The Ten Best Brunches in Miami

To the chronically indecisive or someone who just wants to munch on a burger with a side of French toast without being judged, brunch is for you. It's probably the most important meal of the weekend — and, if done right, the most enjoyable too. But creating that perfect breakfast-lunch combination isn't easy — hearty plates to cure last night's hangover, mixed with rich, indulgent dishes like fried chicken 'n' pancakes, homemade s'mores, and cheesesteak egg rolls, are washed down with daytime boozy drinks to create the ultimate meal.

The key to the perfect brunch is a balanced menu. Bacon, eggs, and sweet breads on one side, with sandwiches, salads, and meat on the other. Hybrids of the two are welcome too. But a menu with too much of either usually ends in disappointment and a good chance of a stomachache. Most of all, you gotta have pancakes.

While the weekend soiree can fall anywhere between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. depending on the restaurant, prime brunch time is somewhere between 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — enough time to comfortably sleep in, work up an appetite, and still have room for a light Sunday night dinner. 

From reasonably priced a la carte menus to lavish buffet-style brunches, Miami has it all. Find them inside South Beach hotels or in little hole-in-the-walls around town. Get ready to eat, day drink, and spend the last few hours of your weekend in a welcomed food coma. Here are the top ten places in Miami serving up the brunch of your dreams. 
10. Cecconi's
Roaming pastry, meat, and veggie markets on cobblestone streets in Europe might sound romantic, yet unrealistic for your average weekend. Think again — brunching at Cecconi's is strikingly similar. Designed by executive chef Sergio Sigala and pastry chef Oscar Bonelli, the extensive buffet lines the lobby of the Soho Beach House with five unique culinary stations. From eggs, breads, and pastries, to a raw bar and a carving station, this buffet spread has it all. It's priced at $35 for unlimited visits to the buffet, with a complimentary bellini, bellboy, or mimosa. The full a-la-carte cocktail menu is available too. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
9. 180 Degrees at the DRB
With pricey prix-fixe menus and over-the-top entrées the norm at many Miami brunches, 180 Degrees keeps it simple. The gastropub, located in the middle of downtown Miami, is a mecca for comfort-food-style bites and boozy drinks offered on its a la carte Sunday menu from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Whatever you do, make sure to order the 50/50 burger ($15). It's made with a mix of chorizo and Angus beef, topped with queso frito, maduro, a fried egg, and drizzled with spicy citrus aioli. Have it as a burger or ask for the slider version. Elect for bottomless mimosas for an added $15. 
8. Bulla 
Bulla (pronounced boo-ya) is Spanish slang for what everyone's talking about. And Sunday brunch at the Spanish gastropub on Ponce de Leon Boulevard is exactly that — bulla. Decide between a special brunch tasting menu ($27), which includes three medium-sized dishes and bottomless sangria or mimosas, or an a la carte tapas-style menu. Your best bet is opting for the tasting menu, and adding a few extra tapas dishes on the side to share. Make sure to order the huevos Bulla, but don't plan on sharing it. It's made with a jumbo egg, homemade potato chips, Serrano ham, potato foam, and truffle oil. Once brought to the table, it's mixed together to look like a gooey, egg and potato-chip dish. Brunch-goers with a sweet tooth: Order the blueberry and ricotta pancakes; the French toast with orujo-infused brioche, vanilla-berry syrup, and white chocolate Chantilly; or the churros con chocolate made with traditional fried dough. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. 
7. Rok:Brgr
Hangover sandwiches and French toast lollipops. Yes, these eats do exist. Find them at Rok:Brgr during Sunday brunch. The menu also includes Krispy Kreme burgers served between two glazed donuts; fat Elvis waffles with bananas and peanut butter; and breakfast mac 'n' cheese. There are two hangover sandwiches ($14) — the Part 1 version includes an over-easy egg, maple-peppered bacon, sriracha aioli, tomato, avocado, and American cheese on a multi-grain bun. But if you're looking for something a little meatier, Rok:Brgr offers a Part 2 version with prime meatloaf, fried egg, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and chipotle ketchup, on a toasted ciabatta. There's pancakes on the menu too, but you won't know which kind until you're sitting with a menu in hand as they're decided day of. And it wouldn't be a Miami-style brunch without a DJ on site and free mimosas for ladies. Brunch is offered every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South Miami, Hallandale, and Fort Lauderdale locations.
6. Pawn Broker
Pawn Broker's rooftop setting makes it one of the most beautiful places to enjoy brunch with friends. The fact that this is, technically, a bar makes this brunch the perfect place to either enjoy an afternoon celebration or feed your hangover. Factor in that it's a Pubbelly Boys' establishment and you've got an all-around winning choice. Start with French toast sticks served with a thick chocolate sauce and a light raspberry marmalade for dipping  ($8) or snag an order of the smoked fish dip ($12), which fuses all the flavors of an everything bagel with cream cheese and salmon into a creamy pastel-pink spread.  wash it all down with all-you-can-drink rosé, frozen rosé, and mimosas for $25., or head to the bloody mary cart too, where you can custom-build your drink ($14). Brunch runs from noon to 4 p.m. An after-brunch party features live music until 10 p.m. Visit pawnbrokermiami.com.

5. The Local Craft Food & Drink
Phil Bryant, executive chef of the Local, launched a weekly brunch partnered with the Bridge’s cocktail duo, David Perez and Will Thompson. The menu features à la carte items made in house and almost always locally sourced starters, sandwiches, salads, and main plates, along with bottomless mimosas, sangria pitchers, and morning cocktails. Make sure to try the eggs in a basket appetizer.  It's made with a poached egg, crisp Virginia ham, fresh micro greens, Parmesan gravy, and a cured egg on a house-baked Sally Lunn roll. For a main, consider the fried chicken 'n' pancakes, Bryant's take on fried chicken 'n' waffles. He places two pieces of fried chicken atop homemade Parmesan pancakes. Green tomato chow chow and hot sauce honey are drizzled throughout. Dishes range from $6 to $25. Brunch is served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4. Le Zoo
Stephen Starr, the Philadelphia-based restaurateur, opened his French brasserie Le Zoo in November in Bal Harbour Shops. Three months later, he was ready to launch brunch. The menu features à la carte items made in-house with locally sourced ingredients. The menu is divided into various sections: seafood, hors d'oeuvres, sandwiches, entrées, eggs, and cheeses. What sets Le Zoo's brunch menu apart from others in Miami is it allows you to create your own experience. Elect for a more European-style meal with a selection of cheeses, breads, and seafood; go a traditional route with American-style eggs and bacon; or fall in the middle with plates that mix both and add a French twist. Burger connoisseurs, make sure to order Le Zoo's American burger. Two thin, fast-food-style patties are each topped with melted cheese, stacked on a toasted bun, and accompanied by a pile of fries. Dishes range from $10 to $30. The eatery is open for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3. Prime Fish
When Nemo, the Asian-influenced seafood eatery by restaurateur Myles Chefetz, closed in 2010, its popular brunch went with it. About five years later, Chefetz replaced Nemo with Prime Fish and brought the lauded brunch back.  A combination of things makes this one stand out: a full-service buffet serving both breakfast and lunch dishes, an entrée selection, and bottomless booze, all for $49. Egg-centered entrées from the à-la-carte menu include the egg foo yung omelette with rock shrimp and Chinese sausage; eggs benedict with applewood-smoked ham drizzled in hollandaise; a popover stuffed with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, scallions, and cream cheese; or a frittata with chorizo, sweet peppers, potatoes, herbs, and cheese; End the meal with a trip to the dessert bar for a medley of sweets, including, but not limited to, chocolate-Oreo squares, almond-caramel apple bars, homemade s'mores, and its signature chocolate and peanut butter bite topped with a Reese's peanut butter cup. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2. Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Located on the corner of Washington Avenue and Fifth Street, Izzy's is a casual, laid-back seafood-centric eatery offering a much-needed breath of fresh air compared to many Miami Beach restaurants. Dishes range from $10 to $30, and many are large enough to share between two to three people. If it's your first time at Izzy's, order the warm Maine lobster roll. The meat of an entire lobster is served in a buttery bread roll drizzled in a warm lobster butter, with waffle fries. It's worth every gooey bite. And, in true New England fashion, end brunch on a sweet note with a Boston cream pie. It's made with vanilla, dark rum, citrus, and chocolate ganache. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1. The Continental
Brunch at the Continental in Miami Beach has character. It fuses the feeling of a '60s diner with high-quality, gourmet eats and drinks at a reasonable price. The menu, crafted by chef Matthew Oetting, is divided into four categories, offering something for every type of brunch-goer — breakfast-centered, lunch, and even dinner-style plates are featured. There are a few staples on the menu that are must-trys. Order the avocado toast, which is made on fresh Zak the Baker bread and served alongside two poached eggs; salmon eggs benedict, drizzled in a special hollandaise sauce over a warm English muffin; cheesesteak egg rolls and Vietnamese summer rolls; and the cinna-monkey bread, made with cinnamon, sugar, and cream cheese frosting. Dishes range from $10 to $30. Brunch is served every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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