For years Downtown Miami was one of the city's most abandoned neighborhoods—a place you observed through a car window but never actually experienced. But now the area is experiencing a new dawn—one that's happening just in time for mimosas. Pair the neighborhood's wonderful views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami River with bottomless specials and unlimited brunch plates, and you've got it made.
Kill two birds with one stone by exploring art at PAMM and a decadent meal at Verde.
With Verde Restaurant and Bar, the Perez Art Museum Miami joins the ranks of museums like the Guggenheim and the MoMA: establishments with eateries as tantalizing as the artwork within. The first thing you'll notice about weekend brunch at this Stephen Starr restaurant is the view, as speed boats zip by lush mansions along Biscayne Bay. The next thing will surely be the incredible meal you're about to eat, especially with dishes like the lobster Benedict for breakfast, or a squash blossom pizza for lunch. Whatever you choose, wash it down with a guava margarita or a blood orange mimosa before meandering through PAMM's latest exhibits. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., 305-375-8282
If you're looking for a quick, hassle-free brunch option in the area, pop into this charming restaurant where healthy and homemade dishes take center stage. Chef Bryan Underwood, a former fashion and fitness model, masters breakfast basics by turning up the gourmet factor and making many of the eatery's ingredients from scratch, from yogurt and almond milk to vinegar. Sure, you could order the classic whole wheat waffles, but why not go for the butternut squash option? Or try one of the creative egg dishes that reign supreme here. It's the kind of joint you visit if you want quality healthy dishes without sacrificing flavor in an easy, no-frills setting. 104 NE Second St., 305-371-7777
Those looking for a bottomless brunch option in the area should head to Toro Toro where countless food stations abound.
Brunch is great, but once you tack on the word "bottomless," the event becomes magical. Every Sunday, Toro Toro offers a bottomless brunch buffet with so many food stations and menu offerings, your taste buds will cease protestation and give in. There's a specialty salad bar, a seafood and raw bar, an action station where Nutella-topped waffles are served, and a Rodizio grill for meats. Meanwhile, mimosas and micheladas flow generously from pitchers to glasses as you indulge in Miami's ultimate Pan Latin feast. From 11:30 am-3 pm. 100 Chopin Plz., 305-372-4710
The quinoa fried rice is served with porke belly, kale, and is topped off with a fried egg.
Bottle service for brunch? Now that's something we can get used to. For a fixed price, Area 31 presents you with a bottle of La Marca Prosecco, along with three juice mixers for your own DIY mimosas. Vodka and Bloody Mary mixes can substitute, but don't let that cloud your judgment before looking at the menu. Where else in Miami can you find quinoa fried rice made with pork belly, purple kale, and a fried egg, or suckling pig with creamy polenta and shrimp escabeche for breakfast? With one of the most unique vantage points in town (an unobstructed view of Biscayne Boulevard), Area 31 is the kind of place where you come for the food, but stay for the scene. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-424-5234
Make brunching a luxurious experience with unlimited options at Zuma.
At $95 a person, brunching at Zuma is meant for those who take the art seriously. It covers all of the essentials of an afternoon Japanese fusion affair: free-flowing champagne; unlimited selections of sushi, sashimi and maki rolls; and a robata counter that will fill you to your heart's content with soups, salads, and warm or cold dishes to start. Zuma offers a stunning view of where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay, so when all is accounted for, a meal at Zuma makes for a pretty dazzling time. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277