Brunch at Wynwood Diner Blends Sweet and Savory in a Casual Atmosphere

Fast food, retro flair, and a hint of grease come to mind when you think of eating at a diner. But of course, Wynwood's version is anything but.  

Wynwood Diner, located inside the Wynwood Block at 2601 NW Second Ave., adds an artistic spin to the age-old diner concept. Its swanky design mixes with rustic and antique features, like a glorified and much cooler version of your grandma's living room. 

The best part is that the menu doesn't stray too far from what you'd expect to find in a casual, quirky diner environment. The eatery's long weekend brunch, offered Saturday through Monday, is no different, either. 

Brunchgoers hankering for eggs, sweet doughs, and sandwiches have come to the right place. Miami is familiar with elaborate breakfast/lunch combinations, with dishes like fried chicken and pancakes, cheesesteak egg rolls, and enough ceviche to last a lifetime. But sometimes all we really want are eggs Benedict, waffles, French toast, and a good old burger. Wynwood Diner has all of those and then some.

The menu is fairly small, condensed onto one wooden carte de jour.  It's divided into eggs, waffles and cakes, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Prices range from $9 to $19. 

A few of the restaurant's dishes tie as most popular among frequented customers. Among them are two versions of eggs Benedict — brisket or royal. The royal uses smoked salmon instead of brisket, making it the lighter of the two. Both are drizzled in a light hollandaise sauce and placed atop a crust-free chunk of bread from the inside of a brioche bun. It's toasted on the outside but keeps a doughy texture inside. Served alongside is a miniature disk of hash browns. Its crisp, golden exterior protects a smooth, mashed-potato-like interior that'll leaving you feeling teased with such a small portion. It won't fill you up, but it's worth every greasy, potatoey shred. 
The churro waffle and berries is another favored plate. Four quarters of a round Belgian waffle are topped with the sugar that makes churros so dangerously addictive. Whipped creme mixed with strawberries and blueberries is served alongside. If churros aren't your thing, try the brioche French toast, which is drenched in a bourbon crème anglaise. It's basically a sweet custard likely to induce a sugar rush — but that's the whole point, right?
Merge sweet and savory by trying the fried chicken and waffles, a familiar brunch favorite. It mirrors the churro waffle and berries but swaps the berries for a handful of boneless fried chicken tenders. A light syrup rides in a cup alongside.

If you're brunching in the late afternoon or prefer a plate teetering more toward lunch than breakfast, choose the classic burger, the fat boy, or the green house. Every diner needs a good burger, grease and all, and Wynwood's is no exception. Take it up a notch with the fat boy, which adds a sunny-side-up egg, bacon, and Gruyère, giving it a brunch-like twist.
Forgo meat for the green house sandwich, which is a hodgepodge of fresh veggies on a brioche bun. It's stacked with grilled zucchini, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and eggplant and then covered in goat cheese.

There's no dessert menu. If you have a sweet tooth, order blueberry pancakes, waffles, or French toast. 

Boozy brunch cocktails are available to pair with your meal. Find bellinis, mimosas, bloody marys, and speciality house drinks using rum, michelada, or Pimm's.

Brunch runs Saturday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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