Miami Spice 2014: Ten Best Sunday Brunch Deals

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Laine Doss
Mussels at Il Mulino -- that's just for starters.
What's the difference between brunch and lunch? By definition, "brunch" is a breakfast/lunch combo. To us, the difference is that lunch is usually something we grab on the run to eat at our desk. Lunch "fuels" us.

Brunch, however, is a more relaxed affair. On the weekends, we gather with friends and loved ones after a run or a yoga class, to enjoy a longer, unrushed mid-day meal. Plus, there's usually a mimosa or two involved. To us, it's the reward for another work week successfully maneuvered.

Which brings us to Miami Spice. Although there is no "official brunch" category, there are several fine restaurants offering a $23 three (or more) course daytime feast on Saturdays and Sundays. They can call it "lunch". We'll happily give poetic license to that and call it what it really is -- ten places serving up a great weekend brunch -- Miami Spice-style.

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Brunch at Khong River House: Mango Sticky Rice and Coconut Sesame Pancakes

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Khong-style fried chicken
South Beach favorite Khong River House has been well received by locals since opening in December 2012. So it's surprising that the restaurant, which celebrates the flavors and cuisine of the Mekong region of Thailand, only recently began serving brunch -- especially when sister property Yardbird down the street boasts hordes of hunger-struck folks lining up as early as 9:30 a.m. Sunday for bird and bubbles.

Well, now you don't have to wait an hour at Yardbird; simply walk to the other end of Lincoln Road, where you can get Khong's version of fried chicken all weekend long. Hurry, though -- sooner or later Khong's brunch will be as packed as Yardbird's.

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Lokal Serves Brunch for You and Your Dog: Try the Hangover Breakfast and Guava Pop-Tarts

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Breakfast veggie tacos made with local ingredients.
Lokal is one of the busiest neighborhood joints for a burger and a brew in Miami, but even hard-core fans of Matt Kuscher's locally driven joint might opt for eggs and a mimosa on a weekend morning.

Which is precisely the reason for Lokal's "Before One Brunch," served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting August 2. Kuscher, along with Lokal's chef, Spider, is serving brunchy goodness with an added benefit: Ingredients are sourced locally from farms throughout Florida, including the cage-free eggs found in the scrambles and omelets.

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Brunch at Terrazza: DIY Bloody Mary Bar and Well-Stocked Buffet

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Photos by Carla Torres
Do you like to do it yourself?
As Miami's brunch evolves into a sea of bottomless options and dozens of eggs being cooked in different and inventive ways, restaurants are looking to take the Sunday feast to the next level: A day to revel and give into the week-long battle with gluttony, Sunday is undoubtedly meant for brunch.

Terrazza at the Shore Club, which serves brunch as a starter to their Shore Things Sunday pool party, has decided to add some options to their limitless offerings and a DIY Bloody Mary bar, because why not?

Short Order was invited to be our own mixologist and indulge in the bounty of edible choices, part of the Ladies Who Brunch gathering.

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The International Mango Festival: Colombian Mango Tastings and Star Chefs' Brunch

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Moist, marvelous mangoes. If the mere mention of them makes your mouth swoon, then get ready for this weekend when the 22nd annual International Mango Festival graces our palates. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden event will be held Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, because one day of mango worship is just not enough. Among the yoga, shopping, lectures, and activities for the kids, there's tons of mango to try.

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Hannya Asian Cuisine to Open in Brickell This September

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Hannya to open on Brickell Avenue this September.
Sushi never goes out of style.

The Japanese restaurant Hannya is set to open in September at 1060 Brickell Ave. As recently reported in South Florida Business Journal, a 16-year lease worth $3.5 million was recently brokered for the restaurant's space. Hannya will be walking distance from Mary Brickell Village, and will be located next to select restaurants such as La Lupita and L'entrecote de Paris.

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Love Is Blind Brunch: Hangover Wreckers and 99 Cent Mimosas

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Hangover aid has arrived.
Many Miami brunches offer unlimited mimosas for a fee, but before you say yes to that deal think a moment. Just how many fizzy beverages are you actually going to consume over the course of a meal? If your limit is three at best, maybe that $20 all-you-can-drink offer isn't so wonderful, after all. Maybe it's time to consider Love Is Blind's 99 cent mimosas.

The whimsical Coral Gables restaurant just started serving weekend brunch because, as owners Carlos Galan and JC Chamizo tell Short Order, "the Gables was missing a fun yet affordable place to enjoy brunch with a casual chic appeal."

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Hyde Beach Launches Sunday Brunch: Baked Eggs a la Jose Andres and a Side of Party

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With the summer heat rolling in and the Miami brunch craze getting bigger than ever, Hyde Beach has jumped aboard and recently introduced weekend brunch with a side of party. Jose Andres could not miss an opportunity to indulge eaters with a spin on Spanish classics, some light and perfect for being in a teeny bikini, and some not so much.

Newly appointed chef Tito Vargas rolled out the new menu two weeks ago. J'adore Sundays is the name of the game, and if you go for brunch you get to skip out on the hustle and bustle of the line and cover at the door. And that's not all -- there's a DJ, a rolling bar, and even a caricature artist who wears a beret and will paint your portrait at absolutely no cost. Short Order was invited to get a taste of the brunch festivities. Pictures after the jump.

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Father's Day Brunch in Miami: A Guide to Meat, Beer, and Cigars for Dad

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A father's feast.
Father's Day is this Sunday, and chances are your dad might want nothing more than to stay on the La-Z-Boy and watch the game. But the recliner will always be there -- these Father's Day brunch specials will not. This Sunday, forgo buying yet another tie and show Dad some love by treating him at one of the restaurants below.

There's something on this list for every dad or abuelo, whether he's into brunch or is more of a steak-dinner guy. For bonus points, throw in a hand-rolled cigar and maybe a round of golf to boot. Note: Reservations are strongly suggested, and tip and tax are generally not included.

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Brunch at Bulla: Bottomless Sangria and Cochinillo Hash

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Start your Spanish brunch with a cup of gazpacho.
Bulla is the go-to place for watching any World Cup game that Spain is playing. Warning: Be prepared to hear Spaniards brag about the defending champs and boast that their country is the best in the world. On a recent Saturday, the Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid game was a major event at Bulla, which serves a delicious brunch on weekends.

Brunch, which was launched on Easter, includes a tasting-style menu that takes classic Spanish favorites and modernizes them in multiple ways. Short Order checked out the tasting brunch that's available both Saturdays and Sundays.

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