Sometimes we eat at a new restaurant and find that we love the food so much, we need to buy a shirt as a sign of support. Other times we're not even a fan of the food but think those T-shirts hanging on the wall are just too funny to pass up. Well, brace yourself for an impending urge to go shopping. Short Order has compiled a list of eateries that sell the best restaurant apparel in Miami.
Big Pink makes the list as an honorable mention -- because, frankly, we couldn't live with ourselves if we left out a restaurant that sells branded G-strings. Besides pink-painted walls, waitresses in pink tank tops, and pink VW Beetles, they've got tees and baby doll shirts, short-sleeve button downs, and hats. Not to mention beach towels and tote bags if you plan to eat a massive brunch and walk a block to the beach. Read on to find out which restaurants made our top five.
Indisputably one of the best restaurants our city has to offer, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink has to be celebrated with some trendy merch. Although their T-shirts are nothing to write home about, the trucker hats have some flair. And we have to give them props for the throwback to 2003. Von Dutch ring a bell? Men's shirts in red, grey, and black and women's fit tees in green, brown, and black are available at the Genuine Articles virtual store for $25. Hats are $24.
These are fantasy-inspired shirts from a whimsical restaurant. Flavour Gallery sells Tongue & Cheek merchandise online. All shirts are vintage black for $30. Our favorite is the men's V-neck with a well-dressed ox on the back. The half-lady half-octopus holding an umbrella is also a nice touch. Definitely useful on rainy days. We say that tongue-in-cheek.
Flanigan's has trained South Florida children well. Draw a Joe (Joe Flanigan, the late founder of the restaurant chain) and you may be handsomely rewarded -- with a free shirt. There's a handful of fisherman-friendly Flanigan's classics, as well as four-leaf clover shirts that show off the restaurant's Irish pride. But the best shirts are those in which Joe "Big Daddy" Flanigan has taken on an alter-ego, such as Very Big Daddy, a Hulk-like character. We also love the Flanigan's U shirt, which reminds you to relive your college glory days with just as much partying and a lot more fishing. Adult T-shirts are 100% cotton and cost $19.99 at the Flanigan's Online Sportswear Store.
2. Shake Shack
More than a place for great burgers and shakes, Shake Shack has got some awesome T-shirts. From the Insert Burger baby onesie ($18) that offers pretty solid advice to the Shake Shack-green dino shirt ($15), the restaurant is on the cutting edge of not just food but fashion. Coming soon to the Lincoln Road and Coral Gables locations is a South Florida-appropriate Shack Shades adult tee. It's printed on an eco-friendly black shirt (50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester) and is priced at $18. Our neighbors up in Boca Raton are already wearing them.
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As new to the restaurant apparel scene as the taqueria itself, Huahua's shirts may not yet have the recognition they deserve, but we bet they will soon. T-shirts are $20 each and come in sizes small to XL, while tank tops are $18 ranging from small to large. The hands-down winner is the Enchi-Little baby onesie ($12) for 12- to 18-month-olds. Because we love puns almost as much as we love toddlers and Mexican food.