Mother's Day 2018 Miami Brunch Guide

Nikki Beach's mimosa bar
Nikki Beach's mimosa bar Photo by Alexey Olivenko
We want only the best when it comes to Mom. Though mothers come in many shapes and sizes, we can all agree that a good brunch brimming with red velvet dainties and seemingly endless champagne makes for the perfect Mother's Day celebration. Say thank you to the woman (or women) who raised you by treating her to one of Miami's top brunches. Reservations are strongly suggested, and gratuity is not included.

The Bazaar by José Andrés. Make your way through a labyrinth of food stations at the Bazaar inside the SLS. Start with raw oysters and fresh ceviche from the raw bar. Continue on your decadent journey to a display of cochinillo suckling pig accompanied by Ibérico mash. Move on to the breakfast station for farm-fresh egg scrambles and omelets. End your meal at the nitrogen ice-cream bar, where a multitude of toppings will fulfill your desires. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-455-2999; Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $85 with bottomless bubbly.

Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill. If you seek comfort food, Big Easy is pairing Southern favorites with South African fare. For a hearty meal, order the steak and eggs ($26) — an eight-ounce churrasco paired with green chutney aioli, two fried eggs, and mixed green salad. Or try some rib-sticking chicken and waffles ($20), where South African peri-peri chicken thighs sit atop buttermilk waffles slathered in maple syrup. Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., 786-814-5955; Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market. Enjoy an unlimited izakaya brunch in Doral. The Asian bistro will serve items such as chicken and waffles, pork fried rice, and build-your-own poke bowls. Sit back and sip bottomless mimosas ($15) while you take in the scenic aesthetic that transports you directly to Japan. 5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305-222-7447; Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $39.
click to enlarge Lulu's red velvet waffles - COURTESY OF LAUREN BARBIAN
Lulu's red velvet waffles
Courtesy of Lauren Barbian
Lulu in the Grove. People-watch while feasting on thick-cut waffles. Choose from a selection of breakfast sweets such as red velvet waffles, Oreo waffles, and house-made sticky buns for around $12. Add huevos rancheros ($13) or a classic Benedict ($13) for the perfect brunch equation. Signature cocktails include the After Sunrise, a mixture of blood orange juice and champagne ($12), and Mellow Melon, made with cantaloupe and Aperol and garnished with rosemary ($12). 3105 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove; 305- 447-5858; Brunch is available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mina's Mediterraneo. Spend time with Mom on Mina's lush patio, adorned with eclectic wall pieces and exuding garden vibes. Choose from items such as the Egyptian brunch ($16) — scrambled eggs with dry-aged beef and merguez sausage with tahini molasses and pita — or share a breakfast pizza topped with sunny-side-up eggs, fontina cheese, and caramelized onions ($13). Pair the fare with bottomless mimosas or sangrias for $22. 749 NE 79th St.; 786-391-0300; Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Miranda Cuisine & Bar. Choose from an array of breakfast classics at this special brunch. Like any good buffet, there will be made-to-order eggs and scrumptious crepes with all the usual mix-ins. Also expect a hearty carving station with prime rib and thyme-roasted salmon. Petits fours and Miranda's famous bread pudding will line the dessert station, while truffles and cakes will fill the rest of the table. 4299 NW 36th St., Miami Springs; 786-409-6490; Brunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. and costs $55.
click to enlarge NaiYaRa's matcha waffles - COURTESY OF NAIYARA
NaiYaRa's matcha waffles
Courtesy of NaiYaRa
NaiYaRa. A Thai-inspired brunch melds classics with Asian favorites. For starters, opt for the fried duck and biscuits ($12) paired with sweet chili sauce or share the son-in-law eggs ($9), crispy hard-boiled eggs with ground chicken, crispy shallots, and tamarind sauce. Satisfy your sweet tooth with matcha waffles ($12), layered with fresh berries and red bean, smothered in chili maple syrup. Wash it all down with bottomless bloody marys, mimosas, or bellinis for $30 per person. 1854 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-275-6005; Brunch is served 11 4 p.m.

Nikki Beach.
The $49.95 brunch buffet offers a range of items, including made-to-order omelets and waffles with warm Nutella and dulce de leche toppings. Make a trip to the do-it-yourself mimosa bar filled with fresh berries, rock-candy swizzle sticks, and an assortment of juices for $7 per mimosa. 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-538-1111; Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $49.95.

Point Royal. Head to chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal for a brunch buffet complete with a dessert room, raw bar, charcuterie spread, egg station, and cereal bar. Standout dishes include smoke-roasted whole branzino, strawberry passion fruit crème brûlée, sugar cured ham, mac and cheese, and raspberry lavender cheesecake. Upgrade to bottomless mimosas, champagne, or bloody marys for $25. 3555 South Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 305-602-8750; $75 per person.
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Rusty Pelican. The iconic Key Biscayne restaurant will once again offer its grand Mother's Day brunch buffet. Treat Mom to a bountiful selection of made-to-order eggs, truffle mac 'n' cheese, and an extensive raw bar including Alaskan king crab and Gulf shrimp. Make it surf 'n' turf by pairing your seafood with a juicy slab of prime rib from the carving station. 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; 305-361-3818; Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $89 for adults and $35 for children 11 or younger.

Scarpetta. Impress Mom with an elaborate Italian-inspired buffet at Scarpetta. Enjoy a sophisticated spread of Italian meats and cheeses alongside a frittata station with fillings sush cas creamy polenta and truffled mushrooms. The feast continues with entrées such as seared branzino with eggplant purée and roasted chicken with a mushroom jus. Champagne foam caramel budino, espresso panna cotta, and a variety of cookies and biscotti can be found at the dessert table. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4660; Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $85 per person.

The Strand Bar & Grill. Sip mimosas while listening to live music at the Strand, located inside Carillon Wellness Resort. For Mother's Day, the recently launched Sunday brunch will offer items such as fluffy buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict, and dry-aged sirloin from the carving station. Enjoy bottomless rosé ($25) and a heavenly slice of coconut cake. 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-7474; Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $89.

Stiltsville Fish Bar
Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth have crafted a nine-course prix fixe ($69) to celebrate Miami's moms. Highlights include favorites such as green eggs & ham — a Seussian take on deviled eggs, paired with dill pickles and crisp country ham. Eggs Benedict, a must-have, comes with boggy bayou hollandaise, poached eggs, and choice of crab cake, pork-belly bacon, or butter-poached lobster. 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477; Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
click to enlarge Three's Down Island French toast - COURTESY OF THREE
Three's Down Island French toast
Courtesy of Three
Three. Chef Norman Van Aken has selected signature brunch dishes to pair with bottomless mimosas ($15). Choose from unique plates such as beef tournedos, with wild morels, caramelized onions, smoked tomatoes, wine essence, and béarnaise ($46), or frozen guava parfait — buttermilk sherbet layered with guava espuma and meringue crisps ($12). 50 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-748-4540; Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar. With the Wynwood Walls in the background, enjoy a Latin-inspired brunch with Mom. Try the steak and eggs with grilled skirt steak, a fried egg, and yucca frita; or the tostadas smothered in tomato puree, black beans, cojita cheese, crema, and a sunny side egg. Sip on red, green, or white sangria, which can be ordered by the glass or pitcher. 2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-722-8959; Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for
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