Continuing on with our guide of the finest restaurants in Miami, this time we’ll be running through our favourite lunch times of the trip. By accident this post also covers our favourite three areas of Miami – South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana, so you’ve no excuse not to visit all three if you happen to be visiting this paradisiacal city soon.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Starting on South Beach and slightly setback from the famous shopping district of Lincoln Road, you’ll find Yardbird. We’d generally advise to avoid eating on Lincoln Road – from what we could see the restaurants cling onto hope that shattered shoppers prioritise convenience and lower their standards for average, overpriced grub. However, head slightly onto the side streets and you’re much more likely to find gems such as this.
At Yardbird it’s all about what the name suggests – Southern influences. It’s pride is set upon the freshest, inventive and highest quality food (mostly chicken) which comes straight from the farm to your table.
Take the Lunch Express – defining norms of having your fried chicken with fries and instead serving it up with chilled spiced watermelon and house-made buttermilk biscuit. Whilst I couldn’t resist the fries with the Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich, it was taken to the next level by the Carolina reaper rub… and the bourbon maple glaze literally had our mouths watering.
This is also one of the finest and most famous bourbon bars in the US – it was on our plates, in our glasses and in our dreams. This place has got an almighty recommended stamp all over it (visit Juvia across the road for a fancy cocktail afterwards).
2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, USA
On to something slightly more grab and go now, but equally as delicious. If you’ve seen our breakfast guide, you would’ve heard about Zak & Baker – the kosher sourdough bakery and cinnamon bun haven. Coyo Taco is just down the road from there so you can imagine how happy we were to have had both of these places ticked off our list by lunch time.
This takes the helm as the best Mexican street food that we experienced during our week in Miami. The guacamole is smashed and the tortillas hand stretched on site, the meat and vegetables are as fresh as you can find, and it’s all served up in a matter of moments. This is what a fast food lunch should look like. It’s high value, second to none quality and in a quirky neighbourhood where you could easily spend an entire day roaming around and absorbing the good vibes.
Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina
1442 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135, USA
Whilst the majority of the places you’ll hear about in our guides were well planned in advance, sometimes you just get the luck of the draw. Not a single plan was in place when we were dropped in Little Havana, so simply chose the nearest place that had Cuban influence (was not hard to find).
We were sucked in by the energetic live band and bustling atmosphere for some authentic Cuban cuisine, and bar Cuba itself we felt like we couldn’t be in a better place to do that exact thing. Each plate was truly authentic and our waitress articulated her top tips perfectly which nicely came to fruition. On top of that, the Margerita’s were top notch but we didn’t stop there – we went straight from here across the road to the famous Bull & Chain bar for a happy hour bargain and finished our time off next door devouring some stracciatella gelato.
Have you been to Miami? Let us know of any great lunch finds of your own in the comments!