bacon donuts are everywhere but don’t let that deter you because these were probably the best I’ve had.
Not only were they warm right out of the oven but the small pieces of bacon guaranteed that you got a piece of bacon in every bite.
Next up was the very tasty breakfast shot. Yes, you heard that right, a breakfast shot! When I saw this on the menu it instantly peeked my curiosity. The shot glass was filled with a butterscotch/maple syrup tasty combination.
We were instructed to chase that with the shot of orange juice and then enjoy the crispy piece of bacon on the top of the glass for a taste of a full breakfast all in one shot. It was as amazing and whimsical as you would expect. If that’s a little out of your comfort zone they have some other breakfast shots as well.
Walnut Banana Bread with Pecan Butter
Brunch isn’t brunch without cocktails of course. While Big City Tavern does offer bottomless mimosas’ or bottomless bloody mary’s their craft cocktail menu is pretty extensive AND they offer cocktail flights so if you can’t decide on just one you can try 4. The most interesting one we tried was the Tequila Mockingbird which is one of their house made infusions with pineapple, jalapeno and fresno peppers.
Cocktail Flight (from left to right) Tequila Mockingbird, Berry Infusion, Triple Crown Mint Julep, and La Palmoma A Fuego
It had just the perfect amount of kick with the peppers and was like nothing I have ever tasted. The Berry Infusion is another one of their house made specialities that did not disappoint. But I think my favorite was the La Paloma A Fuego which was made with their house made grapefruit soda and fresh ginger. It was like a lighter spiked adult version of a glass of fresh grapefruit juice.
Big City Tavern also now offers the newest craze in cocktails, the Frose, which is made with a combination of a pinot noir and vodka. It doesn’t really get better than wine in slushy form.
Proscuitto And Avocado Toast with Sunny Side Up Egg on Grilled Country Bread, with Garlic Aioli and Micro Cilantro
Next up I had some delicious hummus. The presentation for the hummus was beautiful. I loved the addition of whole chickpeas and fresh veggies. And in place of the traditional crudite the hummus came with heirloom baby carrots that were cooked but still had enough crunch to dip and a side of warm naan bread.
Big City Tavern’s brunch menu now offers a few charcuterie boards as well. I had the Chef’s Selection which included Parmesan Reggiano cheese, black pepper crusted pork pate, prosciutto, and soppressata and was served with garlic crustini, black mission figs, granny smith apples, blanched mustard seeds, marcona almonds, and house made picked vegetables.
The Porchetta Hash is everything you want in a traditional breakfast and then some. It was a combination of potatoes, pork belly, garlic, and fresh herbs topped with a 6 minute egg that was soft boiled and then deep fried and then drizzled with hollandaise sauce. And for those who like heat it came with a side of habanero ketchup that was fire.
I don’t think most people have dessert after brunch but trust me you want to save some room for it. The blondie was amazing! It was served with their house made soft serve and candied pecans with just the perfect amount of caramel drizzle.
Big City Tavern now offers brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm.
Megan is a contributor for The South Florida Sage. She is a trained chef, registered dietitian and food photographer. She has a total love affair with food. You can find her on instagram @foodinfocusphoto and online at foodinfocus.photography. All images appearing in this post photographed by Megan Huard
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