Brunch Bonanza

Compare these two top Sunday-morning miracle makers.

Among our favorites were the dainty, individually portioned old-fashioned chicken salad with celery and raisins; orecchiette pasta salad with Black Forest ham and sweet peas; mu shu duck rolls with green onions, carrots, and hoisin; and a moist and tender whole roast pig with sinfully crisp skin.

Desserts from executive pastry chef Charles Froke are a revelation. Move over, Mounds: A decadent dark chocolate bar with layers of coconut, nutty wafer, and ganache is a must-try.

Of course, all is not perfect. The dining room lacks character, and there could be more variety, especially at the raw bar. But the Four Seasons launched its brunch just one year ago, and service is on the ball. "There's nothing like the Four Seasons," beams Gilda Howell, who, with husband Mitchell, lives in Fort Lauderdale and regularly makes the trip.

Joe Rocco

Location Info


Asia De Cuba

1100 W. Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: South Beach

Neomi's Grill

18001 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: North Dade

Biltmore Hotel & Resort

1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: South Dade

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

1435 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: Brickell


The Biltmore Hotel: 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables; 305-445-1926. Sunday 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. seatings; $75 adults, $35 children ages 6 and over, free under 6. Four Seasons Hotel: 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-358-3535. Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $70 adults, $35 children, excluding tax and tip.

"The Biltmore is a close second, but this is the best brunch in town," Mitchell adds. "Everything is a 10 if it's on this buffet. I mean, look at the size of these shrimp."

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