BrewFish 200 E McNab Road, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
I didn’t know it at the time, but I was about to have the most perfect Sunday afternoon. With the sun setting, good music playing and “Conch Fritters” so yummy they practically melted in my mouth, “BrewFish Bar & Grill” quickly became one of my new favorite things.
Everything about the restaurant is easy to love: its laid back attitude, vibrant bar scene and most importantly, delicious food. BrewFish kind of reminds me of a place you’d find in the Florida Keys, but instead of driving hours south, this little nautical-themed gem is up north in Pompano Beach (about 30 miles away).
I started my Spotlight Brunch (they’ve recently revamped their brunch menu) on the waterfront dock tasting an Old Fashioned, Key Lime Pie Martini and Mango Salsa Margarita. They’re definitely NOT short on the pour at BrewFish; the drinks are strong and delicious, especially the martini. It literally tasted like liquified Key Lime Pie (made with vanilla vodka, simple syrup, half & half, lime juice and served with a graham cracker rim). Then…
The bar sent out an ice cold Stella, along with a shooter. (That’s a shot, by the way, and for the record, I can’t remember the last time I had one!) When they told me it was called “Buttery Nipple” (made with vodka, bailey’s and butterscotch schnapps), I laughed out loud. It was creamy, sweet and reminded me of days gone by. Before I had time to get too nostalgic…
A loaf of Bimini Bread made its way to the table. Hello?!! Where have you been my whole life? I’ve never tasted Bimini Bread before and holy smokes! Talk about buttery (beyond words) goodness. Crunchy Bahamian Style Conch Fritters and a bowl of Mussel Mania followed.
It’s NO secret that I totally have a thing for conch fritters; in fact, I’ve searched high and low for the perfectly fried “conch-coction”. And the winner is….BrewFish. They were really spectacular (crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, with just the right amount of seasoning). Rumor has it they follow a secret recipe from the Bahamas. I love mussels, too, and their fresh garlic herb butter sauce is perfection.
Did I mention I was eating during “Bottoms Up Brunch”? Which means they offer endless Mimosas, Draft beer and Blood Mary’s for only $15 bucks. I opted for an extra spicy Bloody complete with Pico de Gallo. Speaking of, I gobbled up the lightly blackened Fish Tacos served with a side of fresh guacamole and more pico. (I’m from the Southwest, meaning I can never get enough hot and spicy!)
For my main course, I dug my way through a rack of Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs, which my photographer (who ate the majority of it) claimed were better than anything he’s ever had at Flanigan’s (a restaurant he worships). It came with a side of Green Bean Casserole, better than my mom makes.
Last but not least, I ended brunch with a taste of the Florida Key Lime Pie (with raspberry sauce) and almost an entire Death By Chocolate Ice Cream Brownie!
What an experience. It really was a perfect afternoon…
That, eventually, turned into a crystal clear evening. Finally, after all the great food and even better company, I did something I don’t normally do…relax. Sigh. Take me back to BrewFish Bar & Grill because hands down, it’s one of my new favorite things.
BrewFish is a straight shot from Miami. Take I95 North and exit off of West Cypress Creek Road. Head east to NE 18th Avenue make a left and then a right onto McNab. You’ll drive over a bridge and BrewFish is on the right-hand side.
Happy Hour daily 4-7pm
Monday-Friday 11:30am-10pm for lunch & dinner
Saturday-Sunday 11am-10pm for brunch & dinner
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Photographer: James Woodley
Producer & Stylist: Jackie Kay
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Special thanks to Nina & Jeff Hallick
Editor: Matthew “Wordy McWord” Auerbach