No one ever really means to stay out until sunrise, it just sort of happens - like puberty or consuming an entire pint of ice cream. But even though you didn’t plan for it, it’s now 8am and you need to eat something because the bouncer at Space wouldn’t share his granola bar with you. These 14 spots - with a few noted exceptions - are going to be open when you finally decide to call it a night. They’re all pretty easy to get to, located in and around areas where you very well might be partying till an offensive hour, and have all the bacon you’ve been thinking about since 4am.
Need some recommendations for where to eat when you’re not making it till sunrise? We have those too.
If you’re walking out of a club at an unholy hour, there is a very good chance you’re doing it on 11th Street. Luckily that block is not only home to a 24/7 strip club, but also one of Miami’s best coffee spots, All Day. This place has plenty of coffee, in case you’re trying to stay up for another 12 hours, but also fantastic breakfast dishes like tres leches brioche french toast, croquetas, and several breakfast sandwiches that are good enough to distract you from how bad your feet hurt. One note: All Day opens at 9am on the weekends (instead of its 7am weekday time), so plan accordingly.
Jimmy’s is a classic diner in MiMo that’s been around since the ’60s and has no doubt seen worse than your unwashed hair and bloodshot eyes. It’s a great place to slouch in a booth, put on sunglasses, and silently go to town on a pile of hashbrowns, eggs, and Jimmy’s very good and quite large jumbo country sausage. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, go for the banana pancakes.
Maybe you missed dinner and need something a little more substantial than a couple of eggs. As long as it’s not Sunday - the one day a week this Edgewater spot is closed - Enriqueta’s is a convenient stop whether you’re crossing the bridge after a long night in South Beach or leaving Downtown with a ringing in your ears. It’s also one of Miami’s best Cuban restaurants and has breakfast specials under $5, along with a novela of big sandwiches. We generally go with the pan con bistec or the classic Cubano - but if you spent the last six hours dancing then you might need the croqueta preparada, which is basically just a Cubano with croquetas stuffed inside.
There are literally over 100 things on the menu at Big Pink, a slightly touristy South Beach spot that’s doing its best impression of a retro diner. Come with a vague idea of what you might want because we’re sure you’re low on mental energy - especially if you are one of the dozens who just came from fist-pumping to Afrojack at Story. Eventually, when the burger or pasta or fried chicken and waffles arrive at the table, it’ll be the kind of big plate of greasy food you’ve been craving since that 5am maraschino cherry reminded you how hungry you were.
Downtown’s Egg Spot checks off just about all the traits we want in this kind of scenario: it’s relatively quiet and dim, and you order at the counter - which means you won’t have to interact much with a server who’s about 300% more talkative than you can handle right now. They serve eggs any style with a few slices of bacon and toast, or in one of their sandwiches, which are more like egg burgers in terms of shape and size. They also do mimosas in case you’re not ready to call it a night (morning?) yet.
We are generally pretty upset with the lack of bagel options in Miami, but if you’re craving one after bouncing from The Corner to Blackbird to your friend’s cousin’s uncle’s Brickell penthouse, Toasted Bagelry is a good call. The little shop has a selection of bagel sandwiches named after Miami neighborhoods - like the Little Havana with steak and grilled onions, or the Coral Way Bagel with nova lox and two egg whites. Or you can keep it simple and just grab an everything with as much cream cheese as you can convince them to give you.
Coconut Grove generally respects bedtime and it’s not a neighborhood with clubs spitting people onto the sidewalk at 7am. But it could very well be on your way home, and if it is, you should stop by Chug’s for a breakfast sandwich of Taylor ham, a fried egg, and papitas on Cuban bread. Make sure to grab as many pastelitos as you can carry, which you can eat both at Chug’s and in nine hours when you wake up and are too hungover to travel further than your kitchen.
This one may take a little work, but if you’ve still got some energy leftover and friends who aren’t unconscious yet, go to Joe’s Take Away, which opens every day at 7:30am (when it’s not briefly closed for a month during summer). Pick up a lobster roll, hashed brown potatoes, and maybe some stone crab claws if you managed to save money that night from mooching off someone else’s VIP section at Rockwell. Then walk all that food across the street and have a seat at South Pointe Park for a sunrise picnic that might actually make you glad you didn’t decide to order that ride home at 2am.
Las Olas is a solid ventanita in South Beach, which means that not everyone even has to get out of the car to have breakfast here. Of course, you can park and walk inside the very simple cafeteria-style Cuban restaurant to have a seat and eat your food. Or you can just order it all to-go at the sidewalk window and enjoy your medianoche, croquetas, and lechon in the comfort of your backseat.
After an all-nighter involving multiple rounds of tequila shots, you may be understandably concerned about the state of your body. Under the Mango Tree in South Beach is a solid spot to go apologize to your organs for what just happened at Purdy Lounge. Give them some kind of smoothie, acai bowl, or vegan sandwich - it’s all pretty healthy, but everything here also tastes good. Plus, it’s a relaxing, quiet shop that is the antithesis of whatever noisy dark room you spent the last seven hours in. This place opens at 8am during the week, and 9am on the weekends.
Laid Fresh is a very casual Wynwood spot from the KYU team that specializes in breakfast dishes involving eggs. You order at the register, take a number, and wait for your beignets or fried egg BLT (called the “EBLT” on the menu) to arrive at your seat. The egg sandwiches are what you want if you’re very hungry, but “the laid egg” - which is a soft-boiled egg on top of a crispy potato pancake - is our favorite thing to eat here.
If the hangover hasn’t kicked in yet and you can deal with the bright lights and loud colors inside Palacio De Los Jugos, it’s a great place to have breakfast. There are multiple locations, but the one in South Beach probably makes the most sense for this guide. Pick one of their many fresh juices (the orange-carrot has helped heal us multiple times) in the biggest size they sell, then shuffle over to the cafeteria-style food station and start pointing to various Cuban dishes until you’ve got a full plate.
La Sandwicherie is one of the undisputed champions of Miami late-night food, but their South Beach location opens up bright and early. They serve breakfast from 7am-12pm, when you can grab an orange juice or coffee and several sandwiches, including a very good one with mozzarella and a hard-boiled egg. Order it on a croissant rather than the baguette, because that feels more breakfast-appropriate. And, hey, maybe they’ll remember you from five hours ago when you took a break from Mac’s and almost got in a fight with that jerk who was hogging the bottle of vinaigrette.
First, we must make it very clear that Zak the Baker is closed on Saturday. We cannot imagine a sadder image than you and a bunch of tired, hungry friends finally reaching the front doors of Zak after a long night only to discover that all the delicious stuff is locked inside, out of reach. You’ve been warned. But every other day of the week (excluding Jewish holidays), Zak opens at 7am serving incredibly good toasts, pastries, and usually a few egg dishes you can mop up with a chunk of bread. Definitely get the babka, and if you don’t finish it there, use a loaf as a pillow on the car ride home.