- Barbara Speed
Visitors and locals knows that in sunny Miami, weekends mean one thing: brunch. Restaurants offer special menus to tempt the city’s foodies, featuring everything from Japanese specialities to shrimp and grits. We’ve picked 10 spots with the best food, atmosphere and decor for you to while away your Saturday or Sunday mornings.
Don’t come to Zuma expecting pancakes and sausages because the Japanese restaurant’s brunch menu is more sushi and sake than salmon and scrambled eggs. Their all-you-can-eat brunch offer on Saturdays and Sundays is pricey, but allows you to sample every aspect of contemporary Japanese cuisine, including sushi, soups and salads. Zuma is an Izakaya restaurant, a type of informal Japanese restaurant, so expect a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Its downtown location and views over the Miami river are a bonus, as are the special cocktails (try the Umami Marys).
Brunch at this South Beach French brasserie is a sumptuous affair. A set price gets you access to a beautifully laid out buffet of pastries, croissants, quiches, seafoods and traditional breakfast items. There’s also a crepe station tucked into a corner, where a chef whips up the French pancakes to order, and mimosas are included. The restaurant has won praise for its interior, with its hardwood chairs, bookcases and pendant lamps, but to catch some Miami sunshine grab a spot in the restaurant’s popular patio area outside. Finish your visit with a walk to the nearby South Point Beach.
This eclectic restaurant offers a unique menu packed with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Originally a pop-up restaurant, Eating House’s walls are decorated with graffiti art, skulls and garden trowels, and you can expect an arty crowd for its Sunday brunch. On the menu are specialty orange ‘tang mimosas’, waffles, pancakes, and more unusual offerings such as Cap’n Crunch pancakes (pancakes served with a candied version of the breakfast cereal and condensed milk), ceviche or carbonara eggs benedict. It can get very busy at weekends, so head over early to avoid disappointment.
This 1970s inspired restaurant offers Southern comfort food at its best. Don’t assume its ‘duck mcmuffin’ will bear any relation to McDonalds, though; lemon aioli, smoked gouda and a portuguese bun add culinary kudos to a fast-food favourite. Other highlights are the shrimp and grits, pancakes with lemon ricotta and their special four-cheese macaroni. The interior, with its diner-style stools and blackboard of specials, is relaxed and casual. Blue Collar is located in Miami’s MiMo (short for Miami Modern) district on the Upper East Side, so take the chance to explore nearby boutiques and farmer’s market after a hearty brunch.
Brother Jimmy’s Barbeque
This BBQ joint is owned by three ex-players for the Miami Hurricanes (the University of Miami American football team) and an ex-sports reporter. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it has a sporty feel; live sports play on HD screens and and the Saturday brunch crowd are here for the game as much as the food. Favourite menu items include the blueberry pancakes, or the Carolina Benedict, made with homemade corn bread, pulled pork, poached eggs & chipotle BBQ hollandaise, with a side order of hash browns. This is the perfect spot if you’re ravenously hungry and want to meet friendly locals.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
At Yardbird, brunch is for sharing. Their Southern-style brunch menu is a mixture of salads, sharing plates and what they call ‘odds and ends’ (cornbread, a slice of watermelon, fries) and, as all dishes are freshly cooked, they arrive at the table throughout the meal. This laid-back atmosphere is perfect for a lazy weekend morning (or afternoon) with friends, and among the quiches, steaks, casseroles and omelettes on offer they’ll be something to suit everyone. There’s also a bourbon bar with 50-plus varieties of the classic Florida liquor for those not suffering too much from the night before.
This midtown, family-owned restaurant was named after the owners’ oldest daughter, Morgan, after she won a game of rock, paper scissors with her siblings. The family theme continues through the restaurant’s locally grown, home cooked ethos, and their updated takes on homely American cooking. The setting is a family house with a wraparound porch, the servings are large and the service is friendly. To top it all off, the brunch menu is huge and varied, with everything from polenta muesli to homemade sticky buns, sandwiches and sliders, and the coffee is said to be some of the best in Miami.
Morgans, 28 NE 29th St, Miami, FL, United States, +1 305 573 9678
Granted, pizza isn’t a standard brunch food, but you may change your mind once you’ve tried Harry’s bacon pizza with a side order of potato and egg hash. There’s also local and craft beers, coffee by the Miami-based Panther company, and a selection of pizzas and salads on offer. This casual neighbourhood joint is in Miami’s design district, so it could be the perfect break as you’re culture hunting in the area’s galleries and shops. The restaurant fits right into the area with its kooky wall art and brushed aluminium stools, and is a favourite among locals for its spacious dining area and great service.
Vienna Cafe & Wine Bar
Vienna Cafe & Wine Bar, a slice of Europe in a strip of shopping centres and chains on West State Road, is a hidden gem. Locals flock here on weekends for its take on old world brunch; Viennese french toast, Italian coffee, classic eggs benedict and Spanish frittata. The interior is quaintly European too, with gauzy curtains and mahogany furniture, and from the street it looks like an Austrian cottage. Per Jacobsen, the chef and owner, is a popular local figure and holds wine tastings and special events at the restaurant regularly, you can check their website for details.
Blue Moon Fish Co.
This waterside fish house draws in Florida foodies with its fresh recipes and ingredients, and its brunch menu is no exception. Sunday brunch comes with unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys and Champagne to wash down its huge buffet-style brunch. There is seafood, breakfast favourites like waffles and danishes, and charcuterie, plus chefs who cook pasta and other non-buffet items to order. An a la carte brunch menu is offered on Saturdays too, which is less luxurious but easier on the wallet; the Nutella and banana stuffed eggnog french toast is particularly delicious.