Miami Needs a Great Breakfast Spot (Like O-B House in Fort Lauderdale)
|Ladies and Gents: We can do better than this.|
But we're not talking about any of these. What this city needs is a restaurant devoted to solid, home-cooked, home-baked breakfasts and nothing else (except for friendly, efficient service and a great cup of coffee).
A place like the Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House (better known as the O-B House), which despite its name opened only one month ago, would fit the bill.
O-B's breakfast offerings include all sorts of basics such as egg dishes, pancakes, and the like, but they are not put out in just a rote manner. Egg yolks arrive deep orange in color -- they're free-range, organic, and, most important, very fresh. The pancake is baked in a cast-iron skillet (and it performed very admirably in the Broward-Palm Beach edition of Flapjack Flip-Off XI). Maple syrup comes from Vermont, while low-pasteurized milk and churned butter arrive from a local dairy farm. You can veer towards a more unconventional meal too -- how about oven-baked Florida grouper with eggs, cheese grits, and toast?
Now it would be nice if O-B House decided to open a branch down this-a-way, but we are not saying Miami needs an O-B House. We'd be more than satisfied with any venue that served home-baked biscuits, corn breads, and muffins, perhaps with locally-produced jams; that could put out buckwheat griddlecakes, or whole grain waffles, or grits with red-eye gravy, or coddled eggs (locally fresh), or properly prepared omelets with the aromatics of garden herbs; that offered freshly made sausages and slabs of quality bacon and ham; that focused on the details that make a breakfast memorable (ambiance, coffee, a cat sitting on your lap, etc.). One last specification for our wish list: We wouldn't want this breakfast joint to be too glitzy or trendy or expensive.
Last time we noted a need -- one-cup-at-a-time coffee shops -- Panther answered (as did Eternity Coffee Roasters). Now it's time for a morning-minded entrepreneur to come to the early-riser's rescue. (And while you're at it, free international newspapers would be a nice touch too.)
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