Where: Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Address: 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami
The special: As if the exquisite service, attention to detail and killer views inside the tallest building (70 stories) in the South weren’t enough to earn Four Seasons its AAA five-diamond status, the hotel also has re-captured one of its crowns. A few months after the November 2011 opening of Edge, Steak and Bar—the chic new seventh-floor restaurant helmed by executive chef Aaron Brooks—Four Seasons decided to bring back brunch, a one-time Sunday staple at the 221-room downtown resort.
Judging by the reaction of locals and hotel guests, it was the right call. On any given Sunday, between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., diners are apt to find everything from a seafood tower with stone crabs and oysters to themed culinary stations offering a taste of Mexico (slow-braised Angus short ribs) and Cuba (roast suckling pig) to soups, salads and smoothie shots—and a table of to-die-for desserts. While the kids are at the cotton candy station, adults can have their own fun at the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Cost is $75 for adults; $32 for children (ages 5 to 12).
The clean, contemporary vibe at Edge has breathed new life into the space formerly occupied by Acqua (which closed last July). That energy is matched by an affordable (for resort dining) dinner menu filled with creatively prepared dishes—like the Prince Island mussels cloaked in a sauce of orange, bacon, shallots and beer—that take advantage of locally sourced ingredients.
When: The Sunday brunch goes on year-round; throughout the summer, the hotel is offering a complimentary third night with the purchase of two room nights.
Contact: 305/358-3535, fourseasons.com/Miami