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Where to Eat in MiMo: 13 Great Spots

From hidden Mediterranean eateries to longstanding landmarks

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MiMo — short for Miami Modern — is one of the most exciting up-and-coming neighborhoods in Miami. Whereas many parts of Miami are all about the new, now, and next, MiMo strikes that rare balance between honoring local history and being relevant to the Miami of today.

The stretch of Biscayne Boulevard between NE 50th street and NE 70th street is internationally renowned for its unique mid-century modern style architecture, hence the name of this district. Many old buildings have been lovingly restored to their old glory and are now occupied by chic boutiques and some of Miami’s best restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ironside Kitchen

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7580 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 531-5055
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Located in the northernmost reaches of MiMo, this Italian restaurant is tucked away a few blocks west of Biscayne Boulevard in a part of the neighborhood that feels very locals-only. This eatery features a concise selection of pastas, as well as a handful of baked Italian dishes. The pizzas here, made in the Neapolitan style, stick pretty closely to tradition, and toppings are kept at a minimum so as not to weigh down the oven-fired creations. In addition to savory food items, the restaurant also offers desserts including a chocolate “salami,” as well as a wide selection of Italian coffee drinks.

Spaghetti with pesto genovese
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2. Ms. Cheezious

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7418 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 989-4019
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One could easily miss this small storefront if not for the sandwich shop’s seductive logo beckoning from the side of the road like some of the neighborhood’s residents used to do just a few decades ago. Ms. Cheezious is known for its more unusual melted cheese sandwiches that sometimes feature unexpected ingredients. Take the oh-so-Miami Croqueta Monsieur, which features Cuban-style ham croquettes, ham, cheese and béchamel. Those wondering if there could be a dessert version of a grilled cheese should try the S’mores Melt featuring roasted marshmallows, chocolate hazelnut spread, and graham crack crumbles.

Grilled cheese from Ms. Cheezious
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3. Ni.Do. Caffé

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7295 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 960-7022
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This Italian restaurant offers solid renditions of many Italian classics, but its mozzarella bar is what sets it apart from other Italian spots in the area. This eatery offers four varieties of the mild, fresh cheese, including buffalo mozzarella and burrata, which are served with cherry tomatoes and caponata and can be paired with Italian cured meats like prosciutto and bresaola. Just make sure to leave room for the fresh pastas and panini, including the mushroom and ricotta ravioli topped with a porcini sauce.

Fresh mozzarella
PHoto Credit: Facebook/Ni.Do. Caffe

4. Doggi's Arepa Bar

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7281 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(786) 558-9538
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This casual eatery specializes in the mild corn cakes overstuffed with creatively named fillings like “sexy queen” (reina pepiada) and “domino.” Doggi’s also features other typical fast foods, which include green plantain sandwiches and Venezuelan-style hoagies. The cachapa — a sweet corn pancake stuffed with Venezuela’s version of mozzarella — should not be missed here. And those looking for a unique breakfast should stop by for the filling criollo breakfast starring shredded beef stew, black beans, and eggs.

Arepa de pabellon criollo
Photo Credit: Facebook/Doggi’s Arepa Bar

5. Moshi Moshi

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7232 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 751-2114
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Open until 5 a.m. every evening (or morning), Moshi Moshi is an ideal spot to enjoy traditional nigiri sushi almost whenever the mood strikes, as well as creative American-style rolls that can be as large as a Swiss roll. Sushi is not the only thing offered at this restaurant, however. Diners can sit in the dining room or tranquil back patio and dine on anything from ramen to Japanese-style curry, as well as noodles and small plates. Moshi Moshi’s selection of premium sakes is also quite renowned in Miami, making it a preferred venue for connoisseurs and neophytes, alike.

Dragon Roll
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6. Jimmy's Eastside Diner

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7201 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 754-3692

One of the few independent, old-school diners in Miami, this place is not only a neighborhood institution but also a Miami icon. Its fame has only grown since being featured in the Academy Award winning film, Moonlight. Its banana pancakes are a must-have, and its patty melts are made as if Jimmy’s Eastside Diner invented them. The best part is that the décor has not changed to fit in with trendiness that surrounds it, giving diners a visual glimpse into this neighborhood’s past.

Cheesy hash browns
Photo Credit: Facebook/Jimmy’s Eastside Diner

7. Phuc Yea

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7100 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 494-0609
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Miami may not be known for its Vietnamese food when compared to places like Los Angeles, Houston, or Broward County, however chef Cesar Zapata has been looking to change that. In 2011 he and his partner Aniece Meinhold opened one of Miami’s first dining pop-ups named Phuc Yea, which has since found a permanent home in MiMo where it serves many of the same dishes that made it famous. Zapata not only makes a mean pho at dinner, along with other traditional fare, he also specializes in the uniquely Texan specialties that fuse Cajun and Vietnamese flavors. Brunch features a range of options from the chef’s take on a crab benedict to breakfast nachos and sticky rice with Chinese sausage and eggs.

Banh Cuon made with rolled rice noodles, minced pork, cha lua, dry shrimp, crispies and nuoc cham.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Phuc Yea

8. Dogma Grill

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7030 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 759-3433
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This hotdog stand has been a landmark of the neighborhood since the early 2000s. While it has changed owners and lost a couple of old favorites since then (R.I.P. mint lemonade), the current Dogma Grill still offers diners a variety of classic hotdogs, as well as a selection of snacks. This is perhaps Miami’s ideal venue for sampling the various regional varieties of sausage and bun combinations that exist in the United States. The Chicago dog has all the right elements down to the neon green relish, while Tropicale is a tribute to Miam’s favorite Colombian style “perros.” The menu also features Wisconsin brats, along with Cleveland Polish boys, making it a perfect spot to bring a homesick out-of-towner.

The Atlanta Dog
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9. Lo De Lea Argentinean Grill

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7001 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 456-3218
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Argentine cuisine can sometimes be a predictable offering an array of steaks and pastas, which is why Lo de Lea stands out. Housed in a free-standing red building, this Argentine restaurant adds unique touches to typical fare. A steak may come with a side of bok choy or escarole, for instance, or a plate of ñoquis (the Argentine version of gnocchi) may include a sharp surprise of Asiago cheese in each potato dumpling. Even the sauces to accompany the restaurant’s selection of meats go beyond the pedestrian chimichurri with such creations as a roasted jalapeño chimichurri and Dijon-chipotle sauce.

Locro, a traditional South American stew made of hominy, beans, vegetables and meat.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Lo De Lea Argentinean Grill

10. Blue Collar

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6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 756-0366
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Danny Serfer can now be seen as a member of Miami’s culinary royal court. But back in 2012 he took a gamble on a small lobby space in a MiMo motel that quickly became one of the cornerstones of this neighborhood. Six years later, Blue Collar is still known for its straightforward renditions on Northeastern American comfort food, with a few very Miami touches. The latkes here are legendary and there is always a rotating list of vegetarian entrees that never feel like an afterthought. And after six years, this tiny spot is still one of the most popular places for brunch on the weekends, which says a lot in Miami.

Pepperoni and clams
Photo Credit: Facebook/Blue Collar

11. ‘O Munaciello

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6425 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(786) 907-4000
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This restaurant flaunts a pedigree as being quite a big deal in Florence, Italy, where diners flocked to the eatery for its renditions of Neapolitan favorites. Now in MiMo, ‘O Munaciello continues its tradition of serving carefully crafted Southern Italian dishes. Its pizzas are made in a oven shipped over from Naples, and guests can get anything from a classic margherita to a more creative Muna Miami that features yellow cherry tomatoes, provola cheese, asparagus, and bacon. Those not in the mood for pizza can find a variety of regional homemade pasta and seafood dishes.

Pizza
Photo Credit: Facebook/’O Munaciello

12. Café Roval

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5808 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 953-7850
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While many Miamians are saddened by the loss of Van Dyke Café on Lincoln Road, the shuttering of that Miami Beach icon made way for the opening of Café Roval. The latest addition to Mark Soyka’s family of eateries is all about the ambiance, which is perhaps the most romantic in all of South Florida. The coral-walled building hides a lush garden in the back that is populated with candlelit tables. The menu features the same type of eclectic crowd pleasers that have made restaurants like News Café such icons – hearty entrees, salads, and shareable appetizers – albeit with more Mediterranean touches that pay homage to Soyka’s Israeli roots.

Stuffed squash blossom
Photo Credit: Facebook/Cafe Roval

13. Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza

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5600 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 762-5751
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This pizzeria has been a neighborhood favorite since it opened in 2001, as well as one of the early pioneers in Miami’s gourmet pizza scene. It has been considered one of the city’s best pizza places for years, and the chewy crust and robust sauce are proof of it. Besides the traditional pies, diners can enjoy Andiamo’s creations like the Genovese with sliced potatoes, pancetta, garlic, and Gorgonzola. Although the pizza here is definitely a draw, the ambiance is perhaps the most memorable feature. Housed in a historic mid-century auto shop, Andiamo is the perfect introduction to what MiMo is all about.

Pizza and salad from Andiamo!
Photo Credit: Facebook/Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza

1. Ironside Kitchen

7580 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33138
Spaghetti with pesto genovese
Photo Credit: Official Website

Located in the northernmost reaches of MiMo, this Italian restaurant is tucked away a few blocks west of Biscayne Boulevard in a part of the neighborhood that feels very locals-only. This eatery features a concise selection of pastas, as well as a handful of baked Italian dishes. The pizzas here, made in the Neapolitan style, stick pretty closely to tradition, and toppings are kept at a minimum so as not to weigh down the oven-fired creations. In addition to savory food items, the restaurant also offers desserts including a chocolate “salami,” as well as a wide selection of Italian coffee drinks.

7580 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33138

2. Ms. Cheezious

7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Grilled cheese from Ms. Cheezious
Photo Credit: Facebook/Ms. Cheezious

One could easily miss this small storefront if not for the sandwich shop’s seductive logo beckoning from the side of the road like some of the neighborhood’s residents used to do just a few decades ago. Ms. Cheezious is known for its more unusual melted cheese sandwiches that sometimes feature unexpected ingredients. Take the oh-so-Miami Croqueta Monsieur, which features Cuban-style ham croquettes, ham, cheese and béchamel. Those wondering if there could be a dessert version of a grilled cheese should try the S’mores Melt featuring roasted marshmallows, chocolate hazelnut spread, and graham crack crumbles.

7418 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

3. Ni.Do. Caffé

7295 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Fresh mozzarella
PHoto Credit: Facebook/Ni.Do. Caffe

This Italian restaurant offers solid renditions of many Italian classics, but its mozzarella bar is what sets it apart from other Italian spots in the area. This eatery offers four varieties of the mild, fresh cheese, including buffalo mozzarella and burrata, which are served with cherry tomatoes and caponata and can be paired with Italian cured meats like prosciutto and bresaola. Just make sure to leave room for the fresh pastas and panini, including the mushroom and ricotta ravioli topped with a porcini sauce.

7295 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

4. Doggi's Arepa Bar

7281 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Arepa de pabellon criollo
Photo Credit: Facebook/Doggi’s Arepa Bar

This casual eatery specializes in the mild corn cakes overstuffed with creatively named fillings like “sexy queen” (reina pepiada) and “domino.” Doggi’s also features other typical fast foods, which include green plantain sandwiches and Venezuelan-style hoagies. The cachapa — a sweet corn pancake stuffed with Venezuela’s version of mozzarella — should not be missed here. And those looking for a unique breakfast should stop by for the filling criollo breakfast starring shredded beef stew, black beans, and eggs.

7281 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

5. Moshi Moshi

7232 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Dragon Roll
Photo Credit: Facebook/Moshi Moshi

Open until 5 a.m. every evening (or morning), Moshi Moshi is an ideal spot to enjoy traditional nigiri sushi almost whenever the mood strikes, as well as creative American-style rolls that can be as large as a Swiss roll. Sushi is not the only thing offered at this restaurant, however. Diners can sit in the dining room or tranquil back patio and dine on anything from ramen to Japanese-style curry, as well as noodles and small plates. Moshi Moshi’s selection of premium sakes is also quite renowned in Miami, making it a preferred venue for connoisseurs and neophytes, alike.

7232 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

6. Jimmy's Eastside Diner

7201 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Cheesy hash browns
Photo Credit: Facebook/Jimmy’s Eastside Diner

One of the few independent, old-school diners in Miami, this place is not only a neighborhood institution but also a Miami icon. Its fame has only grown since being featured in the Academy Award winning film, Moonlight. Its banana pancakes are a must-have, and its patty melts are made as if Jimmy’s Eastside Diner invented them. The best part is that the décor has not changed to fit in with trendiness that surrounds it, giving diners a visual glimpse into this neighborhood’s past.

7201 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

7. Phuc Yea

7100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Banh Cuon made with rolled rice noodles, minced pork, cha lua, dry shrimp, crispies and nuoc cham.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Phuc Yea

Miami may not be known for its Vietnamese food when compared to places like Los Angeles, Houston, or Broward County, however chef Cesar Zapata has been looking to change that. In 2011 he and his partner Aniece Meinhold opened one of Miami’s first dining pop-ups named Phuc Yea, which has since found a permanent home in MiMo where it serves many of the same dishes that made it famous. Zapata not only makes a mean pho at dinner, along with other traditional fare, he also specializes in the uniquely Texan specialties that fuse Cajun and Vietnamese flavors. Brunch features a range of options from the chef’s take on a crab benedict to breakfast nachos and sticky rice with Chinese sausage and eggs.

7100 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

8. Dogma Grill

7030 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
The Atlanta Dog
Photo Credit: Facebook/Dogma Grill

This hotdog stand has been a landmark of the neighborhood since the early 2000s. While it has changed owners and lost a couple of old favorites since then (R.I.P. mint lemonade), the current Dogma Grill still offers diners a variety of classic hotdogs, as well as a selection of snacks. This is perhaps Miami’s ideal venue for sampling the various regional varieties of sausage and bun combinations that exist in the United States. The Chicago dog has all the right elements down to the neon green relish, while Tropicale is a tribute to Miam’s favorite Colombian style “perros.” The menu also features Wisconsin brats, along with Cleveland Polish boys, making it a perfect spot to bring a homesick out-of-towner.

7030 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

9. Lo De Lea Argentinean Grill

7001 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Locro, a traditional South American stew made of hominy, beans, vegetables and meat.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Lo De Lea Argentinean Grill

Argentine cuisine can sometimes be a predictable offering an array of steaks and pastas, which is why Lo de Lea stands out. Housed in a free-standing red building, this Argentine restaurant adds unique touches to typical fare. A steak may come with a side of bok choy or escarole, for instance, or a plate of ñoquis (the Argentine version of gnocchi) may include a sharp surprise of Asiago cheese in each potato dumpling. Even the sauces to accompany the restaurant’s selection of meats go beyond the pedestrian chimichurri with such creations as a roasted jalapeño chimichurri and Dijon-chipotle sauce.

7001 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

10. Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Pepperoni and clams
Photo Credit: Facebook/Blue Collar

Danny Serfer can now be seen as a member of Miami’s culinary royal court. But back in 2012 he took a gamble on a small lobby space in a MiMo motel that quickly became one of the cornerstones of this neighborhood. Six years later, Blue Collar is still known for its straightforward renditions on Northeastern American comfort food, with a few very Miami touches. The latkes here are legendary and there is always a rotating list of vegetarian entrees that never feel like an afterthought. And after six years, this tiny spot is still one of the most popular places for brunch on the weekends, which says a lot in Miami.

6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

11. ‘O Munaciello

6425 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Pizza
Photo Credit: Facebook/’O Munaciello

This restaurant flaunts a pedigree as being quite a big deal in Florence, Italy, where diners flocked to the eatery for its renditions of Neapolitan favorites. Now in MiMo, ‘O Munaciello continues its tradition of serving carefully crafted Southern Italian dishes. Its pizzas are made in a oven shipped over from Naples, and guests can get anything from a classic margherita to a more creative Muna Miami that features yellow cherry tomatoes, provola cheese, asparagus, and bacon. Those not in the mood for pizza can find a variety of regional homemade pasta and seafood dishes.

6425 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

12. Café Roval

5808 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33137
Stuffed squash blossom
Photo Credit: Facebook/Cafe Roval

While many Miamians are saddened by the loss of Van Dyke Café on Lincoln Road, the shuttering of that Miami Beach icon made way for the opening of Café Roval. The latest addition to Mark Soyka’s family of eateries is all about the ambiance, which is perhaps the most romantic in all of South Florida. The coral-walled building hides a lush garden in the back that is populated with candlelit tables. The menu features the same type of eclectic crowd pleasers that have made restaurants like News Café such icons – hearty entrees, salads, and shareable appetizers – albeit with more Mediterranean touches that pay homage to Soyka’s Israeli roots.

5808 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137

13. Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza

5600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
Pizza and salad from Andiamo!
Photo Credit: Facebook/Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza

This pizzeria has been a neighborhood favorite since it opened in 2001, as well as one of the early pioneers in Miami’s gourmet pizza scene. It has been considered one of the city’s best pizza places for years, and the chewy crust and robust sauce are proof of it. Besides the traditional pies, diners can enjoy Andiamo’s creations like the Genovese with sliced potatoes, pancetta, garlic, and Gorgonzola. Although the pizza here is definitely a draw, the ambiance is perhaps the most memorable feature. Housed in a historic mid-century auto shop, Andiamo is the perfect introduction to what MiMo is all about.

5600 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137

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