Brunch. Brunch? Ba-run-cha. Why does that word sound so familiar? Wait, it’s coming back to us now. The smell of hollandaise sauce. The urge to combine orange juice and champagne. Yes, we remember this meal. And if you miss it too, here are some solid places to try that are all outdoors and open right now.
The Overtown spot Rosie’s recently debuted some new shaded outdoor seating. Stop by Thu-Mon from 9am-3pm to order from their excellent menu - we’ve been ordering from this place steadily for the last couple months and have yet to find a dish that doesn’t make us break into applause. The chicken and waffles, fish and grits, fried chicken sandwich - it’s all fantastic. This is easily one of the tastiest brunch spots in town right now.
Downtown’s Over Under does weekend brunch now - and that’s good news for anyone who wants to start the day with some strong cocktails, steak and eggs, jackfruit chilaquiles, or horchata french toast. Maybe all of the above if you have a couple friends to share or it’s just one of those Sundays when you woke up and decided to eat everything in sight. They’re open Saturday and Sunday at 11. The outdoor seating is shaded and also has astroturf so you can pretend like you’re having a picnic.
There are a lot of very good things available at this casual neighborhood spot, but you should come to brunch for two of them in particular: the Pinch burger (which isn’t always available during dinner service) and the feat of engineering that is their stuffed french toast. It’s an entire loaf of brioche that has an oozing pool of guava in its center. Splitting it open and watching it spill onto your plate is both soothing and satisfying, like a babbling creek or Niagara Falls - if both of those things were filled with hot guava instead of water. They have some covered outdoor patio seating. Make a reservation to guarantee you get a table outside.
Like many Wynwood restaurants, KYU has converted its street parking into an outdoor dining space. They’re serving brunch at those tables (which are covered and have fans) on Sunday from 11am-4pm. Dishes include crispy banana and bourbon french toast, steak and eggs, and eggs benedict options with crispy pork and soft shell crab. They also have a smaller to-go brunch menu if, for some reason, you feel like staying in bed.
This small neighborhood cafe in Buena Vista does a really nice weekend brunch that, as far as brunches go, is a pretty stress-free affair. Reservations aren’t required and the food is straightforward and served in big portions. It’s a mostly Mediterranean restaurant, but brunch features typical things like avocado toast, skirt steak and fried eggs, and a smoked salmon plate. Bottomless mimosas are also just $18.
Three is now operating on its rooftop bar - and although it’s only one floor up, this Wynwood “rooftop” is a solid spot for an outdoor brunch. It’s served on Saturday and Sunday and includes dishes like huevos rancheros, duck confit hash, and bacon, egg, and cheese sliders. There are plenty of cocktails to choose from too. Reservations are available online.
Ariete is serving weekend brunch on its patio. Brunch service is Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm, and bottomless mimosas are an option for $25. The cast iron pancake is also an option, though it should be essential because it is that good. Call (305) 640-5862 to make a reservation.
Threefold Cafe’s Gables and South Miami locations are currently open for outdoor dining. It’s a good spot for when you’re craving some combination of eggs and protein atop thick slices of toast. Reservations aren’t required and this place is casual enough for a quick coffee date or lazy family brunch.
The outdoor cocktail bar Casa Florida is open once again and doing weekend brunch from noon to 5pm. Menu items include simple things like avocado toast, bagels and lox, and chia pudding. But the drinks are the main attraction here, especially that lovely tangerine negroni.
There are a lot of things to like about the brunch at Spillover (or, as it’s now called, Kush by Spillover). They have a DIY Bloody Mary that comes with bacon on a clothespin. The menu has plenty of options, including an excellent cheeseburger, a watermelon salad, and fried chicken and waffles. It’s just hard to have a bad meal here, mostly because everything is good. Reservations are available online.
Phuc Yea is doing brunch on Sunday from 12-3pm, and they’ve opened up their back patio for seating. The menu has things like buttermilk biscuits, a pork banh mi, and french toast. Frozen palomas are an option too. You can make a reservation online.
The Design District restaurant is open for dine-in service and they’ve got a decent amount of outdoor tables. Michael’s is doing brunch on Sunday from 11am-4pm and it’s a good option for groups of three or four people because there are a lot of sharable things.
Want to stare at a large body of water while you eat fried yuca cheese puffs, a breakfast choripan, and possibly an oyster or two? Then you probably want to go to Amara, one of the best Miami waterfront restaurants out there. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm and reservations are available online.
The Downtown cafe has moved all of its seating outside for now, and they’re also taking reservations for the first time ever. Their weekend brunch is always good, with croquetas, breakfast sandwiches, and the best french toast in town. Plus, lots of coffee.
Blue Collar’s tweaked its set up a bit to expand their outdoor seating with a handful of new picnic tables. And they’re still doing brunch on the weekends, which you can make a reservation for online. The best brunch dishes here are big and usually involve eggs, like their breakfast burrito and shrimp benedict.
If you’ve got brunch friends who have trouble agreeing on things, Tap 42 is a good compromise. This place has locations around Miami (including in Midtown, Aventura, Gables, and Doral) because it’s a crowd pleaser, with common brunch items like fried chicken and waffles, a very good burger, and eggs benedict. The only thing that might rub you the wrong way is that most people here are probably about five mimosas deep. So maybe skip it if you want some peace and quiet.