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By: A.M. De la Torre

Despite its small size, South Beach is home to an amazing variety of people, cultures, entertainment, activities and architecture, so why should brunch be any different? Whatever your mood, style or tastes, here’s a smattering of the best brunching this world-renowned destination has to offer. Check with each restaurant for brunch hours.

Gourmet, au naturel: Planta South Beach

Planta South Beach offers a rooftop garden-to-table dining experience in an elegant environment, serving an array of vegan dishes. This socially conscious eatery and vegan hotspot attracts herbivores and carnivores alike with its vibrant music, mixology and flavorful plant-based twists on brunch classics. The menu is frequently updated with delicious new dishes, such as banana waffles and a spinach frittata. Entrees are substantial, especially the udon noodles served with a rich truffle and mushroom cream sauce and shaved black truffles on top. The “chicken” fried mushrooms will surely have you second-guessing whether you’re actually tasting real fried chicken. Still hungry? Don’t leave without ordering a side of cauliflower tots – the dish’s truffled almond Parmesan is to die for! If you want something on the lighter side, consider the mango grove, a colorful mix of the namesake fruit, green papaya and more.

Drag Queen Alien performing at the Palace's brunch
Prepare for fun at The Palace's brunch

Campy: Palace

This isn’t your auntie’s brunch – unless your auntie’s a talented, 6.5-foot-tall drag queen! Palace brunch comes with a big side dish of camp and lots of laughs. The fixed-price brunch draws a diverse crowd to feast on food and fun, with unlimited mimosas and a selection from the regular menu of Latin, Caribbean and European-influenced items, including egg dishes, salads, wraps, grilled meats, seafood and burgers. Not a mimosa fan? There’s an extensive specialty cocktail menu and a full bar, as well as non-alcoholic options. This high-energy brunch is not for the timid. The show is over the top and so full of personality that it spills out onto the street, literally. Directly across from the beach, with open-air seating, it’s food and a floor show, every weekend, rain or shine.

Front Porch Cafe at Z Ocean Hotel
The Front Porch Cafe overlooks Ocean Drive

Just Like Home: Front Porch Cafe

There’s something relaxing about sitting on a front porch, especially when that porch is right across the street from the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Serving breakfast all day, Front Porch Cafe has been a go-to for locals and visitors alike since 1990, with its reasonable prices, generous portions, deliciously prepared fare and friendly staff. Situated literally on the front porch of the Z Ocean Hotel South Beach (with a unique breezeway that features clear glass offering views into its upstairs pool), Front Porch offers an encyclopedic and inventive selection of omelets (made 13 ways), egg scrambles (six versions), sandwiches (12), burgers (seven, including veggie), salads, craft cocktails and fresh-made smoothies and juices. Just like when you’re visiting family, more is more when it comes to food — and Front Porch Cafe hits home. It’s no wonder those who come once find themselves coming back often.

Views of the ocean & sky from Juvia's rooftopEnjoy views of the Miami Beach skyline at Juvia's brunch

Chic: Juvia

Juvia is an architectural matryoshka (Russian nesting doll). It is a jewel sitting within the larger jewel that is the ultra-modern, Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage. Visually stunning, the French, Peruvian and Asian-influenced restaurant seduces the senses with indoor-outdoor dining graced by skyline views of Miami Beach, a serenity fountain and an Amazon Rainforest-inspired vertical garden designed by botanist Patrick Blanc. A multi-course, fixed-price brunch at this elegant restaurant offers highlights from the main menu and unlimited prosecco, mimosas, bellinis or Avión tequila margaritas. Enjoy selections from land and sea, such as pink shrimp acevichado (a ceviche-style dish), avocado toast and burrata caprese salad as starters, and branzino a la plancha, smoked salmon egg benedict and skirt steak & egg as main courses. Truly as much a pleasure for the eyes as for the palate, Juvia’s brunch is an experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

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