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Pan con croqueta Sanguich de Miami
Photograph: Ruben Cabrera

The best sandwiches in Miami to order right this minute

Dig into the best sandwiches in Miami, from Cuban comfort-food classics and drunk food favorites to simply perfect subs

By Virginia Gil
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Locked changed a lot about the way we eat but, thankfully, it did not kill the sandwich. Many of us still turn to the humble sando for lunch while working from home—it’s the most efficient thing to eat in the middle of the day. Plus, they travel well when you’re ordering delivery from your favorite Miami restaurant for the hundredth time. For these reasons and many more, the best sandwiches in Miami deserve a moment in the spotlight. This list aims to praise the delicious sammies that got us through a tough year and continue to keep us company on the Miami beaches and on the rare picnic at our neighborhood park in Miami. Read on for our big sandwich salute.

Best sandwiches in Miami

Boia De
Boia De
Photograph: Courtesy Boia De

1. Muffuletta from Boia De

Restaurants Italian Buena Vista

Boia De’s lockdown pivot was a true gift to sandwich lovers. Nearly a year ago when the restaurant scaled back dinner service to offer delivery for the first time, they introduced the muffuletta—the famous Sicilian sandwich from New Orleans. The unexpected menu item was an instant hit thanks, in part, to its tangy homemade giardiniere that made the rest of the mortadella, soppressata and provolone filling absolutely sing. It’s no longer on the regular menu but you can still get this bad boy for takeout or delivery during Boia De’s weekly Sandwich Sunday special. 

Pan con croqueta Sanguich de Miami
Pan con croqueta Sanguich de Miami
Photograph: Ruben Cabrera

2. Croqueta preparada from Sanguich de Miami

Restaurants Sandwich shops East Little Havana

Sanguich is home to the best Cubano in Miami and its cousin, the croqueta preparada. How does one improve upon an already perfect sandwich? Stuff it with croquetas and wait for the customers to go wild. We can’t say with certainty that’s how the Sanguich folks arrived at this stellar croqueta creation, but we can tell you their sandwich sorcery resulted in one of the tastiest sammies you’ll find in Little Havana. Pair it with an order of mariquitas and cancel your afternoon plans—you’re going to need a nap. 

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La Sandwicherie
La Sandwicherie
Photograph: Courtesy La Sandwicherie

3. Turkey and brie from La Sandwicherie

Restaurants South Beach

South Beach’s original gourmet sandwich bar caters to a fabulous mix of clubbers, drinkers, tourists and pretty much anyone else who appreciates a well-made sandwich at all hours of the day (read: this place stays open very late). It offers pretty much every combination of bread, cheese and meat under the sun but our go-to has always been the turkey and brie cheese on a croissant, loaded with toppings and doused in La Sandwicherie’s signature magic sauce—an addictive French vinaigrette, and the real reason everyone flocks to the beloved spot. 

Newman's Jewban
Newman's Jewban
Photograph: Courtesy Kush Hialeah

4. Newman’s Jewban from Kush Hialeah

Restaurants Delis Hialeah

This sinful mashup marries the best parts of a classic, deli-style reuben—corned beef, swiss cheese, pickles, sauerkraut—and the only part that matters in a Cuban pan con lechón, the juicy roasted pork. It’s all stacked high on a couple of pieces of grilled rye bread and dressed with yellow mustard and Russian dressing, which is a real treat for folks who like their sandwiches on the saucier side. Newman’s Jewban is drippy; it’s the kind of two-hander you can’t even take your pinky off of without the chunks of tangy meat cascading back onto your plate. Whatever you do, leave no morsel of this delicious sandwich behind.

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Perricone’s Marketplace & Café
Perricone’s Marketplace & Café
Photograph: Courtesy Perricone’s Marketplace & Café

5. World-famous chicken salad from Perricone’s Marketplace & Café

Restaurants The Roads

Every Tuesday, Perricone’s lures folks with an unbeatable sandwich special that includes your choice of two sandwiches with two drinks and two bags of chips for just $11.95. You can choose from a variety of perfectly respectable combinations, but there’s no way we’re getting anything but the world-famous chicken salad sando. The chunks of white meat chicken are lightly dressed in mayo and combined with golden raisins and walnuts for an expected take on the cold deli salad. The move is to go alone and save the second chicken sal san (how us in-the-know people order it) for dinner. It holds up remarkably well, though you might find yourself eating it well before supper time.

La Camaronera
La Camaronera
Photograph: Courtesy La Camaronera

6. Pan con minute from La Camaronera

Restaurants Seafood East Little Havana

We loved La Camaronera long before the Food Network blew up the charming fish shack in Little Havana. While the menu’s grown quite a bit since we first started lining up for a pan con minuta, it’s still the reason that keeps us coming back. The fried snapper sandwich is served on a lightly toasted Cuban roll (tail and all!) with raw onion, ketchup and tartar sauce, and it clocks in at under $15. Name a better deal on freshly caught fish. We’ll wait. 

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7. Pan con bistec from Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

Restaurants Cuban Midtown

We’re so glad Enriqueta’s held out when Wynwood’s development sprawl nearly pushed it out. What would we do without its perfect pan con bistec? The Cuban spot’s steak sandwich is a perennial favorite that’s consistently delicious and cheap: Get a couple of thin, lightly fried steaks between toasted Cuban bread that’s filled with shoestring potatoes, lettuce and tomato for less than $6. 

Disco volador Caja Caliente
Disco volador Caja Caliente
Photograph: Courtesy Caja Caliente

8. Disco volador from Caja Caliente

Restaurants Cuban Little Gables

This Cuban sammie sparks so much nostalgia, taking us way back to the days our mom would toast up discos (toasted pocket sandwiches) stuffed with cream cheese and guava for breakfast. While you can’t use the disco contraption on a ceramic stovetop (we know, we know), you can get a ready-made cutie at Caja Caliente. The Coral Gables restaurant serves up a variety of fillings, from ham croquetas and roasted lechon to vaca frita, but we like to step it up with the Euro-inspired version stuffed with goat cheese croquetas and prosciutto. 

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El Bagel
El Bagel
Photograph: Lauren Cedeño

9. B.E.C. from El Bagel

Restaurants Bakeries Little Haiti / Lemon City

Are we cheating by including a breakfast dish on the list? Maybe, but El Bagel’s B.E.C. is one hearty sandwich you’ll want to eat at any time of the day—which is bound to happen when the shop fills up. El Bagel is notorious for its wait times but we’ll sit patiently if it means getting our hands on a hand-rolled everything bagel with thick-cut bacon, Lake Meadow Farms fried eggs and American cheese. It’s a classic combo that wins every time.

10. Choripan from Proper Sausages

Restaurants Delis Miami Shores

This Miami Shores butcher shop is ground zero for lovers of meat—especially fans of that tricky thing called the sausage. That’s the specialty here, available in different flavors and varieties, like the Spanish chorizo you’ll find in the crowd-pleasing choripan sandwich made with chimichurri, swiss cheese, Portuguese muffin. It’s compact but filling and made with mostly local ingredients, which is always a plus.

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