Sometimes you need self-indulgence — a couple of hours to linger with friends over cocktails and good food. That's when you head to one of Miami's restaurants offering that heavenly mix of breakfast and lunch to fuel you the rest of the day.
Read on for the best options this fall.
Atlantikos9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
In the whitewashed dining room or by the pool, enjoy a buffet-style menu of sushi and sashimi alongside a bevy of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, such as slow-roasted strip loin, line-caught Atlantic salmon, orzo, and mezze. Look for paddlefish caviar next to the raw bar of king crab legs, shrimp, and fresh oysters on the half shell. At the tables holding sweet treats, dip marshmallows in a fountain of chocolate or try banana crème brûlée. Priced at $85, the brunch includes live music and bottomless rosé, sparkling wine, and bloody marys. Brunch is served Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
Bachour2020 Salzedo St., Coral Gables
If you can't wait till the weekend, head to pastry chef Antonio Bachour's bakery and bistro in Coral Gables any day to savor a French-inspired à la carte brunch. Breads and other baked goods are made in-house daily, and the menu is a blend of breakfast dishes such as Spanish scramble ($17), guava and cheese pancakes ($16), and avocado tartan ($15) and lunch items such as tuna Niçoise salad ($24), roasted chicken breast ($17), churrasco ($18), and salmon with succotash ($18). The offerings are complemented by an assortment of Bachour's gorgeous pastries, including pear mousse with pear compote and almond cake ($8), coconut cheesecake ($8), mojito and matcha macaroons ($3), and croissants such as peanut butter and jelly ($6.50), red velvet ($5), and dulce de leche ($4.50). Brunch is served daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Byblos1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
At its stylish dining rooms in the Royal Palm South Beach, Byblos offers a new Sunday brunch — a two-course meal of Eastern Mediterranean flavors and textures — for $29. It begins with hummus royale with Wagyu beef ragu, baharat spice, pine nuts, and barberries, or a dish of hamachi crudo served over a bed of jalapeño labneh spiked with a crunch of sweet red onion, cucumber, and lime. Entrée options are buttermilk qatayef pancakes with rose cream, pistachio, pomegranate, and date syrup, and the Byblos big breakfast plate, which comes with za'atar fried eggs, halloumi, tomato, sabzi herbs, and harissa potatoes served with house-made pita bread. For a $4 surcharge, choose a dessert of stuffed baklava with mint ice cream, pistachio nougat, and dark chocolate, or strawberry cheesecake qatayef, made with sumac strawberry, honey syrup, and pistachio. Order one of the many fragrant teas in exotic flavors or a special brunch libation. Brunch is served Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Casa D'Angelo Aventura2906 NE 207th St, Aventura
For fall, Casa D'Angelo's new outpost in Aventura ParkSquare offers a weekend Italian-themed midday meal. Brunch is à la carte and includes dishes of Neapolitan Sunday gravy with braised beef short ribs, macaroni, thick tomato and pecorino sauce ($28); cervellata frittata with thin pork and provolone sausage ($15); and broccoli rabe and marinated Roma tomatoes eggs Benedict with choice of lobster ($28), porchetta ($24), crab cake ($26), or smoked salmon ($22). The restaurant also offers sweet options such as lemon ricotta pancakes with whipped Frangelico mascarpone, fresh berry compote, and biscotti crumble ($16); Nutella bomba with doughnut ($6); and parfait with fresh berry compote, organic granola galbani mascarpone, and yogurt ($15). Complement your meal with a summer bellini, made with fresh peach purée, crème de peche, champagne brut, and edible flowers, or take your pick of wine from the extensive list. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cracked by Chef Adrianne400 SW 57th Ct., South Miami
Cracked's new Sunday à la carte brunch is a welcome addition to the South Miami food scene. Made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, dishes include sweet corn and carnitas with pulled pork, sweet corn tamalito, and poached eggs ($18); brunch fries with bacon, honey-baked ham, sausage, fried eggs, and sofrito aioli ($15); and chocolate chip cannoli cream pancakes with warm maple syrup ($13). Another standout is banana split brioche French toast, served with caramelized bananas, whipped strawberry cream cheese, salted caramel, and candied almonds ($15). Brunch is served Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Deck at Island Gardens888 MacArthur Cswy., Miami
The Deck at Island Gardens is offering a fall Sunday brunch buffet for $65. Take a seat in the marina's outdoor lounge or waterfront cabanas, and raise your complimentary bellini or mimosa and toast to the views of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. Then head to the buffet for cold platters of salmon crudo, charcuterie, quinoa tabbouleh salad, grilled cucumber with labheh, and Brussels sprouts. From the hot stations, try made-to-order omelets, spiced cinnamon rice, oven-baked lamb shoulder, and roast beef with chimichurri. Indulge in desserts such as raspberry tarts, Devil's food cake, and hazelnut brownies, and stick around for the 3 p.m. party, Sundays on Deck, featuring a live DJ. Brunch is served Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Delicious RawMultiple locations
At its South Beach and Aventura locations, Delicious Raw offers an all-day menu of nourishing plant-based dishes for brunch. The vegan and vegetarian lineup includes the righteous waffle ($10.50) — made with energy-sustaining ancient grains, house-made vanilla almond milk, cinnamon and other spices — served with blueberry-lemon compote, fresh mint strawberry preserves, or vegan pure maple butter. For a savory dish, try LeSmash: avocado infused with truffle oil and lemon, served on artisan vegan, gluten-free bread, and topped with herb-roasted cherry tomatoes, organic microgreens, and pumpkinseed dukkah ($9.50); or the vegan Nobl burger, with pickles, smoked aioli, truffle-infused garlic Dijon, baby spinach, herb-roasted cherry tomatoes, roasted portobello, and Bermuda onion, served on house-made vegan brioche bun ($15.50). Pair your items with a golden turmeric latte with coconut milk ($6); 16-ounce juices such as Immunity, made with kale, spinach, apple, parsley, celery, cucumber, and lemon ($8.50); or a Rise & Shine smoothie, containing banana, oats, flaxseed, yogurt, dates, orange, and almond milk ($9.50). Brunch is served daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Diez y Seis1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Inside the Shore Club, chef Jose Acardi hosts a Sunday brunch "a la Mexicana," priced at $35. The buffet-style meal offers seven food stations, a raw bar, tableside guacamole, and a taco cart. Must-try items are the mushroom and cheese empanadas, salmon tartare, chicken mole, chilaquiles, and Mexican rice with cilantro. At the dessert table, find tres leches, cakes, and tartlets. Bottomless bubbly flows for an additional $25. Brunch is served Sunday from 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
La Social7601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Any day of the week, stop by this Upper Eastside eatery to savor a menu of bistro brunch items. Spouses Ivan Nieves and David Flores turn out an affordable list of items made with natural ingredients. Dishes include coconut creme French toast ($12), Greek yogurt blueberry pancakes ($10), and an egg, ham, and cheese sandwich ($7.50). La Social's all-day menu also includes an avocado hummus plate ($9), croque-monsieur on brioche ($12), fig and prosciutto ciabatta ($10), and chicken and red pepper panini ($10). Beverages include cortaditos ($2.50), iced lattes ($4.50), a pitaya smoothie ($6.50), watermelon lemonade ($5.50), or green juice ($5). On weekends, catch live music on the patio. Brunch is served Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.