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Miami's Ten Best Breakfast Spots

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 a main course with offerings like conch, barbecued ribs, fried fish, hamburgers, and meatloaf. Be sure to get an order of the turkey chicken wings too. Don't worry about breaking the bank — most items on the menu cost less than $5.
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 restaurants and selfie-taking tourists — stands Enriqueta's. The low-priced Cuban cafeteria serves authentic eats such as pan con bistec ($6.75) and medianoches ($6.75) all day long. For something more breakfast-centric, try the desayuno especial ($4.69) — two eggs, bacon or ham, Cuban toast, café con leche, and a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice. For something light and on-the-go, there's a bevy of smoothies and shakes. Either way, don't leave without a sip of café con leche ($1.75 to $3.75). 
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