May 2019: We’ve just refreshed our list of the best sandwich shops in Miami and we’ve got some tasty new options for you. We had to add Sanguich de Miami, as they’re making our favorite Cuban sandwich right now. We’ve also got two fresh faces: Miami Smokers at Time Out Market Miami and Stephens Deli in Hialeah.
Some of the best sandwich shops in Miami have been serving up tasty sandwiches for 50 years. Others are newcomers who are changing everything we thought we knew about the Cuban sandwich. The one thing they have in common, though, is that they’re all very, very delicious. Many people (us included) see the sandwich as a perfect food: layers of tasty ingredients, bread and it can all be eaten with no utensils? Sign us up. And the sandwich is serious business now. You can find some of the best restaurants in Miami tackling them (and don’t they go so well with a drink from the best bars in Miami, too?). But we’ll stop gushing already and get on to the main event: Miami’s best sandwiches.
Best sandwich shops in Miami
What is it? Miami’s oldest Jewish deli, Stephens is your go-to if you happen to be a fan of old-school classics—especially the sandwiches. All your faves are in attendance: the Reuben, corned beef, tuna melt and, of course, the pastrami.
Why go? For Junior’s pastrami, which is sliced by the one and only Junior Biggers, a Stephens employee since the ‘60s.
What is it? Miami, we have a new champion of the Cuban sandwich in town. Sanguich de Miami, in case you haven’t heard, is one of the tastiest new places in Little Havana—especially if you love sandwiches. They serve five sandwiches—all great—from the near perfect Cubano to the awesome croquetta preparada.
Why go? Pair that sandwich with some chicharrones and a creamy batido and watch your troubles melt away.
What is it? The Miami Smokers outpost in Time Out Market Miami has a small but mighty selection of sandwiches that revolve around their all-star cuts of meat. The salami and stracciatella sandwich comes on thick ciabatta (and with a generous heaping of stracciatella cheese. Want something lighter? Try the heirloom caprese.
Why go? If you’re a fan of the simple BLT, the Smokers’ version is stellar, with an avocado purée that kicks things up a notch.
What is it? This Cuban restaurant is a wonderful slice of old school originality in the constantly developing Wynwood. You’ll find no hipster murals here. Everything is good at Enriqueta's but the sandwiches, which take up most of the menu, are outstanding.
Why go? If you can resist the Cuban sandwich (it’s one of Miami’s best) you won’t be disappointed in the pan con bistec, which Enriqueta's proudly claims is Miami’s best.
What is it? A place known for being one of the best late night options (especially after some drinks) in Miami. But even stone cold sober and during the day, Sandwicherie’s bread-y, overstuffed sandwiches satisfy even the most rapid of hunger.
Why go? The specialty sandwiches, packed with veggies and toppings, are great but become a religious experience when doused with the addictive house vinaigrette.
What is it? A very adorable little cafe and sandwich shop in Little Havana, just north of Calle Ocho. Grab a seat in the lovely little back patio and get ready to chow down. The sandwich selection is top notch: the classic Cubano is great, as is the crispy pan con minuta.
Why go? You really can’t go wrong with any of the sandwiches but the pan con bistec is smothered in truffle cheese and shallot marmalade. Yum.
What is it? Just like the grilled cheese sandwiches you used to eat as a kid except 1,000,000 times better and with nuts ingredients like prosciutto, Ham croquettes, barbecue tempeh and more. This former food truck now has two casual brick and mortar shops in Miami ready to satisfy your cheese fix.
Why go? They have one that has mac n’ cheese inside—we repeat—inside the sandwich! Dude!
What is it? You know a place is good when they’ve been in business for more than 50 years. Such is the case with Sarussi Subs, a no-fuss sub shop that does everything form the Cuban to the Philly cheesesteak. They also sell 16-inch sandwiches. We will be very impressed if you can finish the whole thing.
Why go? Because you can swap the usual side of chips for a side order of gooey queso frito (that’s fried cheese, by the way).
What is it? A big, bright nostalgic diner in South of Fifth. As is the case with most good diners, the menu is 1,000,000 pages long and has just about everything. We love the sandwich section, if only for its extra-ness. There’s a mac and barbecue pulled pork sandwich, a fried meatloaf sandwich and “Thanksgiving on a roll” featuring turkey, stuffing and a lot more.
Why go? This place is open till 5:30am Thursday through Saturday. Just tell your Lyft driver to drop you off and go crazy.
What is it? The spot if you like to start your day with a sandwich. Daily Creative’s breakfast sandwiches are just perfect—whether you want something fresh and light (like the grilled salmon sandwich) or some hangover soaking indulgence (like the Elvis: peanut butter, bananas, bacon and honey on Texas toast).
Why go? You can order online, so you won’t have to wait around in the morning getting all hangry in line.