Chicken and waffles: Belgian waffles, fried chicken breast, maple syrup, wild berry butter and fresh berries.
Egg croissant: Toasted croissant served with scrambled eggs, American cheese and bacon
Poached pear salad: mesclun and endive, chardonnay-poached pears, candied walnuts, red onion, crumbled goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette
Hummingbird cocktail: St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Champagne and club soda
Macadamia-crusted Key lime pie with whipped cream, berries and caramel
The view from the Oceans 234 outdoor patio
Me and my boyfriend, Adam, at Oceans 234
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I, uh, am kind of into brunch. OK, I’m actually a little obsessed with brunch. If there were one meal I could eat for the rest of my life, it would be brunch. Getting up late on a Sunday to go have a big breakfast with cocktails? Whoever came up with the concept is brilliant, really.
Now, the best thing about brunch in South Florida, specifically, is the ability to dine by the water. Oceans 234 is right on Deerfield Beach – one of the few waterfront restaurants in South Florida that’s actually on the beach. It overlooks the International Fishing Pier. Dining here any other way other than al fresco is a crime.
But the bistro touts itself for being about so much more than the view, so let’s talk about the food. I tried the restaurant’s aptly named Champange Brunch, which offers a variety of cocktails (including the Hummingbird drink with my favorite liqueur in the world, St. Germain), a wide selection of omelets and benedicts (it’s particularly known for the benedicts), and a couple other staples like pancakes, and chicken and waffles.
I loved the fried chicken and waffles, which are topped with an awesome berry butter, and the egg croissant. But funnily enough, my favorite dish here is actually not on the brunch menu – my boyfriend and I were recommended the poached pear salad and while at first I hesitated to order it (brunch is for hearty dishes, not salads, after all) I was so incredibly glad that we did. Literally one of the best salads I’ve ever tasted. The chardonnay-poached pears just melted in my mouth and the candied pecans made me feel more like I was eating a dessert than a plate full of greens.
The Key lime pie also ranks up there with one of the best I’ve tried in South Florida – it’s unique in that it’s macadamia-crusted and drizzled with caramel. The texture of the pie and the lime flavor were wonderful. Really, just an absolutely perfect slice of Key lime pie.
Deerfield is about 25 minutes away from where I live, but it’s a charming little town. Between the restaurant, the beach, the pier and the walkable area surrounding the restaurant, there’s plenty to do before and after a meal at Oceans 234. I’d definitely recommend a visit here for a date or a fun day with out-of-town visitors.
And seriously, as long as I get to go back soon for that salad, I’ll be happy.
Photos by me and Adam Alvarez.