Brunch is big, in fact – it seems to be the trendiest meal of 2016, and I’m not complaining! My brunch adventures tend to be #SundayFunday experiences, since I usually spend my Saturday mornings baking and running errands.
By the time Sunday comes around I’m ready to have an abnormally long meal with bottomless beverages and of course always something sweet. That’s where French Toast comes in – it’s the perfect brunch entrée, as it’s basically eating dessert for breakfast. I’ve taken it upon myself to discover the best this city has to offer! So with fanfare I bring your this weeks MIAbites Saturday Sweets!
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster – Key Lime Stuffed French Toast
An ode to Key Lime Pie in French Toast form?! Could we possibly get any more South Florida tropical?! This dish is oozing with Key Lime custard, covered in graham crackers, and topped with just a hint of mint. Creative Chef William Crandall has basically given you an excuse for getting away with eating pie for breakfast. 423 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits – Zak’s Brioche French Toast Sandwich
There’s French Toast and then there’s French Toast that’s worth a drive. Zak’s Brioche French Toast Sandwich at Burlock Coast is definitely the later. By Zak, we are of course talking about hometown hero Zak the Baker, who makes any food collaboration an instant hit. In this dish you can expect homemade jam, candied pecans, and rum butter citrus cream cheese. RUM BUTTER – count me in, especially since Burlock Coast is known for their amazing Rum Room. Also, you’re only a crosswalk away from having your toes in the sand after brunch. Bring your beach gear because you will want to sleep off the happy food coma once you finish this sweet sandwich. Ritz- Carlton 1 N Lauderdale Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Glass & Vine – Coquito French Toast
Everyone knows Chopped Champion, Giorgio Rapicavoli’s brunch game is on point (hello, Captain Crunch Pancakes via Eating House) and there’s no exception when it comes to brunch at his newest venture Glass and Vine. The Coquito French Toast is blissfully sweet and absolutely a must order. Made with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla-maple – once you finish this there’s really no need for dessert, it’s just that good. 2820 McFarlane Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
The Morgan’s Restaurant – Mascarpone & Raspberry Stuffed French Toast
This French Toast is exactly what I picture a “classic” dressed French Toast to look like. Covered in powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar butter, maple syrup, and fresh strawberries. Simple and sweet – literally. The best part about this one, is you can get it ALL DAY, EVERYDAY! Anywhere that serves brunch all the time is a big winner in my book! 28 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137
Pinch Kitchen – Stuffed French Toast
“Stuffed” is very much a theme when it comes to the best sweet French Toast dishes. At Pinch you can find a very guava filled fantasy. I, personally, don’t like guava (I’m fully aware that this makes me a terrible Miami native), I don’t know what it is, but it’s just not my thing. However, the boys at Pinch have me seriously questioning my taste when it comes to their brunch baby, brioche bread stuffed with guava, whipped cream cheese, and dusted with plenty of powdered sugar. It’s the one guava dish that I just can’t get enough of. 8601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
One of my favorite common factors behind all of these delicious options is there is no shortage of Miami love. Local ingredients and Miami cultural specific flavors like guava, coquito, and key lime are what make these French Toast dishes worthy of ordering again and again. No brunch is complete without at least one sweet tooth satisfying dish that makes you feel like you immediately need a nap afterwards.
But then again, we can all admit that after being able to basically eat cake for breakfast, one of the best parts about brunch is going home after and sleeping it off.
Have a great weekend!