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
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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.
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.