When noon strikes, determining “where should we go for lunch” ends up being one of the most trying parts of the day. This is especially true in Wynwood, where there's never a shortage of hungry people walking around aimlessly. We'd like to help said hungry people, so we made this guide. It has our favorite lunch restaurants in the neighborhood, from quick takeout spots to places perfect for long work lunches involving corporate cards.
If you’re in Wynwood and don't stop by Zak the Baker, you better have a good excuse. Maybe you tripped over a selfie stick and fell onto a tour bus and woke up in Little Havana. Fine. But anything short of that is unacceptable. This minimal bakery continues to make Miami’s best bread and an assortment of excellent pastries and sandwiches. And just a warning: crowds here can be intense. Order in advance online if you don't have time to wait for your salmon reuben.
Kush is a casual spot right on the edge of Wynwood where the burgers are the main attractions. There are a handful of them on the menu—from the sweet and salty Frita (our favorite) to the pastrami-topped Johnny Utah. These are some of Miami's best burgers, with patties thin enough to get a nice even crust on both sides, but thick enough to let you know you’re biting into a good slab of beef. They are quite large and come with a generous scoop of fries, so don't expect to have a light lunch here.
The Oasis is a big outdoor space in Wynwood that’s part bar, part music venue, and part food hall. It’s a first-come-first-served setup and there are some good things to eat here, including some tasty Italian sandwiches from Alidoro, fried chicken sandwiches, tacos, dumplings, and more. It’s a solid and easy option if you don’t have a reservation anywhere, want to keep things casual, or are with a big group who can’t agree on what to eat.
We tend to be as suspicious of big Wynwood restaurants as we are of an unknown number that wants to talk to us about the money we’re owed by the IRS. But Doya is a wonderful surprise, and a meal here is as delightful as finding out the IRS does, in fact, owe you $5,000. There’s really nothing we don’t enjoy about Doya. The big Aegean restaurant has lovely outdoor seating and a spacious dining room. The best part about Doya is the food, though. The menu is a huge list of very good meze plates. The octopus in the octopus salad is as tender as fresh mozzarella, the lamb kebab is beautifully cooked, and the huge mussels are served in a perfectly balanced wine and garlic sauce.
Sometimes, you just want a casual, tasty meal where you don’t have to spend more than $10. There really aren’t any places in Wynwood where you can reliably do that, except for The Taco Stand. That’s why this place is usually pretty crowded—but the line out the door is also because the food is good. Plus, it's one of the only places in Miami for California-style tacos and burritos. So if you’re a bit burnt out on $16 cocktails and $18 small plates, just come here and drop $9 on a very good California burrito, stuffed with beef, cheese, guac, salsa, and French fries.
Before Wynwood was Wynwood, it was a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood known as Little San Juan, and El Bajareque is one of the last reminders of that. This place has been around for more than 40 years and it feels like little has changed since then. It’s a small spot with some tables and countertop seating. The food is mostly familiar Puerto Rican classics like mofongo, chicharrones de pollo, and alcapurrias—order all three if you have a hungry eating partner or just want a ton of leftovers.
Miam is a great little safe haven for folks looking for some peace and quiet in Wynwood. The bright French cafe is very relaxed, with free Wi-Fi and a good amount of seating perfect for small groups or working solo with some coffee and a sandwich. They have plenty of coffee options ranging from cappuccino to cold brew and a solid menu of sandwiches, toast, bowls, and salads.
1-800-Lucky is a small food hall in Wynwood. Vendors fluctuate, but there are usually around seven different Asian stalls going at any one time. Options range from ramen to dim sum and ice cream, but your best bet is the little sushi counter called B-Side or the great Filipino vendor Jeepney. Things can get a little loud and congested when it’s busy, especially on the weekend, so come with a few friends rather than a big group that wants to sit together. And then stick around for drinks at the outside bar if it’s nice out.
Buya is a Japanese restaurant in Wynwood where you can order a bunch of small plates and tasty grilled skewers. It works whether you’re looking for drinks and a light bite or a big meal. The food is consistently good, but the best thing here is the tempura beech mushroom, a big crispy mushroom that comes sitting on top of a great “Tokyo ranch” sauce.
Pizza Tropical is a little pizza stand located in the backyard of Gramps, one of our favorite bars in Wynwood. But it’s good enough to justify coming here whether or not you want to drink. Head straight to the bar’s back patio if you’re not in a cocktail mood. There, you’ll find a yellow and red counter where you can order a whole pie or get a slice that’s simple, thin, foldable, and a very worthwhile pitstop in Wynwood. The wings are also great.
Palatino is a good Jamaican spot in a part of Wynwood that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic, even though it’s one block north from where most people think Wynwood begins. Come here if you want some solid jerk chicken, oxtail, roti, and more Jamaican classics, but save it for when you’re not in a big rush. Palatino is a small operation and normally it’s just the very sweet owner taking orders from everyone, so it’s understandable that you might be waiting 20 minutes or more.
Ono Poke is a reminder of how good a poke bowl can be when done properly. The fish here is high quality (you can do tuna or salmon) and they limit the topping options to only the essentials. You can build your own bowl, but you probably won’t do a better job than the shop’s five menu options—especially the spicy tuna bowl. The space itself is small, very casual, and good for a quick lunch, and they do have tropical flamingo wallpaper we really want to steal.
Love Life Cafe is a casual vegan restaurant with long communal wooden tables and a couch in the corner where you can just sit down and enjoy your smoothie in peace. The food includes some things you expect, like smoothies and acai bowls, and other things you don’t—like vegan arepas, pizza, and a great meat-free burger with very convincing plant-based cheddar and a bun brushed with coconut oil.
Omakai in Wynwood is a good choice if you want to have an omakase experience without paying $200 and going somewhere that requires weeks of reservation hunting. A seat at this casual Wynwood restaurant is much easier to nab (although making a reservation isn’t a bad idea). They offer a few different omakase options ranging from $24 for six courses to $74 for over ten courses. Don’t expect to sit at a sushi counter and receive your sushi directly from the chef. It’s table service here, and you can’t even see the kitchen. But the sushi is very good and the $48 Oma Deluxe menu—which comes with 10 pieces of sushi, sashimi, an appetizer, and a couple hand rolls—should be more than enough to fill you up.