Food & Drink

The 16 Best Sandwich Shops in Miami

Published On 04/22/2015 Published On 04/22/2015
Made in Italy Gourmet
Mandy Baca/Thrillist
Football Sandwich Shop
Javier Ramirez
Sarussi Subs
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Ms. Cheezious
The Genuine Hospitality Group
Miam Café & Boutique
Little Bread cuban sandwich co.
Made in Italy Gourmet
Jimmy’z Kitchen
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1. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop 186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33127

This Wynwood hole-in-the-wall has a well-deserved reputation for affordable and authentic Cuban sandwiches, most notably, the Cubano. The Miami (or Tampa, depending who you're talking to) -born sandwich is classically made with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and in a not-so-classic but welcome twist, croquettas. Other sandwiches are just as tempting, especially the medianoche, which replaces the Cubano's crusty bread with a challah-like sweet egg dough. Plastic seats and formica tabletops crowd the dining room, but if you're here solo, opt for a stool at the counter.

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2. Blue Collar Restaurant 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Blue Collar's mission is to give off a true neighborhood hang-out vibe, which it successfully does with a huge menu of comfort food staples. Every day, the kitchen serves a different rib dish (baby back, short ribs, spare ribs, etc), parmesan dish (chicken, veal, pork, eggplant, etc), and a braised dish (brisket, pot roast, ox tails, pork shoulder). There's a whole chalkboard of vegetable sides to counter the meaty entrées, and appetizers like definitely-order-or-you'll-regret-it potato latkes. Don't even get us started on brunch -- just make sure you get there early.

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3. Etzel Itzik 18757 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33180

Unless you've got a good tip from some locals, you might not even know this place exists, but you should. You’ll receive a grand selection of salads with pita bread the moment you sit down, and it’s one of the few places in town that serve chicken heart. Oh, and if that's not for you, they also have Moroccan spicy sausage, kebab, and falafel.

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4. Football Sandwich Shop 8484 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138

Don’t let the Pepto-Bismol-colored building with barred windows deter you. Inside, it’s an ode to the Miami Dolphins and that perfect ’72 season. The Zonker is named for Larry Csonka, and it's stuffed with ham, salami, and provolone. There’s even a drive-thru window. Fins up!

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5. Josh's Deli 9517 Harding Ave, Miami, FL 33154

Josh's Deli is a "homey", kosher-style deli that has a menu that offers breakfast, soups, salads, and obviously "sandwiches and stuff".

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6. Sarussi Subs 6797 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144

Sarussi's is a sub shop famous for serving up a 16-inch behemoth on a home-made sub roll that’s loaded with smoked ham, roasted pork, mozzarella, pickles and secret sauce and has garnered TV experience on Man vs. Food.

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7. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar 1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Before Yardbird opened in 2011, Miami wasn't known for its Southern comfort cuisine, which somehow seemed odd for a city that's geographically part of the American south. All that changed when Top Chef finalist Jeff McInnis, along with restaurant vets Chris Romero and John Kunkel, opened Yardbird in Miami Beach and instantly made a name with their fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and watermelon salad. The menu is chock full of quintessential down-home foods, and the well-stocked bar doles out house cocktails like blackberry bourbon lemonade and Bloody Marys with bacon-infused bourbon.

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8. Ms. Cheezious 7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

One of Miami’s best and most popular food trucks has gone brick-and-mortar, complete with a woodsy back area with games, plus a bar so you to wash down your grilled cheese with a local craft beer. Grilled cheese options go savory with bleu cheese and bacon; pulled pork melts; Frito Pie sandwiches (I know); and build-your-own's; or sweet (think marshmallows, Nutella, and ricotta).

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9. Michael's Genuine 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137

Take advantage of MG's brunch and order the kimchi Benedict or lemon ricotta pancakes. You can also head to their happy hour to get loose on craft beers, specialty ‘tails and snacks, or dive in to a full sit-down meal like the pan-roasted 1/2 "Poulet Rouge" chicken with roasted vegetables or the short rib and fontina cheese panini.

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10. Miam Cafe & Boutique 2750 NW 3rd Ave Ste 21, Miami, FL 33127

The small eatery, nestled inside the black-and-white Wynwood building, houses an industrial-designed breakfast and lunch nook, serving hot and cold meals along with a variety of freshly baked pastries. There’s breakfast all-day in addition to sandwiches, salads, and heartier foods like pastas made in-house and braised chicken.

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11. Little Bread 541 SW 12th Ave, Miami, FL 33130

This Cuban sandwich shop has a huge outdoor patio that connects with an art gallery. Even better, they have Biscayne Brewing Company brews and Azucar ice cream on the menu.

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12. Made in Italy Gourmet 10 NE 27th St, Miami, FL 33137

Made in Italy Gourmet features at least a dozen hot and cold sandwiches. The Curma, a nickname for the Alp peak Mont Blanc de Courmayeur, is one of the most popular with Fontina, speck, and porcini mousse on ciabatta bread.

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13. Whisk 7382 SW 56th Ave S, Miami, FL 33143

If you love down-home cooking, Whisk is exactly where you need to be. Mixing traditional southern favorites with newer dishes, you can enjoy everything from a classic plate of fried green tomatoes with buttermilk dressing and beer braised baby back ribs, to a marinated skirt steak salad with a goat cheese fritter. Gluten-free options are also available, and some ingredients can be swapped as well.