Breakfast

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast restaurants in Miami and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Eleventh Street Diner thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Front Porch Cafe, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast.

9 Varanda's Brasil Café
Varanda has self-proclaimed to be Miami's oldest Brazilian cafe, serving three squares per day, and who's going to argue? Lauded by Food Network and other authorities for its simply delicious grilled fish and its picanha in garlic with Brazilian sausage, this ambitious restaurant, with a handful of outdoor tables, is the little cafe that could. Varanda represents Miami enough so that celebrities also call in here occasionally for its thoroughly authentic feijoada, though you might have to fight for a seat during prime hours on a Saturday, the only day that it's served. Indeed, every item from its pastel de carne ou queijo (meat- or cheese-filled pastries) to its moqueca de peixe is the real, yummy thing. (305-867-2929)

8 Oliver's
Headed by Ched Ed Malloy, Oliver's Bistro in Miami Beach offers a sizable breakfast menu, backed up by an equally impressive dinner menu revolving around American and Italian dishes. This venues spans the culinary field from steak an eggs in the morning to shrimp scampi at night and just about anything else your taste buds desire in between. They open at 9am everyday and on the weekends they stay open until midnight for those on the beach with a late night craving. ((305) 535-3050)

7 Big Pink
This style-conscious American diner offers upscale interpretations of classic comfort foods, and breakfast is served all day. The dining room is all imagination and whimsy, with colorful diner decor, an open kitchen and communal tables. Try the hot malted waffles or the filling and tasty Big Pink breakfast burrito — both are as popular in the evening as they are in the morning. Sit at a nostalgic booth in the industrial-style dining room or enjoy an outside table facing busy Collins Avenue. Free delivery. (305-532-4700, 305-531-0888)

6 Pelican Cafe
If you're halfway through the day and still have a taste for breakfast, it's available here until late afternoon. The extensive breakfast menu runs the gamut from toast and pastries to elaborate omelets and fruit-topped waffles. The cafe is also a great place to kick back and do some serious people-watching — especially at one of the outdoor tables — with a Bloody Mary in hand. The funky industrial decor is reflected throughout the hotel, which is owned by the Diesel clothing company. Lunch and dinner menus feature tasty Italian-Mediterranean cuisine in ample portions. (305-673-1000)

5 Front Porch Cafe
This serene waterfront restaurant offers a magnificent view. The atmosphere is laid-back and casual, with the menu offering healthy, homecooked food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you crave an omelet, they can whip up a masterpiece for you, and fresh juices are always available. The lunch menu features hearty salads, homemade soups and great sandwiches. Most menu items keep heart health in mind, but you can also throw coronary caution to the wind and sample decadent banana walnut French toast, granola pancakes with chocolate chips, or three scrambled eggs and cheese stuffed into a large, flaky biscuit. (305-531-8300)

4 Fontana
This restaurant is known for having the area's best breakfast, but its vast champagne brunch buffet on Sundays (10am-2pm) presents some tough decisions. Everything is presented so elegantly, you'll want a little bit of it all. How about an omelet made any way you like? Pastas? Sushi? Or even caviar? Afterwards, there's a chocolate fountain and no shortage of sinful dessert offerings. Indeed, no one walks away hungry! Live music complements the meal perfectly, and al fresco seating is available in the tropical courtyard. (305-445-8066)

3 Eleventh Street Diner
If you're in search of the best diner in town, your search is over. This SoBe fave is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, so you can get your motor running and stop and refill all day long. The menu has enough variety to satisfy many tastes, and Eleventh Street is especially well-known for its award-winning fried chicken. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and the staff will make sure you leave happy and content. (305-534-6373)

2 News Café
A popular South Beach spot, this restaurant gained notoriety after the death of designer Gianni Versace — he used to come here daily. Always packed and promising a wait for any table, it's set on a prime corner that permits many glimpses of beautiful people strolling about or on their way to the beach. For lulls in your people-watching, buy a book or magazine from the adjacent store to peruse as you enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin, pastry or full morning meal. (305-538-6397)

1 Balans
This cafe features a colorful, whimsical interior, but the outdoor tables are considered the place to be. A concrete canopy shields the sun, assisted by colorful umbrellas at each table, creating an appealing courtyard setting that is shady enough to temper the heat. The original Balans was located in London's Soho, and the hip, cosmopolitan vibe is evident at the Miami Beach outpost. Area executives and moguls often have lunch here, enjoying light favorites such as Thai salad with an excellent homemade peanut dressing or creamy sweet potato soufflé with leeks and garlic. A light entree is a wise choice, as it leaves more room for dessert — a primary attraction here. Try the white chocolate cheesecake or the apple tart with sour cream ice cream. (305-534-9191)


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Varanda's Brasil Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
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Oliver's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
COST: $$
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Big Pink 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Delivery, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: South Beach
COST: $$
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Pelican Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Mediterranean
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: South Beach
COST: $$
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Front Porch Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: South Beach
COST: $
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Fontana 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Mediterranean
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
COST: $$$$
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Eleventh Street Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: South Beach
COST: $
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News Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: South Beach
COST: $$
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Balans 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Fusion
Neighborhood: South Beach
COST: $$