This year's Global Nutella Day falls on Sunday, February 5, which means your brunch should be a bit sweeter than usual this weekend (preferably with thick smears of Nutella atop breads, pastries, and fruits).
Created in 1946 in Italy, Nutella was made out of necessity. Because of a shortage of cocoa during World War II, Nutella rose in popularity because it can be made with mostly hazelnuts, sugar, and just a sprinkle of cocoa, unlike other chocolate products. In 1983, it was imported to the United States and has become a staple of American food.
From French toast stuffed with the chocolate spread, to pancakes, waffles, and pie smeared in the creamy hazelnut sauce, celebrate the food holiday with a visit to one of these restaurants whisking up Nutella-centric treats.
Bagatelle's famous weekend brunch party is anything but conventional. The booze-filled, DJ-spinning meal transforms the restaurant's swank dining room into a sort of club. Luckily, the menu still includes traditional brunch favorites such as le pain perdu ($18), Bagatelle's legendary French toast. The European-inspired eatery whips up an indulgent version, packing heavy smears of Nutella between two slices of challah French toast. Fresh raspberries are mingled within, adding a balancing sour kick to the sweet plate.
At this Brickell eatery/gelateria, start your Sunday with a plate of Nutella-infused buttermilk pancakes ($10.99). They're drizzled with extra chocolate sauce, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and crowned with whole fresh raspberries. Maple syrup rides alongside to make these fluffy flapjacks even sweeter.
3. Fireman Derek's Bake Shop & Cafe
Though the rainbow-painted pie shop doesn't serve an official brunch, it's stocked with sweet and savory goods for a DIY-inspired weekend meal. Celebrate Global Nutella Day with one of Fireman Derek's best sellers: a slice of chocolate cream pie ($6). Hugged by a crisp Oreo crust, each piece is topped with about an inch of Nutella-flavored whipped cream. A cookie crumble with a chocolate drizzle sits on top. Individual slices are filling and can easily be shared by two or three eaters.
4. Nikki Beach
The South Beach staple is known for its over-the-top brunch. The Sunday extravaganza, priced at $49.99 per person, includes a DIY bloody mary bar and myriad stations packed with prime rib, whole roast pork, paella, handmade pasta made to order, custom omelets, and a medley of sweet treats. Among the dessert offerings are waffles drizzled with Nutella and served with a handful of berries.
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5. Prime Fish
When Nemo, the Asian-influenced seafood eatery by restaurateur Myles Chefetz, closed in 2010, its popular brunch went with it. About five years later, Chefetz replaced Nemo with Prime Fish and brought back the lauded brunch, which includes a full-service buffet that offers both breakfast and lunch dishes, an entrée selection, and bottomless booze, all for $49. Seek out the Nutella French toast. Besides the fact that it's tasty, it's also unlimited, which means you can enjoy as many slices as you desire.