Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's what kick-starts your metabolism and sets the tone for the hours to come. Whether you prefer a cubano and a cafecito or a hand-rolled bagel smothered in chive cream cheese, Miami has its fair share of midmorning-oriented eateries.
From vintage, grease-filled diners and Cuban cafeterias to hole-in-the-wall take-out windows and swank, chef-driven restaurants, Miami's best spots will let you have breakfast your way.
10. Mazie's Soul Food Restaurant and Take-Out
What once was a standalone Dairy Queen is now a haven for homestyle, Southern-inspired grub. For more than 15 years, this hole-in-a-wall and its take-out window have served local patrons willing to take an unconventional detour for tasty eats. Mazie's, whose motto is "Where the homies meet," is situated near NW 75th Street in Liberty City. Find combo plates such as eggs, toast, home fries or grits, and bacon, ham, or sausage. There are à la carte breakfast sandwiches and lunch specials too, which include a choice of one starch, one side, and
9. Ham & Eggery
A red barn-like space on the corner of NE 167th Street might appear bizarre to onlookers, but ask locals and they'll tell you it's one of Miami's go-to spots for breakfast. Since the 1960s, Ham & Eggery has whipped up everything from French toast with scrambled eggs and bacon ($7.99) to more than a dozen kinds of omelets ($5.99 to $12.99), creamed chipped beef ($7.99), biscuits 'n' gravy ($6.99), and a variety of burgers ($4.29 to $4.99). The eatery almost closed in 2012 when owner Akbar Malik sold the restaurant to a new owner who wanted to replace eggs and bacon with a dollar store filled with paper goods and random knickknacks. Luckily for the hungry masses, the dollar store fell through, and Malik now pays rent, keeping one of Miami's oldest and cheapest breakfast joints up and running.
8. Wagons West Restaurant
Late nights make breakfast before 11 a.m. difficult. Wagons West has a solution: breakfast all day. The Pinecrest eatery, situated inside Suniland Shopping Center, serves banana-nut pancakes, French toast, omelets, and crabcake Benedict through the evening. Pair your meal with coffee for less than $10.
7. Jimmy's Eastside Diner
At this neighborhood joint, find classic diner fare in a relaxed and comfortable environment, which in Miami is a rarity. The Biscayne Boulevard eatery serves diner must-haves such as eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, hash browns, toast, and orange juice. For something heartier, there are tuna melts, BLTs, and meatloaf. Jimmy's opens at 6:30 a.m. and serves breakfast all day. Most meals cost less than $10. Snag one before closing at 4 p.m.
6. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
On the corner of NE 29th Street and Second Avenue in Wynwood — amid shiny, new
Inside Tom Colicchio's Beachcraft at the 1 Hotel South Beach, weekday breakfast gets pricey. But in this case, it's worth the splurge. Monday through Friday, the hotel eatery offers a full-service breakfast buffet, with two levels to choose from: Continental ($27) or Chef's ($39). Both include fresh fruits; homemade Danishes, croissants, and muffins; artisanal cheeses and charcuterie; a Greek yogurt station; granola and berries; salmon and bagels; and a cereal bar. The upgraded version also offers bites from an egg station and a waffle bar, as well as additional eats such as bacon, sausage, potatoes, and the chef's daily egg inspiration. Boozy drinks, like mimosas and bloody marys, are available à la carte. Make the cost worthwhile by spending a few hours tableside with limitless trips to the buffet.
4. Las Olas Cafe
If you're craving traditional Cuban fare but find yourself miles from the cafecito-filled streets of Little Havana, consider Las Olas Cafe. The South Beach eatery, located on the corner of Sixth Street and Euclid Avenue, is the perfect place for fresh-squeezed jugo, a quick coffee, and a variety of breakfast specials. Grab a breakfast combo ($3.99), which features a choice of eggs cooked any style with home fries or French fries, buttered Cuban toast, and a cup of café cubano, which can be swapped for a small juice. Be sure to bring cash because the restaurant
3. Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
Ah, Jewish delis. The smell of freshly baked, hand-rolled bagels mixed with cream cheeses, soups, eggs, and potatoes is frequently found across New York, but not so much in Miami. If you're in search of an authentic alternative here at home, visit Bagel Cove in Aventura. There's guaranteed to be a wait for a table inside the small, diner-like restaurant, with everyone — from retirees to high-schoolers — eager for a true Jewish-American breakfast or lunch. Dine in or take out, with offerings including cold salads, meats, desserts like black-and -white cookies and rugelach, matzoh ball and chicken-vegetable soups ($3.99/cup, $5.49/bowl), nova or lox ($13.99), triple-decker club sandwiches ($10.49 to $12), and, of course, bagels. Bagel Cove is open
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2. S&S Diner
Since 1938, S&S Diner has been a Miami staple. At the vintage-style restaurant, enjoy breakfast for around 3 bucks, which brings a plate of two eggs, potatoes, toast, and coffee or tea. There's biscuits, eggs, and gravy for $7.95 and French toast and eggs with potatoes or grits for $8.95. For something more substantial, consider roast turkey or chopped steak with onions and gravy. Pair your plate with an order of mashed potatoes. Times might change, but S&S has proven to remain the same, keeping its no-frills eats and bargain prices a constant for more than 75 years.
1. The Social Club
At the Social Club inside the Surfcomber Hotel in South Beach, approachable, relatable, and utterly delicious breakfast and brunch offerings are served