When you’re on a time crunch, it’s easy to reach for fast food. But while it’s convenient, it’s not exactly good for you – or good, in general.
Thankfully, Miami’s diverse food scene is home to many high-quality places that are ideal for a quick bite. The next time you find yourself tight on time for lunch, consider one of these best fast-casual restaurants in Miami.
When the craving for Cuban food strikes, stop into one of Cuban Guys’ many Miami locations. The area chain is known for its affordable, satisfying sandwiches like the frita (think Cuban hamburger), the sandwich Cubano (no explanation needed), and a mouthwatering steak sandwich with palomilla.
Besides sandwiches, the eatery offers bowls, salads and breakfast items – all of which won’t break the bank. And of course, there’s plenty of Cuban coffee to go around. It’s the perfect all-day spot for a quick bite.
Cuban Guys has multiple locations throughout Miami. For more information, visit their official website.
Up in Aventura, La Estancia is serving up authentic Argentinean cuisine that’s equal parts delicious and filling. Pop in for some quick empanadas and call it a day, or enjoy a more leisurely meal made up of grilled meats galore.
The parillada is the star of the show – short rib, steak, chicken sausage and more – but it’s best enjoyed in a group. Other great picks: the Milanesa and sweetbreads. Regardless of what you get, you’ll be out of there fast and full.
The Lobster Shack
At The Lobster Shack, you’ll likely spend more time perusing the expansive menu than waiting for your food. It’s seafood paradise here, and there’s a bit of everything up for grabs. Raw bar selections, lobster rolls, tacos, baskets of fried food … you will roll out of here (and likely need a nap).
As you’d expect, lobster is the main attraction but other proteins like clams, shrimp, snow crab and tuna are all available. Fair warning: Things can get messy, so load up on napkins and/or bibs. For a quick lunch on Lincoln Road or South Pointe, look no further than this local gem.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are a fond childhood memory for this Dish Miami writer, which is why we love Ms. Cheezious.
You can build your own grilled cheese here or choose one of their delicious signature sandwiches like the Frito Pie melt, the Buffalo chicken melt, or the goat cheese and prosciutto melt. If you still have room when you’re down chowing down on one of these offerings, consider a hand-spun milkshake. It goes without saying but diets are not welcome here.
Ms. Cheezious is located at 7418 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138. For more information, visit their official website.
A good hot dog is hard to find in Miami. Enter Sweet Dogs, a Flagami fast-casual joint that’s all about the iconic American food.
At Sweet Dogs, you can order a regular hot dog or Italian sausage but that’s not why you’re here. You’re here for the eatery’s signature creations like the Miami Heat hot dog with beef chili and cheddar or the Miami Marlins hot dog with fried egg and sweet plantains. They sound like a lot – and they are.
Other highlights include the mac and cheese, baked beans and mozzarella sticks – all of which are meals in themselves. Pick up some of Sweet Dogs’ gourmet popcorn, with flavors like Oreo and Guava. It’s one of the few places in the area where you can get a meal for under $10.
Sweet Dogs is located at 4748 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33134. For more information, call 305-448-4900.