Food & Drink

The 16 Best Sandwich Shops in Miami

Published On 04/22/2015 Published On 04/22/2015
Made in Italy Gourmet

Given that the average American eats approximately 200 sandwiches each year, it shouldn't be too hard -- despite the proliferation of all the sweet new Miami bars and restaurants -- to eat the 16 best... provided you know where to get them. That's where we come in...

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Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop

Wynwood
What you’re getting: Croqueta Preparada
It made our list of the 21 best sandwich shops in the country, mostly on the strength of its Cuban, but we think the sandwich gets even better with some croquetas thrown into the mix.
 

Hungry Bear Sub Shop

Multiple locations
What you’re getting: Honey Mustard Chicken Sub
We don’t blame you for turning into a hungry bear every day around noon. Thankfully, this spot's got a quick in-and-out system for those who need their honey mustard chicken with grilled onions, mushrooms, and green peppers fix.

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Blue Collar

MiMo
What you’re getting: The Corben
While Cuban sandwiches are our thing, this plate includes two sandwiches of braised brisket on Portuguese muffins with Dijon and dipping jus, along with a side of potato latkes and apple sauce.

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Etzel Itzik

Aventura
What you’re getting: Chicken Heart Pita
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 serves chicken heart. Oh, and if that's not for you, they also have Moroccan spicy sausage, kebab, and falafel.

Publix

Publix

Multiple locations
What you’re getting: Chicken Tender Sub
Oh, Publix, that Holy Grail sub stop. It’s one of the things Miamians miss most when they are away. We were especially disappointed when that April Fools' joke came around about a year back. The best part is you can have it your way.

Football Sandwich Shop

Football Sandwich Shop

Little Haiti
What you’re getting: The Zonker
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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Josh’s Deli

Surfside
What you’re getting: Jewban
This Jewish deli is anything but traditional or kosher. It mixes the best of Jewish and Cuban cuisines for the ultimate Miami sandwich that includes house-cured pastrami, pork, pickles, and Swiss cheese.

Sarussi Subs

Sarussi Subs

Flagami
What you’re getting: Sarussi Original
Famous for decades before Adam Richman of Man v. Food paid it a visit, its sandwiches come as big as 16in (of course, you can get the more manageable 8in, too). Its original with smoked ham, pork, mozzarella, pickles, and secret sauce has been its claim to fame since 1960.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Miami Beach
What you’re getting: Mama’s Chicken Biscuits
John Kunkel’s empire is growing and soon it'll be easier than ever to get our hands on these babies, thanks to the restaurant spinoff Lewellyn's Chicken & Biscuits. In the meantime, Yardbird it is. You will need to order more than one serving of his Grandmother’s original recipe.

Ms. Cheezious

Ms. Cheezious

MiMo
What you’re getting: Short Rib Melt
These guys are serious about their grilled cheese, so much so that they've created an empire, and it's built on a solid foundation: The Short Rib Melt with braised short rib, jack cheese, pickled onions, and arugula on sourdough bread. It is owner Fatima Mullins’ favorite, and for good reason.

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Design District
What you’re getting: Falafel wrap
Calabaza hummus, cucumber, Kalamata olives, pickled onion, tahini, tomato, radish, and a house-made flatbread make for a wrap that's actually pretty badass.

Miam Café & Boutique

Miam Café & Boutique

Wynwood
What you’re getting: Miam Club
This new-ish lunchery in Wynwood is the tops with fresh salads, sandwiches, and cookies, all locally sourced. Its Miam Club with avocado (of course!) is one we’re proud to call our own.

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Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co.

Little Havana
What you’re getting: Elena Ruz
The Elena Ruz, the oft forgotten sandwich of Cuban heritage, is a combo of turkey, whipped goat cheese, berry compote, bacon, and arugula. Cabrera tweaked it a bit. But, if you are looking for something more traditional, the Classic Cuban with pork belly rillettes is also awesome.

Made in Italy Gourmet

Made in Italy Gourmet

Wynwood
What you’re getting: Curma
With all the fresh pasta and cannoli, people tend to overlook Italy’s sandwiches. Well, don’t. Made in Italy Gourmet features at least a dozen hot and cold ones. 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.

Jimmy’z Kitchen

Jimmy’z Kitchen

Multiple locations
What you’re getting: Steak Sandwich
Miamians sure love their juicy steak, especially when it doesn’t require a fork and knife. And while the Puerto Rican-ish restaurant is best known for its mofongo, its sánguche game is equally on point. Best of all, you can get all of this delivered to your casa without much effort.
 

Whisk

South Miami
What you’re getting: Fried Green Tomato Sandwich
Pimiento cheese, bacon, arugula, and house chips create a delicious reminder that, technically, we ARE in the South.

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1. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop 2830 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

In addition to being one of the best authentic Cuban restaurants in all of Miami, Enriqueta’s also makes a hell of a Cuban sandwich.

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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 (Aventura)

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 (North Miami Beach)

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 (Miami Beach)

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 (Design District)

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 (Wynwood)

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 (Little Havana)

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 (Wynwood)

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 (South Miami)

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.

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