By Mitchell Nover
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.
Menu highlights: The Brussels Eggs Benny and Farm Fresh Frittata are the perfect choices for those diners who might have already put in work at a yoga or cycling class before brunching. These are the people who obviously don’t drink themselves into oblivion and are looking for something satisfying while still staying on the lighter side.
The breadless benedict still packs a punch with its bed of Brussels sprouts, crispy hog jowel, Jim Beam infused honey, almonds, and hollandaise. And the frittata is simple, yet savory with its mix of seasonal vegetables, free range eggs, potatoes, and chive-ricotta.
Standout dishes: Now if you went too hard on Saturday night and stumbled into brunch nursing a hangover, Sweet Liberty’s got you covered as well. And what does it say about me that that’s what factors into my standout choices? Well, anyway, there’s no denying that the Chilaquiles and Stuffed French Toast are ideal for soaking up some of that leftover booze in your belly, but also for delivering that decadence that we all look for in a brunch dish.
Always a favorite of mine on any menu (and sadly not on many in Miami), the chilaquiles come with two free range eggs served sunny side up atop a bed of sauteed frito beans, queso fresco, and corn tortillas, all doused in salsa verde alongside a side of avocado. I can feel my hangover dissipating already.
And the stuffed French toast is a dream for kids at heart who need to have their sweet tooth satisfied. The cornflake crusted brioche comes topped with globs of chocolate crips, vanilla cream, caramel, and Vermont maple syrup. Oh, and there’s some fresh bananas and strawberries there too for, you know, #balance.
Are we boozing? When you’re brunching in one of the World’s 50 Best Bars you are! Sweet Liberty’s brunch cocktails are perfect for day drinking — sweet, smooth, and so so good. The St-Germain Cocktail (St-Germain, sparkling wine, Perrier, lemon zest) is spritzy way to start your day, while the Campari Sangria (red wine, Campari, fresh orange, curaçao) is a more fruity and tangy option. The restaurant also offers Bottomless Rosé, which you can drink, say it with me… all day.
Check this place out if you like: boozy brunches where the food doesn’t suffer. I’m thinking of places like Bird & Bone, Matador Room, and Pinch, that deliver quality brunch offerings on the plate and in the glass.
Mitch’s take: While Sweet Liberty’s world-class cocktails are no doubt worth enjoying well into the night, it also serves up some pretty damn good and creative food that’s also worth waking up for. The brunch menu is the perfect marriage of sophisticated and straightforward, but more importantly it’s downright delicious.