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Where to Eat in MiMo: 12 Great Spots

From hidden 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.

Editor’s Note: A number of South Florida restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Florida Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For those wanting to find the best takeout and dining options throughout Miami, please visit here.

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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. Grab a favorite bottle of vino from home as this place is BYOB.

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 cracker crumbles. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

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. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

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. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

5. Moshi Moshi

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7232 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 751-2114
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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. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

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. Available for takeout and dine-in.

7. Phuc Yea

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7100 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 494-0609
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In 2011 chef Cesar Zapata 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 shrimp and grits to crispy French toast. Available for takeout and dine-in.

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.

9. El Bagel

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6910 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(786) 536-7365
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What started as a popular weekend bagel pop-up has turned into a full blown brick-and-mortar outpost with just as strong of a following. Offering a variety of bagels, schmears, and bagel sandwiches filled with everything from thick cut bacon and eggs to guava marmalade, cream cheese, and potato sticks — a nod to the Miami favorite, pastelito. Orders are strictly made online.

10. La Placita

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6789 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 400-8173

Pubbelly mastermind Jose Mendin has channeled his Puerto Rican roots for his latest restaurant, La Placita. The colorful space is hard to miss with its bright Puerto Rican flag decorating the front of the space. Inspired by San Juan’s colorful Mercado Santurce, which locals call “La Placita,” it recently transformed itself into four different eateries including grab-and-go juice bar, farmer’s market, a taqueria, plus a full-service eatery with plates ranging from $5-19. Available for takeout and dine-in.

11. Blue Collar

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6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 756-0366
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Back in 2012 Danny Serfer took a gamble on a small lobby space in a MiMo motel that quickly became one of the cornerstones of this neighborhood. Eight years later, Blue Collar is still known for its straightforward renditions of American comfort food, with a few Miami touches. The latkes here are legendary and there is always a rotating list of vegetarian entrees that never feel like an afterthought. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

12. Boia De

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5205 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 967-8866
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This small charming restaurant tucked away in a strip mall lets its owners and culinary duo Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer show off their extensive fine dining backgrounds. The menu features some of the most creative dishes in the Magic City like crispy potato skins topped with with stracciatella, caviar, and hardboiled egg or baked clams with ‘nduja, all paired with hard-to-find vintages and natural wines, have made this a gem that everyone seems to be seeking out. Available for outdoor dining and takeout.

1. Ironside Kitchen

7580 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33138

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. Grab a favorite bottle of vino from home as this place is BYOB.

7580 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33138

2. Ms. Cheezious

7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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 cracker crumbles. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

7418 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

3. Ni.Do. Caffé

7295 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

7295 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

4. Doggi's Arepa Bar

7281 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

7281 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

5. Moshi Moshi

7232 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

7232 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

6. Jimmy's Eastside Diner

7201 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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. Available for takeout and dine-in.

7201 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

7. Phuc Yea

7100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

In 2011 chef Cesar Zapata 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 shrimp and grits to crispy French toast. Available for takeout and dine-in.

7100 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

8. Dogma Grill

7030 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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. El Bagel

6910 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

What started as a popular weekend bagel pop-up has turned into a full blown brick-and-mortar outpost with just as strong of a following. Offering a variety of bagels, schmears, and bagel sandwiches filled with everything from thick cut bacon and eggs to guava marmalade, cream cheese, and potato sticks — a nod to the Miami favorite, pastelito. Orders are strictly made online.

6910 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

10. La Placita

6789 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Pubbelly mastermind Jose Mendin has channeled his Puerto Rican roots for his latest restaurant, La Placita. The colorful space is hard to miss with its bright Puerto Rican flag decorating the front of the space. Inspired by San Juan’s colorful Mercado Santurce, which locals call “La Placita,” it recently transformed itself into four different eateries including grab-and-go juice bar, farmer’s market, a taqueria, plus a full-service eatery with plates ranging from $5-19. Available for takeout and dine-in.

6789 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

11. Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Back in 2012 Danny Serfer took a gamble on a small lobby space in a MiMo motel that quickly became one of the cornerstones of this neighborhood. Eight years later, Blue Collar is still known for its straightforward renditions of American comfort food, with a few Miami touches. The latkes here are legendary and there is always a rotating list of vegetarian entrees that never feel like an afterthought. Available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

12. Boia De

5205 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

This small charming restaurant tucked away in a strip mall lets its owners and culinary duo Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer show off their extensive fine dining backgrounds. The menu features some of the most creative dishes in the Magic City like crispy potato skins topped with with stracciatella, caviar, and hardboiled egg or baked clams with ‘nduja, all paired with hard-to-find vintages and natural wines, have made this a gem that everyone seems to be seeking out. Available for outdoor dining and takeout.

5205 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

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