As Miami's brunch evolves into a sea of bottomless options and dozens of eggs being cooked in different and inventive ways, restaurants are looking to take the Sunday feast to the next level: A day to revel and give into the week-long battle with gluttony, Sunday is undoubtedly meant for brunch.
Terrazza at the Shore Club, which serves brunch as a starter to their Shore Things Sunday pool party, has decided to add some options to their limitless offerings and a DIY Bloody Mary bar, because why not?
Short Order was invited to be our own mixologist and indulge in the bounty of edible choices, part of the Ladies Who Brunch gathering.
Ladies Who Brunch was a concept launched two and a half years ago, so it's a wonder why more ladies in the house don't know about this spectacular deal. For $44, you get repeat visits to the buffet's several stations and ever-flowing mimosas or bellinis. Gals who like to drink Bloody Marys will need to fork up an extra $20 for the DIY bar. As for the fellas, life always seems to be more difficult (and expensive). Guys who decide to brunch will be out $44 for brunch and an additional $20 for either bottomless offering (Bloody Mary or mimosas). So just what does all that cash get you, in addition to booze? Lots of food.
Dishes offered at each station change every Sunday. There are no nameplates or descriptions to anything on the line, which can be a bit misleading. There's a reason for the mystery though. Shore Club wants its guests to interact with the people making their food and ask questions. Brunch is an interactive experience, after all. Just ask the omelet guy, who had more fun flipping eggs than some of the dudes we saw at the pool party.
The DIY Bloody Mary bar is stocked well, and with options you'd never imagine to go with a side of vodka. Like, who would put a corn dog in their Bloody Mary? Maybe just do it to say you went there.
Is that bacon on your bloody mary? Why yes, yes it is.
We skipped the dog and went for pig instead, adding an apple wood smoked bacon strip and a skewer of olives, cocktail onions, and cornichons. We also added some Worcestershire and chili, adding to the heat of the day. Other options include pickled quail eggs; pimento; anchovies; jalapenos; fresno peppers; pickled artichoke; salami; sardines; celery; pickled white asparagus, and a plethora of hot sauces.
In addition to an omelet station, there's a pasta station with different pastas offered weekly and a rotation of a white sauce, pesto, and red sauce.
You can also tackle plentiful breakfast sausages and potatoes, and hot dishes. If cold is more your thing, there's salads and charcuterie. On our visit, there was a refreshing gazpacho and a watermelon feta salad reminiscent of Michy's.
The mountain of bites allows you taste all sorts of food groups without gorging yourself silly. We nibbled on corn beef with sauerkraut; orzo with calamari; broccoli rabe with chicken; sautéed spinach with fried pork belly and chimichurri; an acidic carbonara salmon and eggplant concoction; seared ahi tuna with quinoa, and branzino with icicles.
And since no brunch is complete without sweets, there's plenty of those for the ladies. French toast and lemon ricotta pancakes are the more indulgent offerings, but towers of sugary treats contain cookies, tarts, brownies, molten cakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
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After getting your brunch on, ladies (and gentlemen) ought to head over to the Shore Thing Sunday's entrance. There's no cover, and while the bottomless booze might be over the minute you leave your table, there's Rumbar on the other side of the velvet rope and between the Shore Club's two infinity edge pools. It's stocked with 75 different rums. Sunday Funday has just begun.
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