Brunch

Stripsteak Brunch: Braised Bacon, Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, and an Endless Dessert Buffet

Buried inside the Fontainebleau is celebrity chef Michael Mina's Stripsteak. The eatery bears a well-known reputation as a chop house but make no mistake in underestimating their Sunday brunch. 

Mina's handcrafted brunch is the perfect balance between breakfast and lunch dishes all on one medium-sized menu. But beware, It's not cheap. This brunch extravaganza will cost you upwards of $100 — $68 for the meal and a signature bellboy (gin, pepper juice and agave for a start) and another $25 for bottomless bubbles like mimosas, bellinis, and a few more bellboys. And there's an option to take it up a notch with Laurent-Perrier's brut, rosé, or grand siecle ($70+). But if you're willing to shell out the cash, there's no doubt your stomach will be happy.

Once greeted by a bellboy and seated with a menu, diners choose their first course. For a breakfast feel, go for the Scottish smoked salmon, with potato roesti and caviar cream, or the stone ground grits, with poached egg, double smoked bacon, and aged white cheddar. On the lunch side, there's the baby iceberg wedge, with smoked bacon and tomato, or the ricotta cavatelli, with fava beans and chanterelle mushrooms. But according to the eatery, their most beloved first course is the braised bacon. Cooked to a slight crisp on the outside, but still juicy and tender on the inside, the bacon is soaked in an asian pear puree and drizzled in a black pepper glaze.

After ordering, take a minute to walk through the eatery's buffet, filled with freshly made breads and pastries, and meats and cheeses, to hold you over while you wait at no extra cost.

For the second course, diners are faced with a tricky situation: Ordering a breakfast or lunch-driven dish. The menu varies with plates like blueberry ricotta pancakes, with lemon whipped cream and warm maple syrup; brioche french toast, with salted caramel and toasted oat whipped cream; or something more afternoon-esque like their 12 oz signature skirt steak and butter poached maine lobster. 

While the ordering portion of the meal is finished, this brunch is the furthest thing from over. Enter StripSteak's unlimited dessert buffet: Milk-chocolate, double-chocolate, and peanut butter cookies; cupcakes, double fudge brownies, and macarons; a variety of handmade cakes in all forms and flavors; and a do-it-yourself yogurt station with over 12 different toppings. All desserts are made fresh and buffet options change each week. 

And if you're looking for something with a little kick, there's a banana foster station where diners can order their own personal foster and expect it about five minutes later.

Though getting yourself to brunch will mean pushing through one of Miami Beach's biggest tourist meccas and spending a few extra dollars, Stripsteak is worth it — whether you are there for a special occasion or just a tasty Sunday activity.

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