Blackbrick Launches Brunch: Peking Duck and Waffles, Breakfast Fried Rice

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Courtesy of Richard Hales
Steamed fun gor cures all of last night's sins.
What do you get when your favorite Chinese dishes and American classic brunch items have a love child?

We're picturing Peking duck and waffles; fried rice with scrambled eggs and sausage; and an omelet stuffed with Szechuan beef.

Blackbrick's Richard Hales must be reading minds, because that's exactly what he's serving at his new weekend brunch, offered in addition to his dim sum menu.

Hales tells Short Order that the idea came from the success of his Sunday midmorning offerings. "The dim sum menu has been very popular, with the restaurant packed every Sunday. We decided it was a good idea to offer dim sum Saturday as well, and to offer some brunch items to complement it."

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Brunch at 660 at the Angler's Gets Revamped: Chocolate-Covered Bacon and Nutella French Toast

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Photos by Carla Torres
Brunch is to Sunday what booze is to happy hour. No Sunday is complete without it, especially when the brunch is overflowing with booze. At 660 at the Angler's, the intimate restaurant is more like an oasis.

The Angler's recently joined the Kimpton Hotels family, so the company has revamped the concept at 660, as well as the menu. Short Order was invited to sample the new offerings.

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Great American Bacon Race: Running for the Bacon Obsessed

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Wikicommons/Renee Comet
Meet your new running buddy.
Running is one of the most popular sports in the United States, with road races being one of the fastest-growing sports-related weekend pastimes.

According to Running USA's State of the Sport report, the number of running events in the United States in 2012 totaled an astounding 26,370, with 15,534,000 finishers.

Road races, once considered the domain of the professional athlete or the deranged, are more popular than ever, thanks to race directors hosting events catered to just about every preference and interest. There are races that allow you to run in technicolor, play in mud, avoid zombies, and mingle with Disney characters. And now, ladies and gentlemen, you can run with bacon.

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Chicago's Bar Toma to Pop Up at Lorenzo for Brunch

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Photo by Huge Galdones
Bar Toma's eggs in purgatory will be available at Lorenzo for brunch
Tony Mantuano, the chef/partner at Lorenzo, realizes Miamians are unlikely to come to Chicago this time of year. Therefore, the James Beard Award winning chef has decided to bring his popular Windy City trattoria, Bar Toma, to South Beach.

Starting Saturday March 15, Lorenzo will play host to a Bar Toma pop-up brunch on weekends. Mantuano, who many know from his stint on season two of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, won't be in town, however, Erik Freeberg, Bar Toma's chef de cuisine will be on hand.

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Tides South Beach Serves Up Southern Style Brunch On Weekends

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The Tides South Beach
The Tides South Beach is giving locals a reason to brave the early afternoon weekend crowds on Ocean Drive. The Art Deco hotel's outdoor restaurant is serving up a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring several dishes inspired by southern comfort food to help you recover from the previous night's bar binge. Each plate is priced at $19.

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Brunch at Soyka: Live Music, Bottomless Booze, and Sunny-Side Up Egg Pizza

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all photos by Carla Torres
It's a sunny-side up kind of Sunday
Before the Design District became what it is today, few restaurants dared open north of 36th Street in Miami. Soyka took a chance. In 1999, the restaurant began operating after its owner, the legendary Mark Soyka, purchased the space as a garage for his vintage car collection and then realized the East Side lacked a decent restaurant.

Soyka opened with a simple-yet-straightforward concept: comfort food in a casual and laid back environment that feels like your dining room. Fifteen years later, not too much has changed. Brunch, however, got a little bit sweeter. Short Order was invited to sample the offerings and witness the live entertainment. Pictures after the jump.

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Five Reasons Brunch Is So Overrated

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Eggs Benedict: Overrated.
Express your unpopular opinion. That Twitter hashtag gave me the courage to admit the unthinkable: I really hate brunch.

OK, I know what you're thinking. Whenever I admit this to someone, I'm confronted with looks of disbelief and the follow-up question, "Do you hate puppies?" Though I dressed up as Cruella de Vil for Halloween three years in a row, I promise. I do not hate puppies.

Brunch is just an awful meal -- and its unbelievably overrated. So before the weekend starts, I want to arm you with the facts. There is life outside of those pricey brunch buffets and bottomless pits of watered-down mimosas.

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The River Seafood & Oyster Bar's Brunch: We Get a First Bite

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Photos by Carla Torres
French toast at the River Seafood & Oyster Bar.
Just two weeks into its new brunch, the River Seafood & Oyster Bar has already made changes to its menu. Prices has been lowered, and dishes have been tailored to the mutable wants of hungry patrons.

Short Order was invited to sample the revamped Sunday feast. Check out the pictures after the jump.

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Ritz-Carlton South Beach Launches New Brunch

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all photos by Carla Torres
Bloody good
We Miamiams love our Sunday brunch. It's become a tradition -- one we're not willing to give up, and why would we? Brunch is a nice way to treat yourself after a long week of hustling and bustling.

And now there's another spot offering up this meal. To reward locals and tourists alike, the Ritz-Carlton South Beach has introduced a new Cocktails and Culinary Brunch ($75 per person).

This buffet-style brunch is arranged in stations, and each station is paired with its own cocktail. Short Order was invited to sample the hotel's new offering. Check out the pictures after the jump.

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Via Verdi Cucina Rustica: Brunch Dolce Vita Style

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All photos by Laine Doss
Aperol spritz: your new brunch drink.
There are so many brunches in Miami, you'd probably have to dine out every Sunday afternoon for a decade to enjoy every one of them. Which, by the way, we have no problem with.

We stumbled upon Via Verdi Cucina Rustica's Italian-inspired brunch by happenstance. Hungry for a meal, we passed by the bistro and were enticed by the outdoor dining, live musician, and ample free parking.

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