Let’s be real. Food during Miami Music Week is sort of besides the point. You’re in town for the parties, the drinks, and–yes, most definitely–the music. The fun starts Tuesday, March 20 and runs all the way through Sunday, March 25. It’s a marathon, as they say, and not a sprint, so you’ll need to make sure you’re fueling up accordingly. Below we’ve picked some of our favorite easy/delicious spots to grab on the go.
Feel like balancing all the partying with something good for you? Then head to OTL Miami, where they’ve got quinoa bowls aplenty. This light and bright space is the brainchild of a nightlife guru, a real estate guy, and the team behind NYC’s The Smile–all the ingredients you need for a space that’s a feast for the eyes, not to mention the stomach. Here, the menu is satisfying but healthy, with easy options like Manchego & Pear sandwich (with frisee and onion jam on sourdough) or Kale Salad (with creamy cashew vinaigrette, radish, and croutons). For you late-risers this week, you’ll be happy to know breakfast here is an all-day affair.
160 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
Those who can’t take food puns will forgive Ms Cheezious after a big bite into one of their outstanding sandwiches, where dairy, if the name didn’t give it away, is the star of the show. What started out as a successful food truck now has a brick-and-mortar location where diners can build their own grilled cheeses or select from a handful of tried-and-true options, from the Short Rib Melt to the Croqueta Monsieur.
7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Ono Poke Shop
Seen one poke, seen ‘em all. Well, not exactly. Wnywood’s Ono Poke Shop takes the uber-trendy Hawaiian specialty and gives it a Japanese twist. Chef Amir Anvari, who also runs the show at nearby sushi joint Makoto, takes his cues from his other gig. Read: they do small batches of really good fish. As for toppings, it’s about restraint, giving you only what you need and nothing you don’t.
2320 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
American Harvest has the fast/casual thing down to a T. Their seasonal, local-focused menu is split into crowd-pleasing options that include burgers, harvest bowls, skillets, and salads. They’ve even got beer and wine available, too. All and all, a well-rounded spot loaded with Miami’s version of comfort food.
701 S Miami Ave #339b, Miami, FL 33130
If you’re looking to soak up any number of sins, head to Palmas Cafe, which offers the kind of stick-to-your-ribs fare that this week might require. (They do, for the record, also have a salad bar in case you demand greens.) Stick to the classics, though, which include such Mexican staples as arepas, croquetas, tequenos, and more. There are specials daily, and excellent tacos to boot. The even tastier news? A meal here will only set you back $10.
919 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
Doggi’s Arepa Bar
As its name suggests, Doggi’s is the spot for arepas. It’s also where you can come for burgers and seafood. Who knew? The arepas are perfectly crispy, as are the yuca fries, which aren’t to be missed. This is your one-stop shop for any Miami Music Week hangover.
1246 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145
Photo courtesy of Otto Norin