Brunch has become weekend sacrament and the hallmark of our Sunday Fundays.
However, determining where to “brunch” is often passionately debated within our group chats and text message exchanges. One must not only please the palate with unique vittles, but also maintain an endless stream of mimosas.
For those who seek diversity with their side of bacon, Mina’s Mediterraneo is the brunch you’ve been hunting for.
This eclectic eatery located in Miami’s upper Eastside serves a medley of Mediterranean cuisine with novel combinations of Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Italian, French and Turkish flavors.
The hearty dishes are representative of the owner’s heritage, which channel her grandmother’s recipes. The dining room’s open-format is reminiscent of a family room, with that nostalgic comfort akin to your mother’s kitchen table.
For those who prefer greenery and the fresh Miami air, Mina’s patio is charmingly lush with a dash of rustic loveliness. Not to mention, the bottomless sangria and mimosas make sure your Sunday is certainly a fun day.
Begin your meal with a spiked ginger peach lemonade slushy, which is a toothy prelude to your palate’s flavorful journey. Your first selection should be the Egyptian brunch. This hearty platter of scrambled eggs is folded with basterma (a thinly sliced cured beef) and is accompanied with foul (fava beans), feta and tahini molasses. Although the words “tahini molasses” may frighten some, this viscous honey of sesame seeds has become my latest obsession. Move over guacamole!
For the classic bruncher, opt for the Merguez Benedict. This Egyptian cuisine is a Merguez sausage crested with harissa hollandaise and pesto roasted potatoes.
Continue your culinary journey with the taste of Italy with mascarpone pancakes. These are three mascarpone rich discs dressed with homemade strawberry compote and whipped cream.
Mina’s truly embodies adventurous coziness.
An ethnic cornucopia of zesty flavors which caters to both stringent diners and vegan foodies alike.
Additionally, Mina’s is available for garden parties and weddings, without the guilt of traveling to the Almalfi coast and without the maxed out credit card.
Cheers to your Mediterranean vacation without the maxed out credit card!
Brunch is served both Saturdays and Sundays along with happy hour Wednesday-Saturday from 5 to 7 pm.
Mina’s extensive dinner menu is also offered during brunch hours. Make sure to check out @Minasmiami for some scrumptious food porn.
By Elena Vivas, Expert Columnist