The very short list of things that can convince us to leave our beds and go outside before 11am on a weekend include the following: weed whackers less than ten feet from our window, small children, a small child that somehow got its hands on a weed wacker, and any one of the best brunch restaurants in Miami.
Brunch is the undisputed most fun option on that list, which is why we’ve compiled this list of 16 great brunch places around the city. These spots can work whether you want to have somewhere between four and 14 mimosas or if you just need strong coffee and something incredibly delicious to help distract you from the damage that young boy did to your Toyota Prius three hours ago.
At Michael’s brunch, you should order enough food that you can no longer see the tabletop. This is a brunch where you’re going to want to taste everything on the menu, and you’ll want at least one bite of the baked eggs with pork belly, buttermilk pancakes, warm beignets, and a lot more. It obviously helps to have more people at the table so you can pick off as many plates as possible. And you can always walk it off through the Design District, even if the last thing you want to do right now is try on expensive pants.
On weekdays, All Day is a great casual cafe for a quick lunch or a solid spot to get some work done while drinking the best coffee in the city. But on weekends, this Downtown spot transforms into a more appropriate brunch place. Their menu stays the same, which is good because their bacon, egg, and cheese Runny & Everything sandwich, french toast, and smoked ham and gruyere croquetas are exactly what we want to eat an hour after waking up. And on the weekends, they serve bottomless mimosas with fresh-squeezed orange juice for $30 per person, in case you’re trying to get real weird and go to E11even at 1:30pm on a Sunday.
Blue Collar’s brunch menu is broken up into three main categories: eggy stuff, sandwichy stuff, and syrupy stuff. If any of those sound good to you, come here, because Blue Collar is one of the most consistently delicious spots in Miami. Whether you want something a little out of the ordinary, like the duck confit benedict, or a brioche french toast that everyone at your table will immediately regret not ordering, this MiMo spot will make you happy you didn’t stay in bed and leave you full enough to make returning home to that bed sound like a very good idea.
Though drag brunch has now spread far and wide across the country, very few places have been doing it for as long as the Palace has. This place is still a blast, and though they do drag shows at night, you want to be here while the sun is out. It’s $45 per person, which includes food and bottomless mimosas. The food is food, and not the reason you come here. You come to sip as many mimosas as you want for two hours while witnessing the best sidewalk drag show of your life. Come armed with singles to tip the performers.
Cafe Roval is the kind of place you should visit during the day because you want to see this restaurant’s outdoor garden in all its beautiful detail. Their backyard is a dense jungle that will make you feel like you’re on an exotic island that just happens to serve solid pancakes and a tasty shakshuka. The brunch food here is solid, but you’re coming for the atmosphere, so sit outside or don’t sit at all.
The dim sum brunch is an absolutely beautiful thing because when one is slightly hungover or incredibly hungry after skipping breakfast, there is no better way to eat than to have carts full of delicious dumplings roll right up to your table. Tropical Chinese’s dim sum service falls right into brunch hours, starting at 11:30am during the week, 11am on Saturday, and 10:30am on Sunday. The dining room is always full on weekends, but things move quickly here and you shouldn’t have to wait too long to consume any fewer than four roast pork buns in a row.
Jackson Soul Food is an Overtown institution. As the name implies, they’re known for soul food, but they’re only open until 2pm during the week and 5pm on weekends, so people usually come here for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. They’ve got a big selection of simple breakfast dishes like eggs and sausage, pancakes, and some breakfast sandwiches. But one of the best things you can get here is their fried catfish, which works just fantastically as a brunch dish, especially if you get a couple of eggs and bacon on the side.
If the presence of alcohol is important to your brunch experience, Sweet Liberty is probably a good choice. It’s one of Miami’s best cocktail bars by night, but on Sunday from 12-5pm, they do a great brunch. They have bottomless prosecco and rosé, but their cocktails, like the Irish coffee and piña colada, are delicious and worth prioritizing. The food is much better than you’d expect too. Get the chicken and waffles if you’re in the mood or the “great American breakfast” of three eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and toast if you forgot to eat dinner last night. And expect to see some drag or cabaret while you eat too.
Kyu’s normally large menu shrinks down to a very manageable size during Sunday brunch, which is good if your reading comprehension skills haven’t kicked in yet. Pick from french toast, steak and eggs, and four benedict variations with things like crispy pork and soft-shell crab. It’s all as good as you’d expect from a restaurant that pretty much never serves a bad dish. This is also a good opportunity to drink Kyu’s kimchi Bloody Mary, which is great and will clear your sinuses for the week ahead.
There are a lot of very good things available at this casual neighborhood spot, but you should come to brunch for two of them in particular: the Pinch burger (which isn’t available during dinner service) and the insane feat of engineering that is their stuffed french toast. It’s an entire loaf of brioche that has an oozing pool of guava in its center. Splitting it open and watching it all spill onto your plate is both soothing and satisfying, like a babbling creek or Niagara Falls - if both of those things were filled with hot guava instead of water.
Brunch at Chug’s can be quick and casual, but it’s also just as delicious as any place around town where you’d have to wait an hour for a wobbly table the size of a frisbee. The La Completa is a very efficient way to start the day, with three eggs, toast, and potatoes for under $9. And it’s always exciting to see what they’ve decided to stuff into the day’s pastelitos, which can range from Philly cheesesteak to peanut butter and guava.
Jimmy’s is one of Miami’s favorite old-school diners, where the employees have served through multiple presidential administrations and the flat top in the kitchen has seen more grease than the official John Travolta fan club. Come here if you want to get far, far away from any sort of brunch where the menu tells you the restaurant’s official hashtag. Get something with eggs and take advantage of the bottomless coffee until you feel like you can overhead press a Honda Accord.
When it comes to dinner, Stubborn Seed serves some of the most exciting food in Miami Beach. Brunch here is a little simpler but still fantastic. It caters a bit more to people with a sweet tooth, with things like buttermilk pancakes, chai waffles with whipped espresso cream, strawberry doughnuts, and sticky buns - which are all really great if you’re into sugar in the morning.
Yardbird is one of the best spots in Miami for fried chicken, and that’s what you should be consuming at their brunch too. Get a half chicken with honey hot sauce for the table and then supplement that with some sides like cheddar grits, eggs, and a honey butter biscuit. Make sure to get a reservation, because it turns out quite a lot of people in this city want fried chicken for breakfast.
Sometimes brunch is a spontaneous decision. And on those days when you wake up hungry, but without reservations or any real plan at all, you can generally rely on Lemoni. Their weekend brunch is a casual, no-fuss ordeal where you can usually get a table and expect consistently good food, portions, and prices. We generally get anything involving smoked salmon. They also do $15 bottomless mimosas and not many places around town can beat that.
If an Apple Store and a bakery had a baby, you’d get Bachour. And if Apple ever expands into the pastry business, we assume they’d bake things that looked a lot like Bachour’s pastries and desserts: sleek, aerodynamic, and very shiny. The pastries are the main reason you should come here - especially the excellent guava-and-cheese danish - but the rest of the food is solid too. The Spanish scramble is very good and the guava-and-cheese pancakes and croissant french toast make us significantly happier than standing in line at an Apple Store.