South Florida’s five best brunch spots

Brunch at Bistro Cafe. (Veronica Hernandez/SFMN)

Are you in need of a little break from your daily routine? Do you enjoy sharing bottomless mimosas with friends? If so, then you’re in luck.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist visiting South Florida, it will come as no surprise that this area loves a good Sunday brunch. The skill to drink —sometimes even imbibing your way through last night’s hangover while chit-chatting with friends or enjoying an over-the-top fabulous drag show—  is a 305 staple.

There are tons of options for those in search of the perfect weekend morning outing. But what’s a better way to end your weekend than splurging at Sunday brunch in a place like Doral or Brickell? So gather up your gal pals (or your bros) and visit one of these five best brunch spots in South Florida, which are good for both locals and tourists.

Bacon Bitch
1001 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Telephone: (305) 900–7371
Hours: Monday  – Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“Hey Bitches, Welcome to Bacon Bitch,” says the host as you walk through the door of this South Beach staple. If you would like to enjoy breakfast near one of Miami’s most famous beaches or need a new Instagram-worthy picture with a catchy neon sign, then Bacon Bitch is the place for you. It has been serving classic American breakfast and brunch since 2017. Influenced by a passion for entertaining and most importantly ‘bacon!’ The ingenious menu and unique dining atmosphere belies the perception that breakfast has to be dull. Aside from specializing in their infamous freshly-baked breakfast croissant sandwiches, they also have a wide selection of platters, frozen drinks and of course tons of bacon! For example, fluffy pancakes, French toast, chicken and waffles, and more. The price for their breakfast croissant sandwiches range between $13to $16. The platters range between $15 to $28. Make sure you try the in-house ‘spicy bitch’ and ‘sticky bitch’ sauces you will find at the center of your table. Reservations are highly recommended. Keep in mind that your entire party must be present to be seated. “Bye Bitches, come back soon!” is the last thing you will hear before leaving.

R House Wynwood
2727 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
Telephone: (305) 576–0201
Hours: Call for details

A drag brunch is a Miami staple, because who doesn’t love dining with a show? Located in the heart of Wynwood, R House offers seating for both indoor and outdoor dining where you’ll see all the performances. Aside from the most fabulous drag production in Miami, guests also get a menu that would be show-stopping even if it wasn’t raining men. The Latin-American-infused menu offers: chimichurri cheeseburger sliders, cayenne fried chicken, mojo pork Cuban breakfast croissants, arroz moro, and the signature cinnamon French toast served with guava syrup and cream cheese topped with tropical fruit and coconut flakes. They also offer a selection for both children and vegan guests that include: quinoa brunch salad, acai bowls and a veggie paella bowl. You cannot call it a brunch without enjoying the wide variety of bottomless drinks including mimosas, sweet white wine sangria, mojitos, etc. This R Cuban breakfast would leave you and your friends in a food coma if it weren’t for Miss Athena Dixon and dancing queens. The Drag Brunch Experience is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity which includes the show, a bottomless drink, and a family-style set menu. As you plan your upcoming brunch at R House, make sure to reserve a table on their website and arrive an hour early.

Little Hen 
3451 NE First Ave., Suite 100/102
Miami, FL 33137
Telephone: (305) 677–0584
Hours: Monday  – Sunday
(Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. & Saturday thru Sunday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Little Hen is an English-influenced breakfast and brunch boutique restaurant. It exhibits a whimsical, English-infused design, passion, sophistication and freshly sourced ingredients. Home to Miami’s infamous fluffy rose petal pancakes, it offers the best of breakfast and lunch with global flavors. There are omelets, egg benedict, pastries, buttermilk pancakes, French toast, waffles and their ‘Little Hen’ favorites. Price ranges as low as $10 with the most expensive item at $35. Channel your inner-child Alice in Wonderland fantasy with ‘Afternoon Tea,’ an English tradition that dates back to the 1800s. Alongside your tea of choice served in an antique porcelain teapot, you’ll find  a basket filled with an array of bite-size treats to make you feel as if you’re on the set of Netflix’s hit show Bridgerton. For example, there are petite French macaroons, a selection of scones and four different miniature sandwiches. Afternoon tea is only available upon reservation, so make sure you’ve reserved in advance. The price range per person for tea time is $35, but two to three people can easily share for the price of one. It’s highly recommended that you make a reservation in advance as wait times can be around one to two hours for those who arrive the day of without a reservation.        

Bistro Café
1352 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33132
Telephone: (786) 533–3876
Hours: Monday  – Sunday (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Bistro Café is a Puerto-Rican style restaurant located in Downtown Miami, offering both indoor and outdoor dining that aims to serve customers with an upscale breakfast selection using only top quality and freshly-sourced ingredients. Because who doesn’t love all-day breakfast that serves both opulence and luxury? Making its first debut in Miami from Isla Verde, PR, this restaurant currently resides at the Art Plaza Luxury apartment building serving brunch and lunch aside from their infamous breakfast as well as mimosas and other cocktails. First known amongst the crowd of tourists looking for a delicious brunch spot, it has now become a hotspot for both tourists and locals alike. The menu provides guests with a wide selection of food items including: omelets, pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, sandwiches, gyros, salads and so much more. Price ranges as low as $10 with the most expensive item at $25. It’s highly recommended that guests arrive as early as possible, since wait times can be around 45 minutes to an hour and reservations are not accepted.            

Peacock Garden Resto Bar + Grill 
2889 McFarlane Rd
Miami, FL 33133
Telephone: (305) 774–3332
Hours: Monday  – Sunday
(Sunday thru Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. & Friday thru Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

Hidden in the historic district of Coconut Grove, just a few steps from CocoWalk, is Peacock Garden Resto Bar + Grill, the cherished restaurant known as Miami’s hidden oasis. The restaurant’s three-floored doors open from the dining room’s ceiling to the garden and combine the two sections, which serve over 180 guests. The Peacock Garden features a mystical dining atmosphere both indoor and out, which is particularly refreshing in the summertime. The garden encircles guests with blooming vegetation as they enjoy the shade the trees offer by day and beneath glittering clear skies at night. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus feature: a seafood & raw bar, freshly-caught fish, salads, premier-cut meats, homemade pasta, their in-house favorites and a “daily roast” section with rotating specials. A wide selection of cocktails are moved by the garden and fuse classical practices with modern mixology essentials. Price ranges as low as $11 with the most expensive item at $95. It’s highly recommended that you make a reservation in advance via Open Table as wait times can be around 50 minutes to an hour for those who arrive the day of without a reservation.        

Veronica Hernandez is a senior at Florida International University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Digital Journalism. She obtained an associate degree in Mass Communication & Journalism at Miami-Dade College. Veronica would like to be a TV anchor or reporter after she graduates. She is devoted to her community and strives to provide a voice to the voiceless.