Early-morning eats get a modern spin in Magic City.
By Jennifer M. Wood
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Because of its focus on local, seasonal ingredients, the Sunday brunch menu changes weekly at this slick Design District bistro. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find some mainstays, like the kimchi Benedict, a spicy spin on eggs Benedict made with crispy pork belly, served atop a rosemary crumpet and slathered in kimchi hollandaise. Save room for pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith’s whimsical versions of childhood favorites, including her popular homemade pop tarts. Wash it all down with MGFD’s own Michael’s Genuine Home Brew, a light-bodied American ale, served by the bottle or on tap. 130 NE 40th St., michaelsgenuine.com/miami
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Chef Jeff McInnis’ Southern roots shine at this chicken-loving, urban farmhouse. Sink into a leather banquette and fill up on Mama’s Chicken Biscuits, a fried chicken slider served on a biscuit with pepper jelly, or go big and order Llewellyn’s Fried Chicken made from a family recipe that takes 27-plus hours to prepare. Come for the poultry but stay for the bourbon: Yardbird boasts South Florida’s largest selection with more than 50 varieties; cocktail lovers should sip a Southern Revival, a refreshing blend of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, basil and passionfruit. Tip: Make a reservation, as weekend walk-ins often wait an hour or more. 1600 Lenox Ave., runchickenrun.com
The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions
Tucked in a strip mall, The Federal’s façade belies the adventurous eating going on inside this rustic spot, featuring a taxidermy-adorned fireplace. Start out with a Jar-O-Duck, which is exactly what it sounds like: a jar of slow-cooked duck layered with candied sweet potato and charred marshmallow fluff. Savory/sweet-loving palates will appreciate Wings & Waffles, Buffalo-style pig “wings” and waffles served with spiced maple syrup, and Elvis-inspired Graceland French toast topped with rum bananas, bacon bits and candied peanuts. Tack on an extra $16 for a bottomless mimosa. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., thefederalmiami.com
LATE-NIGHT NOSH: Grab a stool along the open kitchen at the loftlike, industrial Gigi (3470 N. Miami Ave.)—open until 5 a.m. Thursday through
Saturday—and dive into an eclectic, Asian-inspired menu. Suit your late-night cravings with everything from a lobster BLT bun to a bowl of ramen
chock-full of bacon, eel, mung beans and poached egg, or spring for creative specials like beer-battered eggplant and grilled salmon with couscous.