Take Out


Stop in at this relaxed breakfast spot for a hot cup of coffee and a hearty bagel that will make you feel like you have taken a wrong turn and landed in the Big Apple. Big, fresh, chewy bagels are spread with tasty toppings like cream cheese, lox, egg cream and much more. Plenty of bagel flavors and breads to choose from, baked fresh all day. Salads, sandwiches and soups are offered at lunch and dinner, and sweets like danishes and cookies are available throughout the day.

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This traditional Chinese restaurant focuses on Cantonese favorites, from stir-fries to spicy chicken dishes to seafood-studded fried rice. When you get the craving for good Chinese, come in for lunch or dinner, or take advantage of the popular and prompt takeout service. In the evening, the fixed price offering is a steal, with soup, egg roll, entree, fried rice and dessert for one low price. Friendly service and a low-key, neighborhood atmosphere.

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Middle Eastern restaurants are few and far between in Miami, but Daily Bread offers a delectable array of tabouli, baba ghanoush and lamb or beef kebabs, all served with generous portions of fresh pita bread. Daily specials may include lamb and cauliflower with preserved lemon, and gourmet sandwiches and salads satisfy on-the-go patrons. Quick service and wallet-friendly prices also please, and the baklava is widely regarded as some of the best in town.

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La Sandwicherie
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After a hard night of clubbing or bar-hopping, nothing's better than a hefty sandwich from this walk-up counter right off Collins Avenue. Crusty French bread is piled high with your choice of meats (from turkey and prosciutto to pâté and smoked salmon), cheeses and condiments. If you need a veggie fix, opt for a salad – all are generous, fresh and tasty. Smoothies and frozen yogurt satisfy sweet-tooth urgings, and prices are more than affordable. Expect a line, though, because the place attracts a crowd all day long.

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Open for breakfast and lunch, this Cuban cafeteria keeps the Design District well fed on everything from bacon and eggs (along with café Cubano, of course) to handmade sandwiches.

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Stop in for a quick and satisfying lunch, and if a game is on, you can enjoy that too. Popular among local professionals and area college guys, this restaurant and bar provide a relaxed, casual setting for classics like barbecue, hot wings and good old-fashioned burgers. Lighter appetites can find grilled chicken sandwiches, salads and homemade soups that are surprisingly fresh and flavorful. During the day, outdoor dining and a children's menu make this a family-friendly option.

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For a quick breakfast or a leisurely meal, fuel up at this hip cafe and you'll be ready for a day of sightseeing, shopping, or business meetings. The cozy, comfortable room is perfect for perusing the morning paper or meeting up with friends. Or grab a table outside and relax as you enjoy an excellent cappuccino, espresso, or the favorite of the house, the Frappuccino Demetrio. This cool, creamy concoction is sure to start your day off right. Team up your beverage with a bagel, eggs, toast, various baked goods, or a tasty breakfast sandwich. The upbeat vibe offers a perfect pick-me-up any time of day.

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South Garden

Even experts who've had every style of Chinese cuisine will be pleasantly surprised by this simple restaurant, which offers a long menu of traditional favorites with a few unique recipes thrown in for good measure. Dishes are sophisticated and varied, using fresh produce and excellent cuts of beef, chicken, seafood, and pork. Sesame chicken, crispy skin duck, hot pots, and lo mein dishes are top sellers. A great choice whether you want to eat in or grab a meal to take out.

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Puerto Sagua
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No-frills Puerto Sagua is a long-standing institution in South Beach, where restaurants come and go with frequency. This one has continued to please the fickle masses with traditional Cuban comfort food and unfussy decor. Native Cubans savor authentic shrimp in garlic sauce, fried plantains and grilled Cuban sandwiches stuffed with ham, pork and cheese. Late hours also make Puerto Sagua a perfect stop-off after a show or a night of club-hopping.

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Bask in the sun and scope out the foot traffic as you lounge al fresco at casual, affordable Spris. Impossibly thin-crusted pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven are the draw, topped with broccoli, capers, marinated eggplant, calamari, artichoke hearts, prosciutto, mozzarella and sausage. Calzones and panini are reliably hearty as well. Although creative salads appeal to vigilant figure-watchers, the tiramisu is worthy of a little diet digression.

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