The only thing better than a brunch that’s heavy in eggs and potatoes is a Latin brunch that’s heavy in egg, potatoes, and features all you can eat tacos or ceviche. If you’re thinking that sounds too good to be true, think again. We Miamians love our Latin food, but we love our brunch even more. Which is why some of the city’s best eateries (and even those of celebrity chefs like Jose Andres and Gaston Acurio) have jumped aboard the brunch bandwagon and are serving up the weekend ritual in decadent form. From bottomless booze and comestibles to Spanish to Peruvian and even Latin flair fused with Southern roots, here are six Magic City restaurants doing brunch the Latin way.
Famed celebrity chef Jose Andres' had never dished out brunch at his Miami outpost, till now that is. Though it's a Saturday only affair, you'll get your weekend's worth of food here. It all starts with a table chockfull of fresh fruits, pastry towers, Spanish cheese and charcuterie, and assorted parfaits; continues with fancy and traditional caviar service and a stop by the bagels and lox and omelet station; and climaxes with your choice of one entrée (think huevos a la cubana, Jamon serrano benedict; classic torrijas with local honey and tamarind; NY strip; or his notorious olive oil pancakes [go for the pancakes]). Of course there’s a sweet ending, or rather table filled with mini cakes, key lime pie in a cup, and other saccharine wonders. As if that weren't enough, bottomless cava is poured for just an extra $10 (on top of the $55 brunch price tag).
Come hungry to this brunch bacchanalia that proffers just about everything and anything Peruvian you can think of. Ceviche, causas, and tiraditos – at least three kinds of each – along with other fresh seafood and savory grilled items are at your endless disposal. Also at your endless disposal: pisco and maracuya sours to wash it all down. But that's just the beginning. Every table gets the signature chaufa aeropuerto – a steaming wok filled to the brim with Chinese sausage, fried rice, roasted pork, shrimp omelet, nikkei sauce, and pickled salad – mixed tableside, as well as a choice of entrée per person. We're talking jalea frita, lomo saltado topped with a fried egg, catch of the day with tamarind chorillana sauce and smoked bacon, or plancha anticuchero (grilled octopus and calamari with crushed potatoes and aji panca pepper sauce). Be sure to leave room dessert, which consists of a Peruvian dollhouse filled with sweet treats for the table.
The way to do Bulla’s brunch is with a group. That’s cause every person gets to choose three dishes from their hefty (and potato and egg heavy) brunch menu. On it: their signature huevos Bulla (a mountain homemade crispy potato chips capped with a fried jumbo egg, Serrano ham, potato foam, and truffle oil), bistec al caballo, cochinillo hash with poached eggs and breakfast potatoes, and more. We know, we know: decisions can be so hard. Luckily there’s bottomless sangria to make it all better. Pro tip: the regular menu is also up for ordering (another reason to go with a group).
There are a few ways you can go about brunch at this shrine to Pan-Latin cuisine depending on what day of the weekend you feel like splurging or what you feel like eating. Saturday’s are basically a Mexican fiesta of limitless tacos and beers. Load up as many tortillas as you possibly can with meats from the rodizio grill then hit up the topping and guacamole and salsa bar to have them your way.
Sunday’s get hardcore, with as many mimosas, bloody marys and micheladas as your liver can handle on the menu, and as many visits to the rotating Pan-Latin buffet as time (there’s a two-hour limit) allows. We suggest starting with the pan de bono and short rib arepa benedict. Then move on to the raw station and take some ceviche shots back before dedicating most of your time to the rodizio grill where you’ll load up on picanha, chorizo, and whatever else the chef is cooking. End it at the action station where chocolate waffles with Nutella, dulce de leche, and bananas will have you coming back for more, if you can handle it.
Latin spice meets Southern comfort at this low key spot dishing out huevos rancheros with spicy Mexican chorizo and crème fraiche, as well as sweet potato waffle with a colossal of Spanish fried chicken wrapped in jamon Serrano and slathered with chipotle buttered and Vermont maple syrup. More of a lamb person? Get your fix with their jalapeno cornbread topped with leg of lamb, southern gravy, and a poached egg. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, the lentil croquette with beet tzatziki or avocado toast on Zak the Baker bread (with the option to put an egg on it) will satisfy your taste buds and waist line. Plus you can compensate for the saved calories by ordering a Loba michelada. In it: Cigar City's Jai Alai with chilled clamato, Worcestershire, kosher salt, lime, and owner Jessica Sanchez's mom's secret Sriracha recipe. It’s hot in every sense of the word.
When Francis Mullman does brunch, you’d expect there to be meat involved. And at his Miami outpost Los Fuegos’ Sunday asada, that’s exactly the case. First is the with the world famous wood oven hand cut prime filet empanadas for the table then your choice of parillada, which include lechoncito, skirt steak, oje de bife, blood sausage, or hanging chicken. But before that you’ll also get a first course (go for the sizzling provoleta), plus a side for your meaty entrée. A dessert trio unburdens you from having to pick between dulce de leche pancakes, chocolate nemesis, and a grapefruit and Campari granite.