8 Essential Cheat Day Eats in Miami

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If you’re counting calories and are trying to stick to a diet, you’ve come to the wrong place. Stop reading right now. But if you’ve been behaving and feel like a little—or big—treat,  then this article is for you. When your next cheat day comes around, and you need a break from all the salads, check out these spots for the best cheat eats. 

Cana Wine Shop

Over on Coral Way, Cana Wine Shop is a haven for lovers of meats and wines. Their shop is home to a wide range of bottles that are perfect for enjoying at home or in the shop’s back room, where guests can also enjoy bites from The Wagyu Bar nearby.  As you’d expect from the name of their partner, the menu skews heavily toward carnivores with charcuterie boards and other delights. Cana also hosts pop-ups so make sure to follow them on social media for all the details on their fun events. 

CJ’s Crab Shack

Fried food and cheat days are a match made in heaven, and CJ’s Crab Shack has your back with grouper fingers, fried popcorn shrimp, fried shrimp po’boys, and other classics. Because portions are huge here, one dish at CJ’s Crab Shack is probably enough to fill you up. That said, why stop there? Other crowd-pleasers include the steak and shrimp, the crab cake dinner, the grouper in a bag, and—of course—the snow crab dinner. There’s also a full bar, so expect to be here for a while. 

Coyo Taco

With locations sprinkled throughout Miami, Coyo Taco is a go-to for a cheat day fiesta. Their menu is packed with memorable tacos piled high with marinated meats and fresh toppings to cheesy quesadillas that ooze with goodness. Don’t miss their signature guacamole or their famous margaritas, which are always on special these days. Speaking of specials, try to time your cheat day for Tuesdays to take full advantage of Taco Tuesday discounts. 

Coyo Taco has multiple locations across South Florida. For more information, visit their official website

Grand Central

Grand Central is a neighborhood gem that elevates classic comfort food to new heights. Their truffle chicken pot pie is a cheat day staple and the definition of indulgence. Their signature burger is another must-try, paired with to-die-for fries and special sauce. Just save room for desserts; the handmade creations like the chocolate cake are simple and delicious. 


For a cheat day with a Japanese twist, head to Hiyakawa in Wynwood. Their omakase experience is a culinary adventure, where the chef curates a multi-course tasting menu featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients; things are always changing to keep guests on their toes. Indulge in satisfying sushi, scrumptious sashimi, and outstanding nigiri. Each bite is a masterpiece of flavor and texture. Just know that this will cost you. 

The Lobster Shack

If you prefer lobster over crab, then make your way to CJ’s sister concept: The Lobster Shack. As the name suggests, lobster is the main star here; there are a ton of lobster rolls to enjoy, including the classic chilled selection to fully loaded offerings; it’s just a matter of how hungry you are. Beyond lobster rolls, The Lobster Shack serves up an assortment of seafood tacos, oysters, and entrees like king crab, shrimp salad, and clam chowder. And just like its sibling, there’s a full bar. 


Midorie offers a cheat day feast for both the eyes and the palate. Off the beaten path in Coconut Grove, this Japanese restaurant boasts amazing sushi and bowls at budget-friendly prices. Their dishes are works of art, full of fresh seafood, vibrant vegetables, and fun sauces. Consider this place one of the healthier options on this list. 

RED South Beach

No cheat day is complete without a visit to RED South Beach. This iconic steakhouse is renowned for its prime cuts of beef, cooked to perfection and more than enough to share. Indulge in a juicy ribeye, a tender filet mignon, or a decadent Wagyu strip steak. Pair your steak with truffle mac and cheese, loaded fried asparagus, and a bottle of bold red wine for a truly unforgettable experience. Don’t skip on the dessert. Reservations recommended. 

Geoffrey Anderson

Geoffrey Anderson Jr. is a contributing/staff writer for Dish Miami. For over six years, he has covered the South Florida dining scene with his wife for the award-winning local food blog Miami Food Pug. When he's not writing about food, he's eating it—or attending rock concerts and traveling.

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