Best Brunch Spots In Coconut Grove

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By: Jennifer Agress

With its palm-clad, pedestrian-friendly streets and more brunch and breakfast spots in a five-block radius than most Miami neighborhoods, Coconut Grove is a go-to destination for weekend brunch. Whether you’re in the mood for a rustic Belgian breakfast, classic American eggs and bacon, mimosas in a garden, a Cuban-twist on Floridian cuisine or something else, “The Grove” has it all. And don’t just eat and run; plan to stay awhile. On a sunny day, Coconut Grove is the perfect place to shop down Main Highway, see the boats on Biscayne Bay or get lost in the tropical foliage of Old Florida.

Le Pain Quotidien

This worldwide bakery-restaurant chain first opened in Brussels in 1990, and in fall 2017, it added Miami to its list of more than 260 locations. With a name that means “the daily bread” in French, Le Pain Quotidien—a two-story eatery, right on bustling Main Highway—pays a nod to the Belgian countryside, with coconut and peacock artwork, a bright teal staircase and glass banisters that add a distinct Coconut Grove flair. Get there as early as 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, grab a table outside and order standout breakfast and brunch plates like the dragon fruit smoothie bowl, key lime chia parfait, pain au chocolat, or the avocado toast with organic eggs and smoked salmon. Wherever you sit, start with the bread basket. All breads are 100% organic and made onsite.

Glass & Vine

With its prime spot right in Peacock Park, this all-glass, indoor-outdoor eatery is an ideal place to have brunch on a sunny South Florida day. The kitchen is run by 2012 Chopped winner, James Beard Award Semifinalist and Executive Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, who’s come up with a menu of Florida- and Latin-inspired cuisine that’s perfect for dining in Miami’s warm temperatures. Go to Glass & Vine for brunch every Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and pair $10 bloody marys, mimosas and sangria with jamon serrano croquetas made with local beer béchamel; crispy yuca with huancaina sauce; crab cake benedict with Old Bay potatoes; carbonara fries with bacon black truffle crema and more. The menu is divided into Snacks, Garden, Sea and Land, and everything on the menu is designed as tapas or sharing plates.

Strada in the Grove

Strada in the Grove is a modern Italian bistro known for its house-made pastas and more than 100 wine bottles (many of which are imported from Italy exclusively to the restaurant) that line its walls. A Coconut Grove staple since it opened in 2013, this neighborhood spot serves up a mix of classic and modern northern Italian plates. During weekend brunch (which starts at noon on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday), you can nosh on brioche “Italian toast” with Nutella, Chantilly cream, mascarpone and a banana-orange sauce; homemade tagliolini with shaved Pecorino cheese and cherry tomatoes; or Piemontese with two poached eggs over grilled polenta, baked pancetta and a truffled Fonduta. Pair it all with $32 pitchers of mimosas, Bellinis and sangria, and you’ll be living “la dolce vita” in no time.

Ariete

At Ariete, Michael Beltran, once the chef of Cypress Room and Tuyo, fuses his Cuban roots with new American cuisine. During weekend brunch, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, wash down drool-worthy sweet and savory plates with “brunchtails” like berry Bellinis, the “sophisticated lady” or the “sñrt laura” with Exotico Tequila, grapefruit trinity, lime and dehydrated grapefruit. With Beltran at the helm, everything is guaranteed to be a hit, but the guava and cream cheese pancakes with a coffee crumble and the “Frita” benedict with a cheddar biscuit, chorizo and hollandaise will blow you away.

Peacock Garden Bistro

It doesn’t get more quintessential Coconut Grove than Peacock Garden Bistro, a colorful garden café named for the Peacock Family, who first settled in the neighborhood around 1870. Wind your way under the orange canopy peeking out of the lush South Florida foliage and you’ll stumble upon this hidden gem. Inside, light-filled lavender and yellow rooms are lined with black-and-white photos depicting bits of the neighborhood’s history, but outside—where you want to be on a beautiful day—you’ll sit in a real tropical garden. Go here for brunch every Saturday and Sunday, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and you won’t be disappointed! Like the decor, expect "garden-inspired" fare like the salmon benedict, mushroom omelet, spicy egg casserole and walnut pancake stack.

GreenStreet Café

Since it first opened in the 1980s, GreenStreet Café’s throne-like red velvet chairs, corner location and umbrella-covered, wrap around patio have made it a prime location for an Instagram-worthy brunch and people watching. Get breakfast all day, every day at this historic Coconut Grove eatery, and pair your $10 French 52s with a hip American menu of caramelized banana or bacon pancakes, coconut-crusted French Toast, brie omelettes or jerk-spiced eggs. Keeping the men of Miami in mind, there’s even a “manmosa” on the drink list, which mixes Blue Moon, Grey Goose l’Orange, cava and OJ.

LuLu in the Grove

Twenty years after GreenStreet’s successful opening, owners, husband-and-wife duo Sylvano and Maida Bignon, opened another Coconut Grove gem right across the street. Different from its rustic, brick-clad sister restaurant, LuLu in the Grove is a hip bar and restaurant with urban art and a globally-influenced menu. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., snag a seat at one of its sidewalk tables or outdoor couches and order plates like red velvet, oreo or alix nutella banana waffles, Spanish chorizo-potato omelettes, crunchy green tomatoes with jalapeño ranch, slow-braised pork tacos in banana leaves and more.

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