Food & Drink

Mother’s Day mangia: Miami brunches that moms will love


Mother’s Day is Sunday: Celebrate the woman who cooked you countless meals by taking her out for a brunch of her very own. It’s the perfect opportunity to spoil Mom and let her know how special she is with a decadent buffet, à la carte brunch, or a soul food pop-up.

All moms say they don’t have favorites, but surprise her with a meal at any of these spots on her big day and you’ll be on the fast track to favoritism, especially if you keep the complimentary mimosas coming.

Bocce Ristorante

There’s plenty to love about this Italian farmhouse-style feast. The endless antipasti table, pastries and omelette station should put mom in a glorious food coma. But it’s the à la carte entrees like Polpette Al Forno (baked meatballs with poached eggs) and truffle risotto that will have her swooning. $34 adults, $15 children, $15 unlimited mimosas.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. 3250 NE First Ave., midtown Miami. 786-245-6211.


A brunch buffet outfitted with omelette and pasta stations, a raw and sushi bar, caviar and 30 desserts, plus live music and unlimited champagne should distract Mom from delving too deeply into your personal life.

$85 adults, $41 children. 12:30-4 p.m. Ritz-Carlton, 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne. 305-365-4156.

Area 31

Start by leading Mom to The Epic’s 16th-floor terrace with views of downtown and the bay. Then dig in to chef Wolfgang Birk’s 14-station brunch buffet that includes house baked pastries, charcuterie, chilled seafood, salads, signature rum caramel pancakes, seafood paella, Barolo wine braised short rib, prime rib, and a mini dessert station. Mothers also enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco or mimosa.

$75 adults, $35 children. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami. 305-424-5234.

A Pop-Up Brunch

Soul Food Chef Amaris Jones and Chef Irie are serving a Mother’s Day Pop Up Brunch Buffet at Fusion Café, with hosts Ted Lucas (Slip N Slide Records) and former Miami Dolphin Vernon Carey. Mimosas are complimentary, and dishes include free range fried chicken, red velvet waffles, organic omelet station, biscuits and gravy, fried catfish, seasonal organic salads, Caribbean shrimp and grits, local shrimp creole, jerk chicken and more. And knowing Amaris Jones, expect some stellar live music to accompany all that gut-busting goodness.

$35 adults, $25 kids, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 15531 Sheridan St., Davie. or 954-394-2458.

La Mar

If she loves Peruvian delicacies, she’ll go for Chef Diego Oka’s Peruvian-inspired brunch, featuring an elaborate seafood station with ceviche, causas and sushi, and an Anticucho Grill station highlighting grilled skewers, empanadas, sliders and whole fish. Expansive waterfront views of Biscayne Bay and bottomless champagne justify the splurge.

$85 adults, $55 for children 6-12, younger eat free. Noon-3:30 p.m. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami. 305-913-8358.

Bianca at Delano

On Mother’s Day, this South Beach stalwart will launch its new brunch buffet created by newly appointed executive chef Vikram Katoch, featuring live cooking stations with dishes like Coca-Cola char grilled skirt steak, lobster grilled and marinated with herbs and olive oil, and shrimp and vegetable skewers. A dessert table includes mini tiramisu, strawberry mousse, macaroons and mini crème brulee. Endless Bloody Marys and champagne top off the spread.

$90 adults, $45 children. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1685 Collins Ave., South Beach. 305-674-5752.

Schnebly Winery

If you have yet to check out Chef Dewey LoSasso’s new venture at this Homestead winery and Miami Brewing Company head down for a farm-fresh buffet, including tabouleh made with the brewery’s grains, egg and chorizo quesadillas, brioche French toast with sauteed local mango and vanilla, and rock shrimp and clams pasta.

$39.95 adults, $19.95 children. $15 unlimited mimosas or $10 beermosas. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead. 305-242-1224.

Fresh American Bistro

Turn Mother’s Day into a competition to see who can save room for dessert at chef Philippe Ruiz’s Sunday buffet featuring spicy lamb sausage, caviar, oysters, cracked pepper skirt steak, Belgian waffles and Mediterranean grilled chicken. A gratis Perrier Jouet mimosa is included.

$65 adults. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 17315 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. 786-923-9305.


Chef Julie Frans is lavishing fellow moms with a “natural gourmet” buffet-style brunch that includes bottomless mimosas and specialty food stations, including a hot bar (think kobe sliders, potato latke cakes, and fried chicken & waffles), seafood bar (freshly shucked oysters and snow crab claws), and dessert station (coconut macaroons and boston cream cupcakes). Brunch can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco surrounded by the hotel’s tropical gardens.

$69 adults, $29 children. 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-908-5458.

Zak the Baker

For the “hip” mom, try this mega-popular Wynwood bakery where the usual Sunday chalkboard menu includes soups like coconut and sweet potato curry, salads of watermelon radish, kolrabi, feta and almonds, and of course, that delicious sourdough bread topped with everything from smashed avocado to beet spread.

7 a.m.-5 p.m. 405 NW 26th St., Wynwood. 786-347-7100.