Order Booze-Filled Brunch From These Miami Spots
From chicken and churros to make-your-own Bloody Marys.
Remember spending your Sundays (and often Saturdays) perusing a massive buffet of roasted meats, golden pastries, fresh fruit, and smoky bacon? We were so innocent then. Still, despite the demise of the epic brunch buffet, the booze-filled weekend tradition lives on in Miami. Some places have adapted their buffets to have the staff serve you. Others have gone totally a-la-carte. But our picks for the best brunches in Miami, from chicken and churros to prime rib on the sand, still make day drinking—or at least stuffing your face—just as fun as it used to be.
The drag brunch at R House is a Miami Sunday tradition right up there with getting disappointed by the Dolphins. But unlike the Dolphins, R House is full of pleasant surprises, where in addition to the best drag revue in the city you’ll also get a menu that would be pretty fantastic even if it wasn’t raining men. The R Cuban Breakfast with scrambled eggs, moros y cristianos, and tostones would put you into a food coma if not for Miss Athena Dixon and her cadre of performers. And the sweet chili chicken wings are perfect if you get there too late for breakfast food.
How to order: Reservations available on their website or OpenTable
Nikki Beach Miami
Long before brunch had become as ubiquitous in Miami as Cuban sandwiches, there was Nikki Beach, whose Sunday spread was equal parts boozy brunch feast and serious South Beach scene. And even though it seems like you can find brunch in gas stations nowadays, Nikki Beach still brings one of the strongest in the city. Crepe, pasta, waffle, and prime rib stations are only the beginning of a colorful spread that runs the length of the restaurant. And with the addition of Margot natural wine bar, it’s an experience that can easily stretch well past sunset.
How to order: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the number of guests. Or reserve on OpenTable
Giorgio Rapicivoli’s Wakin-and-Bacon brunch manages to get Miamians to do two things we never do: Wait in line and wake up early on Sunday. But it’s worth both the ungodly alarm and the sweltering line to enjoy the most creative bunch offerings in the city. The Cap n’ Crunch pancakes might be Miami’s most quintessential brunch item. Though if that sugar rush is too much for your adult self, the carbonara eggs benedict with applewood bacon and black truffle should also make waking up a little more tolerable.
How to order: Reservations available via OpenTable
Brunch doesn’t always have to mean heavenly amounts of cured pork and eggs made six different ways. For a carb-ier, sweeter brunch no place tops this outpost of master pastry chef Antonio Bachour. In addition to the usual lineup of croissants, macarons, and other sweet delights, the brunch menu also includes guava and cheese pancakes, challah French toast, and a Spanish scramble—all showing the same detailed deliciousness as the sweet stuff.
How to order: Reservations available via Bachour’s website
Miami’s favorite home-grown sushi spot began offering brunch in December, with Jose Mendin putting his twist on a bunch of brunch favorites. Tops on the menu are the onsen tamago shakshuka, with soft baked eggs in a tomato-anticucho sauce; and the Korean chicken and waffles with honey chili garlic glaze. You’d also be wise not to skip the breakfast bao bun, stuffed with poached egg, avocado tomatillo salsa, chopped bacon, and chorizo.
How to order: Reservations are available via OpenTable
Glass and Vine
Somehow, even sweaty summer Sundays seem cool and refreshing when brunching at Glass and Vine. The restaurant is set in Peacock Park, where you’ll feel like you’re sipping mimosas and nibbling on avocado toast while people go about their weekend play dates a few yards away. The menu sounds like fine dining but is charmingly approachable, with stuff like chicken and black truffle gnocchi and sweet potato tater tots topping the list. You’ll also want to make sure to get an order of the Maine Lobster mac and cheese—even if cheesy pasta isn’t usually your thing, you’ll make an exception here.
How to order: Order take-out via ToastTab; reservations available on the website
Perhaps South America’s most celebrated hangover cure is sancocho, a hearty stew of meat, potatoes, tubers, and other vegetables best experienced the morning after a rough night down south. Cesar Zapata puts his spin on it as part of Phuc Yea’s brunch with a sancocho pho, using the traditional Vietnamese broth with siracha, rice noodles, and other Asian influences. There’s also a fantastic fried chicken banh mi and a coconut rum-drizzled croissant French toast, if you’re feeling something more than soup.
How to order: Order takeout through UpServe or you can make reservations on OpenTable
Though in many cities brunch is reserved for Saturday and Sunday, other cities also have people with jobs they can legally explain. Blue Collar gets Miami’s flex schedule lifestyle and offers a full brunch menu all day, every day. So if you’re hankering for brioche French toast, shrimp and grits, or a massive breakfast burrito with chipotle sour cream and 3pm on a Monday, they’re happy to oblige. You can still stop in for brunch on the traditional “weekend” too, but much like having nightclubs that never close, it’s nice to know you have the option.
How to order: Order takeout through Toast or make a reservation on the website
You may think of brunch as a time of total meat-based indulgence, and you’re not wrong. But if you’ve never tried a “veggie forward” brunch, Le Jardinier is the place to do it. You’ll never know the joys of a sweet potato veloute with grilled honeycrisp apple and cardamom until you try it here. And the caramelized onion and mushroom quiche with smoked gouda will almost have you forgetting about the word “bacon.” There’s also a bottomless Franciacorta package for the table, if you’re planning to have one of those Sundays. Just remember, vegetables can soak up booze just as well as waffles.
How to order: Order takeout through Toast or book a table via Resy
Nobody in Miami does modernized Cuban food quite like Michael Beltran, and his brunch is no exception. At Ariete, you’ll find stuff like a frita benedict with chorizo and hollandaise papitas. Or the cast iron pancake served with coffee crumble and guava. Then wash it all down with bottomless mimosas, sangria, and Bloody Marys—served both Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.
How to order: Make reservations on Ariete’s website or via OpenTable
Mexican brunch just hits a little different. And by that, we mean you’d better not plan much for Sunday evening, especially with TacoCraft pouring you unlimited mimosas, sangrias and spritzers for only $18. On the off chance you weren’t planning to drink your weekend calories, TacoCraft’s brunch menu is pretty alluring, with chicken and churros topped with Mike’s hot honey and tequila infused honey. And tres leches French toast made with brioche bread, tres leches milk, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, caramel and cinnamon whipped cream
How to order: Order pickup or delivery on the website or make reservations via OpenTable
Sala’o Cuban Restaurant and Bar
One of the more enjoyable ways to pass a Sunday afternoon is listening to live Cuban music and watching the people pass by along Calle Ocho. The best place to do it while enjoying brunch is Sala’o, where you’ll find fresh fish like you would in Big Havana in the coctel de camarones with fresh oysters. Though, if you’re in the mood for something heartier, delve into the chicken and torreja—brioche torrejas with chicken fingers and leeks. You’ll also get a cart-made Bloody Mary, plus an entire menu of build-your-own mimosas, bellinis, and rossinis.
How to order: Reservations are strongly recommended so call 305-642-8989 or book on Sala’o’s website
Are you a coffee geek? Like the type who skips right over the benedicts and waffles and goes straight to the caffeine at brunch? Then hit this spot tucked into NE 1st Ave in Midtown, where you’ll find fresh coffees from all over the world with a staff that knows more about it than any human should. It pairs perfectly with their fresh baked scones and muffins. And even better with the banana-filled pancakes, avocado toast, and acai bowls, for a brunch that will wake you up rather than slow you down.
How to order: Download the Ol’Days app for delivery and takeout
Pisco y Nazca
One of the best brunch deals in the exploding dining scene of Doral is at Pisco Y Nazca, where chefs have curated a three-course, prix fixe brunch for a pleasantly reasonable $27. You’ll get Pisco faves like tostones, causa de pancita, ceviches, and alfajor pancakes, plus the option to go for bottomless sangria or passion fruit mimosas for another $18. The same deal goes at its Kendall location, if you don’t feel like climbing the Palmetto for brunch.
How to order: Make a reservation, order delivery, or grab takeout via Pisco Y Nazca’s website
Probably the last time you ate brunch at the Rusty Pelican it was for a daytime wedding reception, but this storied venue with a postcard view of the skyline has seriously upped its food game in the last two years, and is a must-visit if you haven’t been. Try the pork belly waffle sandwich with sundried tomato and maple mustard sauce. Or, if you’d like something sweeter, try the Frosted Flake-crusted french toast topped with caramel sauce and cinnamon whipped cream.
How to order: Reservations available on OpenTable
The sign at the front of the Rickenbacker Causeway beckons you “Key Biscayne Island Paradise,” and no restaurant on this island feels more like a remote paradise than Lightkeepers. Granted, you’ll be dining above a luxury resort swimming pool, but beyond you’ll see nothing but palm trees and turquoise waters, with nary a highrise or highway in view. It seems especially serene when sipping on the Brunch Punch, a crisp, citrusy gin drink which you can down in unlimited quantities for $25. Just be sure to soak it up with the brioche French toast or the crispy crab cakes with citrus juice and cajun aioli.
How to order: Make reservations by calling 305-365-4156