7 Old-School Restaurants That Have Stood the Test of Time

We’re all for checking out a trendy pop-up or getting the perfect ’gram at a hip new café. But some things never change—and for good reason. Behold your essential old-school restaurant list. (Stone crab and corned beef will outlive us all.)

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Jimmy’s East-side Diner

Just another street corner? Of course not. You’re actually looking at the site of one very memorable scene in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. Dating back to the ’60s, this place is known to serve one of the heartiest all-day breakfast spreads in the city.

7201 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-754-3692

Joe’s Stone Crab

For more than 100 years, this legendary South Beach restaurant has been the definitive place to feast on massive crustaceans served family-style. Pro tip: No meal here is complete without a slice of key lime pie.

11 Washington Ave., Miami; 305-673-0365 or


This iconic restaurant speaks for itself. Plus, let’s not forget it’s responsible for the best Cubanos (and cafés con leche) in town. Sweet ham, roast pork and Swiss cheese smeared with mustard on toasted Cuban bread. Need we say more?

3555 SW Eighth St.; 305-444-0240 or

The Forge

Opened in 1968, this Miami institution has attracted celebs and power brokers—from Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland to Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino and Madonna—with its thick cuts of beef and an eight-room wine cellar with more than 300,000 vintages.

432 W 41st St., Miami Beach; 305-538-8533 or

Shorty’s Bar-b-q

A Miami hangout since 1951, this log-cabin-style restaurant is our go-to when we’re craving ribs, brisket, coleslaw and corn. P.S. Double up on napkins before you dig in. You’ll thank us later.

Multiple locations;

Rusty Pelican

Duh, no surprise here. We can’t help but include the restaurant that has been around since before we can remember. Rusty Pelican, we heart you, your seafood and your unparalleled view of the Miami skyline. 

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; 305-361-3818 or

Stephen’s Restaurant

Step inside one of Miami’s oldest delicatessens, nestled in between industrial warehouses in Hialeah. You’ll find a no-frills lunch counter serving up corned-beef sandwiches and warm matzo-ball soup. (Miami Heat fans, take note: Udonis Haslem’s grandfather is the executive chef.)

1000 E. 16th St., Hialeah; 305-887-8863 or

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Clarissa Buch Zilberman is a writer and editor based in Miami. Focused on food, lifestyle, and travel, her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, and...