Nestled cozily behind a lush facade of trees on the North Ocean Drive, The Le Tub Saloon occupies the site of a former gas station. A secret among locals in the know, the establishment shot to fame when its burger was voted among the best in the nation by a leading magazine. The crowds have since increased at Le Tub, but the quality of the food and the unpretentious vibe remain. The menu offers a hearty choice of American specialties from barbecue pork and ribs to strip steak and sirloin burger. The seafood gumbo is also a favorite. Don't miss the delectable key lime pie, the only dessert offering on the menu. The wood-dominated interiors are a relaxed affair. The outdoor section, with rich foliage and quirky bric-a-brac strewn around is a favorite among patrons.
Its easy to miss this place as it does not have a signboard and it is not at all fancy for someone to notice. But Papo Llega Y Pon has been delighting many diners since 1978 with its fabulous pork sandwiches which has garnered a large fan following which includes celebs as well. From Miami Marlins to Andy Garcia, everyone wants a piece of this irresistible dish. If you are a meat lover then don't miss this spot when in town. Please bring cash along as they don't accept credit cards.
Located in close proximity to downtown, Momi Ramen specializes in ramen preparations as well as other Japanese dishes. Pork belly, tonkotsu and chashu ramen along with sweet red bean filled mochis are some of the dishes that their customers keep coming back for. Casual ambiance and minimal decor makes this place perfect for a laid-back meal with family and friends. Credit or debit cards are not accepted, so don't forget to carry cash.
Taste fresh sushi and seafood in a contemporary setting at Asia Bay. Must-try options include the toro jalapeño roll, tuna salad, pad Thai, and chicken katsu. The outdoor dining area is perfect for sunny days. If you're not a fan of seafood, the restaurant also offers delicious Thai cuisine.
Bunbury, the hidden gem of Wynwood area offers an eclectic Latin feast along with some pretty interesting drinks. Located on 2nd Avenue, the Argentinean joint offers an innovative, almost-hipster dining venue, covered with comic strip wallpapers and industrial-esque improvised furniture strewn about a dim-lit dining space - it is cool without trying to be so! The quirkiness of its appearance is mirrored well in the offerings served here as well, and the empanadas are somewhat of a house specialty. Although the food is pretty much perfect, what takes the cake is their impressive wine collection. These vinos are a great mix of local and international and couple well with the Argentinean meals served at Bunbury. There are also several wine-themed cocktails that warrant a try. The service is stellar, the food and drinks follow the suit; if you're craving for some Latin-style tapas, Bunbury is the place to be!
Jar + Fork specializes in light bites and fresh-pressed juices in a cozy, modern downtown setting. The food menu presents healthy wraps, sandwiches, salads and Paleo dishes that include two sides. The shop has six signature juices: the Cleanse with calcium nitrates, the Beet Lemonaid to balance pH levels, Green Glow for the skin, Restore for blood sugar, Karma for hydration and the Super Juice is an all-purpose elixir. Overall, an excellent place to visit even if you are not into juice cleansing or a healthy lifestyle.
Diana's Cafe is a gem of an eatery located in the downtown area of the city. It is tough to find a budget meal in this area, but this restaurant provides one with Cuban specialties that are both cheap and tasty. Especially popular during breakfast, one can enjoy dishes such as pork chops, ground beef, black beans and rice, with the service being hearty and pleasant.
This small, yet attractive eatery is located just outside the swinging Brickell area. Offering a wide range of dishes and fresh fruit shales, it can cater to the business lunch crowd and then to the young Latin families in the area in the early evening. When visiting, make sure you try one of their perros (hot dogs) served on a soft bun with a choice of five different sauces, sausage, quail eggs or cheese. There are other dishes, like beef or pork plates with rice and beans, whole fried fish and empanadas, all of which are very good. The servers are friendly, even if the service is at time a bit iffy. Furthermore, you can top your meal with a fresh fruit shake! It is a different kind of Latin restaurant, but one worth trying. - Mercedes de Marchena
Burger Love is situated on the triangular Brickell Key island, which is separated from the mainland by a tiny strip of road. Though the restaurant interiors are small, guests can head out to the outdoor grassy patch and dine al fresco, while enjoying views of the surrounding skyscrapers. The burgers are a change from those served at popular American fast food chains and use ingredients such as horseradish aïoli and chipotle sauces, beet chips, plantain and caramelized onions. These burgers are given intriguing names like Hot Mama, The Fairchild, Everything But... and Que, Que? So head here if you want to relish the American burger in a brand-new avatar.
Tucked away in the same building of Consulado De Venezuela and Consulado General de Guatemala, Coffee Zone is a nice breakfast and lunch spot for office goers. Their vast menu includes sliders, sandwiches, empanadas, wraps, salads, quesadillas, gyros and more. Feast on Greek Gyro, Texas Burger, Argentinean Empanada, BBQ Pork Ribs, Palomilla Steak, Chicken Parmigiana, Baby Churrasco and Ham Croquette. Take a sip of espresso, mocha, cappuccino or ice coffee with your meal.