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Mitch's Downtown is the modern NYC-style deli Fort Lauderdale needs

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Mitch's Downtown

Those who know Mitch's Westside Bagels in Weston can add newly-opened Mitch's Downtown in Fort Lauderdale to their bagel to-do list.

And the story behind this New York-inspired deli is a heartwarming one just in time for the holidays.

For more than 30 years, Mitch's Westside Bagels owner Mitch Shidlofsky has been in the business of making some of the best bagel in South Florida. And now, after more than three decades, he's ready to pass on the torch to his son, Adam Shidlofsky.

He purchased his first business in Sunrise in 1993, slowly expanding his empire to six shops he later sold. His final eatery in Weston remained the only location he continued to operate — until now.

This month, the father-son duo opened their first restaurant together, offering Broward County residents a contemporary spin on a classic New York City deli (with freshly baked  bagels).

The new location, dubbed appropriately Mitch's Downtown, will honor the founder's tradition of making freshly-baked bagels in-house, served up alongside a menu new breakfast and lunch classics in a high-energy, contemporary setting. 

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The 2,000-square-foot space offers indoor and outdoor seating that features white furniture paired with grey and black fixtures. Guests can feel invited with vibrant and fresh plants surrounding the space, including a plush wall lined by faux grass and a hanging neon sign that reads 'Bagels Don't Count As Carbs'. Visitors are also encouraged to take photos in front of their customized bagel wall painted by local artists from Chalk & Brush.

Adam says he's thrilled to continue his father’s legacy. After leaving an accounting job in New York City, he eagerly learned his way around the family business.

"My dad was hesitant because he knows how difficult the restaurant business can be. But after some discussion, he told me: 'If you want to bake bagels at 4 a.m., who am I to stop you?' And the rest is history," recalls Adam. "I know there is a lack of bagel shops in South Florida, so we want to fill that gap with some modern flare."

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Today, Mitch’s has introduced a number of new breakfast sandwiches, avocado toasts, stuffed French toasts, and eggs Benedict. Additionally, both Mitch’s locations are proud to partner with iconic NYC Carnegie Deli, offering their meats, hot dogs, and desserts. Guests can enjoy their notorious pastrami, corned beef, and 9-inch hot dog inside any of the menu's sandwiches.

Signature items include The Becta (thick cut bacon, two scrambled eggs, cheddar, truffle oil, and avocado served on a choice of bread, wrap, or bagel); S’mores French Toast (stuffed with marshmallow and chocolate drizzle and topped with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and cinnamon); The Big Papa Sandwich (Carnegie Deli corned beef and pastrami topped with 1,000 Island dressing and coleslaw served with a choice of potato salad, macaroni salad, cucumber salad, or coleslaw available on wrap, choice of bread, or bagel); and the Better Than Grandma’s Matzoh Ball Soup (a top secret recipe, available by the quart for $10).  

The Fort Lauderdale eatery has also teamed up with local food and beverage purveyors and will be pouring Wells Coffee, 305 Squeezed juices, and Funky Buddy and Wynood Brewing beers. For a boozy brunch, order the mimosa package (servers 4, $24.50) or wine by the glass. 

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Mitch’s Downtown. 540 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mitch’s Downtown is also open on major holidays including  Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Takeout and delivery orders  can be placed online. For more information or to place a catering order call 754-779-7599 or visit mitchsdowntown.com.  

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