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 whacker, and any one of the best brunch restaurants in Miami Beach, which you’ll find on this guide.
Yardbird serves those big, heavy Southern dishes you know will put you out for the next six hours, but you happily eat anyway because they’re that good. Fried chicken is the main attraction here, and the best way to get it is in the chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles, which (as you may have guessed) comes with waffles and an amazing chilled spicy watermelon. Brunch here is also a great way to get way too full on a lazy Sunday morning. Take a stroll down Lincoln Road to recover, where people will be too busy fighting their way through the Apple Store to judge your “I ate too many biscuits” face.
Silverlake Bistro is a casual North Miami restaurant with some sidewalk seating and outstanding taste in wallpaper. They do brunch on Sundays from noon to 4pm. The menu includes dishes like a croque madame, French toast (both classic and banana flambé), some egg dishes, and more. Silverlake is nothing if not reliably tasty, and we've never had a bad meal here. They accept walk-ins, but this place is a neighborhood favorite, so maybe make a reservation just to be safe.
The Palace isn’t strictly a bar. They serve food here too, but you really come here to drink and watch drag, which pretty much makes it a bar in our eyes. This place is open till 1am (and usually later on weekends), but the best time to come here is for their famous drag brunch, when you get a few hours of bottomless mimosas and the best sidewalk drag show of your life.
Abba Telavivian Kitchen is an Israeli restaurant in South of Fifth that’s an excellent choice for a weekend brunch or lazy lunch—especially if it's a nice day and you want to eat outside. The brunch menu includes a great shakshuka or Jerusalem bagel. The lunch menu has more good dishes, like crispy falafel and roasted local fish.
Bettant is a solid French bakery on Washington Ave., which can be a slightly touristy area without a lot of good food options. But that’s all the more reason to have Bettant on your radar. There’s nothing touristy about this place. They have good croissants, tarts, and incredibly large baguettes, which they turn into tasty sandwiches. And you can buy more than enough to fill you up for under $10 too, which is nice considering the pricey restaurants around the area.
27 offers brunch only on Sunday (at least at the time of this writing). So plan accordingly. But a meal here is worth a little planning, because it's one of Miami Beach's best restaurants. Eating here feels like borrowing one of the coolest houses in Miami Beach for a day. That house just also happens to be filled with good food, excellent drinks, and one of Miami’s best cocktail bars right in the backyard. The brunch menu includes dishes like shakshuka, fried chicken with biscuits and gravy, kimchi fried rice, and more. A reservation is a very good idea.
True Loaf is a South Beach bakery that’s a reliable place for some great pastries, including one of the best almond croissants in town. They also sell sandwiches, which are good, but we come here for their sweet pastries. There’s that massive and delicious almond croissant, but also some great fruit tarts as well as a dulce de leche monkey bread. This place can get crowded on the weekends, and there’s not much seating, but there’s also a lovely little waterfront park (Maurice Gibb Memorial Park) just a block away.
The Sunday drag brunch at Sweet Liberty is a blast, whether you’re looking for bottomless rosé or a great fried chicken sandwich. This place is everything we love about South Beach: sexy and colorful and not afraid of a hot pink neon sign, without any of the nasty overpriced stuff you’ll eat and drink on Ocean Drive.
Bebito’s is a cafe just off Alton Road with lots of seating, some good coffee, and a small menu of mostly Cuban breakfast items. This place is on a residential side street, so it's not quite as chaotic as Alton or Washington. It’s walk-in friendly too. There's also no need for a reservation. Just order something from the all-day breakfast menu, which includes short rib croquetas, croissant sandwiches, overnight oats, and more.
At night, South Beach’s Editor Pizza serves mostly pasta, salads, and pizza. But in the morning, this stylish spot has a small but solid menu of breakfast dishes like French toast, a zucchini and goat cheese frittata, eggs in purgatory, and more. The restaurant is located inside the Urbanica Hotel, and has a narrow dining room that feels like a classic bistro. The indoor/outdoor space has high ceilings, warm lighting, and curtains on the windows, so you won’t get distracted by tourists racing their rental cars up and down 5th Street.
Under The Mango Tree makes very good versions of all the current juice cafe hits: acai bowls, juices, smoothies, and meatless sandwiches like their spicy kale melt. The store is small, with a lot of plants, indoor seating, and the personality of a yoga studio.
Cachito is a North Beach cafe good for a quick coffee or a breakfast sandwich. They have a really long coffee menu with everything from a dulce de leche latte to a cortadito. But another good reason to stop by this place is for the food. Their empanadas are great and the affordable breakfast sandwiches will do the trick if your stomach has been growling from the second you woke up. They have indoor and outdoor seating, and this place works best for small groups of two or four.