Travelling abroad brings about all kinds of great adventures, it gives us a chance to live life differently for a while. However, travelling abroad doesn’t mean you can’t stick to some of your routines. If you love a good brunch on the weekend, then it only makes sense to find the perfect brunch spot on while on holiday.
The USA is full of fantastic spots to travel, but there is something about the sandy beaches, the stunning high rises, and the Latin American flair of Miami that make it unlike any other. Spring is one of the best times to travel to Miami, Florida. Although the weather allows you to dine al fresco year round, spring is a dry enough time of year to assume that you can spend quite a few hours enjoying a few mimosas in the sunshine.
To get to Miami, or any part of the USA for that matter, you need an ESTA. You can easily apply for your ESTA online quickly and easily. After you get your travel documents in order, read about a few spots in Miami that are the perfect place to enjoy brunch, whether they have been around for years, or the new hot spots in town, there is bound to be a brunch spot for you.
Le Bouchon du Grove
Tucked away in the beautiful, lush green neighbourhood known as Coconut Grove, this cosy French bistro has been a staple there since before most locals could remember. It is a charming bistro that seems a bit tight when you enter, but it only adds to the feeling of dining in a cosy restaurant in Lyon. When the weather permits (which is often), the restaurant opens its French doors wide, and you instantly feel at one with the bougainvillea flowers, the palm trees and the canopy of Banyan trees above.
When you sit down you are instantly greeted with complimentary champagne, and there is a large menu ranging from French staples like croissants with jam, to French toast and pancakes. You can also get a classic French meal, with the chicken fricassee with porcini mushroom risotto being one of the highlights of the menu. It might not be the most innovative menu, but these classics get the job done, and the restaurant does so with a charm that is unrivaled.
Currently, one of the hottest brunch spots in Miami, R House has a lot of charm, and a contemporary menu that takes classic American food and uses that infamous Miami Latin flair to literally spice it up. Arepas filled with coffee-braised short rib, empanadas with mojo pork and roasted maiz are just a few of the items that make R House a unique spot for brunch. If you are looking for a unique, very Miami meal, this is the spot.
R House is also home to the famous Drag Brunch, where you can dine while performers interact with all the guests. For a set price, you can enjoy a fun show which includes items from the menu like cinnamon French toast with guava syrup or moro, which is a Latin dish consisting of beans and rice. Top these decadent meals off with bottomless mimosas, sangria or mojitos, and you may not want to leave.
The Rusty Pelican
For the seafood lovers, as well as those who love an astonishing view, the Rusty Pelican is the perfect spot. It is located along the Rickenbacker Causeway, which connects mainland Miami to the barrier islands of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne. It is nestled just over the bridge from the mainland, and it is situated just across the water from downtown Miami’s ever-growing skyline. Whether you dine on the deck, or inside, you will have a fantastic view of the Atlantic, as well as of Miami in all its glory. If you are lucky, you might even spot a dolphin or two.
The menu has something for everyone, but the highlights are likely seafood. Caviar covered French fries, lobster eggs benedict, and different types of sushi rolls can be found on the menu as well as a raw bar with numerous options. Of course, you can still get standard breakfast style fare, such as Fruity Pebble French toast or chicken and waffles. And there are unique cocktails like lavender activated charcoal lemonade mimosas.
An ESTA for the USA
Miami is a culinary destination like none other in the USA. The influence of Latin America is ever present in the food, the atmosphere, and the tropical weather. Luckily, the ESTA is valid for two years, so if you feel that after visiting Miami, you want to try brunch in another part of the USA, then you can always come back to visit. The ESTA allows you to travel for up to 90 consecutive days at a time. Within that two-year time frame, you can visit as often as you’d like.
If you are travelling to the USA with friends or family, it is also possible to make a group application for the ESTA. This is a much easier option than applying individually, as much of the information only has to be filled in once. It also makes for more streamlined travel, since there can be one point of contact who receives all the correspondence regarding the ESTA.