Let’s Go Brunchin’

Going to brunch is one of the best pleasures in life, especially in South Florida. How could you skip out on brunch when you’re surrounded by blue skies, swaying palm trees, and depending where you eat, the sound of the ocean nearby? Plus, bottomless mimosas! Read on for some of the best places to brunch in SoFlo.

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Pastelitos. Credit: Blue Shell Media

ARIETE
3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
arietecoconutgrove.com

If you’re looking for untraditional brunch food, you need to try Ariete. Executive Chef and CEO Michael Beltran focuses his brunch menu on unique, tasty creations like a Cast Iron Pancake with coffee crumble and guava; the Ariete Grand Slam, with three eggs, white rice, black beans, queso frito, short rib croquetta, and chimichurri; the Chug Burger with American cheese, b&b pickles, and secret sauce; and Short Rib Hash, with potatoes, marinated peppers, a poached egg, and hollandaise. As for drinks, expect delish cocktails like Pretty Ricky (Hendricks gin, celray soda, fennel, lemon bitters) to keep you going.

Coco Matcha French Toast

OSAKA
1300 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami
Hours: Sundays only, 12–4 p.m.
osakanikkei.com

For the Nikkei lovers, brunch at Osaka is a must. Scrumptious brunch items with Asian influences take over the menu at this Brickell hot spot, which include dishes like Coco Matcha, coconut French toast with yuzu custard, miso toffee, and matcha corn flake crumble; Unagi Donburi, stir fried rice with shishito pepper, pickled red onion, smoked eel, and onson egg; and Avocado Brasa, charred avocado with poached eggs, aji amarillo hollandaise, and multigrain bread toast. For $65, enjoy an allyou- can-drink affair with pours such as Fireball Yoko, mimosas, bellinis, Hakutzuru Plum Wine, and Sapporo Draft Beer. Simply mouthwatering.

THE DECK AT BAIA BEACH CLUB
1100 West Ave., Miami Beach
Hours: Sundays only, 12–4 p.m.
baiabeachclubmiami.com

The Deck at Baia Beach Club, located at Mondrian South Beach, really steals the show. The open-air waterfront dining destination is perched on Biscayne Bay, offering phenomenal views. The brunch is just as sensational with choices like a Styled Omelet, Egg White Frittata, avocado toast, smoked salmon, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and Roasted Branzino Filet. For sips, they pour up their signature Baia Frosé, as well as sangria, the Baia Bloody Mary, a Beau Joie Champagne Mimosa, and Sgroppino, a lemon sorbet infused with vodka and prosecco that comes served in a lemon. Talk about refreshing!

FORT LAUDERDALE

Huevos Rancheros Skillet

SHOOTERS WATERFRONT
3033 N.E. 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
shooterswaterfront.com

At Shooters, enjoy views of the Intercoastal while munching on some delicious brunch dishes. There’s the classic eggs benedict, Brioche French Toast, Crab and Shrimp Omelet, sandwiches like the Mahi Mahi Sandwich, sushi rolls, flatbreads, soups and salads, and entrees like the Flash-Fried Mahi Tacos. The best bang for your buck is the brunch buffet. For $40, you can enjoy the waffle station, crepe station, carving station, assorted sushi and salads, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, desserts like muffins and croissants, and much more. Two hour bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary’s are also offered for $20. What a steal!

MILK MONEY BAR & KITCHEN
815 N.E. 13th St., Fort Lauderdale
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
milkmoneybar.com

Whew, not only is this restaurant pretty inside, but they’ve got a bunch of brunch options that will turn your Sunday into a “funday!” Enjoy lip-smacking plates like the Sausage and Egg Breakfast Burrito, Avocado Toast with Glazed Maple Bacon and Eggs, Banana Oat Waffles, and Stuffed Avocado. If coffee is your thing, you’ll be overjoyed. Milk Money has an extensive coffee menu with cold brews, lattes, Iced Dirty Thai, espresso, and house-made syrups like caramel and white chocolate. Alcoholic beverages include “funday shots” for $7, sparkling and frozen cocktails, and bottomless deals like the Bloody Maria (made with tequila), for only $24.50.

Salmon Benedict

FOXY BROWN
723 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
myfoxybrown.com

Foxy Brown is one of Fort Lauderdale’s best-known brunch spots. Here it’s not so much about looks—the interior is rather modest—but more about the quality of the food. The menu is imaginative with featured pancakes that change often; expect flavors like Raspberry and White Chocolate and Banana Foster. Other savory options include Banana Bread Grilled Cheese, S’mores Waffle, Patty Melt, and the Banger Plate, which comes with English sausage, 2 fried eggs, a potato cake, and toast. As for drinks, there are the typical favorites like mimosas, but if you’re up to it, try their signature boozy milkshakes for a good time!

By Aaliyah Pasols