Bistro E at the Viceroy is offering a $15 mix-n-match, daily breakfast "deal." How could $15 truly represent a deal at breakfast? That is more expensive than some lunches. And how does it stack up against the competition.
Pick an entree, a side, coffee and juice. There are eggs "your way," and frittatas spiked with oven dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. or check out the French toast with nutella and fresh berries. Juices are freshly squeezed and Illy coffee is the standard. (P.S. The fat kids in us went straight for the granola crusted, crispy French toast with nutella, the frittata, chicken sausages and dill potatoes.)
After rolling out of Bistro E, we decided to stake out other local breakfast joints -- GreenStreet Cafe in Coconut Grove, Deli Lane on Brickell, Morgans in Wynwood and The Daily Creative Food Co. on lower Biscayne.
After calculating the a la carte prices for a typical American breakfast (two eggs any style, toast, potatoes, a side, juice and coffee) at all of the establishments, we found that Morgan's topped the list with a whopping $22 breakfast. Next came Bistro E at $15. Then there was Green Street at $14.50, The Daily at $12.60 and finally Deli Lane, $11.45.
Each one of these locales has a loyal following, but there are shortcomings.
Morgan's service is hit-or-miss and food can take forever; nothing against Green Street, but it is only .50 less expensive and well, it's the people watching there; the Daily is the closest thing Miami has to an NYC-style breakfast, but it only offers counter service; and no self-respecting foodie will eat at Deli Lane. (except maybe Lee Klein)
So dollar for dollar? Bistro E truly does represent a bona fide "deal." Whether it is a power breakfast, romantic breakfast date for two or a need for change, this might represent best $15 spent on Brickell right now. On top of it all, the dining room is designed by Kelly Wearstler; tabletops are Riedel and Rosenthal; and Chef Michael Psilakis and Donatella Arpaia are the commanding, partner duo at the establishment. Offering "the best" is an S.O.P. here.
In the event the $15 breakfast sounds like too much food first thing in the morning, a number of a la carte items are offered in the $3 - $13 range. And just one more money-saving tip, stay away from valet and park across the street. Although Bistro E validates parking with a reduced fee, there is always plenty of parking on either 5th or 6th Streets. It's a $5 savings that can be used towards a Bloody Mary or anything else.
Quite honestly, Short Order went in skeptical, but came out a believer.