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18 Fast-Casual Miami Restaurants Worth The Hype

For those hungry and on-the-go

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There’s not always time to sit and spend a full hour or more in a restaurant setting for a meal, and these days many people are opting for delicious grab-and-go options. The blending of “fast food” and “casual dining” has made it easy to grab a satisfying meal while on the go.

Thankfully Miami is full of fast-casual restaurants that get the job done and allow for a full spectrum of foods – from salads and sandwiches to tacos and ceviche. No matter the craving there is bound to be great fast-casual spot nearby for a quick lunch fix. Here’s where to get the goods quickly from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ms. Cheezious

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7418 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 989-4019
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What started out as a popular food truck, has now evolved into a brick-and-mortar location in MiMo as well as a spot inside Time Out Market (which is temporarily closed). The menu features plenty of grilled cheese options to pick from the classic to the “not-so-classic” menu.

2. The Taco Stand

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313 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 580-4948
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Who doesn’t love a made-to-order (and fast) Mexican food? At The Taco Stand in Wynwood, there’s more than just the long list of tacos. Opt for a burrito filled with all the fixings and a side of Mar y Tierra fries topped with a generous portion of carne asada, shrimp, queso, crema, and guacamole.

3. The Daily Creative Food Co.

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2001 Biscayne Blvd #109
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-4535
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An Edgewater staple, The Daily Creative Food Co. is known for it’s lengthy menu featuring a bevy of breakfast options and a list of sandwiches, paninis, and wraps named after well-known neighborhoods and newspapers across the city. Standouts include the Surfside Seared Tuna, a spinach wrap filled with rare ahi tuna, avocado, cucumbers, sprouts, spring greens, and ginger wasabi mayo; and the Miami Herald Chicken made on ciabatta with breaded chicken, provolone, arugula salad, tomato, red onion, and balsamic vinaigrette.

4. Delicious Raw

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1828 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 452-7575
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For a quick meal that also works with a vegan or vegetarian diet, head to Delicious Raw in Sunset Harbor. Highlights include the vegan sweet potato pasta topped with corn salad and portobello mushrooms. Craving toast with veggies piled high? Opt for the LeSmash aka an over-the-top avocado toast.

5. Taula Fresh Cut Mediterranean

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1657 N Miami Ave E
Miami, FL 33136
(786) 536-4846
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Build a counter service Mediterranean feast in five steps at Taula Fresh. Start with either a box or bread, pick a base, a protein, veggies, and then get saucy with options like beet cilantro, turmeric garlic, or spicy harissa,

6. Bebito’s

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1504 Bay Rd #106
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 353-2829
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A chic Cuban cafe located at Flamingo Point with a menu comprised of items like chorizo manchego croquetas; baked egg with spinach, artichoke and cheese; and even a guava miso salmon grain bowl.

7. Poke OG (Multiple Locations)

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161 SE 1st St
Miami, FL 33131
(239) 980-2912
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Nosh on a super filling — yet healthy — poke bowls at Poke OG’s downtown outpost. The menu here features build your own poke options, as well as restaurant favorites. A selection of sushi boxes make it possible to enjoy omakase style dining on the go. Not into fish? There’s a vegan section of the menu featuring fruit and veggie filled bowls.

8. Sanguich De Miami

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2057 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 539-0969
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At Sanguich guests are getting more than a quickly made sandwich. Everything is made in-house from the ham to the pork, right down to the mustard and the pickles. Order a classic Cuban sandwich or add croquettas to enjoy the Miami classic croquetta preparada.

9. Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen

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1250 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL

From the same people behind one of Miami’s mainstay counter-service restaurants, My Ceviche, Zuuk features an assembly line set up where diner’s can create their own Mediterranean bowl in seconds. Mix and matching toppings is encouraged, but the spicy beef piled high with veggies and covered tzatziki sauce is a crowd favorite.

10. My Ceviche (Multiple Locations)

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1250 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 960-7825
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During the course of nearly a decade MyCeviche has expanded to multiple locations and much more than just ceviche. The counter service restaurant serves ceviche bowls, burritos, and toasts piled high with choice of fish, shrimp, chicken, and newly added filet mignon.

11. Tinta y Café (Multiple Locations)

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1315 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL

This quaint cafe is serving soups, salads, and sandwiches pressed to order. Seats are limited but the service is quick, parking is free, and the coffee will keep just anyone awake. Go for the El Callejero sandwich made with chicken, prosciutto, cantimpalo, manchego, caramelized onions, and cilantro mayo and a cortadito. There’s also a new outpost in downtown Miami.

12. Pincho (Multiple Locations)

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30-32 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL
(305) 446-5666
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The team behind Pincho has come a long way from its original restaurant on Bird Road. Now it has locations all over town, from Pinecrest to Hialeah, serving up items like burgers with tostones in place of regular buns, cheese fries, salads, and pinchos (meat on a stick). (Find all the locations here.)

13. Doggi's Arepa Bar (Multiple Locations)

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1246 SW 22nd St
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 854-6869
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The Venezuelan hotspot features a menu of counter service dishes from arepas to patacons (sandwiches using crispy fried plantains as bread) to burgers, salads and more. The namesake arepas are most popular and stuffed to the brim with white cheese and a variety of toppings. (Find more locations here.)

14. Carrot Express (Multiple Locations)

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259 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(786) 471-4985
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This hometown favorite that has been serving up healthy cuisine throughout the Magic City for more than 20 years, offers an extensive menu that is perfect for guests on the go. From hearty power bowls, to healthy burgers, nutrient-dense juices, and even an assortment of avocado toasts, Carrot Express has something for every healthy craving. (Find all locations here.)

15. Natural Chicken Grill

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6800 Red Rd
South Miami, FL 33143
(305) 901-5224
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There’s something about food served in a bowl that screams quick and easy. At Natural Chicken Grill the food is made fresh and fast — plus there’s a drive thru for those in a real hurry. While chicken is in the name, the real winner on the menu is the churrasco option. The tender steak is way above par for what’s expected at a counter service spot.

16. Mr. & Mrs. Bun (Multiple Locations)

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15572 Sunset Dr
Miami, FL 33193
(786) 717-6244
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Mr. & Mrs. Bun is a West Kendall haven for massive sandwiches filled with flavor on fluffy housemade buns. Complement them with with one of the equally tasty appetizers or save room for dessert as there’s always a sweet daily-made special. A second location is now open in Downtown Dadeland.

17. Norman Brothers Produce

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7621 SW 87th Ave
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 274-9363
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Yes, Norman Brothers is a market, but it’s also home to a deli and a hot food case. There’s also plenty of outdoor seating to take advantage of for a quick lunch on the go. In the hot case find dishes like shepard’s pie, roasted chicken, and a variety of side dishes that vary daily. Or order a Boar’s Head deli sandwich piled high with customizable toppings.

18. Diced (Mulitple Locations)

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9050 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL 33156
(305) 531-0766
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Another build-your-own bowl spot, but with a little Miami flair as bowls are often topped with a sweet guava sauce. Pro tip: order a mix of all the sauces. With locations all over Miami, Diced is never too far away. See all locations here.

19. Big Tomato (Multiple Locations)

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8825 SW 107th Ave
Miami, FL
(305) 598-4454

This old-school spot started with pizza and now has expanded to chicken wings, paninis, and salads served in massive homemade bread bowls. Quick and affordable, it’s a definitely go to when looking for something fast, casual, and filling. (Find all locations here.)

1. Ms. Cheezious

7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

What started out as a popular food truck, has now evolved into a brick-and-mortar location in MiMo as well as a spot inside Time Out Market (which is temporarily closed). The menu features plenty of grilled cheese options to pick from the classic to the “not-so-classic” menu.

7418 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

2. The Taco Stand

313 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

Who doesn’t love a made-to-order (and fast) Mexican food? At The Taco Stand in Wynwood, there’s more than just the long list of tacos. Opt for a burrito filled with all the fixings and a side of Mar y Tierra fries topped with a generous portion of carne asada, shrimp, queso, crema, and guacamole.

313 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127

3. The Daily Creative Food Co.

2001 Biscayne Blvd #109, Miami, FL 33137

An Edgewater staple, The Daily Creative Food Co. is known for it’s lengthy menu featuring a bevy of breakfast options and a list of sandwiches, paninis, and wraps named after well-known neighborhoods and newspapers across the city. Standouts include the Surfside Seared Tuna, a spinach wrap filled with rare ahi tuna, avocado, cucumbers, sprouts, spring greens, and ginger wasabi mayo; and the Miami Herald Chicken made on ciabatta with breaded chicken, provolone, arugula salad, tomato, red onion, and balsamic vinaigrette.

2001 Biscayne Blvd #109
Miami, FL 33137

4. Delicious Raw

1828 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

For a quick meal that also works with a vegan or vegetarian diet, head to Delicious Raw in Sunset Harbor. Highlights include the vegan sweet potato pasta topped with corn salad and portobello mushrooms. Craving toast with veggies piled high? Opt for the LeSmash aka an over-the-top avocado toast.

1828 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Taula Fresh Cut Mediterranean

1657 N Miami Ave E, Miami, FL 33136

Build a counter service Mediterranean feast in five steps at Taula Fresh. Start with either a box or bread, pick a base, a protein, veggies, and then get saucy with options like beet cilantro, turmeric garlic, or spicy harissa,

1657 N Miami Ave E
Miami, FL 33136

6. Bebito’s

1504 Bay Rd #106, Miami Beach, FL 33139

A chic Cuban cafe located at Flamingo Point with a menu comprised of items like chorizo manchego croquetas; baked egg with spinach, artichoke and cheese; and even a guava miso salmon grain bowl.

1504 Bay Rd #106
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Poke OG (Multiple Locations)

161 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

Nosh on a super filling — yet healthy — poke bowls at Poke OG’s downtown outpost. The menu here features build your own poke options, as well as restaurant favorites. A selection of sushi boxes make it possible to enjoy omakase style dining on the go. Not into fish? There’s a vegan section of the menu featuring fruit and veggie filled bowls.

161 SE 1st St
Miami, FL 33131

8. Sanguich De Miami

2057 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

At Sanguich guests are getting more than a quickly made sandwich. Everything is made in-house from the ham to the pork, right down to the mustard and the pickles. Order a classic Cuban sandwich or add croquettas to enjoy the Miami classic croquetta preparada.

2057 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

9. Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen

1250 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL

From the same people behind one of Miami’s mainstay counter-service restaurants, My Ceviche, Zuuk features an assembly line set up where diner’s can create their own Mediterranean bowl in seconds. Mix and matching toppings is encouraged, but the spicy beef piled high with veggies and covered tzatziki sauce is a crowd favorite.

1250 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL

10. My Ceviche (Multiple Locations)

1250 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

During the course of nearly a decade MyCeviche has expanded to multiple locations and much more than just ceviche. The counter service restaurant serves ceviche bowls, burritos, and toasts piled high with choice of fish, shrimp, chicken, and newly added filet mignon.

1250 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130

11. Tinta y Café (Multiple Locations)

1315 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL

This quaint cafe is serving soups, salads, and sandwiches pressed to order. Seats are limited but the service is quick, parking is free, and the coffee will keep just anyone awake. Go for the El Callejero sandwich made with chicken, prosciutto, cantimpalo, manchego, caramelized onions, and cilantro mayo and a cortadito. There’s also a new outpost in downtown Miami.

1315 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL

12. Pincho (Multiple Locations)

30-32 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL

The team behind Pincho has come a long way from its original restaurant on Bird Road. Now it has locations all over town, from Pinecrest to Hialeah, serving up items like burgers with tostones in place of regular buns, cheese fries, salads, and pinchos (meat on a stick). (Find all the locations here.)

30-32 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL

13. Doggi's Arepa Bar (Multiple Locations)

1246 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33145

The Venezuelan hotspot features a menu of counter service dishes from arepas to patacons (sandwiches using crispy fried plantains as bread) to burgers, salads and more. The namesake arepas are most popular and stuffed to the brim with white cheese and a variety of toppings. (Find more locations here.)

1246 SW 22nd St
Miami, FL 33145

14. Carrot Express (Multiple Locations)

259 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

This hometown favorite that has been serving up healthy cuisine throughout the Magic City for more than 20 years, offers an extensive menu that is perfect for guests on the go. From hearty power bowls, to healthy burgers, nutrient-dense juices, and even an assortment of avocado toasts, Carrot Express has something for every healthy craving. (Find all locations here.)

259 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

15. Natural Chicken Grill

6800 Red Rd, South Miami, FL 33143

There’s something about food served in a bowl that screams quick and easy. At Natural Chicken Grill the food is made fresh and fast — plus there’s a drive thru for those in a real hurry. While chicken is in the name, the real winner on the menu is the churrasco option. The tender steak is way above par for what’s expected at a counter service spot.

6800 Red Rd
South Miami, FL 33143

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16. Mr. & Mrs. Bun (Multiple Locations)

15572 Sunset Dr, Miami, FL 33193

Mr. & Mrs. Bun is a West Kendall haven for massive sandwiches filled with flavor on fluffy housemade buns. Complement them with with one of the equally tasty appetizers or save room for dessert as there’s always a sweet daily-made special. A second location is now open in Downtown Dadeland.

15572 Sunset Dr
Miami, FL 33193

17. Norman Brothers Produce

7621 SW 87th Ave, Miami, FL 33173

Yes, Norman Brothers is a market, but it’s also home to a deli and a hot food case. There’s also plenty of outdoor seating to take advantage of for a quick lunch on the go. In the hot case find dishes like shepard’s pie, roasted chicken, and a variety of side dishes that vary daily. Or order a Boar’s Head deli sandwich piled high with customizable toppings.

7621 SW 87th Ave
Miami, FL 33173

18. Diced (Mulitple Locations)

9050 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL 33156

Another build-your-own bowl spot, but with a little Miami flair as bowls are often topped with a sweet guava sauce. Pro tip: order a mix of all the sauces. With locations all over Miami, Diced is never too far away. See all locations here.

9050 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL 33156

19. Big Tomato (Multiple Locations)

8825 SW 107th Ave, Miami, FL

This old-school spot started with pizza and now has expanded to chicken wings, paninis, and salads served in massive homemade bread bowls. Quick and affordable, it’s a definitely go to when looking for something fast, casual, and filling. (Find all locations here.)

8825 SW 107th Ave
Miami, FL

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