In Miami, weekends are reserved for bright and bubbly drinks paired with expansive spreads of breads, sweets, meats, and other specialty plates. That's because brunch in the 305 isn't an option — it's a ritual. Nearly every eatery across town — from holes in the wall to five-star hotel restaurants — offers an iteration of the coveted early-afternoon feast.
As cooler temperatures roll in, Miami's transition into fall is marked by a medley of new brunches to try. Forgo air-conditioned meals for alfresco feasts on patios or in courtyards. Don't forget your sunnies, and keep a mimosa in hand at all times. From $19 all-you-can-drink at Taurus Beer & Whiskey House to a peaceful backyard setting at Ariete, here are Miami's five best new brunches to try this autumn.
5. Nikki Beach
Almost a year ago, Nikki Beach, a South of France-style lounge and eatery, relaunched its indulgent Sunday brunch. A few months ago, the restaurant decided it was time for an upgrade. Rolled ice cream is now available Sundays during Nikki Beach's $49.99 brunch extravaganza. Varieties include vanilla, fresh strawberry, and Oreo cookie. Smother your flavor with a thick drizzle of hot fudge and a scoop of whipped cream and gummy bears. It's the perfect snack to pair with a warm cup of coffee on a sunny but cool Sunday afternoon.
4. Quinto La Huella
Quinto La Huella opened its doors at the beginning of summer, bringing Uruguayan sensation Parador La Huella's concept to Miami. Nestled inside Brickell City Centre East, the restaurant launched Sunday brunch at the beginning of October, blending Latin favorites with well-known American specialities. The meal features an all-inclusive buffet and an à la carte menu priced at $45 a person, with an additional $25 for unlimited rosé. The serve-yourself spread is a smorgasbord of sweet and savory plates grouped into a handful of stations based on flavor. Aside from the buffet, be sure to try the avocado and chimichurri toast topped with poached eggs ($13), listed on the à la carte menu.
3. Taurus Beer & Whiskey House
One of the oldest locales in Coconut Grove is finally feeding into Miami's brunch craze. Taurus Beer & Whiskey House, known for its selection of more than 100 whiskies and late-night bar bites, now offers brunch Saturday and Sunday. Besides featuring its nine-plate menu, the meal also offers $19 all-you-can-drink specials, including a house-infused jalapeño vodka bloody mary; a bacon rye-whiskey old-fashioned; a Warsteiner grapefruit radler; mimosas; and brews. Mix and match alcohol varieties until brunch ends at 4 p.m. Curb your appetite with an order of breakfast fritas ($13), two buttery toasted English muffins sandwiching a thick chorizo-and-pork patty, a sunny-side-up egg, and a handful of crunchy papitas.
2. Vagabond Kitchen & Bar
With executive chef Robert Dubois at the helm of Vagabond Kitchen & Bar's improved concept, weekend brunch epitomizes tradition with a twist. The meal period, which launched at the beginning of September, blends a buffet, an à la carte menu, and bottomless mimosas. For $29 per person, snag unlimited plates of goodies such as deviled eggs, smoked salmon, fresh bagels and breads, and Mediterranean-style cold salads. There are warm options too, including roasted potatoes, sausage, and bacon. Pair a few buffet picks with a trip to the omelet station, where you can place orders directly with the chefs.
Coconut Grove's Ariete gracefully breaks the Magic City's unspoken rule of brunch by offering something many locals only dream about: peace and quiet. Though brunch was launched about a year ago, the restaurant recently added a bevy of new plates. Food aside, the reason to dine here is for the courtyard. The light and airy space is filled with flowers and lush trees, which are just large enough to add shade. Small wooden tables are lined side-by-side, lending a rustic, farm-to-table feel. Expect to be in close quarters with other diners, but it doesn't detract from the serene atmosphere.
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