Late-night cravings can hit suddenly. But in Miami, that doesn't have to mean your options are reduced to the local gas station.
For those living by the coast or on the beach, there are plenty of options available. But when burritos and pizza take their toll, there's always a lighter, more delicious option: La Sandwicherie.
Situated between two of South Beach's most popular avenues – Collins and Washington – and right across the street from the infamous Mac's Club Deuce, this French sandwich shop is about as colorful as its patrons. Brightly colored metal stools are lined up against the counter's tropical motif. White Christmas lights adorn the red awning, and behind the counter, a sign reads: "Enjoy Life Every Day."
The sandwiches at South Beach's La Sandwicherie are second to none — Photo courtesy of La Sandwicherie
La Sandwicherie keeps things simple. Paper menus are found all along the counter and on a sign just behind it as well. You can order sandwiches or salads, as well as fresh smoothies, shakes or juices to wash it all down.
There are no deep fryers or saute pans. It's all fresh and, better still, it's basically all good for you.
When ordering a salad, it's probably best to stick to the French Riviera: a bowl of crisp lettuce and other veggies, plus hard-boiled egg, with cornichons (French pickles) and hot peppers to give it an extra kick.
Their other salads, like the Exotic Salad – a mixture of veggies with papaya, pineapple, mango, turkey and avocado – will also keep you content.
As the name suggests, however, the sandwiches are the thing to order here. La Sandwicherie offers its patrons the ability to pick and choose any number of sandwich combinations.
Pick your bread from French, croissant or wheat, and then decide whether you'd like roast beef, saucisson sec (French salami); pate; smoked salmon; brie . . . the list goes on.
"All combinations are available," the menu states, and their friendly staff are always willing to make exactly what you want.
Once you've decided on the type of sandwich, you're free to pick your toppings, which may include lettuce, tomatoes, hot peppers, cornichons or their incredible vinaigrette (which you can also buy by the bottle here).
If it's your first time and you feel overwhelmed by the options, you can always go for one of their signature sandwiches, like the Frenchie (French salami and brie cheese); the aptly named SoBe Club (turkey, brie and avocado); or the Tropical (avocado, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, black olives, papaya, mango and pineapple).
Sometimes a cold sub won't do, though, in which case La Sandwicherie also offers a selection of hot plate sandwiches. Their Croque Monsieur combines ham and Swiss cheese, grilled to perfection, with a side of salad. Meanwhile, the Croque Madame is the highly comforting French equivalent of an American grilled cheese.
Add a cup of their soup of the day, and you won't want to leave.
Add a fresh juice to your meal, like their Pink Goddess with carrot, celery, cucumber and beet or their Smokey Joe with tomato, carrot and orange for a refreshing kick.
Or go with any of their amazing shakes (We recommend the South Beach Delight, made with fresh strawberries, apricot and creamy vanilla yogurt.) or smoothies (We heart the Miami Sunset: raspberries, orange, papaya and mango.) to cleanse your palate.
Don't leave without a little end-of-meal indulgence. You won't regret enjoying that favorite of French pastries – the chocolate croissant – although getting some Nutella is never a bad idea, either.
Open nearly 24 hours, and with a second location in Brickell, La Sandwicherie is the perfect, healthier late-night alternative for those on the east side of town.