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Where to Boozy Brunch in Miami: A Hood-by-Hood Guide

Published On 03/18/2014 Published On 03/18/2014
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1. Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

Izakaya-inspired restaurant Zuma in Downtown Miami combines a bright, modern setting with exquisite presentation of its ocean-fresh sushi dishes, like the Dynamite Spider Roll with soft-shell crab, chili, and wasabi tobiko sauce. From the robata grill, opt for tender beef and shishito pepper skewers with smoked chili soy, or baby artichoke with truffle wafu dressing. If it’s something crispy you’re craving, crunch on rock shrimp tempura with lime and chili mayonnaise, lobster tempura with spicy ponzu, or grouper tempura with chili onions. Brunch offerings include a selection of premium sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls.

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2. Batch Gastropub 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

You know a bar is serious about keeping the party going strong when they have cocktails on tap (because really, ain’t nobody got time to mix drinks when Friday is in full swing). Boasting massive plasma TVs, ample indoor and outdoor seating room, and a solid menu of high-end pub fare, it’s a Brickell destination for boozy brunch (chicken and waffles, anyone?) and sports games alike.

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3. Brother Jimmy's BBQ 900 S Miami Avenue, Suite 135, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

When the Brother Jimmy’s gods tell you to “Put some South in yo’ mouth,” you do not say no. The New York-based one-stop-shop for inexpensive beers and Southern fare splits its food menu equally between saucy barbecue specialities and fried delights. Hush puppies, fried pickles, hot wings anchor the starters, while fried spiced catfish and Dixie hoe cakes stand out among the non-BBQ entrées. Of course, it's a rarity to come here and not order barbecue, and luckily the platters of sliced brisket, Carolina pulled pork, and baby back ribs do not disappoint.

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4. Fado Irish Pub 900 S Miami Ave, Suite 200, Brickell, FL 33130 (Brickell)

To ensure its position in Miami’s bar culture as an authentic Irish pub, Fadó's interior was constructed piecemeal in Dublin, then shipped to and assembled in Miami, synthesizing five rooms, including the stained glass Victorian Long Hall, the Shop, the Cottage, and a series of Snugs, or private places to enjoy food, drink, and conversation. Traditional Irish fare, like shepherd’s pie, corned beef ‘n’ cabbage, and bangers ‘n’ mash, supplemented by bar favorites like fish tacos and Philly-style cheesesteak, are on offer at Fadó.

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5. Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

There are several things that separate this sophisticate venue from the high-brow steakhouses of Miami: for one, executive chef Aaron Brooks was named the Miami "Lambassador" by the Australian lamb council, and his lamb chops, served with chickpeas, fire-roasted peppers, red chimichurri, and coriander cream, are an award-winning signature. The rest of the meat-centric menu features Creekstone Farms steaks that are cooked over a mesquite-chipped grill, giving them a smoky, outdoorsy flavor that'll make you forget you’re sitting in the Four Seasons. And though the prices won't make a meal at Edge a casual spend, specialty seafood that's flown in every day makes the trip worth it.

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6. OTC 1250 S Miami Ave, Brickell, FL 33130 (Brickell)

OTC does it right with fast, order-at-the-counter service and a laid-back Southern Florida atmosphere. There's a progressive menu with a fresh ingredient presence (duh). Also, they're pretty proud of their Indie-rock music selections.

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7. The River Oyster Bar 650 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

Sidle up to the mahogany and slate-sided bar at River Oyster and prepare yourself for the best in local, sustainable seafood entrees and signature cocktails.

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8. Toscana Divino 900 South Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

Brickell’s Toscana Divino serves up traditional and modern Tuscan dishes whose ingredients are sourced locally, drawing inspiration from the local food systems that are in place in Italy. You can expect dishes like market fish with chili, ginger, cucumber, coconut, and lime, gnocchi with rabbit ragu, homemade spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce, and squid ink seafood pasta. Wine suggestions and pairings are available (and encouraged) to enhance your Toscana Divino experience.

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9. Gibraltar 4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

Set in the Northern tip of Grove Isle, Gibraltar gutted the Southern colonial Baleen space (sorry, no more monkey statues) and imbued it with a more modern vibe, while retaining the killer views of Biscayne Bay via the indoor/outdoor patio.

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10. Sandbar Sports Grill 3064 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

The Grove's Sandbar's loaded with 24 plasmas, two massive big-screens, indoor and outdoor bars, and plenty of drink specials. Considering this place is the "home of the fish taco", it may be the only winning Fish you see all season.

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11. Angelique Euro Cafe 117 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

With an eclectic, Euro-vibe, Angelique serves up bites like truffle gnocchi, chorizo in wine, pomme frites w/ aioli, calamari fritti, plus a larger meaty plate with options like Gambas Angelique, beef tourneados, moules mariniere, branzino, or lamb lollies.

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12. Fontana at The Biltmore 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Fontana is the Biltmore Hotel’s upscale Italian ristorante, known for its elegant décor, refined dinner menu, and tastefully over-the-top brunch. The indoor dining room is bookended by ornate vaulted ceilings and parquet wooden floors, while patio dining is situated in a lavish courtyard with a fountain surrounded by columned arcades. The European charm is reflected in Fontana’s food program; Chef Beppe Galazzi uses local and farm-fresh ingredients when stocking the breakfast buffet of eggs, meats, fruits, pastries, and yogurt, and the à la carte dinner of homemade pastas, meats, and antipasti.

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13. Bulla Gastrobar 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Bulla (pronounced boo-ya) is slang for chatter, and likely refers to both the bustling open kitchen at this large and light-filled space, and the conversation-inducing plates. The gastropub features tapas and a full bar, and brings the flavors of Spain to Coral Gables with courses like a calamari and king prawn paella, and a salad made with watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, and truffle honey.

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14. Cibo Wine Bar 45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Proving that sprucing up anything is possible, except of course spruce trees, since they're already mad sprucey: Cibo Wine Bar, an Italian-plating vino haven open for dinner on Tuesday, which performed a true miracle by classing up the Mile's former Sports Exchange with Old World-ness in the form of a giant stone oven/pizza bar, and a slew of just-mod-enough butcher block tables lining dimly lit, exposed brick insets adorned with mirrors.

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15. Eating House 804 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Eating House isn't a regular restaurant, it's a cool restaurant. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli's spot began as a pop-up in 2012 before it took a permanent, brick-and-mortar turn in Coral Gables a few years later. It's hard to decide what Rapicavoli does better: local ingredient-driven dinner or over-the-top brunch. Whatever it is, all the dishes coming out of the kitchen -- like Cap'n Crunch pancakes or black truffle carbonara -- are similar in their sheer creativity.

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16. Pincho Factory 9860 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165 (South Miami)

Pincho Factory specializes in two things: burgers and kebabs, but it's the burger that catapulted the fast-casual resto to must-try status. Owner Nedal Ahmad's signature Toston burger, topped with jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and homemade cilantro sauce then sandwiched between two fried plantains, won the annual South Beach Burger Bash in 2015. Since then, Pincho Factory has made a mark with its menu of greasy and good street food, which includes customizable kebab wraps, rice bowls, and salads.

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17. ROK:BRGR 5800 SW 73rd St, Miami, FL 33143 (South Miami)

ROK specializes in gourmet burgers like the King James (Kurobuta pork belly, red onion marmalade, brie, truffle aioli), craft brews and cocktails. Also, flatscreens to distract you from your imminent heart-attack.

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18. City Hall The Restaurant 2004 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137 (Downtown)

The brainchild of Steven Haas (who tapped former Emeril chef Tom Azar), sprawling City Hall hopes to draw in locals and patrons of the stone's-throw Adrienne Arsht Center and AAA with its 1930s NY-iron chandeliers and burgundy leather walls, a mural with biplanes and scale-holding women, and a huge stained-glass piece with the Chrysler Building and Radio City, also the BET followup to Rap City on which a mentally challenged Cuba Gooding, Jr. replaced J-Nicks, and was actually much better.

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19. Toro Toro 100 Chopin Plz, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

This Pan-Latin restaurant sits in the lobby of a hotel, but its swank dark wood embellishments and leather booths make it feel like it's its own Miami establishment. The menu includes unexpected items like lamb skewers with yogurt sauce, though classic meat dishes like lamb chops and rib-eye steak are also popular.

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20. American Social Bar & Restaurant 721 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Fort Lauderdale)

This Las Olas spot serves up stuff like filet mignon and roasted red pepper pesto flatbreads, BBQ boursin short ribs, and more, out of their Americana-inspired digs.

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21. Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen 1411 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (Fort Lauderdale)

This gastropub serves up eats like oven-baked shrimp mac & cheese and chopped Thai-chicken noodle salad out of their Ft Lauderdale digs. True to their name, they also offer over 42 types of craft brew.

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22. YOLO (You Only Live Once) Restaurant & O Lounge 333 East Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301 (Fort Lauderdale)

In the spirit of living just once, YOLO is not such a bad place to spend your time. Socialite's playground and foodie haven alike, the spot has equally popular fine-dining and cocktail programs, for those who want to sit and enjoy upscale American cuisine, and those who would rather make small talk over Mai Tais. Folks can take a seat in the leather-clad dining room to feast on things like bourbon-glazed pork chop, cedar-roasted salmon, and the Yolo burger, which comes dripping with gruyere and bacon jam. And for the after-dinner crowd, the lounge is armed with two full bars and a patio garden, all of which offer plenty of seating and standing room -- more than enough space for locals to shmooz over a couple of the bar's top-shelf house cocktails.

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23. The Rusty Pelican 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy, Key Biscayne, FL 33149 (Key Biscayne)

40yr-old landmark The Rusty Pelican looks like a Key West-beach-house-meets-country-club, with a labyrinth of glassed-in wine bottles separating the dining room from a 200-person indoor/outdoor lounge with low-slung couches, in addition to an expansive upstairs terrace.

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24. The Embassy 4600 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137 (Design District)

Embassy's chef Alan Hughes is making all courses -- including duck confit and octopus bruschetta -- using only a hot plate and convection oven, which you could totally do yourself, what with all of your ramen-cooking experience in college, right?

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25. The Federal Food Drink & Provisions 5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

The Phuc Yea! crew's homey spot on Biscayne is serving comfort food that you can wash down with 15 wines, beers on tap, and cocktails... just not all at once. Their light, fluffy biscuits have been ranked as some of the best in the country and are just a little sweet with a honey apple cider glaze. This modern American tavern serves up lunch, dinner and boozy brunch, and their Bloody Mary, made with Southwestern-style chipotle, cilantro, horseradish and agave wine, is not one to miss.

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26. Mercadito 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Midtown)

Stop by Mercadito's weekend late-night taqueria, a perfect after-party for your night out. The tacos are cheap, which is good if since you spent all your money on drinks earlier. Or come on a weeknight - happy hour lasts from 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday and includes drink and taco specials (with extra deals on "Taco Tuesday" and "Thirsty Thursday").

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27. The News Lounge Cafe 5580 NE 4th Court, Miami, FL 33137 (Morningside)

Inside's “Metropolis” décor comes complete with a mirror room, but its outside showing who's boss with a 100-seater garden courtyard equipped with an outdoor island bar, outdoor pool tables, swings and a bed (for lounging, the activity one does most commonly in an outdoor bed). They make their hours happy every damn day from 11am-9pm, meaning $4 wells, $3 beers and $6 mojitos/dirty martinis. Hunger pains diminish with $4 bacon wrapped asparagus and $6 cheeseburger sliders.

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28. Oak Tavern 35 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137 (Design District)

Oak Tavern takes their name pretty literally, from a giant transplanted oak tree on their patio to the multple tree-shaped lamps throughout the interior. Their Modern American menu doesn't feature anything of the barked variety, but instead has a multitude of seafood options and small plates for sharing.

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29. 15 Steps 4525 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

15 Steps is the newly renovated 1500 Degrees, still part of Eden Roc Miami Beach, and still serving up the farm-to-table freshness, thanks to the vegetable and herb garden planted on-site at the hotel. Their farm fresh menu offers rotating month-to-month specials focusing on seasonality, sustainability and regional produce. You'll never think of hotel's with on-site garden's the same way again.

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30. The Dutch 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

They claim to make things that make them happy, which means, you're going to most-likely eat things that make you happy. The chef is Andrew Carmellini, who is a pretty big deal in the NYC scene. Go taste his food, homemade hot sauce and speciality cocktails.

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31. Essensia At The Palms 3025 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Set in a neo-colonial dining room and poolside garden that feel kinda like a West Palm mansion, Essensia blends Mediterranean and "Floribbean" cuisine via organic produce, hormone-free meats, and sustainable fish, all crafted to order.

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32. The Setai Grill 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

The Setai's upscale joint shifted from all-Asian everything to French steakhouse serving a 32oz bone-in tomahawk, dry-aged ribeyes, and Blanquette de Veau, which sounds like what Michael Jackson would've named his son if he was from Paris, but is actually braised veal.

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33. 660 at The Angler's 660 Washington Ave, South Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

660's is known for killer cocktails, including the Margarita de Sandia (Patron Platino, Cointreau, watermelon, lime, agave nectar) and the Sixth & Washington, a summery take on the martini with vodka, dry vermouth, and lemon juice.

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34. PB Steak 1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

PB Steak offers a variety of different eats ranging from sirloin tartare sliders, lobster rolls, poached egg-topped crab bread budding, and even pumpkin pie pancakes (flipped in a pan of bourbon maple syrup).

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35. The Tides 1220 Ocean Dr, Miami, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Originally built in 1936, this hotel offers stunning views of South Beach and first-class amenities, plus a can't-miss brunch with cocktail specials.

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36. Café Mistral 110 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Decked out to look like a Parisian hole-in-the-wall -- minus the chain smoking and cold weather -- this SoFi sidewalk café run by a Euro-Latin fusion family keeps their cuisine simple with stuff like short ribs, garlic grilled shrimp, and a gluten-free veggie lasagna that actually tastes like a lasagna. Plus breakfasts with fresh, housemade made croissants, breads, and fruits.

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37. The Local House 400 Ocean Dr, South Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

The Local House boasts rustic communal tables and comfy chairs that encourage you to relax, eat, and maybe even take a nap.

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38. Marriott Stanton South Beach 161 Ocean Dr, Miami, FL 33139 (South Beach)

With top-of-the-line amenities, this South Beach Marriott offers poolside luxury and water views.

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39. Nikki Beach 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Luxurious white chairs and umbrellas define the palm-lined beach at Nikki's Beach club, a "party playground for jet setters, celebrities, VIPs, guests, and visitors alike". Soo fancy, right? Well, you, average non-celebrity-or-VIP, can hit up this spot to nosh, booze, or lounge at the nightclub.

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40. Tongue & Cheek 431 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

This down-home American spot is serving up awesome craft 'tails and twists on classic eats like meatballs and gravy, fried chicken, cured pork belly, and fish-n-chips.

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