There are so many beautiful things about South Beach: the ocean, the people, the architecture and, also, the food. You can find a wonderful variety of culinary delights here, from first-rate steak houses to refreshing vegan juice bars–fitting for an area that prides itself on its diverse population. No matter what you crave at noontime, you’re certain to find something to fill you up and keep you satisfied and we’ve rounded up the best of the best for your future eating pleasure.
Being near the ocean makes many of us want to enjoy meals that are light and fresh–food that makes you feel good. And the new South of Fifth restaurant Lilikoi (pictured at top) is just the place to do it. Using mostly organic ingredients and hormone-free meats, you’ll find it’s easy to eat clean and/or vegan. Mahi-mahi burgers, green leaf quinoa wraps, and vegan nacho platters are among the inspiring meal choices you can make at Lilikoi.
500 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach; 305-763-8692
Via Emilia 9
While Via Emilia 9 has been a fixture off Alton Road for some time, they’ve recently renovated their restaurant and lunch go-ers will definitely be pleased. Among its changes are an open kitchen and an eat-in bar that allows for more seating for those looking to quickly eat and run. Lunch specials that include salad, drink, and some of the most authentic pasta you’ve ever tasted are on the gamut of options you’ll find.
1120 15th Street, Miami Beach; 786-216-7150
Much beloved amongst SoBe residents is La Sandwicherie, the perfect place for amazing middle-of-the-day, French-style sandwiches. Opt for any of their signature sandwiches like the Frenchie or the SoBe Club, or a hot plate like a Croque Monsieur coupled with one of their veggie juices or tropical smoothies for a lunch that covers all your basic food groups for cheap.
229 14th Street, Miami Beach; 305-532-8934
Spitfire Doner Kebab
How often do you get to have German street food for lunch in Miami? Spitfire is a relatively new spot on SoBe that folks are already raving about. It’s got a sub shop feel in that you pick your bread (or bowl), then add protein and toppings accordingly, starting at $8.50. Don’t forget to add some awesome sauce (pun intended) like tzatziki, curry, or garlic sauce to add some life to your lunch.
405 15th Street, Miami Beach; 305-851-5828
Juice & Java
Juice and Java’s website makes the claim that “the body is a temple”, and when you see their menu, you know they mean it. This health-conscious SoBe spot serves pita melts, a daily vegetarian homemade soup, grilled fish like mahi and salmon, organic brown rice or quinoa, and all the other things that you’d want from a restaurant when you’re trying to eat clean.
1346 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-531-6675
This laid-back eatery is just the sort of place that every beach needs. Food is fresh and, as the name Carrot Express suggested, prepped quickly so you can ride your bike back to the office with plenty of time to eat in between. On the menu, you’ll find whole wheat pita or wrap sandwiches, stuffed baked sweet potatoes, a vegan burger, plus protein-packed platters–basically enough to return every day of the week and enjoy a healthy, mid-day meal.
1755 Alton Road, Miami Beach; 305-535-1379
For those concerned with the environmental impact of their meals, look no further than Dirt–a fast casual eatery that’s committed to serving up meals that are seasonal, organic, and local. Vegan and vegetarians love it for the avocado toast, santorini salad, and berkley beets wrap. Omnivores and the paleo crowd fawn over the dirty steak and cheese (served in a collard wrap) and curried cauliflower bowl.
232 5th Street, Miami Beach; 305-763-8548
If you want to make folks feel powerful, reserve a seat for them at a place like Juvia, where the food is top notch and the view is spectacular. Located at the top of the 1111 parking garage on Lincoln Road, Juvia is just the place to go when you’re wanting to close a mid-day deal or simply need a good place to strategize outside of the office. Who wouldn’t feel inspired dining on a roof top?
1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-763-8272
le many still lament the end of the prix fixe menu at Prime Fish, the lunch special at Estiatorio Milos is still going strong and it is a steal. For just $25, you and the rest of your coworkers or clients can enjoy an appetizer (grilled octopus or perhaps the Greek mezze plate), any of six main dishes (including lamb chops with potatoes and steamed vegetables or shrimp saganaki with couscous, tomato, and feta), plus light dessert.
730 1st Street, Miami Beach; 305-604-6800
As you might imagine, a place that’s known for its star-ridden clientele is certainly a top choice for heavy hitting business folk. And so, Prime 112 continues to be a hot spot for upscale power lunches. Start by ordering a truffle provolone cheese fondue for the table, or perhaps the oysters rockefeller, then move on to the lobster cobb salad and then one of the many “prime” steaks that share the restaurant’s name. If your lunch guests are somehow not impressed by their meal, running into someone like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or a Kardashian while exiting the powder room certainly will.
112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305-532-8112