By Melanie Galarce
The Alley (1433 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) inside The Betsy Hotel on South Beach is a trattoria-style Italian pizzeria offering elevated renditions of brick-oven pizzas with unique toppings and daily pasta specials.
Move over Sunday, there’s a new “fun day” in town thanks to the new Saturday brunch offerings at Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami). Zuma is shaking things up on Saturdays by proclaiming it their new “it” day for brunch. Patrons will be able to enjoy their meal while being serenaded by saxophones, electric violins, and trumpets, in addition to a a brand-new sake station featuring a weekly rotation of brands as well as brand ambassadors leading tastings. And the best part? All of this comes for the same price of Zuma’s traditional brunch, starting at $95pp++.
Sweet Liberty (237 20th Street, Suite B, Miami Beach) might be Miami Beach’s best kept brunch secret. Known primarily as a bar, and rightfully so given the bar program’s recent awards and accolades, most think of it as a late night drinking outpost as opposed to a quality dining option, let alone one that opens for early (relatively speaking) Sunday morning bites.
As if I haven’t expressed it enough, I have the biggest obsession with Italian cuisine, so when MMTM got the invite to visit Forte dei Marmi, you can only imagine how thrilled I was to check it out! Throughout my journey of veganism, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to never compromise on high-quality, organic, and fresh products (regardless of whether the meal is vegan or not.) Forte dei Marmi (150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) specializes in just that – incomparable fresh ingredients – which, in part, has earned acclaimed chef Antonio Mellino two Michelin stars. Upon arrival, you’re greeted by the jaw-dropping décor designed to recreate the vibes of an elegant resort in a seaside Italian city. Impressed would be an understatement and we had only just step foot in.
Do you guys remember that time that Mitch told you all about dinner at Bird & Bone? The restaurant, a self-proclaimed contemporary countryside farmhouse, offers soulful Southern cuisine through locally sourced ingredients from independent farms and organic butchers (so you feel a bit less guilty about the indulgent meal). Mitch might have told you all about the dinner, but on a rather steamy Sunday morning, I ventured to Bird & Bone’s home at The Confidante (4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) for brunch and was equally as impressed by the quality of the menu.
Nautilus (1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) can be found inside the swanky SIXTY Hotel on South Beach, and, if you’re into feeling the SoBe glam, it also offers an unlimited rosé brunch you’re definitely going to want to check out this summer. Designed with mid-century roots, the Nautilus Cabana Club at the hotel offers fresh brunch cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients and the simplicity of beachside dining. Do you need anything else to have a Sunday Funday success? Probably not.
Grilled meats are the focus at Quinto La Huella (788 Brickell Plaza, Miami) and its Sunday Asado Brunch. This Uruguayan, rustic-chic hotel restaurant offers a unique fire cooking method with a wood fire parrilla centered at the heart of its kitchen, serving up a menu that is carefully planned, yet simple and approachable. The food is down-to-earth, much like the atmosphere, creating a relaxing environment where memories are made. Guests can choose to dine inside in the expansive dining lounge or outside on the charming patio, which frames spectacular views of Brickell City Centre.
Looking for a new take on brunch? Well, the 52 by CORSAIR, the new signature brunch at Turnberry Isle’s CORSAIR Kitchen + Bar (19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura) is a creative mix of buffet standards and rotating weekly a la carte menu that is waiting to be discovered. Served from 11:30AM to 3PM on the weekends, the $45 per person package includes unlimited buffet access, choice of a made-to-order brunch classic, and bottomless mimosas or bloody marys.
If you’ve ever been to the South of France, you know it’s a very unique experience. From Nice to Marseille to Saint-Tropez, the Côte d’Azur, the cities feel more like small beach towns that are somehow able to both offer feelings of casual comfort and ultra luxury. Brasserie Azur (3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami) is a great representation of that vibe, bringing a taste of the French Riviera to Midtown Miami.
Seven years after opening its doors, Executive Chef & Partner Timon Balloo and his team at Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill (3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami) continue to deliver solid tapas-style eats and drinks in their popular midtown spot. Digging its gastronomic roots into the Miami culinary scene since 2010, Sugarcane offers all the small plates you could ever dream of, a kickass raw bar, and quite a few robata grill favorites. And, just in time for beach season, the team recently added a few lighter options to their brunch menu that don’t lack for flavor and will not disappoint.