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11 of Miami's Iconic Greasy Spoons

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Everyone wants something different in a diner. Some people crave pie, others want stacked club sandwiches, and everyone wants fries with that. Here in Miami, though, diners can expect a little more than the typical diner fare—here, you'll find diners that offer pan con bistec and curry goat across the road from greasy spoons with all your usual favorites. Luckily for you, we like all diner food. And we're bringing you the longest lasting, most iconic, and most delicioso greasy spoons that Miami has to offer.

— Sara Faber


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Jerry's Famous Deli

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A South Beach mainstay, Jerry’s has been the go-to place for bagels, lox, and blintzes since opening in 1996. The waitresses may be brusque, but the food will be worth the sass.

El Mago de las Fritas

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All you need to do is watch this video of the long-time owner and chef of El Mago de las Fritas making his famed Frita Cubana—a hamburger topped with a secret sauce, thinly sliced onions and thinly sliced fried potatoes—to realize that you cannot live without visiting this Cuban greasy spoon.

Arbetter Hot Dogs

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Hot dogs sometimes get a bad rap, but let’s be real—they’re totally delicious. And Arbetters is definitely the best place to get them in Miami. They’ve been in the same location for decades, and the hot dogs have stayed the same too. Try it with chili and a side of perfectly cooked French fries. Thank us later.

11th Street Diner

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There’s a reason the 11th Street Diner certainly looks like a real deal diner—it is one. It was built in the 1940s and shipped to South Beach in 1992. The menu is equally retro, feautring fried chicken, cobb salad, and breakfast all day.

Papa Llego Y Pon

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Two words: pork sandwich. Be aware that there is no sign to indicate where this restaurant is, but once you find it, it is so worth the search.

Donut Gallery Diner

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There are four different types of grilled cheese on the menu at the Donut Gallery Diner, and since it’s open daily, you have ample time to try them all. And the other 60+ menu items, including corned beef hash, huevos rancheros, and palomilla steak.

El Rey de las Fritas

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This authentic Cuban café features bunch of sandwiches, all covered in fritas, thinly sliced fried potatoes. What more could you want? I know—a mango shake. They’re luscious.

Lester's

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We'd like to thank Lester's for numerous late night cups of coffee, milk shakes, and tuna melts. If those aren’t your cup of tea, don’t worry—they have tea, too. And sandwiches, eggs, burgers, Italian food, and a whole menu of seafood. Classic but not typical.

Luis Galindo Latin American

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This restaurant might be the definition of a greasy spoon—the food is cheap, the restaurant is tiny, and the food is amazing. Let me repeat that, the food is incredible. All the Cuban food you could want, with café con leche and flan on the side.

Diana's Cafe

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You know downtown is full of little Cuban places, but go to this one—the tostones and pastelitos are incredible, and the silverware is plastic, so you know it’s a real greasy spoon.

S & S Diner

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S & S Diner has been open since 1938, and it hasn’t changed much since. The diner is small—there’s only one semi-circular counter where everyone sits—and cash-only, making the atmosphere homey and old-fashioned. Get there before 11:30 am to get the best breakfast deals—eggs, toast, coffee, potatoes and bacon for under $8. Greasy spoon gold.

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Jerry's Famous Deli

A South Beach mainstay, Jerry’s has been the go-to place for bagels, lox, and blintzes since opening in 1996. The waitresses may be brusque, but the food will be worth the sass.

El Mago de las Fritas

All you need to do is watch this video of the long-time owner and chef of El Mago de las Fritas making his famed Frita Cubana—a hamburger topped with a secret sauce, thinly sliced onions and thinly sliced fried potatoes—to realize that you cannot live without visiting this Cuban greasy spoon.

Arbetter Hot Dogs

Hot dogs sometimes get a bad rap, but let’s be real—they’re totally delicious. And Arbetters is definitely the best place to get them in Miami. They’ve been in the same location for decades, and the hot dogs have stayed the same too. Try it with chili and a side of perfectly cooked French fries. Thank us later.

11th Street Diner

There’s a reason the 11th Street Diner certainly looks like a real deal diner—it is one. It was built in the 1940s and shipped to South Beach in 1992. The menu is equally retro, feautring fried chicken, cobb salad, and breakfast all day.

Papa Llego Y Pon

Two words: pork sandwich. Be aware that there is no sign to indicate where this restaurant is, but once you find it, it is so worth the search.

Donut Gallery Diner

There are four different types of grilled cheese on the menu at the Donut Gallery Diner, and since it’s open daily, you have ample time to try them all. And the other 60+ menu items, including corned beef hash, huevos rancheros, and palomilla steak.

El Rey de las Fritas

This authentic Cuban café features bunch of sandwiches, all covered in fritas, thinly sliced fried potatoes. What more could you want? I know—a mango shake. They’re luscious.

Lester's

We'd like to thank Lester's for numerous late night cups of coffee, milk shakes, and tuna melts. If those aren’t your cup of tea, don’t worry—they have tea, too. And sandwiches, eggs, burgers, Italian food, and a whole menu of seafood. Classic but not typical.

Luis Galindo Latin American

This restaurant might be the definition of a greasy spoon—the food is cheap, the restaurant is tiny, and the food is amazing. Let me repeat that, the food is incredible. All the Cuban food you could want, with café con leche and flan on the side.

Diana's Cafe

You know downtown is full of little Cuban places, but go to this one—the tostones and pastelitos are incredible, and the silverware is plastic, so you know it’s a real greasy spoon.

S & S Diner

S & S Diner has been open since 1938, and it hasn’t changed much since. The diner is small—there’s only one semi-circular counter where everyone sits—and cash-only, making the atmosphere homey and old-fashioned. Get there before 11:30 am to get the best breakfast deals—eggs, toast, coffee, potatoes and bacon for under $8. Greasy spoon gold.

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