New York is known as the city that never sleeps, but Miami has also earned that title. During the day, we work hard (whether at our jobs or on our tans). At night, we play — sometimes until the sun comes up. That means serious bouts of the munchies. When hunger calls after the clock strikes midnight, don't head to Denny's or Taco Bell in desperation. The Magic City offers plenty of fine late-night grub. Whoever said nothing good happens after 2 a.m. has never had a French salami sandwich at La Sandwicherie in the wee hours. Here are the 11 best places to sate your late-night cravings.
Think of 1-800-Lucky as the Miami version of an Asian night market. Make your way around the hall and begin with an order of dumplings; add a few hand rolls, ramen, and sushi. Cake Thai, considered Miami's best, has an outpost at this Wynwood food hall, as does the New York-based Taiyaki, which offers exotic ice-cream flavors such as black sesame and green tea in whimsical fish-shaped cones. A full-service bar offers everything from beer to lively cocktails. As the night progresses, the music gets turned up, so you can eat and party at the same place. Monday through Thursday noon to 2 a.m., Friday through Sunday noon to 3 a.m.
Sidle up to the bar or get cozy in one of the red booths and chow down on classic bar food such as Buffalo cauliflower ($12) and Dan Dan noodles ($14). Food served Sunday through Thursday until 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday till 2 a.m.
Sate all your drunk-food needs at this upscale version of your favorite small-town diner. Fried meatloaf ($18.95), a patty melt ($15.50), a bucket of "state fair" corn dogs ($11.50), and fried Oreos ($12.25) share space with veggie burgers ($15.50) and smoothies. Breakfast is served any time the restaurant is open if you're hankering for a Benedict ($14.85). Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
South Beach's late-night taco fix comes with a hidden bar disguised as a bathroom (look for the blue door). Tacos at Bodega include al pastor ($3.50), pescado ($4.50), and barbacoa ($4), washed down with mucho tequila. Daily noon to 5 a.m.
Situated right in the middle of South Beach and open till almost dawn, Cheeseburger Baby is a night owl's dream. Anybody who's ever danced until the sun came up will appreciate the joy of stumbling upon a burger joint happy to serve customers at 5 a.m. The burgers are cheap and juicy ($7), which means your late-night cravings can be satiated for a Hamilton. Good, cheap, and solid. Still not sold? Beyoncé ate here. Enough said. Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 5 a.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 a.m.
2300 NW Second Ave., Miami 305-573-8228 1111 SW First Ave., Miami 786-773-3337 coyo-taco.com
Helmed by executive chef Scott Linquist, the restaurant serves tacos made with humanely raised meats and locally sourced vegetables and seafood. A tortillera works on the line at all times, making as many as a thousand tortillas a day to order. Tacos range from classic al pastor and carne asada to carnitas de pato — a crispy confit duck taco ($10 for two) — and nopales, made with grilled cactus, quinoa, and queso fresco ($7.50 for two). A secret bar, located in the backroom, hosts famous guest DJs and weekly parties. Wynwood: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Brickell: Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The perfect drunk food has to be La Moon's colossal perro colombiano ($5.75) and supermoon perro topped with bacon and a quail egg ($6.99). If you want something to really soak up whatever is still in your system, try the crazy chicken arepa moon burger ($7.95) — a chicken patty topped with ham, a fried egg, bacon, and mozzarella on a cornmeal pancake. La Moon also serves superior cornmeal empanadas. The beef and potato cost only $1.40 each, perfect for when you have only pocket change to spare after a night out on the town. Get a meal that's salty, fatty, and cheap in a place that's open till the birds start singing in the trees. Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to midnight, Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to midnight. Closed Tuesday.
It's 4 in the morning, and you're hankering for some pâté on French bread. Normally, you'd be out of luck until about noon, but not in Miami. La Sandwicherie for years has been catering to the cravings of discerning drunkards, students, hipsters, and in-the-biz workers by offering custom-made sandwiches till 5 a.m. daily. Sandwiches filled with pâté ($8.20), French salami ($8.20), smoked salmon ($8.20), or any other combination of meats and cheeses are made on buttery croissants or fresh French bread and satisfy your sleepless artistic soul. Miami Beach: Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 a.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. Brickell: Sunday through Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.
It's a well-known fact that noodles are a favorite drunk food, and Momi Ramen is the place for drunks with discerning taste. Start with an order of pan-fried gyoza ($11) before moving on to the main ramen event. Favorites include oxtail ramen with kikurage mushrooms, bamboo shoots, takana, sesame, and egg ($21) and pork belly ramen with kikurage mushrooms, bamboo shoots, takana, sesame, and egg ($15.99). Bring cash, because credit cards aren't accepted. Daily 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Nothing can replace a slice of pizza to sop up a night of drinking, and Pizza Rustica allows you to break dawn with a slice in hand. The restaurant offers a cornucopia of toppings, from sausage to potatoes to pineapple. Head too fuzzy to think? Simply point to one of the two dozen or so premade pies — including Hawaiian, meat lovers, and arugula salad — and go. Slices range from $4.95 to $6.95; additional toppings cost extra. Daily 11 a.m. to 6 a.m.; delivery until 5 a.m.
1643 SW First St., Miami 305-649-0203
Craving grilled pork or a chicken taco with a side of rice and beans at 4 in the morning? This colorful Nicaraguan palace has you covered 'round the clock. The outside area is always open, serving favorites such as carne asada ($9), fried pork with yuca ($8), and lengua con salsa ($9). Daily 24 hours.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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