To the chronically indecisive or someone who just wants to munch on a burger with a side of French toast without being judged, brunch is for you. It's probably the most important meal of the weekend — and, if done right, the most enjoyable too. But creating that perfect breakfast-lunch combination isn't easy — hearty plates to cure last night's hangover, mixed with rich, indulgent dishes like fried chicken 'n' pancakes, homemade
The key to the perfect brunch is a balanced menu. Bacon, eggs, and sweet
While the weekend soiree can fall anywhere between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. depending on the restaurant, prime brunch time is somewhere between 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — enough time to comfortably sleep in, work up an appetite, and still have room for a light Sunday night dinner.
From reasonably priced a la carte menus to lavish buffet-style brunches, Miami has it all. Find them
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Roaming pastry, meat, and veggie markets on cobblestone streets in Europe might sound romantic, yet unrealistic for your average weekend. Think again — brunching at Cecconi's is strikingly similar. Designed by executive chef Sergio Sigala and pastry chef Oscar Bonelli, the extensive buffet lines the lobby of the Soho Beach House with five unique culinary stations. From eggs,
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9. 180 Degrees at the DRB
With pricey prix-fixe menus and over-the-top entrées the norm at many Miami brunches, 180 Degrees keeps it simple. The gastropub, located in the middle of downtown Miami, is a mecca for comfort-food-style bites and boozy drinks offered on its a la carte Sunday menu from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Whatever you do, make sure to order the 50/50 burger ($15). It's made with a mix of chorizo and Angus beef, topped with queso
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Bulla (pronounced boo-ya) is Spanish slang for what everyone's talking about. And Sunday brunch at the Spanish gastropub on Ponce de Leon Boulevard is exactly that —
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Hangover sandwiches and French toast lollipops. Yes, these eats do exist. Find them at
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6. Pawn Broker
Pawn Broker's rooftop setting makes it one of the most beautiful places to enjoy brunch with friends. The fact that this is, technically, a bar makes this brunch the perfect place to either enjoy an afternoon celebration or feed your hangover. Factor in that it's a Pubbelly Boys' establishment and you've got an all-around winning choice. Start with French toast sticks served with a thick chocolate sauce and a light raspberry marmalade for dipping ($8) or snag an order of the smoked fish dip ($12), which fuses all the flavors of an everything bagel with cream cheese and salmon into a creamy pastel-pink spread. wash it all down with all-you-can-drink rosé, frozen rosé, and mimosas for $25., or head to the bloody mary cart too, where you can custom-build your drink ($14). Brunch runs from noon to 4 p.m. An after-brunch party features live music until 10 p.m. Visit pawnbrokermiami.com.
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5. The Local Craft Food & Drink
Phil Bryant, executive chef of the Local, launched a weekly brunch partnered with the Bridge’s cocktail duo, David Perez and Will Thompson. The menu features à la carte items made in house and almost always locally sourced starters, sandwiches, salads, and main plates, along with bottomless mimosas, sangria pitchers, and morning cocktails. Make sure to try the eggs in a basket appetizer. It's made with a poached egg, crisp Virginia ham, fresh micro greens, Parmesan gravy, and a cured egg on a house-baked Sally Lunn roll. For a main, consider the fried chicken 'n' pancakes, Bryant's take on fried chicken 'n' waffles. He places two pieces of fried chicken atop homemade Parmesan pancakes. Green tomato chow chow and hot sauce honey are drizzled throughout. Dishes range from $6 to $25. Brunch is served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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4. Le Zoo
Stephen Starr, the Philadelphia-based restaurateur, opened his French brasserie Le Zoo in November in Bal Harbour Shops. Three months later, he was ready to launch brunch. The menu features à la carte items made in-house with locally sourced ingredients. The menu is divided into various sections: seafood, hors d'oeuvres, sandwiches, entrées, eggs, and cheeses. What sets Le Zoo's brunch menu apart from others in Miami is it allows you to create your own experience. Elect for a more European-style meal with a selection of cheeses,
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3. Prime Fish
When Nemo, the Asian-influenced seafood eatery by restaurateur Myles Chefetz, closed in 2010, its popular brunch went with it. About five years later,
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2. Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Located on the corner of Washington Avenue and Fifth Street, Izzy's is a casual, laid-back seafood-centric eatery offering a much-needed breath of fresh air compared to many Miami Beach restaurants. Dishes range from $10 to $30, and many are large enough to share between two to three people. If it's your first time at Izzy's, order the warm Maine lobster roll. The meat of an entire lobster is served
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1. The Continental
Brunch at the Continental in Miami Beach has character. It fuses the feeling of a '60s diner with high-quality, gourmet eats and drinks at a reasonable price. The menu, crafted by chef Matthew Oetting, is divided into four categories, offering something for every type of brunch-goer — breakfast-centered, lunch, and even dinner-style plates are featured. There are a few staples on the menu that are must-
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