Favorite Dishes

84. Chicken Chili Con Queso at Deli Lane Cafe

As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to [email protected]. After the jump, find our other choices.

84. Chicken Chili Con Queso at Deli Lane Cafe

There is kind of nothing more satisfying for brunch, dinner, or late night, whenever, than the Chicken Chili Con Queso at Deli Lane Cafe/Sunset Tavern. The two restaurants are attached, one more suited for day and the other for night, but the chili, it's hot and ready to eat anytime. The chicken is stewed, tasty, and tender. The cheese is always melted just right and the chips, they're crispy and the perfect shovel for getting the chili into one's mouth.


Owners Jahn Kirchoff and Mike Maler wanted to make a hearty soup to add to their menu. Their solution was to make an unconventional chili, so they switched out the beef for the poultry, and what a wise decision it was. It's one of the restaurant's best sellers and one of our favorites.

100 Favorite Dishes:

85. Lemon Meringue Cake at Ice Box

86. Fig Pizza at Kokopo Fresh Kitchen

87. Poulet Rouge at Cecconi's
88. Grilled Scallops with Pickled Plum at Zuma

89. Garnachos at Taqueria el Mexicano

90. Pancakes at Sky Grille in Miami Tower

91. Tuna Ceviche at Sushi Samba

92. BBQ Pork Roll at American Noodle Bar

93. Mandolin's Hand-Cut Fries

94. Joe Allen's Bourbon Bread Pudding
95. Lobster Roll at Joe's Stone Crab Takeaway
96. Brussels Sprouts at Sakaya Kitchen
97. Gandules en Escabeche from Raaga Cart

98. Pizza Genovese at Spris

99. Leek Soup at Buena Vista Deli

100. Dumplings at Chow Down Grill


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