In Miami, it’s more common to have breakfast as a fourth meal rather than a first. Partygoers fancy their nightcap amid a plate of bacon and sunny-side up eggs long before sunrise. Luckily, News Café on South Beach has been serving breakfast 24 hours a day since it first opened in 1988, making it totally feasible to cure tomorrow’s hangover before it starts. Whether you’re seeking a late-night revival or simply getting the day started on the right foot, the most important meal is a serious occasion no matter what time you place your order.
A great breakfast spot is a permutation of friendly, reliable service, thoughtfully prepared food, and sufficiently caffeinated coffee poured with a side of comedic banter. Together, the lethal combination has the power to eradicate migraines and crank eyes wide open. These reliable Miami spots, ranging from glossy, industrial restaurants to the bustling outdoor breakfast scene that started it all, will have you waking up early from this day forward.
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Oversized cinnamon rolls, red velvet pancakes, and Nutella-stuffed French toast blur the line between breakfast and dessert. Here, breakfast is over the top, just like the oversized red velvet banquets in the dining room and plush sofas that spill out onto the patio for al fresco dining. While patrons people-watch and hope for celebrity sightings, Greenstreet wakes Miami with its signature Arctic caramel macchiato.
After a brief hiatus, Icebox Café reopened to the delight of dedicated guests, who pack the frosty white 120-seat interior daily. Since opening in 2000, organic eggs and bacon have been fixtures on the menu, long before the locavore wave hit Miami. Said bacon tops fluffy guava-filled brioche French toast with butterscotch sauce. Save room for the pies, which are Oprah Winfrey-approved and put the Icebox Café on the map.
Breakfast is a perpetual and round-the-clock offering at News Café, which serves everything from smoked salmon eggs Benedict to huevos rancheros. Grab a fresh-squeezed juice and browse the extensive selection of magazines and books, or sun in the News Café’s courtyard. For dessert, dig your toes into the sand. The beach is just across the street.
Buena Vista Deli
After two decades in Montreal, Chef Claude Postel merged his French culinary know-how with Miami’s more amiable weather. When you’re craving a breakfast as simple as a freshly baked pastry or crusty bread, Postel’s patisserie is like a piece of Parisian heaven. Bite into Buena Vista’s faultlessly flaky croissant, moistened with homemade fig jelly for a sweet start.
Don’t be fooled by its name or unassuming location inside a U.S. 1 strip mall. A favorite among local policemen, this casual spot proffers more than just bagels, although the option for one comes with almost any order. Try the rich egg bagel, or mildly sweet blueberry variety. Pair a plain bagel with crab cakes benedict and creamy hollandaise, or steak and eggs with fried potatoes.