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The Best Brunch in 13 Miami Neighborhoods

You had your weekend all planned out. Exercise, call your parents, finally buy those lightbulbs you keep forgetting to pick up. Productive stuff. Then you get a text message with a picture of a mimosa that says “Brunch?” And all of a sudden, those plans went right out the window.

Now the only problem you have is deciding where to take your precious day off to day-drink and stuff your face with pork and eggs. To help narrow down your choices, we found the best brunches in 13 South Florida neighborhoods. Or if you want to skip the food, you could just hit up a rooftop bar or pool party instead. Gotta have options. 
 

Edgewater

Plant
Proving the vegans can waste their Sundays too
Daylong Sunday soirees aren’t exclusively the domain of those who enjoy consuming mass amounts of roasted meats and pork-filled omelettes. Vegans can get in on the action too, and the best place to do it is at Plant, where the whole menu features a constant rotation of plant-based brunch creations, with a live sax player and a craft cocktail menu. Because even vegans should have a way to kill their bodies as well as everyone else.

Brickell

Addikt
Bottomless paella with one of Brickell’s best views
When the W took over the old Viceroy right next to the Brickell Avenue bridge, we all waited in breathless anticipation to see what the new restaurant would be. Addikt has not disappointed, where in addition to perfect views out over Biscayne Bay and the Brickell skyline, brunch also comes with bottomless mimosas, Bellinis, sangrias, Bloody Marys, or Champagne, and 90-minutes where you can grab all you want from a giant paella station.

Coconut Grove

Jaguar Latin American Kitchen
Dishes from all over Latin America and one of Miami’s original ceviches
Before Miami had more ceviche restaurants than gas stations, there was Jaguar, tucked next to now-defunct CocoWalk, introducing scores of Miami’s hungry denizens to citrus-cooked fish. The brunch menu here stretches far past ceviches, though, offering lomo saltado, grilled churrasco and picanha, arroz con mariscos and other stuff you’d rarely think about eating before noon. But brace your stomach, because it’s one of the most unique brunch experiences in the city.

Glass and Vine
The chef behind Eating House’s brunch goes high-end
Few things make you appreciate living in Miami like enjoying a leisurely weekend brunch in a lush, tropical landscape. At Giorgio Rapicavoli's Glass and Vine you can bask in the cool foliage of Peacock Park while sampling semolina pancakes over baked eggs with Bloody Marys and mimosas, or pitchers of Sangria made with Vinho Verde sauvignon blanc.

Doral

Pisco Y Nazca
A three-course brunch at a spectacular value
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.

Brimstone Woodfire Grill
Doral’s most dog-friendly brunch
It’s not just the hearty brunch staples like shrimp and grits, huevos rancheros, or beef tenderloin and jumbo lump crab benedict that make brunch at Brimstone special. Nor is it the ability to wash all that stuff down with $15 bottomless mimosas. It’s the weekly programming with stuff like Bark n’ Brunch, where the staff makes cocktails for dogs, and partners with local shelters so you can leave with a doggie bag AND a dog.

Downtown

Boulud Sud
Daniel Boulud’s brunch. That’s really all you need to know.
The temptation to try the whole Mediterranean-inspired menu at famed chef Daniel Boulud’s Downtown outpost is strong. But restrain yourself lest you undo all that week’s hard work at the gym. Try the epic Moroccan Shakshuka -- eggs poached in a savory tomato, chili, garlic and cumin sauce. Or opt for the $55, three-course prix fixe option, that comes with nine bottomless cocktails.

Verde
The perfect beginning to an art-and-food-filled Sunday
The Perez Art Museum might not be the first place one thinks of when choosing a Sunday bunch spot, but if you’ve ever eaten at Verde, with its gourmet food and waterfront views, this choice is not surprising. Enjoy sweet potato pancakes, shrimp and cheddar grits with tomato harissa, or steak eggs with chimichurri. But be sure to take it easy on the $22 unlimited mimosas so you can appreciate the art in the museum after.

Coral Gables

Doc B’s
Where even the pickiest eater can find something for brunch
Aside from maybe the novel of brunch items at the Cheesecake Factory, no South Florida restaurant offers a wider variety of options than Doc B’s. So eschew the lengthy “where to have brunch” discussions and head here, where those who don’t care about calories can enjoy stuff like apple pie french toast and hot chicken and waffles. The healthier people can savor a nice quinoa breakfast bowl. And those who prefer their meals in liquid form can slam $5 mimosas, Bloody Marys, and glasses of Haynes Ranch rose.

Rusty Pelican
Rusty Pelican

Key Biscayne

Rusty Pelican
Miami’s most famous brunch with a view
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.

Lightkeepers
Miami’s best unknown waterfront brunch
The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne keeps a low profile, hidden off Crandon Blvd away from the Bill Baggs day-trippers and handful of still-lost Ultra patrons. But venture back there and you’ll find one of the most stunning brunch settings in the city at Lightkeepers, where the Saturday a-la-carte menu will have you enjoying lobster mac and cheese or cinnamon swirl french toast  within earshot of the crashing Atlantic Ocean. And on Sundays you can stuff yourself with Lightkeepers’ brunch buffet then slip into a food coma at a poolside cabana.

Etaru
Etaru

Fort Lauderdale

Etaru
As close as you’re getting to Zuma without taking the Brightline
The team behind Zuma opened this place too, with locations on the water in Hallandale Beach and on Las Olas. But because this is Broward it’s literally half the price with all the deliciousness, where $55 gets you a welcome drink, bottomless wines, starters from the robata grill, one entrée, and a decadent dessert. That’s about half what it would cost in Miami, with a much shorter trip home.

Midtown

Maska
The Indian brunch that’s as far from an $8.99 buffet as possible
Forget everything you’ve ever associated with eating Indian food for brunch. This Miami outpost is from Hemant Mathus, the fist-even Michelin-starred Indian chef. His brunch offerings are pure gourmet, ranging from a tandoor lamb chop carving station to a giant biryani pot to live-cooked dosas filled with seafood, chicken, and fresh vegetables.

Mid-Beach

Jaya at Setai
Southeast Asian food proves to be a solid brunch option
The Setai brunch has always been a lavish affair, but since the introduction of Jaya it now also brings perhaps the most diverse, unique brunch menus in the city. Yes, the buffet of the trademark tranquil courtyard still has all the staples: Raw bar, rotisserie, dessert table. But it’s added south-Asian specialties too like Indian curries, eggplant masala, steamed baos and dim sum. All served alongside bottomless champagne or Bloody Marys and live jazz on Sundays.

Sweet Liberty
A late-day brunch for late-day people
Miami’s most awarded cocktail bar in recent years is low-key one of its best brunch spots too, where you can brunch until 5pm on Sundays... if you’re the type who likes to sleep until the crack of noon. The menu standout is the brunch burrito, filled with eggs, queso fresco, braised pork butt, fire roasted green chiles, refried beans and salsa roja. But you’re probably going here for the drinks too, so be sure and check out the “pimp your prosecco” section of the menu, where you’ll mix all varieties of juices, herbs, and oils in with your sparkling wine.

SoFi

Stubborn Seed
SoFi’s best local restaurant is also a brunch standout
Jeremy Ford’s Stubborn Seed has been swimming in accolades since it opened, but most overlook his stellar brunch offerings, which come with a free bottle of bubbly when you have a party of four or more. For sweets, try the chai waffles with whipped espresso cream or buttermilk pancakes with candied pecans. For heartier stuff, go with the smoked Tennessee pork belly, served with a crispy farm egg and truffle vinaigrette.

South Miami

Root and Bone
Unrivaled southern food comes even farther south to the 305
Jeff McInnis, who was the first to bring real southern food to the southernmost major city in America, now brings it even farther south to South Miami at Root and Bone. Here you’ll enjoy his take on hard-core southern brunch specialties like banana cream pie waffles with caramelized bananas, butter pecan ice cream, and maple syrup. You’ll also be able to cool off with a cocktail named after the second-coolest 1980s southern sitcom character -- the Julia Suagarbaker with Wild Turkey, peach, honey, lavender, and fresh lemon. Still waiting on that Blanche Devereaux drink, though.

Wynwood

Three
Latin-fused brunch served with relaxing jazz
With a heavy hat tip to the drag-show extravaganza down the street, sometimes Wynwood diners want a serene place to enjoy their maduro pancakes. This is why we’re grateful for Three, where they take brunch staples and give them a Miami edge with stuff like the aforementioned pancakes and breakfast frita burgers. It’s all served in Three’s relaxing pastel setting, with live, soft jazz to create the perfect weekend atmosphere.

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Matt Meltzer is a writer for Thrillist. Follow him on Instagram @meltrez1