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The Best Sandwiches In Miami

Miami is a sandwich city, and here is our starting lineup.

Like putting down your phone or petting a dog, a sandwich is never a bad idea. Especially the ones on this guide. These are our favorite sandwiches in Miami, and they’ve been there for us through miserable Wednesdays, late-night meals, and every other occasion where we needed some form of bread-hugging delicious ingredients.


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Lemongrass Pork Bánh Mí

This might be our favorite bánh mí in Miami—and that’s almost entirely thanks to the meat. Order the grilled lemongrass pork version and you’ll receive a sandwich stuffed with big chunks of tender, charred pork that would taste amazing if they were served between two old shoes. Luckily they’re served on a soft and warm baguette with a satisfying amount of herbage, various sliced vegetables, and thick wedges of jalapeño that’ll make you thankful for the comically large drinks they serve here. 

Il Tradizionale

You’ll find Jholano’s in an apartment complex in Coral Gables, where the small Italian sandwich shop is operating behind a red door with a faded sign from the previous occupant. It doesn’t look like a restaurant, but override your hesitation against breaking and entering and you’ll find a small counter serving a dozen stellar Italian sandwiches. Our favorite is il tradizionale, a perfect cold Italian sub. It has capicola, salami, pepperoni, and ham—but what really makes this sandwich are the crisp veggies that contrast so well with the salty meat. The bread also has that ideal soft/crunchy balance.

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Broccoli Sandwich

There are two Caracas locations in Miami, but only at the MiMo one will you find a fantastic selection of sandwiches. And among that selection is a broccoli and cheese sandwich that answers the question on everyone’s mind, “What would happen if broccoli cheese soup saw a shooting star and made a wish to become a sandwich?” It has chunks of roasted broccoli, white cheddar, and mozzarella between two crispy slices of bread. There’s also a sun-dried tomato pesto that acts as a condiment. It is crunchy, cheesy, and also a good way to trick yourself into eating broccoli (even if you think you hate broccoli). 

Francesinha

This sandwich is a knife and fork affair for sure. It is such a gluttonous, sloppy, beautiful mess of a thing we crave in our lowest hours, like when we’ve had one too many caipirinhas followed by a pisco sour (for comparison, of course) the night before. Here’s what it is: steak, ham, bacon, chorizo, and cheese between two slices of Majestic’s own white bread topped with a fried egg, surrounded by fries, and drenched in beer-spiked tomato gravy. We need a digestive enzyme just to describe it. Maybe bring reinforcements to help you finish it. They really should post photos of all those who’ve finished one themselves.


Smoked Turkey BLT

Ever since Hometown Barbecue opened in Miami, people have been telling us to try the smoked turkey BLT. We usually nod politely before proceeding to order ribs or brisket, but when we finally decided to give it a try, we felt like writing a heartfelt apology to all the people we ignored. You all were right—this sandwich is amazing. The turkey is smoky and so much juicer than the Thanksgiving birds we’ve consumed over the years. It’s served on Tempur-Pedic soft pullman bread and comes with an “avocado mayo” that is our new favorite condiment. And now we will be the ones begging strangers to order this.


Fried Chicken Sandwich

This Little River nano-brewery makes our favorite fried chicken sandwich in Miami. The first and most important thing you'll notice about it is the gorgeous slab of fried chicken that is almost (but not quite) too big for its toasted, buttery bun. After that, it's just perfection at every level, from the pickle ratio to the shredded lettuce that adds a refreshing crispness. Could another fried chicken sandwich come along to dethrone it? Maybe. But that’s going to be a tough task—especially because this thing pairs so well with the beers Off Site brews.


Chicken Caesar Hoagie

Most people come to Old Greg's for the pizza. We used to do that too. But after tasting a couple of Greg's hoagies, it's going to be very difficult to stick to pizza at the Design District spot. They offer about four hoagies, including a cheesesteak and meatball parm. But their two chicken options—chicken parm and chicken caesar—are our favorites. If we have to make the very difficult decision of getting just one, we're going with the chicken caesar. It is, essentially, a chicken caesar salad that saw a shooting star and wished to become a sandwich. Thin, tender chicken cutlets are stuffed between a perfectly crunchy house-baked hoagie roll. But what really makes this sandwich is the little gem lettuce, pickled cubanelles, and an outstanding caesar dressing that acts as a condiment. Ask nicely for a little extra on the side.


Pan con Minuta

Coming to La Camaronera and not ordering a pan con minuta would be like coming to La Camaronera and not ordering a pan con minuta. We tried to think of a more extreme metaphor, but we simply can’t. The pan con minuta, if you’ve never had one (you poor thing), is a lightly fried snapper filet (tail included) on a Cuban bun with diced white onions, ketchup, and tartar sauce. It’s simply a deep-fried miracle. The snapper is just crispy enough on the outside, but still incredibly juicy and tender on the inside. The onions add texture and the ketchup and tartar sauce form a great condiment duo.


The BLT

To be clear: every sandwich at Proper Sausages is amazing. But we have a particularly strong love affair with the BLT. Like all of life’s great pleasures, it’s simple. Bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo. And yet, it doesn’t taste simple at all, because the tomatoes are fresh and local and as plump as a water balloon that’s about to pop. The bacon is absurdly good and cut nice and thick. And the Portuguese muffin adds just enough sweetness to balance with the salty bacon. This sandwich is a testament to the power of quality ingredients, and if we don’t eat at least one a month, we’ll start being mean to our loved ones.


Disco De Lechon

The little disco volador deserves a spot on Miami’s sandwich Mount Rushmore. The Cuban sandwich (whose name means “frisbee” in English) is essentially a little pocket of filling enclosed in a circle of crispy, toasted bread. And no one in Miami does them better than Caja Caliente. They offer discos stuffed with queso, croquetas, and vaca frita. But we really like the disco de lechon, because it’s lechon stuffed inside buttery, toasted bread and there is simply no statistical possibility where that combination is not going to be delicious.


The Stanzione

Like nearly every restaurant on the planet, Stanzione started making sandwiches during the pandemic. We are extremely not complaining about this, because their Italian subs turned out to be excellent. And in even better news, they’ve joined the menu permanently. The one we love most is the Stanzione—a hefty combo of prosciutto cotto, sopressata, mozzarella, onion, tomato, lettuce, and house dressing. It’s everything we want in a big Italian sandwich: meaty and cheesy with a chewy bread infused with just a touch of oil and vinegar. We still remember it fondly, like that middle school best friend you lost touch with. You should call them—right after you order this sandwich.


Alaskan

La Sandwicherie is not the sandwich you seek out for a light Monday lunch. You order from La Sandwicherie to be comforted by a small mountain of bread and cheese and as much vinaigrette is left in the squeeze bottle. Maybe it’s been a hard day or you’ve had between three and six cocktails. When that’s happened to us, we go for the Alaskan, which comes with smoked salmon and glacial wedges of mozzarella. There are Sandwicherie locations in Wynwood, Brickell, North Beach, and Coral Gables, but our heart will always belong to the South Beach location, where this sandwich has, on many occasions, acted as a hangover-eliminating sponge after a long night of drinking at Mac’s.


Patria

There are few places in the city that do sandwiches as deliciously as Tinta Y Cafe, a small shop with locations in Coral Gables and Miami Shores. You should make it your goal to try every sandwich on the menu here, especially the Patria, their version of a Cuban sandwich. They bend the rules here just a little by adding mortadella and using a baguette rather than Cuban bread. But rules are meant to be broken, especially when they taste this good.


Salmon Reuben

Zak The Baker is probably responsible for about 80% of the sandwiches in this city, since a ton of restaurants use their bread. But no one puts that bread to better use than the Wynwood bakery itself. Every sandwich here is a great choice, especially any option that utilizes Zak’s incredibly good salmon bacon. But the salmon reuben is a Zak classic we order often, and generally eat within 15 seconds. If you, too, fall in the venn diagram of people who like both salmon and reuben sandwiches (we have to assume it’s a big circle), then this is the move.


Pretty Much Anything

We tried (and failed) to pick a favorite sandwich from Babe’s. But we just can’t. They’re all too good: the bacon banh mi, Montreal smoked pastrami, Italian roast pork, Cuban sandwich, BLT. Please, do us a favor and order them all. Just maybe not at once. Start with the Cuban—which is outstanding—and then maybe venture into the smoked pastrami and bánh mì. And after you’ve tried them all, don’t feel bad if you, too, simply can’t hurt the feelings of Babe’s sandwiches by picking a favorite.


Cubano

We could easily load this guide up with all sorts of delicious Cuban sandwiches, but we already have a Cuban Sandwich guide, so we’re going to be more selective here. Of course, there is simply no way we can have a guide with the words “favorite” and “sandwiches” and not feature Sanguich De Miami. It is still home to the platonic ideal of a Cuban sandwich, a perfect example of the combined powers of ham, roast pork, pickles, mustard, and swiss cheese between two triangular slices of pressed Cuban bread. But they also have an outstanding pan con bistec as well as the sleeper hit of the menu, the Sanguich De Miami, which is basically a BLT with swiss cheese and turkey.


King Guava

A bagel is not always a sandwich, but when you stuff it with more than three ingredients (as they do at MiMo’s El Bagel) it becomes a bagel sandwich, at least in our opinion. Disagree if you’d like, but one thing that is not up for debate is that El Bagel is great. This is probably why they often sell out before some people have even woken up. But on the days when we are lucky enough to place an online order while supplies last, we get the King Guava. If you prefer something more savory than sweet, go for the EB Original. But if you’re like us, you will love the sweet/salty contrast of the guava marmalade, bacon, potato stix, and slightly runny egg. If you are also like us, you’ll get half this sandwich on your face while inhaling it over the sink.


Croqueta Preparada

We are eternally grateful to the person who came up with the idea to put croquetas inside a Cuban sandwich. We think of that person fondly every time we come to Enriqueta’s in Edgewater and order a croqueta preparada. The croquetas get all squished and spread throughout every corner of the sandwich like a condiment. They bind everything together and somehow do the impossible: improve an already perfect sandwich.


Pan Con Bistec

Mary’s Cafe is open 24 hours a day and the building pulls double duty as a laundromat. You won’t have to worry about spilling crumbs on some poor dude’s towels though. The food portion of Mary’s takes place outside on the sidewalk, where a small crowd is usually eating one of Mary’s many sandwiches. Chances are, at least one of those people are eating the pan con bistec, because it’s great and stuffed generously with potato sticks. If you are looking for some late-night food after a long night of doing none of our business, this is what you need.


Frita Original

We, personally, do not believe that a burger is a sandwich. But we also don’t believe that a frita is a burger. But rather than sit here like a piece of short-circuiting artificial intelligence, we just decided to include a frita on this guide. Just to be safe. And our favorite version in Miami is from El Rey De Las Fritas. The menu includes eight varieties, but the best is still the frita original: a mixture of spiced meat and onions placed onto a Cuban bun, and then topped with a Dikembe Mutombo-sized handful of crispy potato sticks.

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