This "brunch" post feels like I'm cheating a little because McAlister's is not what you would consider a place for your traditional type of brunch, but I cannot deny one of my most favorite places the chance to shine in the spotlight. Unfortunately for us here in South Florida, there is no McAlister's to be had (however I do encourage anyone with $500k+ who is looking for a smart investment to open one immediately down here), so when I get into a city that has one of these fine deli establishments, I make it a point to dine there at least once. This past weekend, while visiting my Alma Mater (Go Gators), I ate not once, but twice at the very location that I first fell in love with McAlister's (Gainesville, FL).
There are three reasons that I will never move away from South Florida- my family, the weather, and Bageland. This long-standing deli located in my home town of Coral Springs, is the one restaurant that I have dined at the most in my life. From the time I was in single digits to now, I have always suggested (and sometimes begged) that we head to Bageland for breakfast/brunch. I'm sure there's some nostalgia there and a comfort zone thing going on, but honestly, the food is damn good. It's safe to say that I've had just about everything on the menu (I've had 20+ years to achieve this accomplishment) and never have I tried something that was "bad."
In the mood for a delicious made-to-order pasta dish that won't break the bank? How about an oversized sandwich whose inflated size isn't compensating for a lack of flavor? Talia's Tuscan Table (Boca Raton, FL) is a perfect spot to satisfy your craving for lunch or dinner. Talia's has an informal vibe, but there is a lot of substance behind its operation. Chef/Owner Andrew Bernardo has years of experience backed by a formal education in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. His knowledge paired with his type A personality, shines through in every homemade meal that comes out of his kitchen.