Miami is a melting pot of culture and identity, and if you aren’t taking full advantage of that, shame on you! Okay, okay, we didn’t mean to be harsh, but if you’re a local, (or a consistent tourist) and you’re only eating at franchise restaurants, you’re seriously missing out. This is nothing against franchises, of course, but sometimes you need a meal that feels and tastes like it came straight from someone’s Nana. And Miami has a lot of those places.
Whether you’re looking for a meal that’ll give you comfort, a meal you can feel good about eating, or a meal that reminds you of “home,” Miami has your perfect homestyle restaurant – you just have to get out there and find it. And luckily for you, we’ve gathered a list of restaurants you can start with.
Latin Café 2000
875 NW 42nd Avenue
Latin Café 2000 provides more than a good menu to make people feel welcomed. The restaurant itself is designed to elicit a tropical, familiar, breezy vibe. When you go, try some of their Latin dishes like Bistec de Palomilla, Churrasco con Chimichurri and Lechon Asado.
6730 Biscayne Blvd
The people at Blue Collar want their patrons to feel like close friends, and they want those friends to have a selection of real, whole, homemade food every single day. They have starters like Cuban sandwich spring rolls and conch fritters, and they have entrees like their Crispy Skin Snapper and a Dry-Aged Cheeseburger. Their daily “Veg Chalkboard” has items like spaghetti squash, collard greens with bacon and a sweet potato plantain mash. The choice is yours at Blue Collar!
248 SE 1st Street
Café Bastille is a place you visit when you want a French experience in Miami, and that includes the authentic French food you love. The décor sets a beautiful, inviting ambience from the door, and the menu is even better. Try the Terrine De Foie Gras Maison, which is homemade duck foie gras, onion jam and toasted brioche. Or you can try to Coquelet Roti Au Jus De Thyn, which is a roasted Cornish hen with Aujus de Thyn. For dessert, try the Crème Bruelee, which is a sweet custard with Grand Marnier.
Berries in the Grove
2884 SW 27th Avenue
Berries in the Grove sits in the heart of Coconut Grove and started as a juice and smoothie bar. These days, however, the restaurant provides a full menu of food and drinks, but they’re still committed to using only the best and freshest ingredients. The restaurant is laid back and casual, but the food is on another level. They have a selection of homemade pastas including lobster ravioli and tortellini, and they have classic feel-good dishes like their Skirt Steak, which comes with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Feel free to end your meal with one of their freshly-made smoothies like the Tropical, which is guava, papaya, banana and pineapple.
Jimmy’s Eastside Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd
Jimmy’s is open early in the morning until 4pm, so head over for a casual yet great breakfast, brunch or lunch. To put it simply, the food is good and the portions are big. You can take your pick of classic breakfast dishes like corned beef hash, homefries, and homemade waffles with bananas, strawberries and powdered sugar on top.
And don’t worry about overdoing it at Jimmy’s because the Hotel Urbano at Brickell is nearby and one of the best Brickell hotels around. Feel free to indulge in all the bacon, the pancakes, the grits, and the steak and eggs your heart desires. We’ll have a cozy and comfortable bed waiting for your well-deserved nap.
We hope you enjoy these awesome restaurants, Miami. At the very least, you’ll walk away with new ideas for Thanksgiving.