Felix's Choice: Brunch Edition
Updated: Jan 27, 2020
If you live in Miami, you’re probably well aware of the brunch culture that permeates the air. Everyone seems to be obsessed with it, but I mean, bottomless mimosas? I’m obsessed too.
But being a classic weekend tradition means there are endless options to choose from to enjoy your alcohol-infused breakfast-lunch fusion. To make your weekends even more relaxing than they hopefully already are, we have Felix’s Choice to help your brunch be the best that it can be.
1. Lightkeepers at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne
It may be hard to pick your favorite brunch spot, but to test Felix’s favorite, head to Key Biscayne for Brunch at Lightkeepers at the Ritz Carlton.
For $89 per adult, you can gain access to a magnificent and diverse buffet of food in addition to delicious bottomless options including Sangria, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, Bellini’s, house draft beer, and punch.
But this gem isn't my top choice simply because of the (incredible) food and drinks; I believe a restaurants ambiance is equally as important in a brunch experience. Lightkeepers makes you feel like you're on vacation at a beautiful resort on a luxurious island with no worries in the world, a place almost too good to be true. It really is the best bang for your buck while you feel and feast like royalty.
2. Cecconi's Miami
Located at the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, Cecconi’s Miami has a delicious
brunch menu that is worth exploring.
You can opt to have a $26 breakfast table variety which includes homemade pastries, bacon or sausage, cereals, yogurt, an egg station, coffee – honestly the whole nine yards when it comes to breakfast food. Another option is to order something a la cart or try one of their bowls (superfood, matcha, and acai). Any route you choose will be delicious, guaranteed! Cecconi's is a fun South Beach excursion and is a gem of a find because it offers a upscale garden atmosphere for your meal, but you can walk around after you finish eating and explore the area.
Morgan’s Restaurant gives brunchers a comprehensive menu to simplify the most personalized and delicious experience possible.
With everything one could dream of on their menu, from mascarpone and raspberry stuffed French toast to a house cured salmon plate to an alarmingly aesthetic chicken and waffle sandwich - there is truly a large enough menu to satisfy everyone, no matter how big the group. One last thing: they don't limit brunch to Sunday! You can fill your brunch craving everyday at Morgans from 8 AM to 4 PM, and until 5 PM on Sundays.
If you aren’t familiar already, Zuma Miami is a contemporary Japanese culinary hit that continues to bless Brickell.
But on Sundays from 11:30 to 2:30 PM, Zuma takes their reputation up a notch by giving you three brunch routes to choose from: classic, signature, and premium - depending on your budget and appetite. But even the classic option offered at 95$ per adult provides you with an unlimited buffet of sushi accompanied by champagne, wine, and a Zuma cocktail collection.
With Brunch being as popular as it is, you may not be surprised that many publications in the area have also released articles promoting their top brunch choices. While a lot of Felix’s choices overlap with theirs (which goes to show just how amazing they are), they also recommend others that we didn’t. But with so many amazing Miami restaurants, you can never get enough recommendations!
Rusty Pelican, Key Biscayne
“This Key Biscayne institution is a favorite among people who pick their restaurants based on atmosphere and views—the vibe here is lively and the scenery beyond picturesque.”
Bagatelle, South Beach
“Brunch is a misnomer for what happens at Bagatelle between noon and 4pm on Sundays. It’s more like a dance party with bottle service meets a very dimly lit meal set to a bumping soundtrack.”
“The Miami River’s bougie party spot introduces a new three-course brunch complete with bottomless Whispering Angel rosé.”
La Mar, Brickell
“If it’s high-end Peruvian cuisine with Japanese flair that you crave, get thee to La Mar.”
Quinto La Huella, Brickell
“On the fifth floor of the East Hotel, Quinto delivers classic South American cooking with an upscale twist.”
Plant Miami, Wynwood
“Vegan, kosher, organic — and unbelievably scrumptious. A weekend brunch menu supplements the regular menu.”
Phuc Yea, Brickell
“This Vietnamese-Cajun eatery offers its signature twist on brunch with dishes like an egg and cheese bahn mi, smoked duck grits, sticky rice and eggs, and country fried French toast…Available from 11:30 AM to 3:30 AM every Sunday.”
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Buena Vista
“Aside from rotating specials and mainstays like the kimichi benedict and breakfast pizza, this is the place to load up on "adult pop tarts" in Miami…Available Sundays 11 am to 3 pm.”
Beaker & Gray, Wynwood
This lighthearted weekend brunch features eclectic dishes like waffle paninis, “chewy” granola, and an English breakfast — Miami style, and sourdough French toast…Available Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM”
I hope this mix of bottomless hints helps you find your best brunch. Because I think everyone can agree that no one should ever experience a disappointing brunch.