Hole In The Wall Pub
14421 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33157
Besides being a favorite watering hole of locals, this tiny, hard-to-find pub has the best mahi-mahi sandwich you might ever have. It all starts with the brioche bun that is the perfect texture. Then the pub will lay on a generous fillet of fresh grilled and perfectly seasoned dolphin (mahi-mahi) that doesn’t even begin to fit on the bun, it hangs over like a fish umbrella. Add sauteed onions, maybe a melted slice of Swiss or American cheese and a little favorite sauce and you’ve got juicy goodness dripping down your hand onto your fries. We know you’ve had other fish sandwiches, but do yourself a favor and try this one next time you’re in the neighborhood.
3555 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135
It’s the quintessential sandwich that represents Miami – the Cuban sandwich. This is a tough one to award because there are so many great Cubans in the Magic City, but Versailles’ version still stands out. Its Cuban sandwich is the perfect combination of roasted pork, Swiss cheese, Serrano ham, tart pickles and mustard. Smash that all together in a sandwich press that could get the wrinkles out of a Shar-Pei and you won’t wonder why this sandwich is rated number one. It’s crispy on the outside and full of flavor on the inside. But it’s more than just the sandwich Cubano, it’s the whole experience of dining at this restaurant. It’s a winner.
Roasters’ N Toasters
9465 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33156
It’s not only the biggest corned beef sandwich you’ve ever seen (outside of New York anyway), but it’s so tasty and so tender that you’ll moan with delight at least once. And that all makes sense considering this local favorite was voted Best NY-Style Deli In Miami. For a real treat, try the Corned Beef and Pastrami Combo Reuben. It’s enough to feed a small country so be prepared to take half home, if you can resist this combination of hot corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing served on grilled rye bread. This one is worth every calorie.
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28001 S. Dixie Highway
Homestead, FL 33033
Shiver’s has been serving up hickory smoked barbecue since 1950 so these family folks really know what they’re doing. The brisket sandwich (order a jumbo size) earned Shiver’s a place on this coveted list. First, the brisket is slow smoked onsite. You can even see the smoke rings if you look before you cover up the thick slices with the homemade sauce. That’s all that’s on the white flour bun – slow smoked brisket. It’s simple, but good. Give it a good dousing of sauce and let the dripping begin. Some put a heaping of cole slaw on there too. You’ll also get two sides, so choose wisely.
5800 S.W. 73rd St.
Miami, FL 33143
It’s a grilled cheese like no other and it is served at a restaurant known for its burgers. Even vegetarians will brave this burger palace for its mac and cheese bar and grilled cheese sandwich (vegetarians just order it minus the tender rib meat). But if you’re a carnivore, order it as it comes right off the menu – a short rib grilled cheese with fontina, perfectly caramelized sweet onions and a red wine reduction for dipping. With locations in South Miami and Fort Lauderdale, whether you’re north or south, you can get a taste of oohey gooey heaven.
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