Brunch

Get Your Sunday Brunch on at These Five Miami Restaurants

Brunch is Miami's most important meal of the week. Traditionally served Sundays (though many restaurant offer it Saturday too), the breakfast/lunch hybrid is the perfect time to gather with friends over eggs and pancakes. It's also one of the few acceptable times to day-drink. So get the squad together and make plans to sip rosé or bloody marys this Sunday at one of these great Miami brunch spots.
Essensia at the Palms
The restaurant features a "to share" Sunday brunch where guests are encouraged to order a variety of small and large plates, as well as flatbreads, to enjoy family-style. The dishes, crafted by executive chef Venoy Rogers, come out as they are ready. The chef suggests the lemon-poppyseed-quinoa pancakes ($16). The dish, which is gluten-free, is packed with ricotta, blueberries, and fresh mint. Pure maple syrup is then drizzled on top, and star fruit is served on the side.
Rusty Pelican
Brunch at the Rusty Pelican tastefully melds delectables such as lobster and crab into Benedicts and omelets. Though the menu features appetizers, sushi, salads, lunch, and a raw bar, it's the "Brunchy Type of Things" section, crafted by executive chef Jim Pastor, that makes the Pelican worth a visit. For something sweet, consider Pastor's crusted French toast ($17). Made with brioche stuffed with almond butter and banana, the dish features four slices of bread that are coated with frosted flakes and salted caramel and then fried. Cinnamon whipped cream and raspberries top it off, and banana paste temptingly oozes from the brioche's center. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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