Miami's got a bevy of brunch options for a memorable meal
By: Shaneeva Yassin
Weekend brunching is all the rage in Miami. If you’ve had a late Friday or Saturday night, then brunch is your best friend. Miami’s got a bevy of brunch options. From brunches with great views to beach brunch and other unique brunch experiences, there's one in Miami that will definitely make for a memorable meal.
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Michael Schwartz and Hedy Goldsmith bring their signature vision to brunch: focusing on seasonal, local farm-to-table cuisine. You’ll be feasting on a smorgasbord of small plates including kimchi Benedict, lamb chorizo, spicy octopus, breakfast pizza (with house smoked bacon, farm-fresh eggs, Monterrey jack and scallions) duck confit hash, homemade jams, homemade granola, house-made pop tarts, peanut butter pie in a jar, and banana fritters with housemade Nutella. Reservations are highly recommended.
Sit outside on the house’s charming porch and enjoy brunch al fresco while you dine on simple American classics. Popular dishes include the raspberry flat cakes, brioche French toast, oatmeal with almond praline, frittata, the house chicken club sandwich, the voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich, bread pudding (flavors change daily) and freshly made chocolate chip cookies (tell your server as early as possible as this requires 20 minutes to bake). Hint: the cookies are perfect for a group brunch or a hostess gift for any Sunday afternoon visits.
Rusty Pelican Miami
The Rusty Pelican offers one of the best views of the Downtown Miami skyline, and a delicious brunch to compliment that is a match made in heaven. Located off the Rickenbacker Causeway, the restaurant offers an a la carte weekend brunch with a sophisticated and modern American twist, featuring a wide selection from their small plates, raw bar and 'brunchy' things menu. Perfect for sharing from the small plates sections are the sea bass and salmon croquetas and their duck confit, foie gras & goat cheese empanadas. From the raw bar, choose a from a selection of oysters, lobster tails, snow crab claws and sushi. Enjoy traditional brunch options, including pancakes with homemade vanilla maple syrup, steak & eggs and Scottish smoked salmon. Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you may make reservations online or by calling the restaurant.
If you're looking for a great brunch spot for special occasions, including Easter Sunday and Mother's Day, be sure to book reservations in advance for their extensive buffet brunch held in the upper floor ballroom. The menu consists of a variety of food stations including “The Carvery," “The Raw Bar," “The Ceviche & Tartare” and “Sweet Things." For the kiddies, there's a kids buffet, face painting an a balloon artist. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Priced at $75 per adult, $30 for children; tax and gratuity not included. You may make reservations by calling the restaurant.
Cecconi's at Soho Beach House
It’s called the “Sunday Feast” for a reason, and Cecconi's at the Soho House Miami knows how to brunch. Enjoy an extensive buffet at the restaurant’s intimate and airy outdoor courtyard located on the ground floor of the hotel. There are five categories to choose from including the egg station; Sweet station featuring waffles, pancakes, pastries and more; Raw bar with oysters, salmon and shrimp; The Carving station; and the Col Cuts area. One complimentary Bellini or a glass of orange or grapefruit juice is included. Brunch is $45, excluding taxes and gratuity. Driving there? Valet parking is 50% off ($11).
Start with bottomless Bloody Marys or Japanese sangria. Once you’ve had a drink, move on to the open sushi bar and enjoy sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls, and then spend some time at the robata counter for soups, salads, cold and warm dishes. It’s now time for your main entrée and you have a choice of Angus skirt steak, barley miso corn-fed baby chicken, salt grilled sea bass, or assorted vegetables. Finish it all off with Zuma’s signature dessert platter served with fruits, ice creams, and sorbets.
Dim Sum Brunch
OK, so, technically it’s lunch but anything before 2 p.m. on a Sunday falls squarely into the brunch territory and Hakkasan serves up dim sum from noon to 3 p.m. This Chinese restaurant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel offers four different prix-fixe menus (Dynasty, Emperor, Temple and Forbidden City) and the guest receives all the dishes of any one menu. While you’re at Hakkasan, we encourage you take a peek at their critically acclaimed cocktail menu. Dim Sum is $28 per person and does not include drinks or gratuity.
A Modern Southern & Comfort Food Brunch
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Bloody Marys, bourbon, biscuits and bacon make this weekend brunch very popular. Chef Jeff McInnis serves a down home Southern meal at this South Beach eatery with BLT Benedict Biscuits, stacks of pancakes with bourbon maple syrup, Country Ham and Cheese, Steak and Eggs, stacks of waffles, banana bread, and pumpkin beignets. All of these brunch specialties can be found on the menu along with the Yardbird's staples like the famous fried chicken and waffles that come served with a watermelon or the much-loved grits.
The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions
This modern American tavern is located in a quiet strip mall in the MiMo District on Biscayne Boulevard, but don't let the strip mall location fool you. The dishes at The Federal Miami are simply hearty and delicious. For Sunday brunch, be sure to try the corned beef and hash, the jumbo Federal biskit and waffles and Buffalo pig wings. Other menu options include green eggs & ham with homemade "Canadian bacon," thick French-toast and the Federal steak & eggs. Try something out of the ordinary with their jar-o-duck made with candied sweet potato, charred fluff and slow cooked Hudson Valley duck. Love lamb? You're in for a treat. The restaurant serves up a mighty Grove Farm's lamb burger, which comes with freshly made hand cut fries. Choose from a delicious selection of sides to tantalize your taste buds, including the crispy Brussels sprouts. Compliment your meal with bottomless mimosas for $19 per person.
Sunset Harbor Hot Spot
Ice Box Cafe
Tres leches French toast, All Berry pancakes, breakfast burritos and crab cakes Benedict are all served for brunch at this locals’ fave with a reputation as a dessert emporium. Looking for something on the healthier side? Opt for the oatmeal, turkey scrambles, and their power breakfast option (egg whites, fresh fruit, low fat yogurt, multigrain toast). After brunch, grabs a few drinks along the Sunset Harbour area or head to Lincoln Road for a stroll.
Bottomless Champagne, Mimosas & More Brunch
This legendary champagne brunch remains popular due to the plethora of offerings: a breakfast station with omelettes, pancakes, waffles, French toast, bacon, sausage, then move onto the carving station for prime rib, lamb, pork and fresh fish, and then it’s tapas, salads like madras curry chicken and mango chutney salad, watermelon with feta cheese, blue crab and avocado salad, and pesto orzo salad with spicy lamb sausage. Then it’s a sushi station, and a seafood, caviar, and raw bar. A pasta station and a dessert bar complete with a chocolate fondue station make this a food lover’s dream. And this lovely feast sits in a Mediterranean-style courtyard in the historic Biltmore Hotel.
Located in downtown Miami at the InterContinental Hotel, Toro Toro "offers a twist on the contemporary steakhouse experience artfully blending Pan Latin flavors, " with acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, who brought his concept all the way from Dubai. Enjoy their bottomless brunch buffet for only $42 per person. Choose from a lavish display of Pan-Latin choices, including small hot and cold plates, a salad bar, pastries and a rodizio carving station with juicy meats right off the wood grill. Want to get your drink on? Enjoy unlimited Mimosas, Michelada's and Bloody Mary's... perfect for getting over last night's festivities. Their Miami chic atmosphere, complemented with leather couches and dark wood, is the perfect touch to Sunday brunch. Toro Toro's brunch is available every Sunday from 11:30 am until 3 pm. Those dining for brunch may also enjoy complimentary parking.
The Setai offers a Sunday Jazz Brunch with a varied selection from an international kitchen that includes breakfast classics and select Asian dishes. Indulge in the Grand Buffet's raw bar, roasted chicken, strip loin and bottomless Louis Roederer champagne, Bloody Mary’s, Bellinis and Mimosas paired with refined service. Courtyard seating available; live jazz every week. You’re invited to experience one of the "best" brunches Miami has to offer! Sundays 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Brunch and a Show
Ocean Drive, Miami’s most famous beach-front strip, is home to The Palace whose motto is “Every Queen Deserves a Palace.” You’ll certainly find plenty of queens here for their “Brunchic” parties. Singing, dancing, and endless mimosa make for one festive Sunday. There are two seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call ahead, and arrive early to snag the best seats.
Beach Brunch Party
Nikki Beach’s brunch is a feast for all of your senses. Their world famous Sunday brunch features a wide array of dishes with multiple live cooking stations. Yes, you’ll find the omelet station, carving station, the sushi station and the crepe station. Yes, there are waffles, bagels, muffins, pasta cooked to order and desserts for days. But be sure to also make your way to the colorful Marabella paella station for Nikki’s version of the famous Valencian paella. Cooked with the authentic 36-inch pan, Nikki’s paella is a mix of lightly spiced chicken, calamari, New Zealand mussels, clams, shrimp and chorizo combined with savory saffron rice, red peppers and garden peas.
More importantly, this is where you’ll find the sun, sand, and music. Nikki’s beachfront, daylong, Sunday brunch party is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dine for $42.95 per person, children under 12 years and older get 50% off. Come for the culinary delights, have some beach time and take a dip at the nearby ocean and stay for the party, which lasts well into the next morning.
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