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Where to find the best brunch in Miami for all your weekend plans

Whether you’re in it for mimosas or the hangover-curing egg sandwiches, the best spots for brunch in Miami have it all

By Virginia Gil
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In this strange new world of social distancing, going out for brunch in Miami has taken on greater significance. Hitting the streets in search of pancakes might be your first time dining out since the city shut down. Maybe a trip to your favorite Miami coffee shop is the thing that gets you back out in public. It could also be that Bennys and Bloodys have been part of your weekly routine from the moment restaurants were allowed to reopen. Wherever you are in your post lockdown journey, we’re here for you with great brunch recommendations to try right now. Some of the places on our curated list offer outdoor dining while others keep things indoors with fresh takes on the traditional buffet to better suit the new standards of safety. Make sure to call ahead as most restaurants require reservations now and don’t forget your mask—wearing one is mandatory.

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Bachour Bakery
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Bachour

Restaurants Cafés Coral Gables

Pastry chef Antonio Bachour’s eponymous bakery sits on a quiet corner in Coral Gables. Though inside, the lofty space is abuzz with guests oohing and aahing at the artful display of croissants. There’s a croissant in every flavor imaginable—almond, Nutella, red velvet... we could go on for hours. But there are just as many savory options, too. Our fave? The Spanish eggs, a delicious soft scramble with Pata Negra ham that’s big enough to share. Diners looking for extra room to socially distance will find it in Bachour’s expanded breezy, Spanish-style courtyard.

Eating House
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Brenda Benoît

Eating House

Restaurants Contemporary American Little Gables

Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli puts a fun twist on breakfast staples, taking childhood favorites like Cap’n Crunch and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and mixing them into pancakes and french toast. A light meal doesn’t exist here, but the half-pound frita burger and carbonara breakfast sandwich are worth it even if they have to wheelbarrow you out. 

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Kush by Spillover
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Kush by Spillover

Kush Hospitality turned its seafoodcentric Spillover into the Coconut Grove outpost of Kush, the group’s cool Wynwood burger joint. Bigger and bolder, the new Kush tripled its outdoor space and doubled-down on the booze—even bringing back the neighborhood’s beloved punch the Moose Juice, which it serves during brunch. Before you hit the bar too hard, build up your tolerance with oversize breakfast sandwiches like the sweet-and-savory combo piled high between two buttermilk waffles and, of course, those irresistible burgers with a side of 50/50 sweet potato and regular fries.

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Stiltsville Brunch
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1. Stiltsville Fish Bar

Restaurants Seafood South Beach

Sunset Harbour’s stylish fish shack makes an excellent case for tucking into a big bowl of oysters before noon. The raw bar offerings are extensive and super fresh as most of the seafood served is sourced locally. For brunch-y options from the sea, try the crab truffle omelette. It’s reminiscent of Chinese-American crab rangoons and filled with chunky lump meat, local black truffle cheese and melted leeks. The spoonable cornbread, a dinner-time hit, can also be tailored for midday with poached eggs and thick-cut candied bacon. Making it boozy? Bottles of La Fête du Rosé are only $25 during brunch.

ALL DAY
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2. ALL DAY

Restaurants Coffee shops Park West

More than a coffee shop, ALL DAY lives up to its name with a well-rounded menu of dishes and drinks to take you through from morning ’til night. Stop in on weekdays or weekends for creative egg sandwiches and stacked toasts, including day-one favorite the one-handed (pictured here) served on an English muffin with your choice of egg and fillings. Pair it with coffee (ALL DAY caters to the java diehards, so you know you’ll be taken care of) or don’t—the iced teas, lemonade drinks and tonics are excellent and crafted with as much care as the caffeinated stuff.

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Phuc Yea new brunch
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3. Phuc Yea

Restaurants Vietnamese Little Haiti / Lemon City

We love a place that lets us order from the dinner menu at brunch. Sometimes you just want a heaping bowl of pho and a side of sticky ribs in the middle of the day, you know? The MiMo restaurant recently revamped their menu, introducing a smattering of lighter dishes ideal for the hot summer (and fall, because Miami) months like Vietnamese steak tartare and a smoked salmon summer roll that’s so fresh it goes down like a salad. Though if you’re in the mood for breakfast, try the egg-soaked brekky sammie with whipped cream cheese. It’s as if though french toast and a bagel with lox had a baby and it’s delicious.

Caja Caliente
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4. Caja Caliente

Restaurants Cuban Little Gables

Does your abuela enjoy brunch? She probably doesn’t even know what a mimosa is, but we can assure you she’ll recognize the flavors in Caja Caliente’s Cuban-inspired brunch dishes. Chef Mika Leon channels her roots with guava-swirled pancakes, french toast dipped in café con leche and tamal en cazuela topped with crispy bacon and a perfectly poached egg. Brunch is offered to-go and sidewalk seating is now available for folks looking to dine in outdoors.

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Chug Burger at Ariete
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5. Ariete

Restaurants Contemporary American West Coconut Grove

A burger at brunch? Sure, especially if it’s Ariete’s Chug. The Coconut Grove restaurant serves its signature cheeseburger alongside a tightly edited selection of classic breakfast dishes—think a Cuban-inspired "grand slam" with rice and black beans—and sweets that burst with Latin flavors. If you’ve never had a pancake topped with a cafecito crumble and guava, now’s the time.

American Social brunch
Photograph: Courtesy American Social/Adorned Photography

6. American Social

Restaurants American Brickell

Get the atmosphere of a sports bar, the craft beer selection of a gastropub and the views of a waterfront restaurant at this Brickell mainstay on the Miami River. American Social serves, well, American food with an emphasis on comfort classics—find chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, and more. It’s a wide-ranging menu with an even larger list of cocktails, wine and beers to choose from. Go hungry and thirsty, and preferably with a D.D. on speed dial.

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Blue Collar
Photograph: Tess Gostfrand

7. Blue Collar

Restaurants American Little Haiti / Lemon City

Danny Serfer doubled the size of his hip, cozy diner in MiMo, giving you more room to dig into his delicious hangover-curing, comfort food. Head to the covered patio or the new outdoor beer garden for the usual “eggy stuff” and “syrupy stuff,” including a bacon-egg-and-cheese burrito the size of your head. Blue Collar’s famous dry-aged cheeseburger is always on the menu and is always a good idea. 

No. 3 Social
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8. No. 3 Social

Bars Cocktail bars Wynwood

Get two brunches in one: No. 3 Social is serving sister restaurant Three’s full menu at its rooftop terrace in Wynwood. You’ll get to enjoy the outdoor bar’s breezy, laid-back vibes while noshing on the downstairs eatery’s signature avocado toast, a veggie spin on Croque monsieur with mushrooms and more elevated brunch eats.

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Batch Gastropub brunch
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9. Batch Gastropub

Restaurants Gastropubs Brickell

The Brickell gastropub with reopens just in time for football season. With seemingly more TVs than chairs, Batch is a favorite of sports fans looking for a good view of the game and a solid meal to enjoy while they watch. Brunch is served on Sundays and features a $20 bottomless drink special (mimosas, sangria and bellinis) and plenty of food egg dishes, lunch-y items and desserts that pass as breakfast to choose from.

Prime Fish
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10. Prime Fish

Restaurants Seafood South of Fifth

Part of Myles Chefetz’s Prime restaurant empire, Prime Fish is known for its massive plates of seafood, heaping piles of east and west coast oysters, Maine lobster cocktails and much more. But it’s equally touted for its brunch, which is one of the better values in town. The $63 gourmet spread includes bottomless mimosas, an entree and unlimited helpings of its buffet stacked with sweet and savory options. 

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Rosie's Pop-up at the Copper Door
Photograph: Courtesy Rosie's at the Copper Door

11. Rosie’s at the Copper Door B&B

Hotels B&Bs Overtown

The Copper Door, Overtown’s adorable bed and breakfast, is temporarily operating as a pop-up restaurant called Rosie’s. Open Thursday through Monday, it’s the ideal spot for a leisurely weekday breakfast that feels like brunch. Saturdays are especially busy for Rosie’s, which opens from 9am until sold out, so arrive early to snag yourself a plate of its signature shrimp and grits and a side of fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits. Rosie’s recently introduced an outdoor seating area, where you can go ahead and make yourself right at home.

Bulla Gastrobar
Photograph: Courtesy Bulla Gastrobar

12. Bulla Gastrobar

Restaurants Small plates Coral Gables

This lively Spanish joint serves a mean brunch, complete with bottomless sangria for an extra $18. Instead of a one-and-done meal, Bulla lets you choose three courses for brunch. In a group? Order one of everything and have a tapas-style feast featuring flatbreads, a pork hash and a yummy brioche dessert topped with turrón ice cream.

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GreenStreet Cafe
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13. Green Street Cafe

Restaurants Snacks Coconut Grove

More than a restaurant, Green Street is a gathering place for a confluence of cyclists, dog parents, families and people seeking a shady spot where to enjoy Miami’s sunny weather. The nicer the day, the longer the wait time, though the bar serves cocktails and food on a first-come, first-served basis. The view and experience are quintessential Miami— lots of well-dressed people lingering over breakfast fare and sipping mimosas along a busy sidewalk. People watching is superb and so is the variety of Bloody Marys.

Threefold Café
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14. Threefold Cafe

Restaurants American Coral Gables

Not all brunch needs to feel like you’re competing in the Binge-Drinking Olympics. Sometimes, a poached, farm-fresh egg served over crusty Zak the Baker bread smothered in smashed avocado (the Smashed Avo) and a cold-brewed Panther coffee is all you need to feel like you’re winning at brunch. Going for gold? Order a side of bacon and monkey bread for the table (or yourself). 

 

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Rusty Pelican
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15. Rusty Pelican

Restaurants Seafood Miami

This Key Biscayne institution is a no-brainer for people who pick their restaurants based on atmosphere and views—the vibe here is lively and the scenery beyond picturesque. Plus, there’s outdoor seating for folks looking to get their fill of that waterfront dining experience that’s surprisingly hard to come by in Miami, no matter how many miles of shoreline this city boasts. The á-la-carte menu reflects the location, with plenty of yummy seafood options like crab huevos rancheros and salmon and eggs. The brunch board is great for couples who want to share a few things without ordering half the menu. At $110 for two, the smorgasbord includes lobster benedict and fried chicken, among other dishes.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Yardbird Southern Table & Bar/Gabriel Gutierrez

16. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Restaurants American South Beach

This downhome Southern restaurant in SoBe has been around longer than most in the neighborhood, and it’s never fallen out of favor with tourists. All signs of enduring popularity point to its signature fried chicken with honey hot sauce plus classic dishes like the fried green tomato BLT. The menu is as large as the crowds that gather, so take your time and be sure to reserve your table in advance.

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Planta South Beach
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17. Planta

Restaurants Vegan South of Fifth

This stylish plant-based restaurant in the South of Fifth ’hood serves pancakes, pizza and queso dip that won’t completely wreck your waistline. Think of Planta as an upgrade from your usual hippy, vegan dive. It’s sexy, polished and will woo you with tasty dupes of meaty dishes and spiked fresh-pressed juices. Nothing’s basic here, not even the avocado toast, which comes on irresistible Sullivan Street Bakery bread.

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