My best weekend mornings are spent with a several mile bike ride from the beach to Fort Lauderdale’s downtown. It is there that I frequent quite possibly the best breakfast joint in existence (or at least Fort Lauderdale). For many other South Floridians this is far from breaking news. The O-B House otherwise known as the Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House at 333 Himmarshee Street is consistently packed to the gills with patrons on any given morning. You have to get there earlier and wait your turn. They do not take reservations. Table space indoors and outdoors is adequate, but there is always a line when I go at prime breakfast hours. It is well worth the wait.
For breakfast and lunch, the O-B is fantastic. My favorite breakfast is the D-Clawed Omelet (a glorious lump crab meat and cream cheese creation); it is a relatively expensive breakfast omelet at $21 compared to standard fare elsewhere. Two things to consider when ordering this dish or the Mahi Omelet (also sensational) are that O-B House uses super fresh ingredients and the tip is built into the price. They staff does not accept tips.
Pro Tip: No Tip
Building gratuities into the price is a relatively novel approach, and personally I have mixed feelings about it. I guess it takes the pressure off the guest to figure out what the tip should be, provides the servers with predictable income; but in some instances it can serve as a disincentive to work hard serving, as some Yelp reviewers have claimed. In my experience it could not be farther from the truth. Every time I’ve been served on at the O-B I have had nothing but excellent service from the staff. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
High-quality seems to be the mantra for this place. Don’t miss the Cheese Grits and the Thick Sliced Bacon to accompany one of their incredible Oven Baked Pancakes. The Andouille & Corn Pancake is a show-stopper. These folks don’t fool around, they use real Vermont maple syrup that they shamelessly proclaim on their website costs $70 a gallon. You can really taste the difference compared to cheaper restaurant supply house brands.
Also while in the area, take a walk over to the Museum of Discovery and Science or the Broward Center for Performing Arts, these are wonderful local resources for entertainment and fun. If you’re in town for the Fort Lauderdale Air Show this would be a great place to eat in the morning before you head over to the beach.
Featured image: O-B House