Start Your Day with the Best Breakfast in Miami
May 22, 2018
Digging into a delicious breakfast is the best way to start the day, and Miami has plenty of outstanding spots. Take a bite out of these local favorites.
Miami’s food scene is diverse, ranging from Cuban “ventanita” walk-up windows to hipster-chic diners. Here are our top nine picks for the best breakfast in Miami.
Founded over 30 years ago, Greenstreet Café bills itself as the most iconic “see & be seen” restaurant in Coconut Grove. And with a fun, inviting patio and an equally inviting menu, this corner spot is deserving of the title.
The food is reasonably priced and perfect for those with a sweet tooth–pancake options include caramelized banana, blueberry granola, cinnamon roll, pumpkin, and bacon pancakes. Can you say ‘yum’? Our personal favorites? The Nutella-filled French toast or the caramelized banana pancakes.
Greenstreet doesn’t take reservations, so expect a crowd—but the French toast alone is worth the wait.
Just four blocks from the Brightline Miami Train Station, ALL DAY is a sunny, relaxed spot is made for those who are serious about their cup of Joe. Pour over, hot drip, cold brew, nitro—All Day has all the Brooklyn coffee essentials. But the real star is a unique drink of their own creation: a Rosemary cold-brew limeade dubbed “Our Sweetheart.”
Featuring a surprisingly extensive menu that ranges from eggs, bagels—made in-house, no less—French toast, breakfast sammies and an assortment of pastries. Our must-order items? The Avocado Tartine, a unique take on avocado toast that features puffed quinoa (!), and the One-Handed (marbled egg, sage sausage, double cream brie and herb aioli on a homemade English muffin).
The ambiance here is inviting and aesthetic #goals—reclaimed tree branches hang from the ceiling and the bathroom features fun cat wallpaper. And you’ve got to love the traditional Cuban “ventanita,” or walk-up window, to order coffee on the go.
Jimmy's Eastside Diner
This classic neighborhood diner was briefly featured in “Moonlight,” the Oscar-winning movie that won Best Picture over La La Land. But don’t let that fool you—Jimmy’s is still the no-frills, casual hangout that it was 40 years ago
You won’t find any avocado toast here, but you will find classic diner fare such as eggs, hotcakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and hash browns. Portions are large and service is excellent. Most of their breakfast deals are under $10. We especially love deal #4—two eggs, an open face biscuit with sausage gravy, home fries and orange juice.
Jimmy’s warm, welcoming atmosphere harkens back to its 1960s roots, with old-school vinyl booths and friendly staff. Breakfast is served all day.
Las Olas Café
Recommended by Anthony Bourdain on his Travel Channel series, “Layover,” this no-frills, cash-only café in South Beach serves up generous portions of classic Cuban street food. You can’t beat the prices ($6.25 for a breakfast combo: two eggs, with home fries or French fries, buttered Cuban toast, and coffee or juice) or the traditional Cuban coffee.
The arepas and empanadas are flavorful and cooked to perfection. Also noteworthy are their house sandwiches—we especially love the roasted pork shoulder sandwich. Don’t skip dessert here, either—their guava pastelito (Cuban pastry) is scrumptious.
Pro tip: the place is small and seating is limited, so order your food at the to-go window and walk over to the nearby beachfront Lummus Park and enjoy your food while sitting near the water.
For visitors (and locals) looking to check out the Wynwood Walls, this gem is located just across the street. A trendy spot for breakfast and brunch, the atmosphere is hipster-chic with art on the walls, yet manages to also feel open and airy.
Menu items are diner staples with a twist. Case in point: the Churro Waffle & Berries or British Omelette Hash. We’re huge fans of the Brioche French Toast—the crème anglaise sauce that comes with it is on point.
Though it’s in the heart of a popular neighborhood, wait times are reasonable and the service is swift. The outdoor patio area is colorful and shaded—ask to be seated outside if possible.
Named after her oldest daughter, owner Barclay Graebner refurbished this landmark purple house into a retro-inspired lively Wynwood brunch spot. With a chic, home-y vibe, Morgan’s is perfect for family breakfasts or brunch with the girls.
Though the inside space is cozy, there’s plenty of seating outside on the patio. Brunch is served all day here and the menu is classic American cuisine—don’t miss the Mascarpone and Raspberry Stuffed French toast or Chicken & Waffle Sandwich. For a mix of sweet and savory, order both items and split amongst the table.
Morgan’s gets crowded on the weekends, so be sure to make a reservation. Parking is available onsite.
Health nuts and food bloggers in the Miami Design District, rejoice! OTL (an abbreviation of “Out to Lunch”) serves up healthy café fare in a bright, laid-back space with pastel colors on the walls.
The star of the menu is the OTL Super Seed Butter Toast—a delicious nut butter spread on brioche toast with fresh blueberries. Other menu items include granola, eggs, fruit, wraps, grab-and-go pastries and coffee. Vegan and gluten-free options are available as well.
Front Porch Café
Open since 1990, this Miami Beach staple located inside the Z Ocean Hotel has a traditional menu of American comfort food and is a local favorite. Featuring an all-day breakfast menu, people love to come here to enjoy the scene on Ocean Drive.
Favorites include the French Toast and Granola Pancakes. For something savory, we also love the Breakfast Pizza and Sicilian Omelette.
Front Porch has shaded outdoor seating and tends to be busy. But have no fear—a giant chess board and other games in the lounge will keep you and the kids occupied while you wait for your table.
The Salty Donut
Located in the heart of Wynwood, the Salty Donut is Miami’s answer to the artisan donut craze that’s sweeping the nation from Seattle to New York. With creative fillings and toppings, you could go every day and still have something unique—flavors rotate weekly.
In addition to weekly flavors, there are also year-round staples like the much-beloved Guava + Cheese and the Maple Bacon. We also love the Coconut Samoa (bonus—it’s vegan and gluten-free!). Intelligentsia coffee is available too.
Our best advice? Get there early. Fans line up before the shop opens at 7:30 am and donuts often sell out before closing time at 6 pm.