Miami's culinary universe is ever-expanding. It seems almost daily that a new, enticing option joins the city's abundance of restaurants and that more local chefs and establishments are recognized for their unique creations with nods such as James Beard nominations.
When the discussion turns toward brunch, Miami's offerings are hotter than ever. Menus transcend egg-based bites to offer gastronomical delights.
Yes, dining out in the Magic City can be expensive, but plenty of restaurants offer brunch that won't break the bank. Serving everything from classic French options to waffles, the following spots let you get your brunch on for under $30.
7ty One Restaurant & Coffee1130 Normandy Dr., Miami Beach
Inside their restaurant on Normandy Drive, chefs Abraham Herrera and Angel di Frisco offer affordable traditional Venezuelan fare, including brunch-style foods. Start with an omelet, made here with three scrambled eggs, onions, tomatoes, spinach, red pepper, and cheese, with options of ham, baconn or mushrooms ($6.90), or a cachapa, a sweet corn pancake served with white cheese ($6.90). Larger bites include a Venezuelan breakfast, which comes with an arepa, two eggs cooked to order, shredded beef, black beans and cheese ($9.99), and pabelón criollo, made with white rice, black beans, fried plantains, avocado, cheese, and shredded beef ($12.99). Be sure to check out the eatery's list of 18 variations of arepas, among which you'll find chucho, stuffed with cazón, sweet plantain, and cheese ($5.99), and reina pepiada, with shredded chicken and creamy sauce ($8.99). Aside from offering an assortment of baked goods, 7ty One also serves sweet options of guava and cheese croissants ($3.50), Nutella pizza ($10.99), and ayuama — fluffy pumpkin cake ($3). Choose from wine, beer, signature coffee blends, and lattes such as dulce de leche and iced chai ($4.50), along with juices made with papelón con limón ($5.50) and mango and passionfruit ($4.90). Brunch is served Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
B Bistro + Bakery600 Brickell Ave., Miami
At B Bistro + Bakery in Brickell, chef Henry Hané captures the delight of a trip to an elegant European pastry shop. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, and its dishes are given as much attention in appearance as in taste. Savory highlights are spicy tuna toast topped with pickled cucumber, scallion, and sesame grilled nori purée ($19), and a truffle bun made with scrambled eggs, cheddar, truffle aioli, arugula, and bacon jam ($14). If you're craving a burger, order the signature BBB Swag, a beef patty topped with cheddar, secret sauce, bacon jam, dill pickles, and onion soubise on a brioche bun ($18). On the sweet side, standouts are croissant French toast with stewed berry compote and vanilla pastry cream ($17) and a list of house-made pastries such as mixed-nut croissants ($5), cruffins ($8), and apple tarts ($5). Beverages include coffee such as American drip ($3) and lemon brew ($5), along with Florida orange mimosas and bellinis with passionfruit or strawberry ($8 each). Brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Café Bastille248 SE First St., Miami
Married couple Estelle Bellegy and Benjamin Amsallem have assumed ownership of this downtown Miami spot and transformed it into Café Bastille, a modern French bistro offering comfort brunch food daily from 8 to 4. Their tiny kitchen dishes out a diverse list of sharable items, such as the Bastille omelet, with ratatouille and goat cheese ($13); Nutella French toast and caramelized bananas bathed in maple syrup and cinnamon ($16); and bacon bites pancakes served with maple syrup and a sunny-side-up egg ($13). Eggs Benedict comes with turkey, Brie, and avocado ($18); and the croque-monsieur ($13) and croque-madame ($14) sandwiches are made with a combination of egg and béchamel and served with breakfast potatoes and green salad ($14). Also find crepes stuffed with chicken, mushrooms, and spinach. Pair your food with hot chocolate ($4), fresh orange juice ($6), or a glass of white, red, or rosé wine ($8 to $12), or add bottomless mimosas for $25 or a pitcher of red sangria for $39. Brunch is served daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fi'lia1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami
If you can't get enough of Italian food, weekend brunch at Fi'lia is a huge win. At this indoor/outdoor eatery inside the SLS Brickell, enjoy items such as a breakfast sandwich with a fried egg, fontina cheese, and bacon on a croissant ($15) and a wood-oven breakfast pizza topped with pancetta, smoked trugole cheese, Pecorino, potato, and egg ($16), also offered as a gluten-free option. For heartier entrées, try chicken Milanese and eggs ($18) or steak and eggs with Calabrian chilies, each served with Italian bread ($20). Multigrain toasts at Fi'lia come topped with black chickpea, combining the flavors of garbanzo beans, squid ink, and pepperoncini ($7); peanut butter, sliced apple, and honey ($6); or smashed avocado and poached egg ($16). If you need your fill of pasta, order a plate of spaghetti carbonara or linguine cacio e pepe ($19). Save room for lemon ricotta pancakes served with vanilla whipped cream and seasonal compote ($13). Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
La Boulangerie Boul'MichVarious locations
The Venezuelan owners behind this European-style brasserie made sure to also include some of the best South American food on the French-inspired menu. At its Broward and Miami locations, La Boulangerie offers all-day brunch comprising a wide selection of items ranging from baked goods such as Nutella, apple, and guava and cheese croissants ($4.25) to Venezuelan empanadas filled with Spanish chorizo and caramelized onions ($5.50) to huevos rancheros ($12.95). Other specialties include a Key West omelet with Norwegian salmon, sautéed onion, and capers ($14.95), and Bravia salad, a refreshing mix of crisp mixed greens, goat cheese, apples, and roasted almonds stuffed in a beet carpaccio and sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil ($15.06). Cozy dining rooms with vintage-like decor create the perfect brunch atmosphere. Brunch is served daily from 7:30 a.m. until close.
La Cervecería de Barrio836 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
1412 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
La Cervecería de Barrio serves a boozy Mexican brunch every Sunday. Order from the à la carte menu or choose one brunch menu served with bottomless mimosas or frosés for $29.99. Options include huevos rancheros served on crisp tortillas and accompanied by guajillo sauce, chorizo, refried black beans, pico de gallo, and cotija cheese ($16) and chilaquiles with salsa verde, avocado, Mexican crema, queso fresco, and a fried egg ($14). The big breakfast burrito is a hearty combination of scrambled eggs, red and green peppers, white onion, refried black beans, Mexican cheese, chorizo, and a soft flour tortilla ($16). Eggs Benedict is also Mexican-style — topped with Tajín hollandaise sauce and green onion — and comes with home fries ($14). The list of brunch drinks includes the Eye Opener, made with tequila, Kahlúa Licor 43, coffee, and Baileys Irish cream ($9.95). Brunch is served Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lilikoi Organic Living500 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach
At their homey surf-chic bistro in South Beach, husband-and-wife duo Manuel and Tina Torterola whip up one of the healthiest brunches in town. Curb your hunger with vegetarian and gluten-free options such as an açaí bowl topped with banana, house-made granola, fruit, local honey, and coconut flakes ($12.95); papaya served with tahini, bee pollen, and cacao nibs ($9.95); and eggs Benedict cooked sous-vide and served with a choice of house-smoked salmon, organic chicken sausage, or veggies ($15.95). For bigger bites, order Hawaiian-style tuna or salmon poke mixed with avocado and sesame and accompanied by crostini and burdock root (gobo) chips ($16.50), or mushroom farro risotto containing pesto, mushrooms, and goat cheese ($19.95). The drink menu includes everything from celery juice ($8.50) to wine. Try a glass of the signature lemonade, a refreshing concoction of lime, ginger, mint, and local wildflower honey ($6.50) or snag a free fill of Kangen ionized water. Brunch is served Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m and Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Head to Novecento to sip your morning espresso ($3.50) over brioche French toast topped with condensed milk, dulce de leche sauce, and whipped cream ($13) any day of the week. Brunch at this Argentine restaurant continues with savory steak tartare toast made with filet mignon, Parmesan, and fresh egg yolk ($19) and chorizo scramble with charred tomato and sliced avocado served with farm-style bread ($14). Bacon aficionados will appreciate the crispy buttermilk pancakes with bacon-infused maple syrup and candied bacon ($14). On Saturday and Sunday, get $10 bubbly cocktails such as the Mandarina, made with sparkling wine, Aperol, and lemon, as well as bottomless bloody marys or rosé prosecco for $20. Brunch is served Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Sagrado Cafe900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Start your weekend over an assorted menu of Brazilian brunch-like foods made thoughtfully. Sagrado Cafe's grilled cheese is made with butter, eggs, and bacon and arrives with thick and creamy requeijão cheese on the side ($13), and the Madame B comes filled with ham, Parmesan sauce, and two eggs ($16). Other options include a potpie stuffed with shrimp, chicken, or hearts of palm and served with a green salad ($14), and Brazilian tapioca-flour pancakes in a savory option of chicken and catupiry cheese or a sweet version with banana and dulce de leche ($13), each served with a side of cheese bread. Wash it all down with the "Sagrado Cafe experience," made with espresso, creamy milk, and brigadeiro fudge ($6.50); tres leches cold brew ($6); or super green kale juice, a combination of spinach, turmeric, and coconut water ($8). Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to close.
Sardinia Enoteca1801 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach
Michelle Pacheco and her Italian husband, Antonio Gallo, have been running this Miami Beach restaurant and wine shop for the past 13 years. The food menu is an homage to the cuisine of his native Sardinia. For brunch, tuck into a platter of organic scrambled eggs with smoked mozzarella ($11), a zucchini tart stuffed with ham and Pecorino ($12), or grilled skirt steak with two eggs cooked sunny side up ($22). Each dish comes with a serving of True Loaf Bakery ciabatta bread and a choice of Sarda salad, roasted potatoes, or avocado. Chef Pietro Vardeu offers the traditional frittata Napoletana, a mix of organic eggs folded around spaghetti with tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella ($14). Cool off with mimosas or bloody marys ($7 each) or an Aperol tropical spritz ($10). Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stage Social140 NE 39th St., Miami
Head to Stage Social inside the Design District food hall Politan Row for an eclectic brunch of popular breakfast items spiked with nontraditional flavors. Venezuelan chef/owner Jhon Castro and wife Tiffany Smith have created a vibrant menu including soft-shell crab Benedict with avocado hash and smoked hollandaise sauce ($22); a lobster sandwich with arugula salad, homemade pickled vegetables, and homemade garlic aioli ($25); and vegetable panini made with grilled portobello mushrooms and ratatouille ($16). The couple also serves a mini pancake sampler trio: one is topped with smoked chicken-and-apple sausage, the second comes crowned with Nutella and smoked marshmallows, and the third is finished with citrus-caramelized pistachio and crème anglaise ($15). Lighter options are the B+C salad, containing oven-roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and jícama crunch ($14); a smoked salmon board with basil mascarpone, tomato, cucumber, and red onion ($20); and Greek yogurt topped with seasonal fruit and homemade granola ($9). Harney & Sons teas and juices cost $5.50 each. Brunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.