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Stephens Deli

Restaurants, Delis Hialeah
Stephens Deli
Photograph: Miranda Kruse/Misstakes Photography
Stephens Deli
Photograph: Miranda Kruse/Misstakes Photography
Stephens Deli
Photograph: Miranda Kruse/Misstakes Photography

Time Out says

Few restaurants honor the Jewish deli tradition quite like Stephens, so, naturally, we invited it to hold court at Time Out Market Miami. We tasted its food, reviewed the restaurant and, ultimately, recommended the Hialeah restaurant for a spot at the market. Here’s why:

Long (long) before Instagrammable entered our vocabulary, Stephens Deli was pumping out thick, tender slices of pastrami and piling them high onto sandwiches—with a kosher pickle on the side, of course. New Yorkers aren’t the only ones who know their way around a Jewish deli. Miami has its own famous one, too.

But Stephens recently got a major upgrade. Kush Hospitality (the favorites behind Kush, LoKal, the Spillover and Vicky’s House) purchased the 65-year-old deli, revamped it and added its signature kitschy touch. From funny Cuban sayings perched on the wall (it is in Hialeah, after all) and irreverent wallpaper hanging in the bathroom (we won’t ruin the astronomical, astrological surprise) to nostalgic postcards strewn throughout, every corner of the restaurant retains Kush charm and cleverness. 

One thing that isn’t changing: the person manning the meat slicer, Henderson “Junior” Biggers. The beloved, octogenarian cook who’s been hand-slicing pastrami at Stephens for decades and decades is back, putting his signature touch on Bubbie’s matzo ball soup, the Reuben (the reason you’re there) and the rest of the classic menu. Not to be missed are Stephens latkes, thicker and more disc-like than the usual flat, hashbrown-style variety you’ll find elsewhere. These are toothy and perfect for dipping—just the way we like them.

By: Time Out Miami editors



Address: 1000 E 16th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11am–5pm; Fri, Sat 9am–5pm
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