Jump Start Your Day At Miami's 10 Best Breakfast Joints



Getting breakfast in Miami can mean anything from hitting up a fast-food drive-thru window, picking up a colada and tostada at your local Cuban cafeteria, or going for an epic 4-hour brunch with your BFFs. In short, we have plenty to offer, which can be daunting for anyone waking up famished. Luckily, you've got 10Best to help you figure out the right choice for a greasy hangover cure or an ultra-fresh gourmet first meal of the day.

When on the beach 10Best readers find much to enjoy at both Front Porch Cafe and Pelican Cafe for the beautiful ocean views and ultra-affordable breakfast options, while those looking for something quick and Cuban will love dropping in for a quick bite at Enriqueta's.

Dog-owners and the juice-and-yoga crowd will absolutely love the flavors and the ambiance at GreenStreet, one of Coconut Grove's hottest restaurants with outdoor seating and a pup-friendly staff. And there are even more places to be discovered if you just wake up early enough.



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Housed in a picturesque shopping center just outside South Miami's ever-popular Shops at Sunset Place, this fun cocktail bar boasts contemporary decor and crowd-pleasing cuisine. Attractive 30-somethings mingle over tantalizing cocktails such as the pomegranate martini or French vanilla swirl and nibble on scrumptious eats from volcanic garlic bread to Barcelona-style mussels to hearth oven pizzas. A full menu of satisfying mains, like the Filet Mignon with Shrimp and Lobster Quesadilla, satiates the hungriest patrons, and comforting sides like Truffled Mac'N'Cheese and Pancetta or Black-eyed Pea Orzo are designed to share. This place is a hit with the brunch crowds as well, serving 2 for 1 Bloody Mary's, $25 unlimited mimosas, and the only Egg Arepa Omelet we've ever seen on a menu.


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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 â€" a primary attraction here. For dessert, try the White Chocolate Cheesecake or the Apple Tart with Sour Cream Ice Cream.


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Founded over thirty years ago as a modest coffee shop, serving their own brews alongside scrumptious, high-end pastries, Roasters and Toasters has evolved into a high-quality deli straight out of the streets of Manhattan. Roasters' n Toasters is everything a New York style deli should be. From their generous portions and fresh deli platters to their specialty sandwiches and desserts, Roasters are without question, among the top delis in town. Stop by one of their locations in Miami Beach, Ventura, or Kendall, or order online and see for yourself why Roasters' n Toasters was voted "Best New York Style Deli" in Miami.


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Headed by Chef 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 venue spans the culinary field from Steak and Eggs and French Toast in the mornings to Shrimp Scampi and Chipotle Beef Tacos at night, and just about anything else your taste buds desire in between. Flatbreads? Check. Cobb salad? Check. Kobe beef sliders? Triple check. They open at 9 a.m. daily, with breakfast running through 2:30 p.m., and on the weekends they stay open until midnight for those on the beach with a late night craving.


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If you're halfway through the day and still have a taste for breakfast, it's available at South Beach's Pelican Cafe until late afternoon. The extensive breakfast menu runs the gamut from toast and pastries to elaborate omelets (the Caprese Omelet is always a good choice) and fruit-topped waffles (go with the French Toast if you're more of a Nutella fan). The cafe is also a great place to kick back and do some serious people-watching â€" especially at one of the outdoor tables â€" 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.


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Big Pink


 

This style-conscious American diner offers upscale interpretations of classic comfort foods, and breakfast is served all day long for those with less than traditional working hours. 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 â€" both are as popular in the evening as they are in the morning, or enjoy the Sweet Corn Tortilla Omelette for an extra special treat. Sit at a nostalgic booth in the industrial-style dining room or enjoy an outside table facing busy Collins Avenue.


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Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop


 

Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop is a small Cuban cafeteria-style eatery feeding hearty breakfasts and lunch specials to the hungry working class citizens of Midtown and Wynwood. You'll find the usual morning staples like tostadas (buttered Cuban toast), empanadas (chicken, guava and cheese, and then some), and cafe con leche (coffee with milk) along with interesting varieties like a sweet plantain omelet and cream cheese toast. Media noches (ham, pork, and cheese) and pan con lechon (roast pork with onion) sandwiches are served alongside BLTs and french fries. Try a batido (milkshake) while you're at it, in flavors like mamey, papaya, and trigo (wheat), that are part of Cuban tradition.


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This restaurant is known for having the area's best breakfast (two kinds of bacon, endless frittata and omelet combinations, plenty of fresh fruit, straight from the oven pastries, Belgian waffles, and four different types of pancakes are just some of the selections), 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? Pasta? Sushi? Or even caviar? Afterward, 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.


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This serene waterfront restaurant offers a magnificent view matched by a marvelously varied menu. The atmosphere is laid-back and casual, with selections of healthy, home-cooked food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you crave an omelet, they can whip up a masterpiece for you (from Ranchero to Reuben), 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.


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Start a day of business meetings or sightseeing by fueling up at this popular, buzzing cafe located in the bustling neighborhood of Coconut Grove. Whether you're grabbing a bagel, pastry or croissant to go or you're settling into while away the morning with a full meal and the daily news, this is the perfect choice for locals and tourists alike. GreenStreet offers indoor seating but it's the outdoor tables that are always busiest, often with patrons who bring their furry friends to this dog-friendly establishment. On the weekends, the dining room is especially crowded with couples and families enjoying fresh coffee and plates brimming with omelets, pancakes and fruit-topped waffles.


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