It’s been a hectic morning. And come lunchtime, you’ll most likely be in front of your laptop, munching on…whatever’s around. You can do better than that. Behold our cheat sheet to the best lunch spots in eight Miami neighborhoods.
Downtown/Brickell: Downtown Bistro
From the minute it opens at 11:30 a.m., this daytime French-fusion restaurant is bustling. Let’s just say it has something to do with the croque madame and bacon-filled risotto croquettes. Yum.
114 SE First St., Miami; 305-374-7284 or downtownbistromiami.com
North Miami Beach: Lettuce & Tomato
Word of mouth has made this restaurant one of the most popular in North Miami. It’s known to have quite a wait for dinner, which makes lunchtime the perfect chance to snag a table. Pro tip: Make sure to order the huevos rotos (a bowl filled with crispy garlic fries, Serrano ham, two fried eggs and sofrito) and truffle tuna bites topped with a pinch of caviar.
17070 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach; 305-760-2260 or lettuce-tomato.com
South Beach: Hank and Harry’s
This Miami Beach spot adds a modern twist to a traditional New York-style deli. The sleek yet inviting restaurant churns out everything you’d expect, from creamy egg salad on challah to corned beef with mustard, a killer club sandwich and black-and-white iced cookies.
1691 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8107 or handhdeli.com
Coconut Grove: Glass and Vine
A watermelon salad doused in cotija cheese and lime crema? Green-pea pesto and pistachio pasta? We’ll take one of everything, please. This quaint restaurant located within Peacock Park packs a big punch. Its menu changes with the season, but the food is always handmade, local and downright delicious (aka everything you need to get through the rest of your day).
2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-200-5268 or glassandvine.com
Coral Gables: Bulla Gastrobar
The $23 prix fixe lunch includes three hearty courses such as a beet, walnut and arugula salad; a rich gazpacho; a roasted portobello brioche with peppers, spinach and a side of truffle fries; and pork belly and fried eggs blended in sautéed rice with tomato sauce. Yep, we’ll make that reservation now. (P.S. There’s also a location in Doral.)
2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-441-0107 or bullagastrobar.com
Midtown: My Ceviche
Choose from a selection of fresh fish and then add coconut jasmine rice or cilantro quinoa and a handful of sauces like aji amarillo, rocoto or tradicional (a mix of lime juice and avocado). It’s the biggest, tastiest bowl of fresh fish you’ll ever eat, we promise.
3252 NE First Ave. #117, Miami; 786-220-8832 or myceviche.com
Wynwood: Coyo Taco
We love nothing more than a deal… especially if it’s as tasty as this. While it’s pretty hard to improve upon tacos, Coyo’s fusion-y ingredient combos (like pork, roasted pineapple and tangy onions) and pricing under $10 seal the deal. Not in Wynwood? Try the location in Brickell instead.
2300 NW Second Ave.; 305-573-8228 or coyo-taco.com
Doral: Icebox Cafe
There’s a reason this place always has a line out the door at lunchtime: delicious, creatively prepared veggies and proteins that hit the spot. Oh, and gluten-free dining is made easy here, too, thanks to the handy asterisks next to menu items. We’ll take an order of pork-belly sliders, please.
3450 NW 83rd Ave., Doral; 786-374-2326 or iceboxcafe.com