Loba in MiMo Debuts Brunch Sunday: Free Mimosas For All

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The "Ring of Fire" is a sweet potato waffle with jamón serrano, Spanish fried chicken, chipotle butter and maple syrup
Miami isn't exactly overflowing with praiseworthy brunch spots, so we get unusually excited anytime a cool restaurant launches a brunch program. This weekend it happens to be Loba, an intimate gastrobar in MiMo serving Latin and South American cuisine.

The hybrid meal is owner Jessica Sanchez's favorite, and so to test the waters she encouraged diners to share their likes and dislikes during two pop-up brunches. Similar to dinner, Sanchez wants the brunch menu to include healthy options (chia seed pudding, anyone?) and vegetarian entrées in addition to more decadent items.

For example: the ring of fire. The dish consists of a sweet potato waffle, jamón serrano, spanish fried chicken, chipotle butter and Vermont maple syrup ($18).

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Bistro BE Launches Brunch This Weekend: Try the Stella Artois and Herb Waffle

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Non-tradional waffles and bottomless mimosas, anyone?
This weekend, consider stopping by Bistro BE, located in the Axis building in Brickell. Why? Because on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this chic Belgian eatery will be hosting a contemporary and interesting Belgium brunch with a twist.

See also: Brickell's Bistro BE Brings Cold-Weather Comfort to a Hot Neighborhood

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Batch Gastropub Brunch: All-You-Can-Drink and Chicken & Waffles for $20

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All photos by Jose de las Casas
What do you say to chicken and waffles at Batch Gastropub in Brickell along with all-you-can-drink for $20?

See also: Ten Best Chicken & Waffles in Miami

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Pubbelly Brunch Fare: Media Noche McBelly and Granola With Yuzu

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All photos by Carla Torres
Pubbelly does brunch
The Pubbelly boys might be growing an empire, but that's not keeping them from keeping the location that started it all fresh and exciting. Since opening in 2010, Pubbelly has lacked one thing: brunch. If you wanted the breakfast-meets-lunch indulgence in the form of French toast sticks, you headed over to PB Steak.

But when PB Steak announced it would close to move to the mainland, French toast dreams were shattered. Until a couple of weeks ago that is, when Pubbelly started serving "Sunday brunch fare: a wonderful fresh ingredient feast."

See also: L'echon: The Pubbelly Boys' French Brasserie Is a Glimpse of What's to Come

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Cafe Mistral Brunch: Bottomless Mimosas or Passion Fruit Bellinis for $5

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All Photos by Jose de las Casas
Last month we discovered the best mimosa brunch deal in town over at Love is Blind where a dollar gets you a long way. But over at Café Mistral, an extra $5 will get you unlimited mimosas poured throughout your entire meal all weekend long. Did we mention the orange juice is freshly squeezed? (That alone is normally $5.) Consider it mentioned.

You'll notice the surfboard in the dining room like a needle in a haystack. Café Mistral comes to you from one of the owners of Radio, Philippe Falca. An avid surfer who's traveled around the globe, Falca uses this board whenever there're big waves -- AKA when a hurricane is coming -- to get his waves on.

See also: Love Is Blind Brunch: Hangover Wreckers and 99 Cent Mimosas

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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.

See also: Vegetarian and Vegan Guide to Miami Spice 2014


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

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Photos by Carla Torres
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.

See also: Khong River House: Boat Noodles, Cool Digs, and Hot Hooch in SoBe - View the slide show: Closer Look: Khong River House in South Beach

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

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Photos courtesy Matt Kuscher
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.

See also: Kush: Burgers, Beer, and Bacon Brownies in Wynwood (Photos)

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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.

See also: Love Is Blind Brunch: Hangover Wreckers and 99 Cent Mimosas

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

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Photo by Jackie Sayet
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.

See also: Six Mango Dishes to Try in Miami: Sushi, Foie Gras, and Hedy Goldsmith Dessert

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