Where to Eat Brunch, According to 16 of Miami’s Top Chefs
By Matt Meltzer for Thrillist
The best brunch in Miami is a hard thing to pick. And even if you consulted our handy guide of where to find the nearest boozy one, sometimes you need an expert to tell you where to go. Which is why we polled the top chefs in Miami to find out where they’re eating brunch, and where you probably should too.
Timon Balloo of Sugarcane
His pick: The Federal
This husband-and-wife duo make all good things come true through their passion for food and drinks. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but do make it a point to stop in for the biscuits!
Aniece Meinhold/Cesar Zapata of The Federal
Their pick: China Pavilion
We go to China Pavillion in Pembroke Pines. No Benedicts, no waffles, no pig wings, when you see the stuff every day, you really don’t ever want to eat it! We do steamed shrimp hargao, scallion and shrimp hargao, crispy custard puffs, turnip cakes, chicken feet (!), and baked pork buns.
For the days we are actually working brunch, we do post-brunch noshing at Sugarcane. Happy hour sushi and rosé works miracles after feeding 200 plus people.
Nedal Ahmad of Pincho Factory
His pick: Tongue and Cheek
Very family friendly and approachable menu, we’re a party of five so kid friendly is important to us. My order there is always the same, I get the braised brisket Benedict, and I share an order of the lemon ricotta pancakes with my oldest (and by that I mean I steal most of her pancakes).
Michael Pirolo of Macchialina
His pick: Mignonette
Dan (Serfer) does an amazing job. I especially love the lobster rolls and croissants.
Danny Serfer of Blue Collar/Mignonette
His pick: Front Porch Cafe
I like simple regular breakfast stuff for brunch like sunny side-up eggs, potatoes, bacon, and toast with some straight pancakes or French toast for the table. That being said, my go-to is the Front Porch in South Beach. I’ve been going there for 10-plus years. Michael does a great job.
Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House
His picks: Pubbelly and Blue Collar
The Korean pork chilaquiles are crazy good and after the meal I can head right over to the sand for a nice day at the beach. If I can find the time for a Saturday brunch, it’s all about Blue Collar. Danny’s latkes are one of my favorite things in Miami!
Jose Mendin of Pubbelly
His Pick: R + D pop-up by Jugofresh
It’s insane that vegan food can taste so good! Chef Paco kills it. Get the buckwheat waffles with fruit, lemon coconut cream, cacao butter, and maple syrup.
Tomas Prado of Golden Fig
His pick: Matador Room at the Edition
Great ambiance on the terrace and the food is excellent. My favorite dish there is the huevos rancheros.
Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile
Her pick: Zuma
Zuma has three different tiers of brunch to choose from… a group of us recently went and chose the one where you got limitless Roederer Champagne, sake martinis, margaritas, and an amazing buffet. They have a cooked station, sushi sashimi station, and hot pot rice. You also get to choose a hot robata cooked item — I chose the beef tenderloin which gets delivered to you.
Kareem Anguin of The Oceanaire Seafood Room
His pick: Zuma
It’s not like a traditional brunch, I love that it has a Japanese influence. Get the Japanese-style pancakes with octopus.
Peter Vauthy of Red, the Steakhouse
His pick: Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel
Old Miami elegance and such a stunning setting. The food reminds me how a brunch is supposed to be, old school and over the top. Carving stations, seafood display, caviar, and, of course, they pour real Champagne! Which is crucial to any brunch! Not-to-miss dish is the lobster salad martinis, so delicious I can’t eat just one.
Adrienne Grenier of 3030 Ocean
Her pick: Josh’s Deli
It’s a tiny neighborhood spot and Josh is always working on awesome new creations. Right now I’m all about the bialys!
Julia Ning of Station 5
Her pick: Blackbrick Chinese
It feels like going home. My top must-have is the char siu bao BBQ pork bun, tastes just like my grandmother’s!
Fred Joulin of Semilla
His pick: Brasserie Azur
It reminds me of when I was young in France with their tradition. The design is beautiful… you can see from the dining room all the way to the raw bar, pizza oven, and kitchen. Prices are very fair and the food is very simple and delightful. The chariot de desserts a la Francaise (dessert cart) has three different desserts and is just $16. And the butcher bagel is a must. And it’s hard to find a place in Miami with a real handmade hollandaise sauce.
Phil Bryant of The Local Craft Food & Drink
His pick: Wagon’s West
It’s the first place I had a real country breakfast when I moved to Miami. That said, I honestly don’t go to brunch much. I’m either working it or sleeping in!