Where to brunch in Miami
Nothing is hotter than the food scene in Miami. It’s a melting pot of ethnic flavors and innovative chefs creating unique dining experiences in a city that positively pulses with vibrancy, passion and creativity. One of our favorite ways to enjoy the culinary scene? Brunch! Sure, you can indulge in brunch as a family while on vacation and save some bucks on babysitting, but nothing beats lingering at the table with your besties (or girlfriends? ladies?), catching up and checking in. Here are five local favorite spots for brunch in Miami, all known for their exceptional food, stylish decor and chic atmosphere. Start with the bottomless mimosas!
What to order: Lobster Benedict
Seaspice Brasserie and Lounge is located on the banks of the Miami River, and offers exceptional waterfront dining in a variety of dining spaces; besides the main dining room and bar there is an exterior courtyard lounge, a garden bar, a covered patio, and the Modern Garden. Seaspice has brought a vision unlike any other to the Miami River, where locals and tourists flock to get a taste of the signature wood-fired casseroles and specialty crafted cocktails, all while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Miami River, the downtown skyline, and the gorgeous Floridian sunsets.
We love it for it’s modern, sophisticated nautical theme and the ideal waterfront location. Perfect for brunch with your girlfriends, large groups and special celebrations!
Nautilus Cabana Club
What to order: Nauti Burger / The Impossible Vegan Burger
Miami may not have In-N-Out, but one of town’s best burgers can be found at Nautilus South Beach’s Nautilus Cabana Club. Though the restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, the Nauti Burger tops two 4oz beef patties with American cheese, caramelized onions and bread & butter pickles encased in homemade potato buns for a sinfully delicious taste. For the “not so nauti” burger eaters, Nautilus recently added a vegan counterpart. “The Impossible” Vegan Burger is served with crispy sweet potatofries , and features a plant-based patty topped with tomatoes and onions for a savory experience that tastes like real meat without sacrifice taste (or animals!).
We love this posh spot for it’s poolside dining and beachfront access, creating lots of dining options. Besides the main dining patio, there are eight lavish cabanas – each including a dining table, minibar and entertainment system that surround the heated salt-water pool, that has an underwater sound system!
What to order: Picasso’s Prosciutto and Melon Plate
Named after the famous Pablo Picasso, Picasso’s Prosciutto and Melon Plate uses macerated raspberries, cantaloupe, Prosciutto di Parma (best from Italy), walnuts, strawberry pearls (beaded like caviar with strawberry concentrate inside), fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes plated in an artful and festive way. It’s as deconstructed as Picasso’s most vivid pieces of art, presented as an homage to the artist.
We love this cafe because of its creative flair and eclectic vibe, and because it’s also an art gallery! The variety of dishes on the menu are truly unique and beautifully inspired by iconic muses and their artists known for unforgettable style and moxie.
No. 3 Social
Type: Elevated Street Food
What to order: Pulled Pork Sticky Bao
Under the culinary direction of chef and restaurateur Norman Van Aken, No. 3 Social’s dishes pay homage to street foods from around the world while incorporating the flavors of Florida. The Pulled Pork Sticky Bao’s are a local favorite, made with Haitian Pikliz and Hoisin BBQ and who could resist the corn dogs!?
We love this little intimate rooftop spot to unwind in the afternoon with friends! Order all the eclectic dishes to share, kick back, relax and try not to think about Monday.
Micheal’s Genuine Food & Drink
What to order: Oysters, Chilaquiles, Blueberry Lemon French Toast (pretty much everything)
The flagship restaurant of The Genuine Hospitality Group, Michael’s Genuine offers a laid-back atmosphere and seriously good food, a neighborhood bistro that is the ultimate showcase for the type of cuisine that Michael Schwartz does best – homemade, unpretentious, delectable, with an emphasis on great local ingredients. Their Sunday brunch changes weekly, but offers a menu full of savory and sweet including everything from breakfast pizza topped with a local farm egg and house smoked bacon to decadent treats like sticky toffee buns and lemon ricotta pancakes.
We love Michaels Genuine Food & Drink because the vibe is low-key while the food is high on taste and value!
Andrea Fellman is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Twist Travel Magazine. She is a stylish nomad and expat mom living in Barcelona with her husband, two kids and a dog! She blogs about family travel, expat life, and her online business adventures at Wanderlust Living.
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