November 11, 2016

5 Non-South Beach Miami Brunch Spots to Try

Miami is known for its beaches, flashy pop culture, and Latin roots; in other words, the stereotype of Miami Beach is what outsiders know Miami to be. This city has far more to offer than clichés, especially to foodies looking for a great meal. Enter brunch: the unofficial fourth meal of the day and, arguably, the best meal of the weekend. Brunch is not just for New York City, so I'm sharing five spots around Miami, and outside of South Beach, to order plates of breakfast fare, sweet and savory, and rounds of mimosas.

+ Swine // Coral Gables
Located on Ponce de Leon near Miracle Mile, Swine has a dark, rustic interior with details and upstairs seating that add to its "upscale Southern" vibe (you can order steak n' eggs featuring a 6 oz. filet for $28), and the menu features a number of house-made items. What I ordered (the BLT benedict) was not what I'd expected, but it wasn't bad— the chunks of house-cured bacon, for one, were incredible. My mom loved the pulled pork, and the mac n' cheese is supposed to be really good. 

Order: Pulled pork n' eggs, mac n' cheese

+ Bulla Gastrobar // Coral Gables
Simply put, Bulla's French toast is the best I've ever had. I actually ended up with the French toast by mistake; I had ordered pancakes, but I have never been so happy to have a restaurant mess up my food (the staff was so sweet and brought me the pancakes to-go, on the house, even though I insisted that I was more than content with the French toast).  Fresh berries, warm berry syrup, and white chocolate chantilly on top of the lightest, fluffiest Orujo-infused brioche... actually salivating just thinking about it. 

Order: Go with the brunch tasting menu. For $27, you get two or three (depending on the item) dishes. Bulla changes up their menu, but I would recommend an egg dish (I had a pork hash with poached egg) and the French toast, obviously.

+ Blue Collar // Upper East Side/Arts District
If I had to recommend only one of the places on this list, it would be Blue Collar, hands-down. An unassuming spot off of Biscayne in the Upper East Side/Arts District area, this converted gas station boasts one of the best brunches in the city (and probably the best I've ever had— and I've brunched all over) and a cozy, rustic interior and is most definitely worth the downtown traffic and horrendous poor parking situation. Blue Collar offers modern Southern fare, from pork and beans to an extensive list of sharable side dishes. The restaurant also cold-brews coffee from local favorite, Panther Coffee.

Order: Pulled pork benedict with golden BBQ mayo and jalapeño cornbread; side of grilled asparagus with blue cheese

+ GreenStreet Cafe // Coconut Grove
GreenStreet is the Grove's brunch icon; the proof is in the long wait every Saturday and Sunday. I wouldn't sweat the wait because that area of the Grove is very walkable, so you can easily kill time after you put your name on the list. The food is consistently good, and they serve breakfast daily until 2:45. And, if the weather is nice, the outdoor seating is absolutely perfect.

Order: Any omelet (comes with all the breakfast side dishes you could want— highly recommend the turkey sausage); sweet potato fries (trust me— these are unlike any sweet potato fries you've had); truffled Brie

+ Lulu // Coconut Grove
I actually tried Lulu for the first time last weekend (because the wait at GreenStreet, directly across the street, was too long, I confess), but it was quite good and shouldn't be passed up just because its neighbor is more popular. Their waffles look amazing, and they are: the table next to us had a plate of red velvet, and my friend ordered the s'mores. The Oreo variety sounded really good, too. The star of my meal was definitely the potatoes that came with my omelet— some kind of cross between steak fries and crispy, seasoned breakfast potatoes.

Order: Chorizo omelet, house-made cinnamon roll, s'mores waffle


  1. Saving this post for reference!! Hoping to eat my way through Miami very soon thanks to these awesome suggestions!

    XO /


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