28 N.E. 29th St.
Miami, FL 33132
Midtown Miami is enjoying a renaissance led by the artist enclave in the Design district. Morgan’s Restaurant is in the middle of this area in a reconstructed old house from a forgotten era when Miami was a lazy, sleepy town. It is located in across the street from an auto body paint shop and a few minutes west of Biscayne Boulevard so the mix of urban and rural is evident at this location. When customers enter through the gates and sit in the hospitable establishment, the menu is delicious. Expect Greek yogurt with fresh berries and granola, a Frenchman sandwich (fried eggs, arugula, boursin cheese, ham), a chicken and waffle sandwich and mascarpone and raspberry stuffed French toast. The restaurant will be open New Year’s Day with its regular brunch menu so plan a tour of the Midtown area ending with brunch at Morgan’s.
Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Tourists come to Miami and believe it is paradise while locals see it as home and wish to call paradise somewhere else. At Cioppino, on Key Biscayne, locals can enjoy a view of paradise without leaving the area. Sitting on the terrace of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, the view is majestic whether during the day or at twilight. The restaurant will offer a New Year’s Day Recovery Breakfast for those who partied until daylight on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a spread of breakfast delights and a Bloody Mary bar. Reservations are recommended and the price will be $30 for adults and $19 for kids ages five to 12.
1940 N. 30th Road
Hollywood, FL 33021
Next to the Yellow Green Farmers Market is ChillBar which offers an eclectic menu of foods all with organic and sustainable ingredients (no preservatives, additives, hormones, etc). The restaurant will be having a New Year’s brunch from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the Sunday before New Year’s because it is closed on Wednesdays. For $10 per person, enjoy an array of selections. There will be an unlimited mimosa bar with local ingredients such as lychees, nuts and mangos. The dishes to look for at the brunch will be shrimp and grits (gulf shrimp with parmesan cheddar organic grits) and hollow French toast (challah bread with vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, organic butter and real maple syrup).
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94th Aero Squadron
1395 N.W. 57th Ave.
Miami, FL 33126
The Aero Squadron restaurant has become a staple of the Miami landscape where kids can go and listen to the air traffic controllers bring home planes while they eat. The Sunday brunch is also famous and Aero Squadron will be having the same brunch menu for New Year’s Day on Wednesday. The family should enjoy this South Florida mainstay restaurant with waffles, crab legs, bacon and more.
Rosie’s Bar and Grill
2449 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Located in the community of Wilton Manors off of Oakland Park Boulevard is Rosie’s Bar and Grill. Wilton Manors is, as of the 2010 Census, the “second gayest city” in the United States and has a strong GLBT community with The Pride Center at Equality Park nearby to Rosie’s. Rosie’s is a bar and restaurant that has a great brunch menu which it will be serving on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offering waffles, eggs benedict dishes, salads and wraps, the chefs at Rosie’s have won competitions in the Ft. Lauderdale area for their delicious dishes.
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