When it comes to brunch, there are several things that separate great spots from mediocre ones. We love big menus, stiff drinks and great views. At Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 inside W Fort Lauderdale, the weekend brunch has all of that — and more. If it’s a fantastic meal you want, it’s a fantastic meal you’ll get.
At first glance, Steak 954’s menu seems like it has a lot of your standard brunch offerings: Benedicts, pancakes, French toast, omelets … you know the drill. At first bite, however, it’s a whole different story. Everything — and we mean everything — that we ate just blew us away. For example, take the Tuna Tartare. It’s something you’ve probably come across on countless menus. We certainly have, and they’ve ranged from ho-hum to spectacular. This one falls into the latter category: it’s super fresh, features some bright citrus-y flavors and comes with tasty potato chips that make for a delectable combo.
The Lobster Bisque is another stunner. Succulent pieces of lobster at the center had us savoring every bite. Feeling extra hungry? Steak 954’s extra-cheesy French Onion Soup hits the spot. Despite the abundance of cheese (always a good thing), it’s manageable and big enough to fill you up like a regular entree would.
Speaking of entrees: As the restaurant’s name suggests, steak is a specialty here. So obviously, you need to order some. The Steak & Eggs here is by far one of the best brunch dishes we’ve encountered. From the moment it hits your mouth, you’re just pummeled with deliciousness from the meat, the eggs and the crispy, seasoned potatoes. It’s a huge plate, so we ended up taking the steak home — it was still amazing come dinnertime.
Something just-as-awesome-but-a-little-lighter is the Crab and Avocado Benedict with tomato Hollandaise. Although it’s filling, you don’t feel too guilty — especially since it comes with a side of greens. Whichever entree you choose, though, make sure you get a brunch cocktail to go along with it. The drink menu has helpful flavor profiles listed alongside each entry, so you have a better idea of what to expect. The 1-2 punch of spiced rum and cold brew made The Layover an instant favorite, and the Thames Lemonade‘s mix of gin and citrus was the perfect pairing for our brunch with a view.
Even if you don’t have room for dessert, order the Housemade Pop Tarts. They tend to change flavors regularly, but if either the strawberry rhubarb or s’mores version is available, make sure to get them. Whether you enjoy them as a bookend to your meal or take them home for later, they’re worth every calorie.
In fact, everything we had was worth the calories. We can’t stress enough how much we enjoyed this meal. It’s something you need to experience for yourself. Clear your schedule on an upcoming Saturday or Sunday, and come enjoy a delicious brunch at Steak 954.