Miami has a fabulous food and drink scene, and if you’re heading to the Super Bowl, you’ll need to sample it! From cheap eats and Cuban sandwiches to seafood and fine dining, they’ve got it all. And if you’re trying to have a cocktail or two while you’re there (because you’re on vacation, right?!), they’ve got everything from swanky, iconic hotel bars to your local neighborhood brewery. We’ll highlight a few great spots around the city to check out during Super Bowl weekend below. But whatever you decide to eat, do yourself a favor and grab a Cuban sandwich while you’re here! We can recommend a couple.
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Cheap Eats in Miami
This Miami restaurant has been serving loyal customers for almost 40 years so it’s kind of an institution. You can get great quality fresh seafood and fish sandwiches (minutas) for under $10 here. Located in Little Havana, it ain’t fancy, but you’re not going to get fried oysters, fried shrimp, and lobster poppers this delicious for this cheap anywhere else. And hey, if you’re a Guy Fieri fan, it’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!
El Rey de las Fritas
The most iconic El Rey de Las Fritas is located in Little Havana on Calle 8. They’re famous for Cuban burgers, and you should try the “frita” – it’s covered with papitas or fried potato sticks – make it a double if you’re hungry. It’s a cheap, no frills spot. The tamales are excellent too.
Time Out Market
Found all over the globe, these food markets feature outposts of the best restaurants in any city. Time Out Miami is no different. Located in South Beach, stop in for a cheap-ish lunch or dinner at some of the most popular spots in town without having to make a res. They’ve got Asian food, burgers, baked goods, pizza, and more. Stop by Salt & Brine for its raw bar, lobster buns, or $1 oysters at 4PM.
Another local favorite, this place is open until 2AM and they’ve got gigantic pizza slices for less than $5! You can also indulge in chicken wings, subs, and even croissanwiches at this family-owned joint. Just remember, it’s cash only. They’ve got salads too, but come on…
Cuban & Latin
Sanguich de Miami
First and foremost when you step off the plane, get yourself a Cuban sandwich! There are plenty in this city, but you might want to try it at Sanguich de Miami where you’ll find people lined up for this famous version of the beloved sandwich. It’s slightly more modern and every component is homemade from the pork to the mustard. They also do great milkshakes – batidos – if you need to cool down from the South Florida heat.
Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop
This Cuban cafe is a local favorite and therefore almost always busy. Get yourself a Cubano or a medianoche and a cuban coffee (mmmm, condensed milk). They also have great steak sandwiches and croquetas. Honestly, you can’t go wrong here and the value for money is excellent.
El Palacio de los Jugos
You can find this place all over the city serving up all kinds of Hispanic food. Yes, they serve fresh juices as the name suggests, but they’ve also got a bakery as well as fab Cuban and Puerto Rican food. There are lots of rice, meat, and fish dishes available, as well as patacones, tamales, sandwiches, and tons of fried stuff! Portions are huge.
Jaguar Latin-American Kitchen
To sample more countries’ Latin flavors, Jaguar is the place to go. It’s more of an upscale dining spot than others in this section – you know, with dishes like a “ceviche spoon sampler” and all that jazz – but the ambience is tropical and pretty. Located in Coconut Grove, the service is excellent even if the plates are sometimes on the small side. Try everything from Mexican to Peruvian, grilled octopus to fish tacos.
People swear by this place. Over on the beach, this taco spot has a large patio, cold beers, and authentic blue corn tortillas. Tacos come with traditional fillings like chorizo, carne asada, pastor, carnitas, and even tongue. Don’t skip out on the homemade chips and fresh salsa! They’ve got two other branches open in the city now too!
Amara at Paraiso
Looking for some highly acclaimed Latin fare in a fantastic location? Amara at Paraiso makes all the lists for best places to eat in Miami. It’s a mix of Latin flavors concocted by a James Beard winner served with waterfront views. Try some of their sleek cocktails with some short-rib empanadas, oysters, or stone crab to start. They’ve also got a wood grill for great steaks, pork, and banana leaf-wrapped fish.
This downtown oyster bar serves excellent, fresh seafood in an upscale setting and it’s not too uptight about it! If you’re a fan of oysters, Mignonette is a must. They receive eight varieties from both coasts every day. If you don’t love the popular shellfish, they have plenty of other land-dwelling options as well. The former 1930s gas station has high ceilings, brick walls, large windows, and a solid beer selection.
All about sustainable seafood with a Spanish twist, Area 31 is located on the 16th floor of the Kimpton EPIC Hotel. You can visit for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour for beautiful views of the city skyline. Try some raw dishes like the ceviche or crudo, or if you’re not into that, perhaps the seared scallops or the seafood pot with mussels, clams, and prawns?
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish
This old school, family-owned restaurant, fish market, and wholesaler dates back to the 1960s. They own their own fishing boats, so you know your food is fresh here. Get the catch of the day or some stone crab claws, sit out on the outdoor patio, and watch the yachts go by!
Joe’s Stone Crab
When you talk of seafood in Miami, you have to mention Joe’s. This is the place where you’re supposed to get stone crab here so, of course, Joe’s is always packed. It’s an institution. Head over to South Beach and strap on a bib!
The Surf Club
This Thomas Keller restaurant is fancy – like old 1950s glamour fancy. It’s five stars all the way – the kind of place you go for an expertly made martini or an exquisite bottle of wine. They do the classics perfectly, like beef Wellington, lobster Thermidor, steak tartare, and tableside Caesar salad. Or maybe you wanted to start with a soft boiled egg topped with caviar? That can be arranged. Folks are speculating that it might receive a Michelin star soon.
A half-step down from fine dining, Stubborn Seed is a bit on the hip side but with all the delicate plating you’d expect from a fantastic restaurant. This chef-driven, farm-to-table spot was created by Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford. If you’re looking for a tasting menu in the city, this is a great bet – you can get five courses for $95. From the lavash bread to chicken liver pate with blackberries to sourdough crusted halibut, it’s hard to order wrong.
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Le Sirenuse Miami
Sometimes you just want Italian. This place is elegant and artsy. At the very snazzy bar, they focus on champagne and Italian aperitifs – you know, if you just wanted to come for a drink. For dinner, they do great handmade pastas, particularly of the stuffed variety. They’re filled with things like buffalo mozzarella, pecorino, and beef ragu. But you can also get lovely plates of meat and fish.
Edge, Steak & Bar
Located in the Four Seasons Miami, this is a chic, modern take on the classic steakhouse. With its posh vibe and patio, you’ll feel very well-to-do as you order your filet or opt for the tasting menu with wine pairing. But you can actually try all sorts of meat here if you want – from kangaroo to lamb. They even do brunch here too!
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Craft Beer in Wynwood
Can’t get enough of the microbrew scene? Check out one of the many breweries in this artsy, hipster neighborhood. Favorites include Veza Sur or Concrete Beach. Then visit Boxelder Craft Beer Market for its craft beers and occasional restaurant pop-ups. There’s always something going on around here!
Miami is the home of the hotel bar. And not in a cheesy way. Some favorites include the Bleau Bar at the famous Fontainebleau, where the Rat Pack used to hang. It’s a busy spot that’s great for people watching. On the other end of the spectrum, check out Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami. It’s internationally renowned yet still somehow laid back. Cocktails are seasonal, made with homemade juices and herbs grown on-site. Grab a drink and sit outside. Or try the Matador Room in the Edition Hotel and take a step back into Miami’s older days. Try the key lime cocktail.
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Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company
Time Out rated it the best bar in the city two years in a row (maybe longer, we didn’t bother to check). Not only do they make great cocktails, but the atmosphere is fantastic whether you’re sipping wine or a piña colada. They also do a happy hour each day from 4PM to 7PM where you can snag $5 drinks and 95-cent oysters.
Finally, if you’re hanging downtown, check out this spacious former denim shop where you can play pool and throw darts. It’s a casual scene with a chill vibe, solid food, and reasonable prices. Their happy hour is popular, but it draws a good crowd – no Instagram fiends. Try the gin and tonic.