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The seemingly endless array of cafeterías across the 305 makes finding pastelitos easy. Locating fresh, warm pastries that are worth the calories, however, is a different story. And that, Miami, is where La Nueva Fe Bakery comes in. Baked fresh "de nuestro horno calientico para su casa," these flaky wonders come in all flavors. If you're craving a traditional pastelito, go for the pastelitos de guayaba (guava), queso (cheese), guayaba y queso (guava and cheese), or carne (beef). If you want a fresh, edgy spin on the original, try the coconut, coconut and cheese, or apple pastelito. If you're in the mood for something meatier, dig your teeth into the pastel de pollo (chicken pastry), cangrejo de jamón (ham pastry), cangrejo de chorizo (chorizo pastry), or the pizza pastel. Yes, pizza. And because each averages only $1, you really can't go wrong here.

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Vanessa Diaz and Mariela Maldonado-Keen are purveyors of freshness and all-natural goodness. They are also owners of Brickell Key's beloved juice spot, the Juicery Bar. It was born in 2010 with the idea that healthful food could also taste good, make you feel good, and, most important, be affordable. Six years later, their dream continues to flourish with the help of knowledgeable staff who are equally passionate about healthy living and the desire to build a sense of community. Sip the Fountain of Youth, made with kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, green apple, and romaine, or the Hulk, prepared with kiwi, kale, blueberry, celery, chlorella, spirulina, pear, and coconut. You'll quickly feel the effects kicking in. No fad diets, processed sugars, or artificial flavors here. Just fresh, unpasteurized ingredients, made by people who focus on nourishment, education, growth, and the motto they live by: Juicing with a purpose. Visit this cheery health haven Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Miami has New York-style delis, French bakeries, Mexican taquerias, and Cuban sandwicheries. Add Threefold Cafe to the mix, and the 305 can boast Australian-inspired cafés too. The all-day breakfast eatery was created by Melbourne transplants Teresa and Nick Sharp, who wondered why a café of its kind wasn't already a Miami staple. Fast-forward two years, and Threefold Cafe has expanded to two locations, implemented a coffee program using local favorite Panther Coffee, and added dinner service. Enhancements aside, there's a reason the locally grown restaurant has quickly gained popularity: straightforward yet innovative breakfast that's conveniently served throughout the day. The menu includes classic items such as omelets, eggs, waffles, breads, and French toast, along with more creative options like the "Big Bad Aussie" ($19), made with fried eggs, house-baked beans, spinach, bacon, and toast; and the "Smashed Avo" ($13), a bestseller, which pours a mountain of avocado, feta, lime, basil, roasted mushrooms, and soft-poached eggs onto a thick slice of Zak the Baker bread.

Readers' choice: GreenStreet Cafe

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You're midway through an order of Le Pain Perdu ($18), otherwise known as Nutella French toast, and all of a sudden the restaurant goes dark. Large black blinds are draped over the brasserie's floor-to-ceiling windows; you're left confused and accidentally spill Nutella on your clothes. Then you hear a loud thump, followed by another, and another. Brunch at Bagatelle is more than just eggs and bacon. It's a booze-filled, DJ-spinning soirée fit for the hippest brunchgoers in town. The menu includes traditional favorites like buttermilk pancakes ($19), a spicy crab Benedict ($24), and a turkey BLT ($22). There are kettles filled with warm tea and coffee, or you can opt for spirits, including vodka. Though the atmosphere is unconventional, it's exactly what you'd expect of Miami — rowdy, boozy, and surprisingly tasty.

Readers' choice: Biltmore Hotel

Prime Fish opened its doors more than two years ago, but it took more than a year and a half for its famed "Nemo brunch" to emerge. Nemo, the Asian-influenced seafood eatery by restaurateur Myles Chefetz, closed in 2010, and its popular brunch went with it. After a handful of years with die-hard brunchgoers wondering when it would return, the worm turned. If you're unfamiliar with what makes the weekend meal at this spot so special, think a full-service buffet serving both breakfast and lunch dishes, an entrée selection, and bottomless booze, all for $49. The buffet cold salads, freshly baked breads, meats, cheeses, and sweets. Eggs Benedict, omelets, fritatas, and raw bar selections (for an added price) are available on the á la carte menu. And that's not all. There's still a chunk of the buffet left to explore: dessert. Indulge in a medley of rotating sweets, including, but not limited to, chocolate Oreo squares, almond-caramel apple bars, homemade s'mores, chocolate coffee cake, and the signature chocolate and peanut butter bite topped with a Reese's peanut butter cup.

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What looks like a bowl of yellow mush is actually chef Frank Ferreiro's latest brunch creation. It's called a deconstructed eggs Benedict casserole. In it, the gooeyness and taste of eggs Benedict collides with the design of a casserole, forming a flavorful and slightly messy weekend treat. It includes a Benedict's traditional ingredients, such as the egg, meat, English muffin, and lots of hollandaise sauce, but is baked in a terra cotta cazuela bowl. It's made to order and can include serrano ham, spinach, or salmon. Pair the egg-centric dish with a bloody mary from Nikki Beach's resident bloody mary bar. The plate is included in Nikki Beach's ongoing Sunday brunch buffet, priced at $49.95 per person.

Before the coffee shop came the coffee, and lots of it. Puroast, a coffee brand created in Southern California more than 25 years ago by brothers Kerry and Jim Sachs, has slowly expanded across the nation. Its Brickell location, which opened earlier this year, marks the brand's first local brick-and-mortar location, and others are expected. Puroast's coffee shop blends a classic and relaxed South American or European-style vibe with fast-paced service perfect for those on the run. Whether you're looking to get in and out as quickly as possible or want to grab a book and spend the afternoon, Puroast proudly welcomes both, which is unconventional for most coffee or bakery spots in town. Also on the menu besides the brothers' unique brews are fresh-squeezed juices, croissants, sandwiches, and salads, all under $10. Plus, there's a bevy of freshly baked breads and pastries.

Readers' choice: Panther Coffee

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Executive chef Blair Wilson believes in simplicity. He knows how to make a straightforward brunch and prides himself on crafting plates that are approachable, relatable, and shamelessly delicious. That's where his famed breakfast sandwich ($17) comes in. It's the Social Club's bestselling plate, with about 400 orders from hungry diners each week. Wilson drew inspiration from a classic BLT but wanted to find a way to take it up a notch, which explains the spoonful of bacon jam spread across two thick pieces of challah bread. The jam is made each day from scratch and incorporates bacon, bourbon maple syrup, and coffee into a sweet and savory jelly. The sandwich itself is made with an over-easy egg, avocado, and heirloom tomatoes, with the jam smeared throughout, adding a sweet and smoky taste. Breakfast potatoes similar to tater tots are served alongside it even though Wilson's sandwich alone is enough to keep a diner full throughout the day.

Serendip-a-Tea, hidden inside a Kendall strip mall, is a scene you'd find in your favorite fairy tale. Vivid designs, playful decor, and bright colors ooze from the teahouse, which is nestled between stores in the Kings Creek Shopping Center. It's been open for a little more than a year, offering 32-plus varieties of tea, including green, white, black, and oolong. Order your choice hot or cold, in a small or large pot, or get it to go. Make it an afternoon by pairing bite-size tea sandwiches — such as egg salad, fig delight, and salmon and English cucumber — with a few cups of tea. Bigger bites, including a raspberry and goat cheese salad or a veggie burger, are offered too. Tea-timers with a sweet tooth should opt for a few freshly basked pastries like cookies, muffins, and madeleines. Everything on the menu, including large pots of tea, costs less than $11, transforming an afternoon at the storybook tea shop from a fantasy into an affordable reality.

A blend of old-fashioned, trendy, and nostalgic vibes, along with comfort food, makes for the perfect diner. Wynwood Diner is a little different but somehow is still a classic. The eatery adds an artistic and swank feel. Picture it as a trendier version of your great-grandmother's living room — clean, not overly contemporary, and weirdly chic. The space is expansive, offering indoor, outdoor, and bar seating. The menu is traditional with a few twists. Dishes include brisket sliders ($11), a bacon wedge salad ($9), chicken and waffles ($14), and a bevy of sandwiches and burgers combining ingredients such as Gruyère cheese, Fresno chilies, and grilled zucchini. Be sure to pair your order with the Brussels sprouts dish ($8), one of the restaurant's bestsellers. It combines apricot, hazelnut, ginger, and orange soy into a bowl of crunchy, half-burnt sprouts. There's often a wait, so plan accordingly.

Readers' choice: Big Pink

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