While visiting Wilton Manors for their annual LGBTQ pride celebration with our friends Christy Tweddle and Christy Cain, we stopped for Saturday brunch on June 18 at the Top Hat Delicatessen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The sleek, contemporary decor lit with large windows and window-paned garage doors provides an open and bright setting. Our waiter provided timely table service and informed recommendations from the menu (most dishes price between $10-20). We ordered cocktails from the beverage menu. Treat yourself to the Vanilla Old Fashion with bourbon, orange bitters and fresh vanilla bean (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️).
To begin, the four of us ordered the Pickle Plate filled with brightly colored cucumbers, red beets, green tomato, sauerkraut, and carrots. The flavor of the vegetables really shined with very little salt added. The sour acid flavor of the green tomato was unexpectedly vibrant (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2).
We also shared a bowl of Kreplach, a light, savory soup of beef broth, brisket dumplings and scallions — the kind of comfort food you’d expect a Jewish mother to make for finicky children, but simply delicious (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️).
For the main course, we ordered the Challah French Toast, the Nova Lox Sandwich, The Classic pastrami sandwich, and the Good Morning Ramen. The tender and juicy pastrami with Swiss cheese and caramelized onion made a delicious sandwich on a toasted Kaiser roll (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2), but the Good Morning Ramen really stood apart from the other dishes in this course. The soup of ramen noodles, scallions, soft boiled egg and braised sausage in a bacon broth reminded us of Vietnamese pho. Christy Tweddle vowed she would return to Top Hat just for this bowl of goodness (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️).
Add Top Hat to your dining list when visiting Fort Lauderdale. This innovative Jewish deli offers great food at a great price.