The Best Brunch In Miami
The best brunch spots in Miami, all in one place.
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 their hands on a weed wacker, and any one of the best brunch restaurants in Miami, which you’ll find on this guide.
If the production of brunch is starting to feel more like a chore than a pleasure to you, go to Rosie's. The Little River restaurant will make you fall madly in love with the meal again, even if you never even liked it that much to begin with. This is because the food here is phenomenal, and Rosie's makes the best brunch dishes in Miami. The menu revolves around Southern food, and both the sweet and savory sides of the spectrum are well-represented. You can get a gorgeous stack of fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes or fried chicken and biscuits that look like they just came back from a photo shoot. There are also cocktails, mimosas, coffee, and an excellent seasonal lemonade that's just what you want to be sipping in Rosie's sunny outdoor lot.
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Caracas Bakery MiMo
One of Miami’s best bakeries has a second location in MiMo. This Caracas outpost feels more like a proper cafe, with an expanded menu, sleek dining room, and the same great cachitos. (Thank God.) The new stuff on Caracas’ menu includes sandwiches like an excellent BEC on a sweet potato bun, a crispy broccoli and cheese sandwich, jambon beurre, and mushroom toast. It works well for any and all laidback brunch plans. You can also come here alone with a laptop to get some work done, and by “get some work done” we mean “eat several cachitos.”
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Chug’s is a great mix of vintage and modern. It has the DNA of a classic diner, but serves food that's exciting and interesting. The interior has a familiar diner aesthetic, with booths, counter seating, and laminated menus you can flip through on each table. But it’s also more lively and energetic than your average neighborhood greasy spoon. The food is the main reason you come here, though. It’s a great call for a quick coffee and pastelitos, but also works if you want to eat like a bear preparing for hibernation. If you’re trying to do the latter, make sure to get the excellent cast iron pancake and La Completa, a hefty plate of three eggs, potatoes, and Cuban toast. A slice of passion fruit cream pie for dessert is also a very good idea.
Los Felix is the brunch to book if brunch kind of bores you. The dishes at this Coconut Grove spot are exciting and creative, but not overly fussy. The bowl of chilaquiles is delicious even without the optional (but highly encouraged) pork belly and caviar add-on. The masa pancake has a subtle corn flavor and the egg tostada comes with the most perfect fluffy scrambled eggs we’ve ever met. There’s a DJ in the dining room ensuring the music never sucks, some patio seating, and drink options include a phenomenal michelada alongside a cafe de olla so fragrant you’ll just want to sniff it like a candle.
Krüs Kitchen is directly above Los Félix and serves one of the most exciting dinners in Miami. Brunch here is no different. The smoked coconut rice is very similar to dinner’s, except the brunch version comes with trout roe and cilantro chimichurri instead of cilantro aioli (and we actually like it better than the dinner version). The menu changes a lot, but if you see french toast, order it. It comes with confit pear, chantilly cream, maple syrup, a touch of cognac—and it’s like crème brulée in bread form. Then there's “the perfect omelet,” which lives up to its name. Aged gruyere cheese is folded into a down blanket of eggs that needs nothing else, except additional caviar if you’re feeling fancy. Here, you can bathe in the sunshine from the vaulted skylight, and enjoy a relaxing brunch with some wine and the best french toast you’ve ever tasted.
El Bagel will take some preparation. Since this excellent MiMo food-truck-turned-bagel-shop usually sells out before they close (and even quicker on the weekends), it's wise to place an online order bright and early. We often struggle to decide between the King Guava, a salty/savory work of bagel art that includes guava jam, crispy potato sticks, and a fried egg—or the EB Original with scallion, bacon, and a roasted jalapeno that gives off the perfect amount of heat. But whatever you get is going to be the best bagel in Miami, hands down. This place is mostly a to-go operation, but they have a little back patio that's a great place to tear into your bagel (if it's not 1,000 degrees outside).
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Zak The Baker
Zak The Baker, especially during tourist season, can be a bit nuts and doesn't take reservations. But we still firmly believe the Kosher bakery is worth braving even the winter Wynwood crowd. Plus, they do that thing where they'll text you when your table is ready, which allows you to kill time by wandering around Wynwood for 30ish minutes. When you're seated, prepare for delicious forms of bread that include: an outstanding salmon Reuben, a perfect bagel, and more minimal (but delicious) toasts and pastries. There's no DJ or piercing soundtrack in the bakery—just the sound of clanking silverware and a small army of bakers making enough sourdough for the entire tri-county region. Oh, and head's up: Zak is closed on Saturday.
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Amara At Paraiso
You can’t eat much closer to Biscayne Bay than at Amara—unless you own a boat or are a manatee. But if you are not a herbivorous marine mammal, then this Edgewater spot is a really good choice because both the view and food are great. The weekend brunch menu includes some standard egg dishes, but they also have lots of seafood, including a small raw bar and a great grilled local catch. The arroz verde is worth getting on the table too. One perk of coming here for brunch is that it'll be bright and sunny, so you can see the view in all its glory. Just be sure to make a reservation for a guaranteed outdoor table.
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 shrimp 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.
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One of Miami’s most peaceful little cafes happens to be around the corner from E11even, and the coffee is good enough to help you forget about that one time you spent $400 there on a bottle of $40 vodka. Come here for a fantastic breakfast sandwich, great cup of coffee, or get all of the above to-go from their ventanita. You can go with a simple but perfect pour over or opt for more adventurous things like a rosemary cold brew with lime juice. They do breakfast and lunch as well. The Runny & Everything sandwich is one of the best bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches we’ve found in Miami—thanks mostly to the everything brioche bun. This place also has free WiFi and is usually chill enough during the week to get some work done. Expect a crowd on the weekends though.
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El Turco is a Turkish restaurant in Upper Buena Vista, an outdoor retail complex in Buena Vista. And though the food is pretty solid, this place is more about ambiance. Sitting outside is basically your only option, but it’s where you should be regardless. The best seats are in the little tiki hut next to a pretty spectacular banyan tree. There aren’t really any big misses on the menu, but definitely get one (or several) of the borek options.
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.
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Jackson Soul Food
Jackson Soul Food is an Overtown institution. As the name implies, they’re known for soul food, but they’re only open until 2pm Wednesday to Friday and until 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.
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Sweet Liberty Drink & Supply Co.
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 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.
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 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.
Jimmy's East-Side Diner
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.
Aguacate Sanctuary of Love
At Aguacate, strangers will wander over to your table and ask for food. They’re just friendly chickens though, and you’re technically in their territory. This Tamiami vegan spot is an animal sanctuary that makes an excellent breakfast burrito, french toast, veggie burger, and great smoothies. Everything is 100% vegan and they serve breakfast all day, so it’s a great brunch option on weekdays or weekends. After eating, check out the cows, fluffy silkie chickens, bunnies, pigs, and giggly turkeys. It’s all outdoors, but the chickens keep the bugs away, and they have plenty of fans and parking. Multiple yoga classes are offered daily, and it’s very family-friendly. Just keep your eyes on Frank The Rooster. He loves plantain chips.