8 Local Chains We Love in Miami

By Carissa Chesanek  |  August 21, 2014

Most chain restaurants should be relegated to desperate late-night drive-thru, but Miami's home to some standout mini-chains featuring fresh, sophisticated flavors. Here are the eight worth seeking out. 

  • Jimmy’z Kitchen

    The Formula: A large array of fresh, made-to-order paninis, sandwiches and salads
    Number of Locations: 3
    Meal for One: Puerco al Mojo Mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish made with fried plantains ($17.00) and a cold Arrogant Bastard Ale ($8) 
    Menu Highlights: Light fast-casual fare, along with heartier entrees like steak frites, roasted Cuban mojo pork and country beef stew

  • Burger & Beer Joint

    The Formula: Huge gourmet burgers and a wide range of draft beer
    Number of Locations: 3
    Meal for One: Sympathy for the Devil (black Angus beef, buffalo chili and pickled jalapeño) with skinny fries ($13.99) 
    Menu Highlights: The 10-pound Mother Burger with choice of cheese and toppings ($125)

  • Miami Subs Grill

    The Formula: Fast-casual grill cuisine
    Number of Locations: 7 in Miami (many more throughout South Florida)
    Meal for One: 6-inch classic chicken Philly with regular fries ($4.99) or ten boneless chicken breast wings ($5.99) 
    Menu Highlights: Fully loaded sandwiches like submarines and gyros 

  • Havana 1957

    The Formula: Authentic Cuban cuisine  
    Number of Locations: 4 in South Florida
    Meal for One: Traditional grilled Cuban steak topped with chopped onions and parsley, served alongside boiled yuca ($15.50) and paired with a mango mojito ($9.95)
    Menu Highlights: Classic Cuban dishes full of juicy meats, fried plantains and roasted potatoes 

  • Graziano's Restaurant 

    The Formula: Family-owned Argentinean steakhouse specializing in unique cuts of grilled and roasted meats
    Number of Locations: 4 restaurants and 4 markets 
    Meal for One: Aged beef sirloin steak ($24) with side of Spanish-style potatoes doused in truffle oil, paired with a Smoky Martini made with gin, scotch and dry vermouth ($12)
    Menu Highlights: Meats cooked in an open fire and stuffed empanadas

  • Pizza Rustica

    The Formula: Daily-made pizza with homemade dough and unique toppings
    Number of Locations: 10 in South Florida, 7 in Miami
    Meal for One: Eggplant and goat cheese pizza with kalamata olives, diced tomatoes and basil ($4.95 for a slice) paired with Blue Moon ($3.50)
    Menu Highlights: Low calorie alternatives include the personal SkinnE Pizza ($4.95) made with fresh mozzarella and plum tomato sauce on thin crust (390 calories)

  • SuViche 

    The Formula: Healthy, fish-focused Peruvian
    Number of Locations: 3 in Miami
    Meal for One: Pescado escabeche, breaded fish served with Idaho potato rounds ($6.50), plus house wine ($7)
    Menu Highlights: Japanese-Peruvian fushion including cevichestiraditos and entrees like panko-crusted fish

  • Pollo Tropical

    The Formula: Healthy wraps, salads and platters
    Number of Locations: Roughly 40 in Miami
    Meal for One: Tropical chicken spinach wrap with bacon and melted Monterey Jack and cheddar ($2.99) 
    Highlights: Signature sauces (cilantro garlic, curry mustard or guava barbecue)