By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
Racks Downtown Eatery and Tavern in Boca Raton has introduced a whole new way of brunching. The ‘Sunday Edition Lunch Hall Experience,’ exclusive to the Boca Raton Racks location, features an array of over 60 food choices, inspired by GR Restaurant Management Group owner Gary Rack’s favorite street foods from all over the country. Plus, Rack and his mixologists have put together an impressive craft cocktail list featuring Pitbull’s Voli305 Vodka and drinks to match the flavors of each food station, and of course, flowing mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys.
Racks Culinary Director, Matthew Danaher, teamed up with Racks Boca culinary team, led by Executive Chef Sam Diab, to create the most diverse brunch menu in town, featuring food from High Tide Seafood Company, Calle Ocho, Chinatown Market, Grand Ole Nashville, Little Italy and fellow GR Restaurant Management Group location, Farm House Kitchen.
You won’t find the typical brunch fare here, things like bacon and eggs, pancakes and french toast, bagels and schmear — nope, none of it. Instead, pile your plate with shrimp cocktail and oysters; a variety of sushi, sashimi and Asian-inspired fare; Sicilian-style pizza and chicken parmesan; fried chicken and macaroni and cheese; chicken, pork or beef tacos; and avocado toast and cucumber salad. And even after you feel like you can’t stuff anything more into that belly of yours, there’s still a 3-tiered tower of tasty treats served to every table, featuring cookies, cakes, brownies and cupcakes made by Racks Pastry Chef, Adam Le Zotte.
So, how’s the food? Fan-freaking-tastic. As soon as you walk in, the seafood and Asian stations immediately catch your eye. You’ll want to start there, with fresh New England-style seafood including everything from raw bar staples to lobster rolls and seared tuna, and Asian favorites like veggie fried rice, Singapore noodles, spring rolls and sushi. Pace yourself though — there’s plenty more to be had. Moving on down the line, you’ll find yourself in Italy, where the fare might seem a little heavy for brunch, but it can’t hurt to have a taste. Especially when it looks this good. Latin street food is featured at the next station, with a strong taco game and enough chips and guac to make you want to order a margarita, or two. Then you come to a split in the road, so to speak, where you’ll either be guided by your heart and or your waistline. If you’re into true Southern comfort food, look to the fried chicken, macaroni cheese and pickled vegetables. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, opt for Farm House Kitchen favorites like avocado toast, smoked salmon and refreshing cucumber and chickpea salad in a lemon-poppy seed vinaigrette. There is a lot going on here — better to take multiple trips than try to fit everything on your plate, and in your stomach, at once.
Before committing to going bottomless, check out the drink list. Do yourself a favor and order the Champagne Cocktail featuring Voli305 Vodka, prosecco and a house-made hibiscus syrup or the Guava Mule, also with Voli305 Vodka, and guava nectar, ginger beer and lime. And whatever you do, save room for dessert. Everyone knows it’s best to end a meal on a sweet note, and Racks makes sure of it that you do. The playful platter of house-made desserts is adorned with gummy bears and cotton candy, making it equally as appealing to the eye as it is to the stomach. It’s so worth waiting for at the end.
The Sunday Edition brunch officially launched on February 11th and has quickly caught steam, as everyone is eager to try something new and creative for Sunday Brunch. There’s even a DJ spinning all day to enhance the experience.
Brunch is served on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $49 per person for the full, unlimited buffet experience. Cocktail pairings are available for $12 each, or order bottomless mimosas, bellinis and Voli305 Bloody Marys for $14. Reservations can be made at racksboca.com or by calling 561-395-1662.