It's been well established that Miamians love brunch, but to be perfectly honest, sometimes those $75 buffets can be intimidating. After all, how many house-made croissants can you eat (or stuff into your handbag for later) to justify the price tag? Sure, they're great for special occasions, but what about the rest of us who spend every weekend morning at a restaurant? We're not made of gold, after all.
Tongue & Cheek's Jamie DeRosa figured locals need a place where they can get a solid brunch (with a few killer bloody marys) without breaking the bank. His restaurant's weekend brunch, starting June 1, will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and feature well-priced ala carte items; freshly baked pastries, bloody marys, and free coffee...for everyone. Everyone?
"Yup", says DeRosa. "I want to make everyone feel welcome, so we'll have a pot of good, strong American coffee outside on the patio and you can grab a cup after your walk on the beach. Maybe sit down or take it to go. We'll also have complimentary newspapers. We just want to be good neighbors." The free coffee and a paper will be served until noon, only, by the way.
After you pick up your free coffee, you might be enticed to stay for breakfast after the scent of fresh sticky buns with brown butter pecans ($4) and donut holes ($2 per serving per person) waft through the air.
More substantial items include a King crab Benedict with Tabasco hollandaise and baby arugula ($15); fried clam roll with pickled peppers and smoked aioli ($10); lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry jam ($10); and an omelet with heirloom tomatoes, burrata, and sweet basil ($9).
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If you think brunch isn't complete without a bloody mary, you're speaking our language. And Tongue & Cheek has several to try including a Green Envy (made with tomatillos); a smoky BBQ bloody; and the Fire in the Hole (really spicy, according to DeRosa). All are $8 each. Not into bloodys? The restaurant is offering house made sangria, as well as good ole' fashioned lemonade and Arnold Palmers in big glass jars.
Looks like SoFi's got a new brunch hangout.