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Aug 31, 2009 07:37 AM

Best breakfast in SB? Frod and Pigeon please help!

I know, I know....this question gets asked a thousand times on the board and I know there have been numerous responses (I've looked at posts back to 10/08) but I am asking again just in case I have missed something.

Breakfast is our favorite meal. We will be in SB Thursday-Monday. I haven't decided if I want to do brunch somewhere and if we do have brunch somewhere, I want to avoid places like the Ritz and the Biltmore.

If it helps, we are staying at the Gansevoort.

So far, recommendations seem to be:

Au Pied de Cochon
Front Porch (breakfast only)

What about the News Cafe? We haven't been there in 2 yrs. but it seems to have gone downhill. We have eaten at the Front Porch for breakfast and I recall it as being just o.k.

What else?

Frod and Mr. (or Mz.) Pigeon please help.......

Thanks for guidance.


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  1. That list looks about right. I suspect TP will add Sardinia Sunday brunch to the list (I've not tried it). I've also not tried Clarke's myself nor have I been to APDC for breakfast/brunch. Keep in mind as well that Talula, Nemo's, and I believe Clarke's are Sunday brunch only, not regular breakfast places.

    I will also admit to enjoying the "Pinky's Hollywood Breafkast" at Big Pink (fried polenta sticks topped with spinach, bacon, poached eggs and a cheesy sauce), though it's been a long time since I've done that.

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      we eat breakfast out every weekend and have been everywhere.

      au pied does a nice breakfast--do try it.
      front porch, i find overrated, overcrowded and overpriced
      news cafe, ditto.
      clarke's has a fab Sunday brunch--best Bloody Mary in town and great egg dishes, pancakes, etc.. No breakfast there on any other day.
      Icebox is always mobbed for breakfast, but it's tiny and I am not a huge fan. People also love Balan's, which I frequent but find mediocre.
      Also great brunch, Sunday only, leave the beach and go to the Viceroy on Brickell where EOS has a bottomless Bloody Mary/Mimosa deal that can't be beat, with amazing egg skillets and prices toppng out at $14 per entree (free drinks free drinks!)
      for a greasy spoon local experience I love Jimmy's East Side Diner on Biscayne
      in Coconut Grove, Green Street Cafe is a mainstay and always good and a new place across the street called P'Tite Paris is cute but if you have to decide between two places en Francais, choose Au Pied for breakfast only in my opinion.

      1. re: HabaneroJane

        oh yeah, and if all else fails, I guess Big Pink is an ok option..not the best, but passable.

        1. re: HabaneroJane

          Balans has drastically declined in the past few years, don't go.

          1. re: tpigeon

            TPigeon----Do you mean Mattarello Bakery & Cafe at 1450 Washington?

        2. re: Frodnesor

          You are only semi correct frod, the only thing I recommend for saturday and sunday brunch is my specialty omlete at sardinia, which is the Peas and Spaghetti frittada omlet (this part is on on the brunch menu) with mozzerella and guancale inside and enough parmesan on top that you can ski off of it (my customization). This dish is outstanding. The rest of their brunch stuff is just brunch -- not bad but nothing special.

          Breakfast is a sad state of affairs currently in south beach. I have not tried au pied yet so I cannot say how it is but I have heard very good things from HJ and others -- I liked their regular food better than HJ did btw, my opinions on their regular menu line up nicely with Frod's.

          Big pink is inconsistent but their breakfasts are generally less inconsistent than their regular food so it is worth a shot.

          Ice box is less consistent than it used to be.

          I like the breakfast at books and books.

          Martarello does not have much sit down area but the baked goods are great and very cheap.

          If I were you, I would do something like:
          Thursday - Choose: Front Porch, Ice Box, Books & Books, A la Folie (crepes - get the complet and nutella bananna crepe for dessert with extra nutella) -- A la folie will be the most consistent of the bunch, Ice Box has the most upside when it is good.
          Friday - Au Pied (let us know what you think )
          Saturday - My Heart attack omlete at sardinia
          Sunday - Talula
          Monday - Pick up some baked goods at martarello (dont miss the bombolinos with cream inside) and have a safe trip home.

          Hope this helps

          P.S. - I don't recommend news cafe. Do Books and Books if you like scene with your breakfast, you will get a better meal too.

          1. re: tpigeon

            ooh yes, tpigeon , i forgot books and books. I love the breakfast there but the hours are limited. I think they stop serving breakfast early. But yes, yes, go to Books and Books! I must try this heart attack omelette at sardinia, btw.

            1. re: HabaneroJane

              That omellette IS the best thing on their menu...

              I do lilke Ice Box for breakfast, especially when in the mood for decadent stuffed french toast, but will agree that Books and Books is a better choice overall.

              Clarkes is very good.

              I would also recommend A la Folie. Always conistently good crepes and coffee.

              Talula's brunch is amazing, but expensive.Nemo also does a decent brunch of that style but Talula's is much better. Many of the expensive hotels on collins also do this if you want to go for the ambiance.

              If you want just pastries and good bread, Matarello is great but even better is Epicure on Alton Road.

              If you want empanadas and such there is cute little place by Altamar on Lincoln west of Alton Rd that seems to be popular... I thought it was ok..

              Although I have never been a fan of Puerto Sagua, it is a cheap place to go if you want cuban breakfast and the cafe con leche is awesome. Better choice than David's on Lincoln IMHO...

              If you want to take a day and head out of SoBe, Jimmy's East Side Diner does great pancakes! Uva 69 is also very good, with their almond croissant being my favorite thing to have.

              On a side note, it is soooo sad that Red Light is not doing brunch anymore, it was to die for! Let's ask them to bring it back please!!!

              1. re: yomyb

                When was Red Light doing brunch wtf

                1. re: dmo305

                  oh yeah, they had their last one on father's day this year, and my husband and I went home and cried afterwards.... LOL. They had this egg dish served on a cast iron pot that was to die for...ahhhh. They said they wanted to concentrate on the late night crowd on Fri-Sat rather than brunch on Sunday, but that they would bring it back maybe later in the fall... we'll see....

                  1. re: yomyb

                    The egg dish (usually with morbier cheese, croutons, bacon, cherry tomatoes and herbs) sometimes makes an appearance on the dinner menu.

                    And by "concentrate on the late night crowd," I suspect they meant "we got really tired of waking up early on Sunday." I can sympathize.

                    1. re: Frodnesor

                      Yup that's the one....hope they have it on tomorrow's menu as I am taking my mother for dinner.... yummmm. And yes that is probably exactly what they meant.

                2. re: yomyb

                  I'm pretty sure the Talula brunch is about $30, which is pretty reasonable as brunches go. That includes the buffet spread plus a choice of a a prepared hot item (the benedict w tomato marmalade is good, as is the croissant w scrambled eggs & chorizo).

                  The Setai apparently does a blow-out Sunday brunch but it's very expensive.

                  I like Jimmy's as well, esp. the frittata w feta spinach and tomato but if you're staying on South Beach, that's back across the causeway and north 50+ blocks (and I'm not suggesting it's worth it).

                  1. re: Frodnesor

                    I agree JImmy's is not worth cabbing it for the OP, but I always like to mention it when asked about breakfast, because I love it and it is in my new neighborhood!

                    I thought Talula's Brunch was much more than that, but I haven't been in over a year so...maybe my memory is off there.... thanks for clearing it up, $30 pp is decent for that kind of deal in SoBe...

                  2. re: yomyb

                    yomyb the french toast is awesome at ice box...when it is not served cold...I think matarello beats epicure but epicure is good.

            2. if you just want 2 eggs toast and coffee for 2.99 on ocean drive go to finnegan's way on ocean drive just south of 14th street.They have more complete breakfasts as well.This is the cheapest price for breakfast on ocean drive that i found.

              1. Thanks for recommendations. Do you mean Mattarello Bakery & Cafe at 1450 Washington?

                I called B & B and they serve breakfast from 10a-12p every day.

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                1. re: andreama

                  I know this is off topic but can you please tell me--is it a $50 cab ride from Gansevoort over to Michael's and Michy's?

                  1. re: andreama

                    According to this website, taxi rate in Miami is $2.50 first 1/6 mile and 40c each 1/6 thereafter.
                    Gansevoort to MGF&D is 5.5 miles
                    = ~$15
                    Michy's is about 7 miles = ~$19.
                    (each way).

                    1. re: Frodnesor

                      Frod, does this take lights and tip into consideration? I think the cab cost will actually be a bit higher.

                2. I wouldn't suggest Au Pied de Cochon. Starting this week they r no longer 24 hours. They will only do lunch and dinner from now on. Apparently the 24 hour thing works in Paris but not in SoBe - south of fifth. I interpret this to mean one thing: they are struggling.

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                  1. re: ninja9

                    Changed this post, just because they decided not to do 24/7 doesn't mean they are struggling. I'd gvie it a shot. I haven't been for a few months, but I have heard good recent things about it.

                    1. re: tpigeon

                      Even the Atlanta APDC is open 24 hours. We're less night owls than Atlanta?

                      1. re: tpigeon

                        ninja is right..they are struggling..I live nearby and it's dead late at night...reason could be they dont have a 24 hr liquor license. and because there are no clubs in the neighborhood anymore--opium was the anchor..nikki beach isn't exactly thriving no late night traffic here..

                    2. Chowhounds,

                      We will be in South Beach again for our yearly trip to your lovely city.

                      I wanted to write a few things about our last trip. We ate brunch at Talula's and I must say it was outstanding. Since it's been a year ago, I don't recall all the dishes but hubby and I considered the food phenomenal.

                      We also took a cab and ate at MGFD for lunch---believe it was a pastrami sandwich that hubby ate and he said it was the best sandwich PERIOD that he had ever eaten.

                      And, Matarello's.....I am dreaming of eating there again in a few weeks. We actually ate there twice during our visit. The gentleman who worked there--Andrea--was so kind and the food was fantastic.

                      For Miami Spice, we ate at Scarpetta's---quite lovely dinner. We ate outside and food was yummy!

                      We'll be there in a few weeks--staying at the Lowe's. On my short list to return to is Matarello's. From reading reviews of MS, there doesn't seem to be a real home run yet. We would need to eat in SB and nothing stands out.

                      If you have suggestions, I am all ears.

                      Chowhounds rock.


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