My family loves to go to breakfast, and we all have our own favorite locations around town. My primary requirements are good food and a child-friendly atmosphere, but my children are quite a bit more particular.
Le Crepe Bistro
This tiny and inobtrusive gem in South Miami has few tables but fabulous food. Standard breakfast fare is available but why order eggs when a Crepe Parisienne (ham and brie cheese) created by a French chef is available? Although not the ideal location for small children, the staff is patient and understanding and the fresh food is unbeatable.
One of the more well-known restaurants in South Miami, Deli Lane has a vast and varied menu, including breakfast staples and favorites. While indoor seating is available, the outdoor seating atmosphere is enjoyable: off the main road, traffic is low but pedestrian traffic is high, creating one of the best people watching spots in town. The food is not fancy, but it is delicious; eggs Benedict is a favorite with my whole family.
Roasters n’ Toasters
This New York-style deli beats any other in Miami. Although the wait can be daunting, the line moves quickly and the food is impeccable. From the homemade pickles, to the nova platter, to the matzoh ball soup, the portions are tremendous. Don’t have time for a sit down meal? Call ahead and grab some deli takeout.
This Pinecrest restaurant is open early and serves a wide variety of foods in traditional Greasy Spoon style. It is home to the best pancakes in Miami–made light and fluffy by the strategic addition of Sprite to the batter. The breakfast menu also includes standard staples like omelets and scrambles, but their most spectacular culinary feat is their Wally Bacon: perfectly cooked and crispy, it practically melts in your mouth.
Pinecrest Farmer’s Market
Perhaps a market is not the first place you might think to go for breakfast, but if you are looking for good no-frills food made fresh, make your way down any Sunday morning. The various market stalls provide fresh fruit, juices, empanadas, pastries, Bar-B-Q, made-to-order crepes and a wide variety of pastries. Limited (extremely) informal seating is available, or eat while you shop for weekly produce.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be delicious and an enjoyable dining experience.