Sunday-Funday is a weekly holiday celebrated in Fort Lauderdale. The monthly riverfront Jazz Brunch is a popular Sunday location, along with the Floridian and the other thousand venues that serve a cold mimosa, but probably the most festive of all places to begin your funday is Rosie’s Bar and Grill in Wilton Manors.
Although Saturday night’s booze and hallucinogens may still be in your system, seeing a cow in this themed restaurant is perfectly normal (the particular cow I spied was part of Wilton Manors’ yearly Gay Rodeo). Walking inside you’ll be welcomed by signs (“BEER: give your brain a break!”) and creative memorabilia on the tall and wide walls around you. Hit up the host stand immediately if you want to enjoy the full feel of this locale and secure a table on the breezy patio. But no worries, while you wait there is plenty of room and service at the bar to begin your adventure.
Typically in the morning one might most enjoy a mimosa ($5)…something about champagne and orange juice is stimulating and refreshing, and it will wake up your senses and help you forget last night’s questionable acts. However, if your tongue can handle the spice, Rosie’s Bloody-Mary ($3) will be sure to bestir you.
After your wait, your host will escort you to the cabana-style patio where a DJ plays techno and house music, and although this area is primarily for sitting, dancing near the DJ is perfectly acceptable. While the music is loud enough to give you the itch to rock your body, the sound is produced well enough that your server can hear your order. The wait staff is fun, knowledgeable, and helpful for the indecisive mind. Each of these characters wears black Rosie’s t-shirts with a different slogan on the back describing themselves or their purpose, in a humorous way of course.
The large menu satisfies all tastes and the food is brilliant, try the Tortilla Stack Attack, the massive and sweet French Toast, the…ah, who cares, everything is good…you are here for the atmosphere and the mimosas anyway.
Sunday brunch continues until 2 p.m., but if you find this place really tickles your pickle and you cannot wait until the weekend for the next escapade, Rosie’s has happy hour Monday through Friday (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and other drink specials every day. The FTLC can assure you, Rosies is one of the better brunch spots in Ft. Lauderdale. Go there!