Miami: Where To Eat Lunch

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.

The lunch express at Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Miami

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.

The Nashville hot chicken sandwich lunch at Yardbird, Miami

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).

Coyo Taco, Wynwood's best lunch spot

Coyo Taco
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.

Coyo Taco, Wynwood's finest grab and go lunch

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.

OId Havana's authentic Cuban lunch in Little Havana, Miami

Have you been to Miami? Let us know of any great lunch finds of your own in the comments!

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36 Comments

  1. February 15, 2019 / 8:14 pm

    I have never been to Miami but this post makes me want to go and also makes me super hungry!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:35 pm

      Miami is a great place to visit! You defo should!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:36 pm

      That’s great to hear, we hope we’ve helped a few people out to anyone planning to go!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. February 15, 2019 / 8:48 pm

    Holey moley I want to eat everything!!!! If I’m ever in Miami I’m definitely visiting these places! xxxx

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:37 pm

      If we could eat it all again we would!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. February 15, 2019 / 8:59 pm

    I’ve never been to Miami, but I’ve heard so many amazing things about food spots in Miami from my American friends!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:38 pm

      We so want to go to more states and eat more that Miami didn’t have.

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:39 pm

      The tacos was a great find in Wynwood – they had so many options!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. February 15, 2019 / 10:51 pm

    I found your post to be very helpful since my husband and I are traveling to Miami this summer!! Thanks for sharing!! Great post ♥️ When you get the chance, would you mind checking out my most recent post? I’d love to have you over there https://jessierenea.com/self-love-treat-yoself/

    • foodandbaker
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      February 24, 2019 / 7:41 pm

      Omg yes! We’ve got many other posts about Miami if you want to check them out and few more to come out!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. February 16, 2019 / 4:55 am

    I haven’t yet been to Miami! Omg everything looks sooo good! Great post!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:42 pm

      You have to go to Miami – it’s such a great place to visit, food and all!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. February 16, 2019 / 2:36 pm

    This food all looks so so so delicious! That’s Miami officially added to my travel bucket list. x
    El | Welsh Wanderer

    • foodandbaker
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      February 24, 2019 / 7:42 pm

      We’re so glad to have checked it off but now we want to go to more states!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. February 17, 2019 / 6:36 am

    Mmm, the burger from Yardbird looks delicious! You can never go wrong with tacos, especially when they’re loaded with the good stuff. Glad you enjoyed your time out in Miami! Thanks for sharing :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:45 pm

      Yardbird was defo one of our fave places we ate – such a beaut gem!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. February 17, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    Two things:
    1) Holy crap everything looks so good! Oh my goodness. YUM.
    2) I really miss Miami & its food now.

    ✖ Jasmin
    // overdosedoncaffeine.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:46 pm

      You’ve been!? Have you been to any of these places – we’d love to go back and try more places!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. February 17, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    Lunch is my favorite meal after lunch! Holy smokes, everything looks so amazing and I want them in my belly now!

    cabin twenty-four

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:46 pm

      Hahah love that! Would love that chicken burger right now!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:47 pm

      It was seriously tasty and would honestly go back just for it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  10. February 18, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    OMG! All the food! And I am there sitting in the office, looking at the delicious food and getting so so hungry! All the places sound amazing!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 7:54 pm

      All the food indeed! We ate so good, so we can’t even complain!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  11. February 18, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    I love your food reviews. I’ve never been to Miami, but I’m loving reading your food adventures from there! Coyo Taco sounds SO good, and I’m intrigued by the spiced watermelon!
    Beautiful photos!
    Hels xx
    http://www.thehelsproject.com

    • foodandbaker
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      February 24, 2019 / 7:56 pm

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the Miami posts – we love sharing adventures with you all!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  12. February 18, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    Wow, everything here looks SO good! You always find the best foodie places wherever you go! The chicken sandwich and fries looks delish! I could eat all that right now, ha ha! Thanks for sharing (and making me super hungry) <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 8:06 pm

      James is the one to thank, he does all the research to find the best of the best!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  13. February 18, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    I cannot wait to go to Miami now!! I’ve bookmarked this for the summer as we will be in the USA

    Thanks so much for sharing

    Mike

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 8:06 pm

      Omg yes! Please let us know which one you love the best or if you even do go to any!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  14. February 18, 2019 / 5:47 pm

    My family and I always ho to Orlando for vacation but I’m going to tell them we should try Miami simply for the cuisine! Being a southern-Texan, my eyes were drawn to Yardbird🤤

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 8:07 pm

      Yes you should and please do go to Yardbird – it was our fave!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  15. February 18, 2019 / 6:05 pm

    mmm all of this looks so tasty!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 24, 2019 / 8:08 pm

      It was all seriously tasty!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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