Brunch at Matador Terrace: Taquiza Huevos Rancheros, Miami Smokers Sausage, and Mexican-Spiced French Toast

Although summer hasn't officially begun yet, the incessant 90-degree temperatures would argue otherwise. If you're looking for a brunch spot that is feet away from the beach and has a mix of light and refreshing fare, eggy delights, and sweet decadence, look no further than the stunning Matador Terrace.

Chances are you've been to the swank Edition Miami Beach by now, although it's probably been for a game of bowling, round of ice-skating, disco in the Basement, or dinner and drinks at Matador Room or Market. And while all of the aforementioned are great in their own right, it's their lush and beautifully landscaped pool with ocean views that's everything brunching in Miami should be.

Conceptualized by Michelin-starred toque Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Matador's menu marries the flavors and cuisine of Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean with subtle Miami influences. And brunch is no different. Huevos rancheros utilize specially crafted tortillas from Taquiza, sausages are the craftsmanship of Miami Smokers, all eggs are local and organic, as is the produce whenever possible. "Jean-Georges code is to not use anything frozen," says sous chef Daniel Roy.

If your brunch goal is to get boozy, Matador offers bottomless beverages for a premium ($45) compared to other places in town. Choose from bloody marys, bellinis (traditional or raspberry lychee), or mimosas. We can only vouch for the bloody mary, which might very well be one of the best in town. Just one will set you back $17.

The brunch menu is a mélange of some dinner and lunch favorites, as well as brunch-centric dishes. One of the carry-over items, sweet pea guacamole with warm crunchy tortillas ($12) is a fine precursor to eggs, sweets, and everything in between.

"We fly in our tuna from Hawaii every day," says Roy of the spicy tuna tartare ($18) with black olive, cucumber, and avocado. If post-brunch plans involve you being in a bikini, this is the way to go for both your belly and taste buds.

Pizza from brunch sounds heavy, unless it's cheese-less avocado pizza with jalapeño pepper, cilantro, lime, and onion ($12). Tastes like summer.

Crispy barbecue pork tacos with red onion, pickles, and cilantro ($13) pack a crunch. Two come to the order.

Why choose between Miami Smokers' handmade pork or chicken sausage when you can have both (each costs $6). It's brunch after all.

If you're an egg person, you'll be pleased to know all of Matador's offspring's are organic and local. Pick your poison between eggs benedict with country ham; poached eggs with roasted mushrooms, Parmesan, and herbs; egg white omelet with fresh herbs, mixed greens, tomato salad, and choice of toast; omelet with spinach, goat cheese and pickled chili, crunchy herbed potatoes, tomato salad, and choice of toast; and huevos rancheros. The latter uses fresh corn tortillas from Taquiza as the vehicle for impeccably cooked farm eggs and house-made fire roasted salsa that's fire indeed ($22). 

If sweet is more your brunch beat, the crunchy Mexican spiced French toast with apples ($16) has been soaked for 24 hours so that the brioche is ultra-moist at the center and rough around the edges. Pro tip: take the lavender maple syrup from the pancakes and drizzle it on this instead.

Coconut pancakes with grapefruit and lavender maple syrup ($16). More of a waffle person? They've got those too, with warm blueberries and whipped cream.

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.