A Dozen Delicious Dishes

By David Rosendorf | Last Updated May 25, 2016
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Quiche lorraine from Buena Vista Deli from America's Best Breakfasts. Photo: Evan Sung. Used with permission.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In South Florida, it can also be the most interesting. Do a little exploring, and you’ll find several ways to start your day that are a lot more exciting than a bowl of soggy cereal.

Egg & Avocado Sandwich + Marcado at Cafe Curuba

Why We Love It: It’s a simple thing, really: a fluffy bun filled with creamy egg salad brightened with mustard and enriched by slices of fresh avocado. But accompanied by a precisely pulled espresso dotted with...
|2626 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL, us

Morning Bun at True Loaf Bakery

Why We Love It: The smell of butter, yeast and sugar envelopes you upon opening the door. Take that smell with you by getting True Loaf’s morning bun: a huge coiled ribbon of flaky laminated croissant dough,...
|1894 Bay Rd., Miami Beach, FL, us

Egg, Cheese and Sujuk Bread at Noor Bakery

Why We Love It: This tiny bakery specializes in freshly baked Lebanese flatbreads with about a dozen different variations of toppings. My favorite is the one with fluffy eggs and stretchy white cheese, along with...
|4691 Ravenswood Rd., Fort Lauderdale, us

Nasi Goreng at Threefold Cafe

Why We Love It: Fried rice for breakfast? In Indonesia, nasi goreng is morning food. It is at Threefold Cafe, too, where you can get it as early as 7:30am. They perch a runny fried egg on top of a pile of stir-fried...
|141 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, FL, us
|6907 Red Rd., South Miami, FL, us

Egg Souffle at Sucre Cafe

Why We Love It: One of my favorite things about breakfast is eggs, and the many things that can be done with them. In Sucre Café’s tiny kitchen, they turn them into a puffy, airy breakfast souffle, studded with...
|475 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL, us

Oatmeal Emma at Green Gables Cafe

Why We Love It: The “Oatmeal Emma” at Green Gables Café walks a fine line between sweet and savory: nutty almond milk and creamy tahina, balanced by brown sugar and cinnamon. Add some mixed nuts to pull it...
|327 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables, FL, us

Jalisco Bowl at Dirt

Why We Love It: Fast casual no longer has to mean junk food. At Dirt, you order at the counter, but you get fresh, clean stuff like their Jalisco Bowl: a hearty but health-conscious breakfast of quinoa or farro...
|232 5th St., Miami Beach, FL, us

Banh Mi + Milk Tea at 545 Banh Mi Cafe

Why We Love It: A sandwich for breakfast? It’s common in Vietnam, and also at 545 Banh Mi Cafe where they serve several iterations on house-baked baguettes starting at 9am, from the traditional “dac biet” with...
|6461 Stirling Rd., Davie, FL, us

Guava + Cheese Donut at The Salty Donut

Why We Love It: What do you get when you cross several hot food trends – donuts, food trucks and pop-ups – with old Miami Cuban traditions? The guava and cheese donut from the Salty Donut in Wynwood: puffy...
|29 NW 24th St., Wynwood, FL, us

Croqueta Sandwich 
with Egg at Al's Coffee Shop

Why We Love It: When all the tables at this tiny coffee shop in an office building lobby are filled with cops and municipal workers, you know you’ve found a tasty bargain. A hearty sandwich of their excellent...

Ackee & Saltfish at Clive’s Cafe

Why We Love It: It may sound odd, but this Jamaican breakfast tradition, which combines silky preserved salt cod and creamy, soft ackee fruit, cooked with onion and tomato and served with dense, starchy dumplings,...
|5890 NW 2nd Ave., Little Haiti, FL, us

Bagel & Cream Cheese at Toasted Bagelry

Why We Love It: So many bagels these days are a disappointment: cakey, floppy, anemic – a roll with a hole. Not at Toasted Bagelry, despite what some would consider sacrilege in the name itself. These are crusty on...
|83 SW 8th St., Brickell, FL, us

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