Where to Eat When You’re in a Rush

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Maybe you’re running late for work. Maybe you’re trying to squeeze in a meal before picking up the kids. Maybe you just have no time. Whatever the situation, sacrificing a good meal is not an option. Trust these five spots for a quick, satisfying bite. 

CJ’s Crab Shack

When you need something fast, CJ’s Crab Shack has your back with appetizing fare like crab dip, grouper fingers, and buffalo wings. Handhelds like the grouper sandwich and fried shrimp po boy are other quick bites–eat half and take the rest for the road. More substantial items like CJ’s signature Cajun combo are best enjoyed when you’re not in such a rush; leave those for another time. Regardless, this Ocean Drive fixture never disappoints. 


Where to Eat When You’re in a Rush - CJ's Crab Shack, Cubata, Ironside Pizza, Lobster Shack, Wabi Sabi - May 2024

This casual spot is the place to immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Little Havana, even on the tightest of schedules. The extensive tapas selection at Cubata will have you coming back regularly anyway. Not only is the food great, but it’s also surprisingly affordable for the area.

Among the many highlights: smoked salmon carpaccio, codfish-stuffed piquillo peppers, vaca frita tostones, and the cheese boards. Seriously, the prices here are a steal, and food comes out as it’s ready—and it’s ready fast. 

Ironside Pizza

Pizza is one of those foods that is perfect in a pinch. Even if you’re in a rush, though, don’t settle for anything less than the best: Ironside Pizza. Their pies are the perfect size for a satisfying solo meal and emerge piping hot in minutes. 

Selections such as the speck gorgonzola and the calabrese will have you thinking about them well after you’ve finished your last bite. The best part: You can come in and eat a pizza and be out of here in under 30 minutes. And if you’re really strapped for time, you can always get everything to go; you’ll be the most popular person wherever you take them.

The Lobster Shack

Lobster rolls are filling and fast, and The Lobster Shack has you covered with a ton of tantalizing selections. The big draw here is, of course, the classic roll, which is chilled and lightly dressed. But other options will have you coming back for more, including the Cajun lobster roll, the South Beach lobster roll (bacon, avocado, and slaw), and the king crab roll. No matter what you choose, you can expect to be out of either location in a jiffy.   

Wabi Sabi

When you’re craving fresh, healthy food on the double, Wabi Sabi in the charming Upper East Side district is your go-to. Forget about long waits here—these guys are speedy. If you’re really short on time, opt for the bowls: Start with your base, pile on your favorite proteins, add a burst of flavorful toppings and sauce, and voila! You have a satisfying and personalized meal ready in minutes. It’s the perfect way to fuel your hectic day without sacrificing nutrition or flavor. 

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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