Brunch

Café Croissant

“Bonjour!” It’s the authentic greeting you receive at Café Croissant, a delightful French bakery owned and operated by twin Frenchmen brothers who are incredibly charming and whose patisserie and culinary skills are excellent. From their light, flaky croissants to their silky lemon curd tart, they’re serving up their passion with the careful preparation of each menu item. This new space by the former owners of Le Royal (in Downtown South Miami) is their dream come true, a dream they cultivated 15 years to fruition. Café Croissant has been on Coral Way in the Shenandoah neighborhood since April 2016, conveniently located near Little Havana, Brickell, Downtown Miami, and Coral Gables/ Coconut Grove. There are some distinctions between their current café and the old bakery, Café Croissant features a sit-down option, where there is café bar service as you sit at the counter on black, leather stools; there are also tables for two along the wall. They’re open 7 days a week and serve breakfast all-day, or better yet, “brunch” at a great price. Their menu features made-to-order daily specials, croissants, crepes, eggs, omelets, and sandwiches. With all the extra space they have, they can accommodate large orders for parties and other special occasions. Recently, I stopped in to say, “bonjour,” and to pick up something sweet, but I look forward to going back at a time when I can stay a while, when I can linger as this inviting café has that welcoming, stay a while appeal. Café Croissant is sure to be a success as these seasoned business owners have the secret recipe for it.

 

Café Croissant

1684 Coral Way

Miami, FL

Whisk

 

 

7382 SW 56th Avenue

South Miami, FL 33143

 

Sundays are for Sunday brunch at Whisk as they serve Sunday brunch exclusively until 4pm. I love this especially since most restaurants end their brunch service at 2pm or 3pm and that is too rushed for the modern church-going Girl who lets the real “Sunday Brunch” the sermon and the fellowship digest before heading to satisfy their appetite. Whisk indirectly understands our plight. Now, I have tried the Low Country Shrimp and Grits which were good, but room temperature. If you like your food on the warmer side, do mention that when ordering. I have ordered this twice and the dish was room temperature. I did not send it back because I planned to review the meal and you can better determine whether a dish is good or not by eating it at room temperature; if it is good at room temperature, then it is a well made dish. I must say, the grits were good quality, let me qualify that, they were not “quick grits.” They were the stone-ground type that are more expensive and harder to find; I have only seen them at one local specialty store where I first purchased them several years ago. They are the type of grits that take much longer to cook, but are worth the extra time and effort because the texture is supreme to quick grits. The shrimp were large, succulent, and cooked perfectly. I liked the addition of mushrooms to the dish, but had them omit the bacon since I do not eat pork. I could eat this dish everyday for brunch, and I say that as someone with a pretty mean shrimp and grits dish of her own. I also had the Fried Green Tomatoes which were decent, but the sauce, while it added a freshness to the richness of the fried tomatoes, was a bit on the liquid side. During the same visit, I ordered Papa’s Buttermilk Pancakes with pecan-caramel praline butter and maple syrup. When I read praline on the menu I immediately thought of New Orleans, Louisiana, and therefore I anticipated a crunch factor to the pecan-caramel praline butter, but it was missing. That would be my only minus to the entire dish because the pancakes were light and fluffy. On a separate visit, I tried the Pepper Jelly and Goat Cheese served with toast points and it was delicious and different, but I had heard of pepper jelly from country-cooking style chefs so I was completely open to it as I am with most foods I have not tasted. I would recommend Whisk for brunch again and again, that is why they have made my list of Where to Brunch in Miami. Let me know if you visit by commenting about your experience below. Cheers!



Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink

michaels-genuine-pop-tarts130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137

Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink (MGFD) is in my opinion, one of the best brunch spots I’ve had in Miami to date. I was on my way to an area restaurant’s brunch when I remembered that Michael’s has a brunch menu. Thank goodness I remembered because it was my out-of-town guest’s last day in Miami. My guest was beyond impressed and loved everything we ordered. It’s funny because we got there so late that we were constantly told that they were out of our first choice. We settled for ordering our second or third choice from their menu, but were more grateful than anything that we were still able to order brunch after the cutoff time.

Our second and third choices were just as desirable as the first, we had duck confit hash topped w/ a poached egg, served with an avocado aoili, lemon ricotta pancakes, guava & cream cheese pop tarts, 9 grain pancake, among other small plates. The attention to detail in taste is incredible which makes MGFD dishes among the best. Michael’s has the kind of midday food that brunch dreams are made of. Needless to say, I will return for brunch and will hopefully arrive on time to try some of my first choices.

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