Breakfast/Brunch in Miami, FL
For a no-frills yet delicious breakfast, visit Buena Vista Deli near Miami’s Design District. Don’t expect big, greasy breakfasts at this cute French bakery. Aside from a Spanish omelet, which is more akin to a Spanish tortilla, the small breakfast menu consists of pastries and breads baked daily on site, fruit and coffee. On the run? Try the L’Express, your choice of coffee or tea, toasted bread and homemade jelly. The 7 a.m. is also a good choice. For $4.50, you get croissant (you don’t want to miss these), coffee or tea and fruit salad. And for the more health conscious, The Granola includes yogurt, granola, orange juice and your choice of coffee or tea. Grab a seat in the patio for an even better start to your morning. Breakfast is served daily from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Oh, yes, and Wi-Fi is free.
For something a little different, splurge on brunch at the farm. Each year, during South Florida’s peak growing season (October to May) Paradise Farms in Homestead offers a series of Sunday brunches on its beautiful grounds. The morning starts with a brief tour of the farm led by owner Gabriele Marewski and follows with dishes prepared exclusively with local, organic products, most of them picked from the farm. The menu is based on what’s in season but you may find dishes such as a parfait of homemade yogurt, local mango puree, strawberries and homemade muesli, calabaza ravioli, and organic eggs. Wash it all down with tasty mimosas and take in the peaceful surroundings. The cost is $53 per adult and $15 per child under 12. Online reservations and prepayment are required.
The brunch fare at this self-proclaimed modern American tavern is not for light eaters but a little indulgence never hurt anyone. Served on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the brunch at The Federal is made up of hearty comfort foods inspired by breakfast classics. Ever heard of a Jackalope Benedict? Neither had we. The twist on the classic eggs benedict consists of rabbit and venison sausage served over a homemade biscuit and topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. Other interesting menu choices include the Wabbit & Waffles and the Pig Ears served with root vegetable hash and eggs. Those with a sweet tooth may want to try the French Toast Bananas Foster or one of the tasty baked goods on the menu. Dishes range from about $8 to $19. Add bottomless mimosas for $14 and make your morning even more indulgent.
Joe’s Stone Crab has been a Miami Beach institution since 1913 and while it’s a popular dinner destination for locals and tourists, many overlook its breakfast. Served daily during season (October to May) at the adjacent Joe’s Stone Crab Take-Away, breakfast here includes omelets, egg dishes, bagels and pastries. Try the Miami Beach Omelet, prepared with stone crab meat, spinach and feta cheese, and served with your choice of bread. Or Joe’s Eggs Supreme, toasted brioche topped with jumbo lump crab cakes, poached eggs and hollandaise. Prices are moderate, ranging from about $7 to $11. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Keep in mind that they’re strict about the 10:30 a.m. end time so don’t stroll in a few minutes beforehand.
Whether you want a pint or a meal, this neighborhood pub is a good choice for a hearty brunch away from the trendy South Beach options. The traditional Irish breakfast – two eggs, sausage, bacon, black and white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, potatoes and toast – is the obvious choice and will likely leave you feeling fed for the rest of the day. Other menu options include eggs benedict, challah French toast with vanilla cognac syrup, a 10-inch pancake with blueberries and maple syrup. To make matters sweeter, bloody marys and mimosas are only $5. Clarke’s serves breakfast on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.