Monday, December 17, 2018
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Shameless Brunching in Miami

The brunching ritual in Miami is as unavoidable as the humidity in South Florida, and some of us may have forgotten to consider this habit when we vowed to eat healthier in the new year. With so many enticing options and an endless supply of articles boasting “the best brunch in Miami”, the odds seem stacked against you. Thankfully, there’s a way to quell your fears and guide you in the direction of guiltless brunching at local hotspots. It’s obvious Miami takes brunch very seriously, so you’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant that doesn’t turn up the indulgence to lure the hangover crowd; but don’t be fooled into thinking every local eatery is looking for the same cheap thrills. The healthy brigade is gaining huge momentum in South Florida which means there’s less demand for hollandaise sauce and an outcry for locally sourced produce and organic eggs. In order to keep your resolutions intact we suggest sticking to places that can provide you with the best of both worlds—a nourishing, yet brunch-­worthy and scrumptious experience. The following local establishments are trailblazing the movement and changing the brunch culture for the better; at least for those of you seeking respite from the typical brunch binge. Don’t want to risk offending anyone, so by all means ignore this if you’re just interested in getting the full­-on brunch experience without a care in the world.  After all, people can be pretty touchy about their rituals.  Perhaps you’re thinking it’s blasphemy to suggest healthy eating at brunch time; but, you’d better believe those extra 2000 calories every week add up to huge differences in your waistline. We hope that those looking for a hefty helping of solidarity find solace in this list of locally sourced goodness. Healthy brunching, folks!

PHOTO CREDIT: Cristina Cernuda

Threefolds Cafe­ 1 41 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 A chic, Australian owned nook in the heart of Coral Gables.

What’s local and fresh?

The produce, the bread, the bacon, the coffee, and the juice selection. You may know the purveyors: Panther Coffee, Zak the Baker, and Miami Smokers to name a few.

What’s healthy?


The Smashed Avo, 305 Twist, Marcia’s Muesli, Baby Bear Granola & Greek Yogurt Bowl, Queen Quinoa Salad, and Greek Salad.

Choices Organic Cafe­ Flagship location: 711 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33125

An organic cafe with multiple locations exclusively serving up vegan fare at it’s finest.

What’s local and fresh?

All produce is sourced locally when available, but always 100% organic. They offer cold pressed juices, cold brew coffee, and house made vegan desserts.

What’s healthy?


Absolutely EVERYTHING. There really are no wrong choices at Choices Cafe, but here are the favorite brunch options: Tres’ Cakes gluten free pancakes, The Breakfast Burrito, Acai Bowl, and the Mental Lentil Wrap. This menu is so tasty, you won’t believe it’s vegan and oh so good for you.

Station 5­ 5 845 Sunset Dr, South Miami, FL 33143

A cozy rustic eatery with dim lighting and upcycled style where everything is “handcrafted and homemade.”


What’s local and fresh?


Sourcing produce from Florida farms such as Paradise farms, Palmetto Creek Farms and local artisans like Zak the Baker, and sustainably caught local seafood—this hidden gem is on a mission to keep quality standards flying high. The menu flows with seasonal rotations based on what’s locally available and specializes in comfort foods with a contemporary twist.

What’s healthy?

Flavor is king at Station 5, just because it has healthy ingredients doesn’t mean there’s anything bland about it. Smoked Shrimp Guacamole w/ malanga chips, Carolina BBQ Tofu Tacos w/veggie slaw, Butternut Squash Soup, Heirloom Tomatoes, Tuna Tartar, and Gluten Free Fried Pickles (they may be fried, but a worthy splurge to share over brunch).

Zak the Baker Cafe­ 4 05 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127


A contemporary artisan bake shop & cafe serving the most delicious bread made with love and timeless tradition.


What’s local and fresh?


Zak is the personal baker for all the locally sourcing restaurants in Miami. This man cuts no corners when it comes to quality, tradition, and the perfect loaf.

What’s healthy?


If you’re not practicing a gluten free diet, the breakfast sandwiches are like heaven on earth. You’ll have to personally take the trip to find out what’s on the menu, it changes daily based on locally available ingredients. They offer heirloom tomato salads tossed with fresh greens, avocado mashed and served on the freshest toasted bread, pastries, banana­nut bread, fresh made spreads and local coffee. It’s an artisanal dream come true.

27 Restaurant­ 2 727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140


Like stepping into your abuelita’s house on a beautiful sunny day, this historic Caribbean house will invite you in and feed you a home cooked meal you’ll not soon forget.


PHOTO CREDIT: Freehand Miami Facebook Page

What’s local and fresh?

The team at 27 Restaurant take local to into their own backyard—literally. Onsite they operate their own vegetable garden which provides organically grown produce just steps away from their kitchen. They also make it a point to do their seafood shopping from local fisherman who can provide a daily catch; ordering their fresh catch is like going fishing, but without the suntan and fuel costs.

What’s healthy?


Using the fresh garden ingredients, they have created an eclectic menu which offers some intriguingly healthy selections such as the Buckwheat Banana Pancakes, Fruit & Nut Granola Muesli, Eggplant Croquettes Huevos Diablo, and a fresh Kale Salad. This menu will tickle the fancy of even the pickiest of brunch dates. If you’re wanting to indulge, you can find plenty of opportunity for that here with their incredible sticky buns and daily featured benedict.

PHOTO CREDIT: Freehand Miami Facebook Page

WORDS BY:  Cristina Cernuda

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