Best Places To Brunch In Liberty City & Historic Overtown

Lil Greenhouse Grill

Lil Greenhouse Grill


Jackson Soul Food

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By: Melina Martinez-Echeverria

Miami is a guaranteed A+ city for the “let’s get out to brunch” craze. With all the diversity found in South Florida, one is bound to find Southern Comfort food, Latin sabor, and Creole cuisine within city blocks of one another. This brunch spotlight is the perfect foodie guide on where to find all-American Soul Food cuisine in Miami’s heritage neighborhoods known as Historic Overtown and Liberty City.

Historic Overtown

Historic Overtown is undergoing a major transformation, like many urban cores across the nation. What once was a bustling all-black neighborhood in the early 20s now serves as the future cultural melting pot for newcomers to Miami looking to live in the heart of the city. Historic Overtown is certainly changing as is evident with new buildings sprouting up where abandoned and vacant lots once lived. There’s a bittersweet story for this quaint city but the cultural gems that matter keep the city shining for the locals and tourists alike.

Jackson Soul Food
Stop by Jackson Soul Food for classic Southern cooking

Jackson Soul Food

Folks want to enjoy the familiar and Jackson’s Soul Food delivers every time. Located in the heart of Historic Overtown near the historic Zion Baptist Church where they raise their heavenly voices each Sunday, Jackson’s Soul Food has been delivering the savory blessings of Southern cuisine since 1946. Jackson’s Soul Food is a great place to bring your bestie for brunch any day of the week. Enjoy the variety of smothered, fried, baked, sautéed, and grilled finger-licking entrees. Use the sweet cornbread to soak up all the flavors on the plate, laugh with friends and commune with family at Jackson’s. Parking is limited but free street parking is in abundance. No reservation required. Note that it does get quite busy during brunch. Large parties should call ahead for a table. 950 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.

Lil GreenHouse Grill
Lil GreenHouse Grill offers a modern take on Southern cuisine

Lil Greenhouse Grill

A local favorite on Historic Overtown’s 3rd Avenue Corridor is Lil GreenHouse Grill. Coined Neo-Soul cuisine, their menu boasts a contemporary take on Southern Fare. Opening at 11 a.m., they serve brunch type items all day, which include chicken and waffles, BBQ rib tips, smoked wings, and seafood cakes to whet the palate. Bacon and eggs are always available. This quaint space is great for an intimate gathering or for a couple of friends who want to avoid the large dining crowds and just enjoy one another over a good plate of contemporary soul food. Try the black bean burger with a side of mac-n-cheese and collard greens. Hungry? Go for the seafood cake dinner or half BBQ chicken dinner. Enjoy wine or beer from the bar and have a chat with the owners who are always present with smiles and ready to serve. 1300 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.

Liberty City

MLK Restaurant

MLK Restaurant is like the giving tree of Liberty City–always there, ready to share the comfort food that binds one to its history amid so much change. MLK (My Little Kitchen) is where one will find an array of Miami’s local black community. Blue collar to professional, all walks of life enjoy the cuisine at MLK. It’s as homecooked as home-cooking can get with dynamite breakfast options.  French toast, eggs done to your liking, sausage, toast with jelly and a cup of joe, affordably priced and seasoned with love. Although open from B, L, & D, their fried catfish with buttery grits and a side of shrimp in sauce is a winner that will keep you satisfied for hours.  This foodie spot is for the brunch-goers who love vintage, history, country smells, country folk, and down-home cooking. The restaurant offers a diner-like feel with décor highlighting black history heroes and heroines. This mom-and-pop eatery accepts walk-ins only (service keeps the tables moving, so no worries about reservations). Parking is in a gravel lot on the side of this homely restaurant. 5931 NW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33147.

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