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Posted on October 01, 2018

10

Must Try

Lunch Specials

Words / Katie FitzGerald

Ichimi 

1.

When nothing about the first half of your work day seems to have gone right find comfort in a warming bowl of Ichimi’s profound ramen. Located near Miracle Mile, this $13.80 lunch flaunts authentic ramen with a savory broth and in house made noodles that would leave any stomach satisfied with their large portions. This price is a steal as their dinner menu is comparatively more expensive. Vegetarian options also available!

Available: Monday- Friday 11:30- 3 p.m. 

Price: $13.80 Choice of Ramen includes gyoza and 2 types of salad

Favorite: Pork 

1884 79 th St Causeway, North Bay Village, FL 33141

Vero

2.

Lucky to the business professionals who work in the Downtown Miami area, Vero’s impressive lunch special (for only $10) offers authentic pizzas, pastas, paninis and soups all handcrafted by Chef Paolo Gallotti. The best part is that it entails full portions which means, yes, you can order a whole pizza to yourself!

Available: Monday- Friday 11:30- 3 p.m. 

Price: $10 includes soda or unlimited Vero still water/sparkling water gyoza and 2 types of salad

Favorite: Spaghetti alla Amatriciana

90 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

Blue Matisse

3.

If you’re looking for a restaurant for your next important business meeting look no further than Blue Matisse where Chef Eric Do serves an executive lunch called “On-The-Fly.” At $21 per person, this gourmet buffet encompasses every corner of the world with dishes from Asia, Mexico, and even the Caribbean so reference their website for that day. Don’t be surprised to find duck, brisket, or a whole poached salmon at their carving stations! 

Available: Monday- Friday 11:30- 2:30 p.m.

Price: $21 per person 

Favorite: Monday (Europe/Mediterranean)

2505 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33172

Taste Buds of India

4.

If you are looking to experience Indian food for the first time or are already a true lover of the cuisine, Taste Buds of India’s lunch buffet offered everyday is definitely worth exploring. At the reasonable cost of $16.95 per person, they never fail to introduce a new Indian dish to your palette. They also do a phenomenal job of constantly bringing out fresh food so that your naan is never soggy and your plate always steaming! 

Available: Everyday 12- 3:30 p.m.

Price: $16.95 per person includes ice tea or soda

2624 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Bravo! Peruvian Cuisine

5.

Located near FIU, Bravo is a newer restaurant offering gourmet Peruvian food made with finesse. The modern ambiance and outstanding service makes Bravo a wonderful location for a romantic lunch date or business meeting with (on average) $11 entrees of Peruvian classics boasting bold flavors that will certainly charm your guest! 

Available: Monday- Friday 11:30- 3 p.m. 

Price: $11 (on average) includes a cup of homemade soup

Favorite: Tonkotsu Pork with Garden acu Tacu con Asado 

10600 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33174

Matsuri 

6.

Matsuri has been a long time hidden gem of the Coral Terrace area; beloved by many for their extensive Japanese menu. Despite their small space, Matsuri is often packed with locals who know a well kept secret: their lunch menu. Matsuri’s novelty $9 bento box allows diners to choose 2 proteins of their liking and comes with additional sides. Come early as they have limited hours! 

Available: Tuesday- Thursday 11:30- 2:30 p.m.

Price: $9 Bento Box includes miso soup, house salad, California roll, orange

Favorite: Sashimi & Chicken Teriyaki 

5759 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

Piola

7.

Piola is a contemporary food chain successfully stretching across the globe that offers simple but authentic Italian cuisine. Do not let the fact that this restaurant is a chain fool you! Their Mezzo & Mezzo lunch special for $11.95 (dine-in only) is a fulfilling meal that allows customers to choose a half portion of salad with a half portion of either pizza or pasta. These half portions are far from small and the flavors offered here will leave you dreaming about your next visit! 

Available: Monday- Friday 11- 3 p.m. 

Price: $11.95 Mezzo & Mezzo includes half salad and a half portion of pizza or pasta 

Favorite: Minestrone with Capricciosa Pizza 

1250 South Miami Avenue - Miami, FL 33130

Lan Pan Asian Cafe 

8.

This fantastic hidden gem where Chef Johnson Teh has developed an Eastern/Southeastern Asian menu with contemporary twists. Their all encompassing lunch menu of 11 items includes so many additional sides that your meal could easily be called an early dinner! 

Available: Monday- Friday 11:30- 3 p.m.

Price: $21 $11.95 (on average) includes soup, salad and California roll

Favorite: Red Curry Beef

8332 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33143

Original Uncle Tom’s Barbecue

9.

Sometimes you just want to spoil yourself with something finger lickin’ good American barbecue. You’re in luck if such cravings strike during lunch hours since on weekdays Uncle Tom’s has affordable lunch specials starting at $6.95 featuring classic items like their pulled pork sandwich or quarter rack of ribs. Both include all the fixin’s with coleslaw, french fries, and a soda so you can leave feeling satisfied!

Available: Monday- Friday 11- 3 p.m. 

Price: $7.95 (on average) 

Favorite: Two Meats Combo (ribs & pulled pork)

3988 SW 8th St, Coral Gables, FL 33134

El Floridita

10.

Though this is not a lunch promotion, El Floridita offers a $10 three course meal all day/every day that is still a must when looking for a satisfying lunch. This latin seafood restaurant offers 12 different entrees varying from fried Mahi Mahi chunks to Churrasco, there is not one unappetizing entree listed! 

Available: All day, Everyday 

Price: $10 includes soup, main entree, dessert or coffee 

Favorite: Rice with Squid in Squid Ink

8393 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155