It’s noon, and you just missed the breakfast cut-off time. Fast-forward to 7 p.m., and that hankering for a stack of syrup-drenched pancakes, fried eggs, and crisp bacon is even stronger. So you hop into your car and head straight to the place you know will never fail for all-day breakfast: McDonald’s.
But it’s time to step up your game. Fast-food joints aren’t going to cut it. When your craving for sweet and savory breakfast food strikes way past morning hours — because, let’s face it, cravings can’t tell time — stop by quality restaurants such as Wynwood Diner for some churro waffles and fresh berries or Big Pink for a huge breakfast burrito.
Fulfill your yolky needs and French toast desires at the best all-day breakfast spots in Miami. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Who’s to say when you should have it?
10. Chuck Wagon
Denny’s Grand Slam has nothing on Chuck Wagon’s version, featuring two large eggs, a choice of bacon or sausage, potatoes or grits, and toast or biscuits for the glorious price of $6.95. A ton of other timeless breakfast treasures can be found at Kendall’s Western-themed mainstay, including melt-in-your-mouth pancakes and waffles, juicy sausage, country fried steaks, and, in true Miami fashion, cafe con leche. Just be sure to leave the calorie counting at the door.
9. Big Pink
Big Pink is famous for big portions at budget-friendly prices, but it also boasts an encyclopedic list of scrumptious American classics. So round up the family — there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Grab a breakfast parfait ($7.25) after sunrise yoga on the beach, or cut into Big Pink pancakes ($9.95) larger than your head after an evening of dancing and drinking. Aside from breakfast that’s offered anytime, this rose-hued diner also serves burgers, fresh salads, savory sandwiches, hearty wraps, pizzas, and pastas. You name it, Big Pink has it. And, of course, there’s an equally impressive drink menu to match.
8. Wynwood Diner
Serving breakfast all day, every day means the guys at Wynwood Diner have had the chance to perfect their craft. And they’ve done just that, showcased in sweet and savory creations backed by an eclectic setting where industrial meets rustic charm. If you have more of a sweet tooth, try the churro waffles ($12), topped with fresh berries and Chantilly cream, while the Fat Boy burger ($15), with bacon, egg, Gruyère cheese, and pink sauce, caters to the crowd craving a savory breakfast-infused lunch. No matter what time you go, milkshakes are always a good idea, especially if they’re the boozy kind. Grab the Anchor ($12), made with Sailor Jerry rum, pineapple, banana, and coffee.
7. Jimmy’s Eastside Diner
No breakfast list — specifically an all-day-breakfast list — would be complete without the mention of Biscayne Boulevard staple Jimmy’s Eastside Diner. As the sign outside suggests, “Your Friendly Neighborhood Eatery” has been keeping families and clubgoers coming back for more since its opening decades ago. The packed house is evidence that this greasy spoon isn’t slowing down anytime soon. At 6:30 a.m., guests begin to pile in to enjoy a myriad of breakfast favorites, including seemingly endless egg selections such as omelets and frittatas, served with your choice of home fries, hash browns, or country grits and toast. And the best part: These tasty meals come cheap.
6. Deli Lane
Get a healthful breakfast and brunch at this South Miami mainstay, which recently celebrated 28 years in business. For the past decade, Deli Lane has offered all-day breakfast to loyal regulars and curious newcomers, who can attest to the eatery's simple but flawlessly executed, affordable fare. Bite into the Tavern Benedict ($14.95) and let the homemade whisked hollandaise sauce and pillowy-soft poached egg run onto a toasted croissant stacked with fresh spinach leaves and Norwegian smoked salmon and flanked by home-fried Red Bliss potatoes.
5. 11th Street Diner
This retro Paramount dining car was built in 1948 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, before it was carefully shipped to its current home in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District. Since its opening in 1992, the aluminum-sided 11th Street Diner has become a hot spot for locals and visitors, especially the late-night party crowd. Delight in the Tuscan frittata ($11.75), Monte Cristo sandwich ($8.95), and flavor-packed pork chops and wings, or indulge in decadent slices of french toast, hot fudge sundaes, and thick and creamy shakes and malts. Regardless of what you choose, 11th Street Diner serves all of your comfort-food favorites 24 hours a day.
4. The Front Porch Cafe
The oceanfront view and laid-back atmosphere at the Front Porch Cafe invite you to unwind and revel in delicious, wallet-friendly breakfast fare. There's no skimping on the portions, so get your share of palate-pleasing omelets whipped up to your liking, or go for the Front Porch breakfast pizza ($10.95), in which fresh-baked pizza crust sets the foundation for sweet tomato-basil sauce topped with smoked prosciutto, a fried egg, fresh basil, cheddar, mozzarella, and shaved Parmesan. Ocean Drive denizens looking for a taste of pancake heaven order the ultra-fluffy granola pancakes ($10.95), made with whole-wheat flour, granola, and oatmeal and studded with chocolate chips or fresh seasonal berries.
3. Roasters’ n Toasters
With locations in Pinecrest, Aventura, and Miami Beach, Roasters’ n Toasters has gained quite the following with its renditions of breakfast dishes. Thick-cut whole-wheat French toast oozes Nutella. Pancakes come in jumbo size or piled high in a short stack. Bagels arrive warm and toasty. Sandwiches are packed to capacity. And the famed smoked fish platters switch up more traditional breakfast eats. Wash it all down with fresh-squeezed juices, creamy lattes, or cappuccinos for the full Roasters’ n Toasters experience.
2. Miam Café
Nestled inside the black-and-white-striped landmark Wynwood Building, Miam Café welcomes locals to enjoy both grab-and-go options and full-service plated dishes to fit your mood. Sit down, relax, work, or simply hang out while you munch on a variety of delectables ranging from a vegetarian breakfast burrito ($6) to coconut chia-seed porridge ($10) with stewed berries, bananas, almonds, and cinnamon. Freshly made in-house sweet treats, such as Nutella duffins, chocolate croissants, and picture-perfect fruit tarts, are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth no matter what time of day.
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1. Threefold Cafe
Authentic Aussie eats are hard to come by in the 305, but Melbourne transplants Teresa and Nick Sharp are changing the game with their all-day breakfast spot in Coral Gables. Combining dishes from down under with a South Florida twist, the couple uses locally sourced food and drinks, including bread from Zak the Baker and java from Panther Coffee, in innovative ways. Order the smashed avo ($13) for a heavenly slice of Zak the Baker bread topped with butter and earthy thyme-roasted mushrooms beneath a layer of creamy avocado with feta, lime, and basil. Add a soft-poached egg for just $2.
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