Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Miami and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Big Pink thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat La Sandwicherie, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Little Brazil Restaurant
Located in the section of North Beach on Collins Avenue that is sometimes referred to as "Little Argentina" because of all the Latin cafes that dot it, Little Brazil fits right in. Pull up a seat at this indoor-outdoor, lunch-dinner bistro and nosh on coxinha or bolinhos de bacalhau, croquettes made from chicken or codfish, or other traditional starters like kibe (bulgar wheat patties). A wide selection of main courses includes plenty of grilled steaks and classic stroganoff, feijoada and moqueca dishes. More interesting for the connoisseur, shrimp is a big ingredient here, starring Camarao no Abacaxi (shrimp sautéed with pineapple, mushrooms, light cream sauce and herbs, topped with melted mozzarella cheese and served in a pineapple shell garnished with mashed potatoes); Camarao com Catupiry (baked shrimp stuffed with catupiry cheese); and Camarao no Coco ao Molho do Chefe (shrimp sautéed with coconut milk, mushrooms, herbs, served in a coconut shell, garnished with mashed potatoes). A kids' menu and sweets such as Brazilian flan make this a casual yet tasty affair for the whole family. (305-397-8215)

9 Giraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers
Located just south of Wynwood in Midtown, this fast-casual concept from Brazil, where its eateries number more than 400, launched in winter 2011-12 in North Miami and is growing exponentially, with a third location in Pinecrest. Order at the counter and the high-quality burgers, grilled chicken and steaks, with a choice of sauces (and with or without farofa garnish) will be delivered to your table. Two choices of sides include fries, yuca, rice, beans, grilled veggies and salad, and by the time you're done with all your options, you're left with a pretty hearty plate. (305-672-7111)

8 Varanda's Brasil Café
Varanda has self-proclaimed to be Miami's oldest Brazilian cafe, serving three squares per day, and who's going to argue? Lauded by Food Network and other authorities for its simply delicious grilled fish and its picanha in garlic with Brazilian sausage, this ambitious restaurant, with a handful of outdoor tables, is the little cafe that could. Varanda represents Miami enough so that celebrities also call in here occasionally for its thoroughly authentic feijoada, though you might have to fight for a seat during prime hours on a Saturday, the only day that it's served. Indeed, every item from its pastel de carne ou queijo (meat- or cheese-filled pastries) to its moqueca de peixe is the real, yummy thing. (305-867-2929)

7 Area Code 55 Brazilian Steakhouse
Perhaps the most northward-located churrascaria in Miami, Area Code 55 otherwise is very similar to the other rodizio restaurants in the city. With spaciously set tables; a salad bar featuring cold and hot items; waiters dressed as gauchos wielding skewers of bacon-wrapped chicken thighs, lamb chops, sausage and picanha; and a well-stuffed wine list, it's a veritable feast for the carnivore. Start with your card flipped to the green side and you'll soon be swarmed with offerings; flip it to red to take a break. Excellent for a group, it's also out-of-the-way enough for those looking to avoid the traffic in South Beach, Brickell/Downtown or Aventura. (305-947-6202)

6 Botequim Carioca Brazilian Bar & Grill
What could be better than a Brazilian sports bar, located almost directly across from American Airlines Arena? Stop in before or after a Heat game for a terrific steak sandwich, made with sirloin and cheddar cheese (but called a cheeseburger de picanha) or the house special chicken sandwich with mozzarella and dried tomatoes. Tasty apps that go great with beer include spicy calamari or a bowl of feijoada, served as soup. For a light, sophisticated sweet, try the "Romeo E Julieta" guava jam with catupiry cheese. Then watch a futbol game on tv or a basketball in person, and watch other athletes burn calories; after all, you stay svelte by cheering. Just beware, during Brazilian national games, of the clamor of the vuvuzuela. (305-675-1876)

5 Toro Toro Pan Latin Steakhouse & Latin Spirit Lounge
Though Toro Toro is located in the lobby of the newly renovated InterContinental Miami, don't think of this as a hotel restaurant; think of this as a restaurant that happens to be located in a hotel. Renowned Chef Richard Sandoval, who runs 34 establishments, including the nearby Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie, modeled this interpretation of a Pan-Latin steakhouse after his successful Toro Toro Dubai. The Mexico City native, who calls Miami one of his favorite cities, offers a great variety of small plates, ranging from ceviche nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese style) with ahi tuna, sweet potato, cucumber and quinoa to arepas with short ribs, guacamole and crema. The churrascaria and grill offers a number of cuts of meat and poultry, a few of which--like the small plates--can be shared family style, such as the "rodizio experience." If you prefer to dine a la carte, larger main dishes include several cuts of beef, achiote barbecued salmon and pan-roasted Florida grouper. Wash it all down with a specialty cocktail such as the "Ring My bell," made with Herradura Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, lime, bell pepper and rosemary. A well-informed staff is on hand to decipher more difficult menu items and drinks, but you don't need them to understand this: Dessert. Churros. Yum. ((305) 372-4710)

4 Crumb on Parchment
Some say the path to perfection is through simplicity and Crumb on Parchment aims to prove that point beyond a shadow of a doubt. This casual American cafe specializes in breakfast and lunch with deliciously creative soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods, all at affordable prices. The main dining area is spacious and the venue also offers serve-yourself coffee, free WiFi for the tech crowd, and plenty of natural Miami sunlight to brighten your morning meal. ((305) 572-9444)

3 Serendipity 3
This little breakfast and lunch cafe has made a nationwide splash recently with its ice creams, but Serendipity 3 also offers a full range of other dishes to kick start your day in South Beach, Miami. They have chili that gives even the best chili joints in Cincy a run for their money, all types of sandwiches, burger sliders, wings, many creative salads, and an old classic, grilled cheese. Much more than just an sandwich shop or an ice cream parlor, Serendipity 3 is must visit and a mainstay of the South Beach dining scene. ((305) 403-2210)

2 OTC Restaurant Brickell
An acronym for over-the-counter, OTC is a local favorite for small plates of imaginative American cuisine and a great selection of craft beer. The deceptively casual restaurant caters to laid-back clientele who also happen to enjoy excellent food and drink. Executive chef Jacob Anaya, late of Azul, draws on his Native American and Mexican heritage, his international travels, and his significant work experience in California and Hawaii to create high-quality fare that's enjoyed by patrons in a social, sharing environment. Dishes include Thai Style Wings (braised chicken wings tossed in a Thai-chili sauce served with papa ray-cabbage slaw); Craft Beer Fish 'n Chips (beer-battered cod, hand cut fries, curry tartar sauce); and Hong Kong Duck 'n Waffles during brunch. ((305) 374-4612)

1 Casa Juancho
Considered to be one of the best Spanish eateries, this is Little Havana's most prestigious restaurant, and certainly one of the most romantic. Enjoy live entertainment, provided by strolling musicians, while you feast on exotic specialties. The menu is lengthy and impressive, featuring some of the most succulent pork dishes to be found anywhere. The mixed seafood grill is also a top-notch choice, and the international wine list is among the best in Miami. Linger over strong, fresh-brewed coffee and the sinfully delicious crema Catalana dessert. Reservations recommended. (305-642-2452)


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Maps and Directions

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Little Brazil Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Seafood
Dining Options: Smoking (outdoor area)
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
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Giraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Burger, Latin
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Wynwood
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Varanda's Brasil Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
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Area Code 55 Brazilian Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: North Miami
COST: $$
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Botequim Carioca Brazilian Bar & Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin
Dining Options: Group Friendly
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Toro Toro Pan Latin Steakhouse & Latin Spirit Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Cuisine: Latin, Steakhouse
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$$
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Crumb on Parchment 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Delivery, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Serendipity 3 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Ice Cream
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: South Beach
COST: $
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OTC Restaurant Brickell 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
COST: $$
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Casa Juancho 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Spanish
Neighborhood: Little Havana
COST: $$