See it Like a Native

Sunny side up: Miami-Dade options for breakfast, brunch


Special to The Miami Herald

Whether you prefer eggs and bacon or chicken or waffles, there’s something comforting about that first meal of the day, especially when shared with family, friends and out of town guests. This holiday season, try something new, be bold, be adventurous!

Here’s a list of fabulous breakfast and brunch spots around town to get you started:

Bonefish Grill (two locations)

14220 SW Eighth St., West Miami-Dade

12520 SW 120th St., West Kendall

Brunch: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The word is spreading about Bonefish Grill’s new brunch. Surprisingly affordable and delicious, the menu includes Crème Brulee French Toast, various omelets and frittatas and American Style Kobe Beef + Egg Burger. Most dishes can be paired with the Endless Bubbles promotions for $20, which includes endless mimosas and bellinis.

La Carreta (check other locations)

10633 NW 12th St., West Miami-Dade

Breakfast buffet: Saturday and Sunday, 8 to 11 a.m.

Miami’s famous Cuban restaurant serves a plentiful weekend breakfast/brunch buffet, complete with white rice and picadillo. For under $10, enjoy all-you-can-eat eggs, bacon, sausage, fried chicken, ham, French toast, pancakes, pastelitos, muffins, and more. Buffet includes Cuban toast, café con leche and orange juice. Cost is $8.95 adults / $5.95 kids.

Lulu in the Grove

3105 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located next to its sister restaurant, GreenStreet Café, Lulu is the perfect marriage of cool, bohemian chic and sophistication. Lulu is also surprisingly affordable and dishes are definitely memorable, such as the Spanish Omelet (not like the ones in Spanish bakeries) and waffles with fresh toppings. Burgers and sandwiches, churrasco, salads, and tacos are among other brunch items.

Perricone’s Market Place & Café

15 SE 10th St. (Mary Brickell Village)

Breakfast/Brunch buffet: Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Steeped in history and tradition, Perricone’s is one of Miami’s most celebrated Italian restaurants. Breakfast/brunch is served buffet style, under the shade of trees in the charming outside patio (inside seating available too). On both days, there’s an omelet station, pancakes, bacon, potatoes, fruits, and assorted breads/bagels/muffins. Sunday includes coffee or juice, and assorted salads. Either day, Perricones is a great deal: Saturday, $10.95 adults/$6.95 kids; Sunday, $19.95 adults/11.95 kids.

Buena Vista Bistro

4582 NE Second Ave, Miami

Brunch: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Buena Vista Deli

4590 NE Second Ave., Miami

Breakfast: Daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For a taste of France in the heart of Miami’s Design District, visit Buena Vista Bistro and Buena Vista Deli (next door). The Bistro serves up classics – such as pancakes and steak & eggs – amid a Parisian-inspired dining room and courtyard area. Reservations recommended.

The Deli opens bright and early, offering breakfast standards (eggs, potatoes, toast, etc.), sandwiches, artisan breads, gourmet cheeses, and sweets baked fresh daily. The quiche, croissants, macaroons, and fresh juices are customer favorites.

Buena Vista offers vouchers to park for free at Teresita Market (a block away).

Town Kitchen and Bar

7301 SW 57th Ave., South Miami

Breakfast/Brunch: Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The liveliest corner on Sunday in South Miami is home to Town Kitchen and Bar, with live jazz music from noon to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy breakfast favorites done right, including pancakes served with warm syrup and whipped butter, waffles, French toasts, omelets, and scrambles, served with one-of-a-kind hashbrown casserole.

Yardbird (Southern Table & Bar)

1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach

Breakfast//brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Serving brunch daily from Dec. 25 – 31.

You can’t go to a Southern restaurant and not have fried chicken. At Yardbird, the recipe comes straight from CEO John Kunkel’s grandmother. Enjoy it on its own or in Mama’s Chicken Biscuits and Chicken & Waffles. Also on Yardbird’s brunch menu: Pork Croquette, mac n’ cheese and even a Maple-Glazed Bacon Doughnut. Wash it down with Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade. Reservations recommended.

Morgan’s Restaurant

28 NE 29th St., Miami

Brunch: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How about brunch any day? Morgan’s serves it up daily in an outdoor oasis. Menu items include the popular French toast, three different versions of Eggs Benedict, Chocolate Dipped Waffle, salads, and sandwiches. It’s not just tasty food; it’s also good for you. The ingredients are locally-grown and about 90 percent organic, said General Manger Shawn Wilson.

The Federal Food, Drink & Provision

5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From the deer head over the fireplace to the restaurant’s signature Jar O’ Duck, (inspired by Thanksgiving favorites), The Federal offers unique renditions of comfort food. Take for instance the BBQ’d Deviled Eggs, Wings and Waffles or Crawfish N’ Grits. For an extra $18, enjoy bottomless mimosas (only with food purchase).

City Hall (the restaurant)

2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Brunch: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With décor inspired by the Roaring 20s, City Hall’s menu is a celebration of American classics with a twist. Here, brunch is an event, featuring live music by gospel singer Maryel Epps from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Winning dishes include Crab Cake Benedict, Braised Beef Short Ribs and Grand Marnier French Toast. Reservation recommended.

Biltmore Hotel – Fontana restaurant

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

Brunch: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$79 per adult / $37.50 per child (plus tax and gratuity)

$10 additional charge for holidays and special events

For a real splurge, the Biltmore serves up a lavish Sunday brunch buffet fit for a king (or queen) in its stunning courtyard. The buffet features delicacies such as caviar, smoked salmon, shellfish, carved meats, pastas, and sushi, as well as standard breakfast items, and bottomless champagne, mimosas, bellinis, and more. There is also live music and a wall of desserts. Reservation strongly recommended.

Deli and bagel shops

The Bagel Express

11616 SW 88th St., West Kendall


Breakfast: Monday through Friday, 6:30 to 11 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coral Bagels

2750 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove

Breakfast: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Deli Lane Café & Tavern (two locations)

7230 SW 59th Ave., South Miami

921 Brickell Ave., Miami

Sunday and Monday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Roasters N’ Toasters (Other locations in Miami Beach and Aventura)

9465 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami

Breakfast: Daily, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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