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Review

Cleveland Jennings

Rosie’s

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Written by
Cleveland Jennings

Somewhere in the last decade, brunch began to feel like more of a chore than a pleasure. The stress of rounding up all your friends in time for an 11am reservation; the repetitive menus; that loud table of 15 who’ve consumed a swimming pool worth of mimosas. All that for another $19 room temperature benedict? Is it even remotely worth it anymore?

However, before you give up on the concept of brunch - please, we beg you - go to Rosie’s. The Allapattah restaurant will make you fall madly in love with the meal again, even if you never even liked it that much to begin with. Because Rosie’s is not only just one of the best brunch restaurants in Miami - it’s one of the best restaurants in Miami. Period.

Cleveland Jennings

Rosie’s started as a pandemic pop-up run out of Overtown’s former Copper Door B&B, but has since moved into a sunny space on the ground floor of an office building in Allapattah. There is (thankfully) no DJ inside blasting EDM pop remixes. You will not encounter large groups drinking like it’s the apocalypse. The service is friendly and efficient, and Rosie’s is as relaxing and laid-back as breakfast in bed. Instead of trying to consume as much champagne as possible within a 90-minute time limit, everyone inside is paying attention to the main event: the food.

The menu revolves around Southern dishes, with classics cooked simply and perfectly - like crispy fish and grits, fried chicken and waffles, warm biscuits, and creamy polenta. Both the sweet and savory sides of the spectrum are well-represented. You can get a gorgeous stack of fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes or hot chicken with biscuits that look like they just came back from a photo shoot. If you’re in a mimosa mood, they have a selection of different orange juice variations to choose from - along with a small list of white and orange wines. The coffee drinks and seasonal lemonade are excellent too.

Cleveland Jennings

Rosie’s also has some non-brunch dishes and usually a special or two that keeps things interesting, and makes the cafe a viable option for lunch. They make an excellent pasta - including a yolk-topped carbonara that’s as luxurious as a Bentley wrapped in a fur coat. And if you see any form of pastrami on the menu (especially the pastrami hash), order it.

There will be plenty of other things on the menu you wish you had the stomach capacity to eat - but that’s alright. Just come back. Make it a weekend tradition. Grab brunch by its syrupy hand and welcome it back into your life. At Rosie’s, at least, it’ll never feel like a chore.

Food Rundown

Cleveland Jennings
Chicken & Waffles

Yes, you’ve seen this dish on every single brunch menu of the last five years. But, trust us, you’ve never had it with chicken this perfectly crispy, or vanilla waffles so light and airy. It also comes with a brown butter maple syrup. Use every last drop.

Cleveland Jennings
Fish & Grits

Just like the chicken, Rosie’s fries its fish to a perfect crisp, but always leaves the fish tender and flaky. It’s such a perfect pairing with their cheddar grits, which is topped with ham hock-smoked collard greens and roasted tomato.

Cleveland Jennings
Carbonara

Rosie’s usually has some form of pasta on the menu, and it’s often the carbonara. Like most dishes here, this version is both familiar and comforting - yet so much more delicious than 99 percent of the other carbonaras we’ve tried thanks to an incredibly creamy sauce that clings to every single noodle.

Cleveland Jennings
Pastrami Hash

This is one of those hearty plates that’s a fitting meal for a lumberjack getting off a particularly exhausting shift. It’s a big pile of smoked pastrami, cubed potatoes, sweet potato sformato, roasted scallion vinaigrette, and a heavy snowfall of parmesan shaved over the whole thing. Despite being full of rich things like pastrami and cheese, the sweet potato sformato helps keep this balanced and light.

Cleveland Jennings
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

This is a lovely stack of reasonably-sized lemon ricotta pancakes. You can taste both the lemon and ricotta in the background subtly. Less subtle (but equally delicious) are the macerated berries and toasted pistachios they throw atop the stack.

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