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By: Jennifer Agress

Wander through Coconut Grove on a weekend, and you’ll see sidewalk tables filled with families bonding over towering plates of pancakes, and gaggles of friends sharing plates and toasting with bright “brunchtails” as they replay the previous night’s highlights. With more brunch and breakfast spots in a five-block radius than some entire neighborhoods, Coconut Grove is a go-to destination for weekend brunch. From must-have breakfast items and killer cocktails to creative dishes that you’ll only find here, grab your “brunch bunch” and plan to stay awhile at these top spots.

Le Pain Quotidien

This worldwide bakery-restaurant chain hailing from Brussels is all about good food made from simple ingredients. While Le Pain Quotidien nods to the Belgian countryside, the adorable two-story restaurant also touts a distinct Coconut Grove flair with its coconut and peacock artwork, bright teal staircase and glass banisters. When it comes to what to order, the bread basket is a must, as all of the bread is 100% organic and made onsite. From there, choose from light dishes that include a granola parfait and organic steel-cut oatmeal loaded with berries, to more indulgent offerings such as Dutch mini-pancakes and a breakfast bowl topped with an egg.

Glass & Vine
Enjoy indoor-outdoor vibes at Glass & Vine

Glass & Vine

A major part of Coconut Grove’s charm is its lush tropical surroundings, and brunch at popular Glass & Vine offers the chance to soak up all that natural beauty while savoring delicious food. Nestled in Peacock Park, this all-glass, indoor-outdoor eatery is an ideal place to have brunch on a sunny day. You’ll hear the constant sound of glasses clinking, as diners toast and sip bright sangria, Bloody Marys and mimosas while devouring Florida- and Latin-inspired cuisine. Everything on the brunch menu is shareable, so start with chorizo and manchego cheese croquettes and crispy yuca, then move on to the raw bar menu or dive into a refreshing shrimp and watermelon salad. For something heartier, decide between decadent cornflake-encrusted French toast drizzled with guava sauce or dulce de leche waffles, or spring for the lobster club with a side of truffle fries. The best part? Dogs are invited too, and kids can run free at the nearby park, allowing families to linger at brunch.

Taste dishes by Michael Beltran at Ariete


At Ariete, one of the area’s celebrated chefs, Michael Beltran, fuses his Cuban roots with New American cuisine for an oh-so-Miami experience. Most dishes utilize seasonal and local ingredients – and they’re always inventive. During the lively weekend brunch, dig into flaky rosemary and parmesan biscuits, cardamom and orange sticky buns, or the “Frita” Benedict with a cheddar biscuit, chorizo and hollandaise. Wash it all down with bottomless drinks, or brunch cocktails such as the “Clockwork Orange” with wild orange-infused vodka, Lustau bianco vermouth, elderflower liqueur and Florida oranges. Be prepared to try new menu items, as signature dishes change with the seasons.

GreenStreet Cafe
Dine al fresco at GreenStreet Cafe

GreenStreet Cafe

If you haven’t had brunch at GreenStreet Cafe, have you even been to Coconut Grove? This longtime staple has been pleasing diners since 1990. Its wraparound patio is always jam-packed with lively groups who settle into deep-red, plush velvet sofas along Main Highway or tuck under umbrellas for a classic brunch experience. Breakfast is served every day until 2:45 p.m. Favorites include the coconut-encrusted or Nutella-filled French toast, cinnamon roll pancakes, and a variety of egg dishes and omelets. When it comes to libations, try the refreshing Robbie’s Lemonade, crafted with lemonade, vodka, St-Germain, blueberries and basil.

Lulu in the Grove

Run by the same owners as GreenStreet Cafe, and just as popular, Lulu in the Grove offers an eclectic vibe and a completely different menu. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., snag a seat at one of the sidewalk tables or outdoor couches to order small plates such as the skinny truffle fries. Choose from a variety of waffle combinations including the over-the-top chicken & waffles dotted with fresh watermelon, or the red-velvet option with cream cheese icing. If you’re really hungry, spring for house specialties like the Lulu burger paired with the wake’n bacon Bloody Mary spiked with bacon-infused vodka.

Planta Queen
Try Planta Queen's plant-based dishes for brunch

Planta Queen

At newcomer Planta Queen in the CocoWalk shopping and entertainment complex is already a hit with brunchers who pack the restaurant to enjoy its flavorful plant-based dishes. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends, and those with a sweet tooth will want to devour coconut sticky buns or a banana waffle drizzled in chocolate sauce. A top savory option is the decadent truffle scramble with shaved hearts of palm, avocado and truffle soya. When it comes to libations, you can binge on bottomless mimosas and margaritas. And if you’re not in the mood for brunch items, you can order off the regular Asian-inspired menu.

Brunch is the highlight of everyone’s weekend. With all the choices in Coconut Grove, you can try a new spot every weekend.

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