Given it’s the only setting in which sipping rosé before 12pm is acceptable, we believe everyone deserves to take part in the brunch magic. The word “brunch” appeared in the United States approximately 124 years ago. Today, it has become more popular than ever on Saturdays and Sundays and it doesn’t seem to be losing its steam any time soon. Whether it’s a couples go-to late morning dining experience, a girls get together for bottomless mimosas to catch-up on life on the weekend, a way to say I love you to Mom on Mother’s Day or a family get together on Easter Sunday, brunch has gained popularity and is here to stay. So, we present to you, reader, a loyal guide to the best brunch spots in your homestead (stay tuned for more locales to follow). First up, Miami.
CECCONI’S MIAMI BEACH
Forget the brain child of executive chef Sergio Sigala and pastry chef Oscar Bonelli, Cecconi’s Italian inspired brunch buffet never fails to draw a crowd at Soho Beach House of South Beach. The Miami Newtimes likens the Cecconi’s experience to, “roaming pastry, meat, and veggie markets on cobblestone streets in Europe,” and we can’t help but agree (1). The vibe is high end yet approachable and with a full scale raw bar, dedicated pastry and egg stations, ricotta pancakes, and salmon tartar – the variety of Cecconi’s and the scale alone make it a “marketplace” to remember.
Situated on the ground floor of Miami’s Epic Hotel, Zuma isn’t your average brunch spot. Minimalist contemporary in its design and menu, Zuma offers the very best in premium sushi, sashimi, oysters and other Japanese dishes. With an izakaya dining experience, dishes at Zuma are easily sharable or fit to enjoy alone. We recommend a trip to the restaurant’s raw counter for the freshest sea food you’ve ever tasted, followed by a lychee martini, or their Japanese interpretation of the brunch staple, Bloody Mary – the Umami Mary.
Penthouse restaurant Juvia offers an open air dining experience fit with breathtaking views of Lincoln road and South Beach. Its eclectic menu blends French, Japanese, and Peruvian cooking styles offering dishes like ceviche, Japanese Hamachi espuma and Sword Fish “a la plancha,” every bite at Juvia is full of mindfully curated flavors and is undeniably delicious. Juvia’s ingredients are chosen with the seasons in mind, so every dish is composed with maximum freshness. The three course experience is coupled with bottomless mimosa, Bellini and Prosecco, too – you truly can’t go wrong.
From the ambiance, and dishes to the cocktails and locale – these one of a kind brunch spots offer our favorite brunch experiences in Miami. Have you visited any of these? What are your favorite go-tos for brunch? Let us know! Please share them with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Cheers!