Nicknamed the "City Beautiful," Coral Gables is one of South Florida's oldest and most historic areas, making it a pro at offering great Sunday brunches. Known for its tree-lined avenues, majestic buildings, winding roadways, and lots of green space, the city is also celebrated for its diverse culinary landscape.
On Sundays, restaurants open their doors to offer boozy breakfast-and-lunch mashups. From Southern-inspired and Latin-infused feasts to iconic opulence, here are the five best Sunday brunches in the Gables.
5. Swine Southern Table & Bar
Pork, sweets, booze, and a side of Southern charm are on the menu for brunch at Swine Southern Table & Bar. This "house of worship to the porcine pursuits" is a Southern-style meat-lover's paradise, and the brunch menu is no exception. Whatever you decide to brunch on, make sure bacon is involved. Those with a hearty appetite should consider the farm eggs and maple sausage sandwich ($15), stacking fried eggs, sausage, cheese, and tomatoes between buttermilk biscuits.
Bulla (pronounced boo-ya) is Spanish slang for "what everyone is talking about." And Sunday brunch at this Spanish gastropub is exactly that. Try the huevos Bulla, one of the restaurant's most beloved plates. It's made with a jumbo egg, homemade potato chips, Serrano ham, potato foam, and truffle oil. It's mixed together tableside to guarantee that every bite is perfect. Word of advice: Don't plan on sharing. It's a surefire way to cause a rift between you and your guests.
3. The Seven Dials
Two years ago, the Seven Dials quietly opened on a residential side street in Coral Gables. It didn't take long for the quaint gastropub, helmed by London-born chef/owner Andrew Gilbert, to become a neighborhood gem. This past September, the eatery finally launched a weekend brunch. Find an age-old English breakfast feast on the menu, along with a smattering of other breakfast-and-lunch combination goodies with a classic pub twist. Emmy-winning comedian and TV host Jimmy Kimmel was spotted dining here soon after the restaurant's brunch menu launch, munching on nearly every dish listed.
2. The Local Craft Food & Drink
When Phil Bryant, executive chef of the Local Craft Food & Drink, began working at the restaurant in September 2014, he fantasized about offering a Southern-style Sunday brunch, but he knew it would take time. Now the eatery whips up Miamians' favorite meal every week. Consider pairing the bread and butter with one of Bryant's favorites: eggs in a basket. It's offered as an appetizer and is made with a poached egg, crisp Virginia ham, fresh microgreens, Parmesan gravy, and a cured egg on a house-baked Sally Lunn bun. "The egg dish uses a homemade brioche, which people really like," he says. "It's one of people's favorites."
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1. The Biltmore
A Miami icon, the Biltmore is renowned for its famed champagne brunch ($85 per person). The opulent meal boasts a colossal buffet including a carving station, a breakfast table, tapas and salads, caviar, smoked salmon, and shellfish, along with a rotating dessert bar. There's live musical entertainment, plus bottomless champagne and bellinis. Though it's a buffet, fare is constantly replaced, ensuring peak freshness. Thanks to its extravagance, the Biltmore's Sunday brunch has become a staple for special occasions such as Mother's Day and Easter.