While some might say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, in Miami, it’s all about brunch. Be it the bottomless mimosas or endless buffets that pull you out of bed on a lazy weekend morning, these decadent feasts are worth waking for.
Delano South Beach is best known for its Alice in Wonderland-like theme and jovial vibe. Brunch is no less fanciful and fun. Recently relaunched, the mid-Sunday affair (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) features a lavish brunch, endless Veuve Clicquot champagne and Belvedere Bloody Marys, and live music.
Keeping with the Mad Hatter- and Cheshire Cat-inspired mood, you should expect the unexpected when it comes to the kitchen, too. While classic omelet and pasta stations, grilled items and raw bar are found here, whimsical food presentations put the meal over the top. With a DJ on hand to further set the tone, dining at the Delano makes for a Sunday Funday.
At Edge Steak and Bar, located at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Miami in Brickell, chef Aaron Brooks’ farm-to-fork-style brunch (Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) isn’t your typical Sunday spread; it’s a combo of buffet and unlimited à la carte offerings that change weekly. Only here will you see whole roasted suckling pig, barbecue tamarind smokehouse ribs and shrimp tacos alongside eggs, chimichurri hash and baked buttermilk waffle. Edge is kid-friendly, too, with mini sliders and corn dogs for the tots. The dessert offerings are just as creative and indulgent, so skip the croissants and go straight for the Nutella donuts, rum tres leches or cortadito crème brulee. It’s worth it.
“Life is a cabaret” at The National Hotel’s Sunday Cabaret Brunch, a cinematic Art Deco treasure on South Beach. Come here for a musical brunch (Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with all the fixings that’s just as entertaining as it is delectable. Make your way through the array of brunch staples and specialties: omelets and waffles; churrasco and NY strip steak at the carving station; smoked salmon; pastries and mini desserts. Then, settle in to enjoy a live performance featuring soulful renditions of jazz classics as you dine al fresco (and sip complimentary mimosas) near the infinity pool. Guests also get all-day access to the pool.
Brunch in style at Bourbon Steak Miami, by Michael Mina, tucked inside the tropical paradise that is Turnberry Isle Miami. Executive chef Gabriel Fenton has put together a sumptuous prix fixe, three-course menu for your Sunday (10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Start light with a soup, salad or deviled eggs. Follow that up with filling crowd-pleasers such as white cheddar grits with wagyu short ribs. End with a decadent array of sweet confections served family-style. Bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and à la carte upgrades are available for each course.
Opened in November, Stephen Starr’s newest South Florida restaurant, Le Zoo, recently launched brunch (Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). While it may be located inside the elegant Bal Harbour Shops, with Le Zoo’s French-style dishes and décor, you’ll feel as if you’re dining at a quaint bistro on the streets of Paris.
The sectional menu features à la carte items made in house with locally sourced ingredients: egg dishes such as poached eggs basquaise with creamy polenta and prosciutto; assorted seafood items; croquet-madame and other sandwiches; hors d’oeuvres like onion soup and mushroom tart; entrees such as steak frites and chicken paillard; and regional French cheeses.
While it may be best known for its crave-worthy, Asian-inspired modern food, TALDE Miami Beach is shaking things up with a monthly Saturday brunch party. Every brunch party will feature a different theme hosted by Top Chef alum Dale Talde alongside a surprise guest. Dubbed “Miami Brunch Machine,” the first edition of TALDE’s monthly brunch party was all about the 305, with a Latin-inspired menu infused with non-traditional Asian dishes like ropa vieja dumpling, pork bao buns and plantain robatta. This month’s edition, “Bell Biv DeBrunch” (April 23, 1 to 5 p.m.), will feature an unlimited soul food spread and DJ Tom Laroc playing throwback hip-hop and R&B from Bell Biv DeVoe and other popular 90s acts.
A taste of New England
With a visit to Izzy’s Fish & Oyster, the self-proclaimed “New England-style-meets-Miami seafood joint,” you might as well be noshing on the shores of Narragansett, Rhode Island. Every Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) here you can expect an abundance of the freshest seafood on the menu. Standout dishes at the quaint South Beach seafood joint include Maine lobster Benedict, lobster rolls, huevos rancheros and IPA-battered fish and chips. Complete your meal with an order of stone crabs and bottomless rosé.