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5 new Miami brunches you need to try now

Published On 07/16/2014 Published On 07/16/2014
ROCCO'S TACOS
HYDE BEACH AT SLS
MATT MELTZER
MACCHIALINA
ROCCO'S TACOS
SUSHI SAMBA
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1. Hyde South Beach 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Oh, you thought you knew all there was to know about SLS? Well now you need to learn yourself on Hyde, the LA superlounge whose infinitely more low-key Miami version basically looks like a swank rec/sun room complete with cushy orange couches, hula girl lamps, a tile-lined patio and pool, plus a foosball table whose players are princesses and punk rockers.

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2. Terrazza at the Shore Club 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Terrazza at Shore Club offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in both indoor and outdoor spaces that overlook the club’s infamous pool. The Italian menu is comprised of handmade brick oven pizzas, homemade pastas, fresh salads, and wood-fired, dry-aged steaks and chops. Opt for the Bufalina pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, grated Parmesan, and basil, or the branzino with sautéed kale, cannellini beans, bacon, garlic, and salsa verde.

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3. Macchialina Taverna Rustica 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

After heading up the Miami outpost of Scarpetta, Chef Michael Pirolo went out on his own with Macchialina Taverna Rustica, an Italian comfort destination on Alton Road. His handmade pastas --topped with baby meatballs and pancetta or tossed with clams, rock shrimp, and tomato -- is something for the books, as are shareable appetizers like local burrata, margherita pizza, and the polenta board with meatballs, sausage, truffled mushrooms, and pickled fruit. The wine selection is slim but highly curated, featuring reds, whites, and sparkling wines from across Italy.

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4. Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar 1313 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Fort Lauderdale)

With 425 varieties of tequila, a house sour mix, and plenty of authentic Mexican eats, Rocco's is pretty hard to beat. The restaurant's famous guacamole is prepared table-side, the corn tortillas are all hand made on a Comal (a standard Mexican tortilla griddle), and the margaritas taste every bit as fresh as they are. In addition to serving tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas, the kitchen serves up a number of creative meat and fish-centric entrees, while guests seat themselves on the paper-lamp-adorned, red-brick patio. The restaurant offers a limited selection of nachos and tacos as late as 3am, and the cocktail menu features 13 different renditions of the margarita (try the strawberry basil), along with a full menu of non-tequila craft cocktails, and, of course, pitchers of sangria.

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5. Sushi Samba Coral Gables 180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

The second Samba location to hit Miami, SS's slinging Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian fusion so you can feel all sorts of multi-cultural whilst sipping insane cocktails from a British master mixologist.

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