Brickell's Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita dates back to 1923, where Miami's historic Fire Station No. 4 stood. The structure, which was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1984, now houses an eclectic bundle of eats and drinks fusing international cultures and cooking techniques.
Though the eatery opened in 2007, it recently launched a weekend brunch on the outdoor rooftop terrace. Like most meals at Dolores, its brunch blends traditional American favorites like eggs benedict and chicken and waffles with Latin-inspired plates like huevos rotos and croquettes.
On a recent Sunday during brunch (New Times was invited for a taste), the lush outdoor patio, which offers both shaded and sun-filled seating, was relatively crowded. The meal launched about a month and a half ago, and word has spread quickly since. Large tables filled with friends celebrating birthdays and other special events mixed with groups of two or three diners hungry for a quiet meal.
Unless seated in direct sunlight, the rooftop area is notably cool. Begin your meal with a chilled mimosa as you glance through the offerings. The menu is small but features both breakfast- and lunch-oriented plates, each with a pinch of Latin flavor. During brunch, every mimosa is price at $1.99 with the order of an entree.
As the meal is a la carte, begin with a few appetizers to share with the table. Dolores is known for its serrano ham croquettes ($6), which come served in a metal bowl. The batch of five fried bites easily melts in your mouth, oozing a warm truffle-like taste. Pair the croquettes with an order of huevos rotos ($8). Two sunny side up eggs are placed on top of a bed of garbanzo beans and chorizo iberico. Before eating, mix the three ingredients together, making each bite a burst of savory, spicy, and crunchy flavor.
For the main course, decide between an egg-centric dish or something more lunch-driven, like a sandwich or salad. The menu features two eggs Benedict ($12), including a classic with bacon or the grilled short rib. Instead of using an English muffin as a base, Dolores soaks a crunchy piece of croissant inside a butter mix, topping it with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Both are served with patatas bravas.
Mix breakfast and lunch with a breakfast sandwich ($9), which splits a toasted, butter-saturated croissant in half and adds cheddar cheese, ham, bacon, and three scrambled eggs in its center. Similar to the restaurant's Benedict, the plate is also served with a few scoops of patatas bravas. Don't let its small size fool you as the plate is one of the heartiest on Dolores' menu.
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Steak and eggs ($14), chicken and waffles ($14), and a breakfast sausage burrito ($12) are featured on the menu, highlighting Dolores' brunch mashups. For something more lunch focused, there's a chicken and avocado club ($10) and Kobe beef mini burgers ($14).
For dessert, ask for Dolores' sweets menu, which is presented on a large, metal Eiffel Tower. Out of the four choices, the eatery's rich chocolate soufflé is one of the best sellers. It comes topped with a light fudge drizzle and a petite scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Brunch runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 305-403-3103 or visit doloreslolita.com.