Where to brunch in Miami right now

From American classics to Uni sandwiches

Feb
10
2022

Going to brunch in Miami is always a trending topic. Where did you go? Did you rub elbows with any celebrities? But, most importantly…What did you eat and what’s the bottomless special?! So, to make sure you Hungries are covered when it comes to answering those questions. We curated a list that includes anything from American classics to Uni sandwiches and Peking duck with pancakes.

Whether you are looking to show your friends a good time or take the family out for a nice morning meal; just know we’ve got you covered. Hold on to your café con leche and take a seat back while we break down where to get some badass brunch around Miami.

NOVIKOV


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 300 S Biscayne Blvd
Cuisine: Asian

Brunch is only available on Sundays

This is not your typical Sunday Brunch, but you will be happy that it’s not. Want a brunch that makes all your friends say “oooo” or “aahhh”? A place where potential celebrity run-ins are possible; then this is the spot for you. Novikov Miami is the groups’ 4th location coming after Moscow, London, and Dubai. Known for their ability to seamlessly combine Chinese and Japanese cuisines into one harmonious menu, you are getting a menu that will make your taste buds explode.

Getting here for a Sunday brunch you are given the choice of two different pre-fixed menus listed at $99 for the Signature and $189 for the Premium. Both menus feature unlimited selections of cocktails, wines, and sake; as well as an unlimited section of small plates for both menus. Guest are given a choice of one main from the entrée section and if you managed to save room for dessert, a chef’s selection platter is brought out as the cherry on top of a fantastic brunch.

What to order: For those who are wanting to try a little bit of everything, don’t be shy to get yourself one of each small plate. But here are some of our favorites if you want to impress your brunch crew. Start off with an order of the Hamachi Carpaccio & Truffle, get yourself the Nigiri selection and Dim Sum selection for some crowd-pleasers. And don’t forget the in-house favorite ½ Roasted Peking duck, it will leave you speechless.

CHUG’S DINER


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3444 Main Hwy Suite 21
Cuisine: Cuban – American

If you are an OG Miami local then you know the mastermind behind this Cuban/American diner. Chef Michael Beltran of Ariete nicknamed “Chug” wanted to bring his love for the American diner scene and his home-grown Cuban roots under one roof. Back in 2019 Chug’s Diner opened as a pop-up in Coconut Grove and has re-opened a brick and mortar ever since. If you want to escape into some memory-filled nostalgia, make your way to the ventanita and order yourself some pastelitos from Pastelito Papi and a colado to go. This may just become your new daily routine.

Breakfast is served till 5pm every day, so if you are craving some pancakes for your post lunch meal go ahead and treat yourself. Whether you are sitting indoors or outdoors that at-home feel of sitting at abuela’s table is always there.

What to order: Breakfast is served a la carte, with something for everyone. If you are in the mood for cocktails, Chug’s features a full bar with cocktails like the Guava Gimletgin, guava, lime or the Hemingway Margarita, blanco tequila, Pamplemousse, orange, lime, and salt. Get ready to talk chisme with your friends while you share the Lechon hash, done with crispy lechon asado, a fried egg and mojo onions. Dios mío is all we have to say. The Cast Iron pancakes may seem intimidating in size, but these pancakes are worth every calorie; these pancakes are slow-cooked in clarified butter and topped with warm maple syrup. And for those of you who want a little bit of everything on their plate, La Completa does just that. Done with three farm eggs done in any style requested, Waxman potatoes, and a tostada; you will leave completely satisfied.

MIMI’S


Neighborhood: Edgewater
Address: 2501 Biscayne Blvd
Cuisine: American

Edgewater welcomed a new neighborhood favorite this year from the brains behind the popular Behn-Mi on South Beach; Mimi’s gives a refresh to a typical all-day cafe menu with a twist on classic dishes. With an all-day breakfast menu, diners can come in at breakfast, lunch, or dinner and satisfy their cravings at any point of the day. With a menu ranging from breakfast classics, eggs benedict, quiches & crepes, omelets, two egg players, and a grand breakfast portion; there is something for every kind of brunch goer.

For those of you who enjoy a good Mimosa special, every Saturday and Sunday Mimi’s runs a $5 mimosa special till 2 PM. You can choose either triple berry, white peach mango, or their mimi-mosa for your drinking pleasure. Classics never go out of style and Mimi’s Café proves just that.

What to order: So, mimosas are ordered hand in hand; now it’s time to order for the table. Start off with the Fried Chicken and Waffles; crispy hand-breaded chicken served with two malted waffles and maple syrup. That first bite of that crispy, crunchy chicken with warm maple syrup is what dreams are made of. For those of you who are die-hard breakfast sandwich lovers, the Eggs and Bacon Croissant Sandwich is a must. Served with two fried eggs, bacon, melted cheddar, sliced tomatoes, and mayonnaise on a flaky croissant, all we can say is *chefs kiss. Now don’t think we didn’t forget about you out there with the sweet tooth. The Pain Perdu with mixed berries is a stuffed brioche French toast filled with orange marmalade, cream cheese, and topped with fresh berries and strawberry syrup. Need we say more.

 

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BOMBA PAELLA AT NIU KITCHEN (CURRENTLY CLOSED)


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 104 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Spanish

If you and your friends are looking for a brunch that gives you a chance to fill your table from one end to the other, then this is the spot for you. Here for a limited time only, Bomba Paella is holding up shop at NIU Kitchen every Sunday until February 27th. Paying homage to those simple yet delicious traditional Spanish Sunday lunches, Bomba has a curated menu with a variety of tapa-style plates and paella that are literally the ‘bomb’.

What to order: Always start with some wine at NIU Kitchen. They have an amazing selection. We went for some rose and highly recommend the Arbol de Fuego. As far as food goes, get the staples, Pa Amb Tomaquet, that’s warm bread with grated tomato, garlic, and olive oil; plus the Patatas Bravas. Both dishes are simple and done right. Other appetizers that we can’t get enough of are the Boquerones en Vinagre, marinated anchovies with olives and garlic-parsley oil; Esqueixada, a traditional Catalan dish with unsalted cod, grated tomato, black olives, caperberries, sherry vinaigrette; and the Asparagus Cojonudos showcasing grilled white asparagus, tomato, scallions, and a broken house aioli. It’s now time for some rice. We recommend the Caldoso, a bowl of soupy seafood rice, and the Arroz de Pato. It’s a decadent duck rice with mushrooms and demi-glace.

VERDE AT THE PAMM


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 1103 Biscayne Blvd
Cuisine: New American

If you are looking to impress your brunch date with bayfront views, modern art and mouthwatering dishes then look no further. Verde features locally inspired dishes with fresh, seasonal ingredients and delicious pastries. Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays, so for all, you true weekenders out there go ahead and add this to your must-visit list.

Verde offers limited indoor seating and an outdoor terrace that overlooks the bayfront; we highly recommend enjoying the panoramic views and the cool Miami breeze during your outing. And what is better than a nice stroll through an art gallery followed by a flavorful brunch and hand-crafted cocktails.

What to order: Pizza for brunch, you probably think we are crazy. Trust us this Carbonara pizza is the real deal. Topped with prosciutto, garlic mornay, fontina, sunny side up eggs, and chives; this is brunch summed up into one delectable pizza. And for those of you who aren’t in the mood for a hot slice in the AM, order yourself the Chicken under a brick. A ½ boneless chicken accompanied with crispy smashed potatoes, baby kale, and chimichurri. If you are in the mood for sharing this is the perfect plate for you and a friend.

 

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LOS FÉLIX


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 3413 Main Hwy
Cuisine: Mexican

From the owners of Krüs Kitchen comes their second concept: Los Félix. Focusing on preserving the indigenous ways of Milpa farming, they honor this tradition using an in-house Molino where they cook and grind maíz (corn) daily to make all their tortillas from scratch. So, though you may be coming here for some amazing indigenous Mexican-inspired dishes, the true star is the maíz tortillas. Now we know the food is grade A amazing, but so are the vibes. With vinyl records playing in the background and a natural wine list selected to support small family-owned farms, you are getting groovy and eating good.

What to order: Featuring an a la carte menu for guests to choose from, a varietal of natural wines by the glass, and brunch cocktails to indulge in, including the best Michelada we’ve had in Miami. No choice here will steer you wrong. If you want to transport yourself out of Miami and escape to Mexico, get yourself the Chilaquiles. Done with totopos, whipped sour cream, cotija cheese, salsa, an organic fried egg, calendula, cilantro, and black sesame seeds; we can say without a doubt you will order another round. But we aren’t stopping there, as you chow down on those chilaquiles make sure to treat yourself to some Pork cheek Carnitas. They arrive as an order of 6 tortillas and are served with cilantro and red onions; the beautifully moist pork cheek rests in the juices of the pork and gets soaked up into the tortillas as you eat it. And last but certainly not least the Masa Pancake is served with moritas jam, maple and topped with whipped butter. Savory and sweet is a combo that can’t be beaten.

 

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MICHAEL’S GENUINE


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 130 NE 40th St
Cuisine: New American

Brunch is only available on Sundays

After a recent renovation Michael’s Genuine is back bigger and better than ever. Expanding not only their indoor dining room but their outdoor terrace as well, you can look forward to always having a welcome seat upon your arrival. This Sunday brunch focuses on small sharing plates that change weekly. Guest can enjoy a table full of savory and sweet plates to share with friends or family. If you are looking for a place that gives you those cozy and warm home feelings, then this is the spot for you.

The menu features a fresh raw bar, small plates, medium plates, mains and sweets. So, if you are craving more savory than sweet you will certainly be pleased. And what is brunch without some delicious cocktails! Consisting of specialty brunch cocktails, wines by the glass and a Sunday Morning drink special of any choice of beer with a Bloody Mary shot; this may be your new regular Sunday tradition.

What to order: We recommend the Uni Sandwich, with a buttered potato bun and topped with caviar. For those who love a little sweet in their lives, the Brioche French toast is heaven-sent, topped with toffee, bananas, and sweetened condensed milk. You will be licking the plate (we don’t judge). And if you are wanting a genuine favorite, get yourself the Truffle pizza you will thank us later.

ABBALÉ TELAVIVIAN KITCHEN


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 864 Commerce St
Cuisine: Mediterranean

Brunch is only available on Sundays

This family-run joint located in the South of Fifth area of Miami Beach knows how to deliver an excellent dining experience and tasteful dishes influenced by the rich flavors of Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Colombia. For those of you wanting a global brunch, Abbale takes you around the world. Brunch is only offered on Sundays and features an a la carte menu selection so that you and your crew can truly have a feast.

And what is brunch without some bubbly mimosas, choose between a classic OJ mimosa or their signature Spiked Limona with lemon, mint & prosecco. No matter what you choose you won’t be making a “pour’ decision. Also helming the pastries behind this family joint is none other than Chef Hedy Goldsmith, recently joining the team at Abbale she is bringing her famous pastries and treats for all to try.

What to order: We are going to start you off with one of our favorites; the Shakshuka is served with two pasture farm-raised eggs, a tomato-pepper onion braise, Moroccan spices, a Jerusalem bagel, and a tahini green harissa. The Shakshuka will make you feel as though you were instantly transported to Tel Aviv. With fragrant spices and served a fresh fluffy pitta, we can practically taste it. For another classic get yourself the Mesabecha Hummus, served with a soft egg, garbanzos, tahini, olive oil, and herbs. No hummus will ever compare, and we mean it when we say this will be your new staple dish for when you come beachside. And to top it all off make sure you experience the Sumac Chicken Shashlik, roasted in an open flame at 700 degrees. The open flame roast adds a new layer of depth and flavor to your tastebuds. Served with hummus, a shuk salad, pickled cabbage, herbs and tahini it is a dish that will be a knockout for you and your friends on your Sunday brunch outing.

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PHOTO CREDIT NOVIKOV MIAMI
Brunch in Miami 
BY NATALIE ORTIZ