Five New Miami Brunches to Try This Weekend

As the days grow longer (and uncomfortably hotter), a bevy of Miami eateries have launched new or improved weekend brunches. Along the Miami River or overlooking the downtown skyline, dine on everything from caramelized waffles and serrano ham croquettes to breakfast sausage burritos and lobster mac 'n' cheese. Don't forget that many feature bottomless booze too.

These five Miami restaurants offer brunch all weekend long. Take your pick, snag a reservation, and rest easy knowing your Saturday or Sunday late morning will be filled with food, drinks, sunny skies, and moderates temperatures. 
5. Apeiro Kitchen & Bar
With executive chef Anthony Sitek at the helm of Apeiro's kitchen, upgraded brunch service was in order. The Mediterranean-inspired eatery offers a blend of its signature lunch and small dinner plates with necessary breakfast staples like eggs, bacon, and pancakes. For sweets, expect caramelized waffles ($11) topped with wild berries, whipped cream, and maple syrup, and crepes ($10) served alongside Nutella, caramelized bananas, and vanilla gelato. The menu offers varieties of eggs Benedict ($12) and omelets ($10), along with savory plates such as gravlax salmon flatbread ($14), made with pickled cucumber and Greek cream cheese; prime rib gyro ($16) drizzled with tzatziki sauce; and sweet potato and chorizo hash ($10) showered in charred red pepper and caramelized onion. It wouldn't be brunch without booze, and Apeiro lets diners upgrade their meal with $20 bottomless mimosas or bloody marys. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
4. Seaspice
Spending Sundays dining at this seafood brasserie and lounge's alluring location, which is situated on the bank of the Miami River, hasn't changed since New Times covered Seaspice's brunch last October. But its menu has seen a batch of enhancements worth mentioning. New plates include roast suckling pig, which is carved and served tableside with yuca gratin, crisp green plantain fries, and pickled beets; a short rib Benedict with a truffle hollandaise; and shrimp-and-eggs casserole, which blends the crustacean, spring leeks, tomatoes, and onions. Brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
3. Sunny's at the Hall South Beach 
Sunny's, Spike Mendelsohn's new casual eatery inside the Hall, has quietly launched a brunch worth visiting. Its menu is simple but includes a few noteworthy variations. There are four toast plates ($8), including Nutella and banana jam, strawberry and vanilla, avocado, and roasted apple and blue cheese. For something more substantive, consider the Jersey Shore sandwich ($9), with ham, cheese, and a sunny-side-up egg, or the brunch salad ($12), which blends farro, beets, apple, baby kale, walnut, and goat cheese. Chicken 'n' waffle lovers must try Sunny's version ($16), which places hot, crunchy fried chicken on a cornbread "Eggo" waffle and drizzles Colette’s "sizzurp" and powdered sugar on top.
2. Dolores, but You Can Call Me Lolita 
Enjoy brunch on a Brickell rooftop during Dolores, but You Can Call Me Lolita's newest weekend soiree. Saturday and Sunday, nosh on favorites such as serrano ham croquettes, chicken 'n' waffles, eggs Benedict royale, and huevos rotos, all the while gazing at downtown Miami's skyline. The menu also offers a breakfast sausage burrito, made with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, sausage, and fresh salsa and served alongside patatas bravas, and a croissant egg sandwich topped with a few strips of bacon. Make your meal boozy by snagging $1.99 mimosas with the purchase of any one entrée. Entrées are priced from $6 to $15. Brunch begins at 11 a.m.
1. Driftwood Room
Sweet and savory brunch plates and bottomless rosé. Need we say more? South Beach's Driftwood Room at Nautilus recently launched "Rosé Brunch," crafted by by chef Alex Guarnaschelli and chef de cuisine Lucas Marino. Priced at $55 per person, the meal fuses buffet-style and à la carte choices into one Sunday experience. Each diner can journey through an appetizer spread of breads, cheeses, salads, fruits, and charcuterie; visit the "savory cavery," which includes bacon-wrapped pork loin and marinated skirt steak; and then choose an entrée. Plates include a Cuban Benedict, avocado toast, guava and tamarind barbecue ribs, lobster mac 'n' cheese, and prime steak tartare. End the meal with a dessert platter featuring chocolate mousse shots, apple-and-brown-butter empanadas, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Upgrade brunch with a seafood tower for two, a triple-layer chocolate cake sundae, or unlimited booze, which adds $25 per person to the bill. Brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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