Miami's Best Home-Style Restaurants Range from Southern Soul to Cuban Comfort

What do you think of when you hear the words "homestyle cooking"? Is it a large plate of collard greens, ribs, and corn on the cob? Do images of your grandmother's matzoh ball soup come to mind? Or do you envision a pot full of arroz y frijoles (rice and beans) cooking alongside some maduros (plantains)? Does homestyle simply mean the comfort of a toasty, grilled cheese sandwich and a hot cup of tomato soup? With Miami being such a multicultural town, it's no wonder our ideas of what a homestyle meal is also vary. That's why we've decided to include restaurants that offer homestyle meals for a variety of tastes.

If your version of homestyle evokes memories of grilling burgers in the backyard, Crumb on Parchment might be the place for you. And if your idea of a home-cooked meal involves tostones (fried plantains), congri (mixed rice and beans), or maybe some pan con lechon (pork sandwich), you'll feel right at home at Versailles in Little Havana. We've also got plenty of places here where you can grab some comforting barbecue or roast beef like mama used to make.



Founded in 1984 as a simple coffee shop making their own brews with high-end pastries, Roasters and Toasters has evolved to deli straight out of New York. Roasters' n Toasters is everything a New York style deli should be. Their generous...  Read More



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,...  Read More



This style-conscious American diner offers upscale interpretations of classic comfort foods, including salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, and pizzas. The dining room is all imagination and whimsy, with colorful diner decor, an open kitchen and...  Read More

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The decor may be French, but Versailles's cooking is 100% Cuban. Patrons swoon over deliciously authentic food and the dining room's opulence, complete with candelabras, gilt-framed mirrors and tuxedo-clad waiters. Still, everything's not as...  Read More

South Miami


Whisk is the type of place that keeps its patrons on their toes. Start your meal with the Pulled Pork Sliders (with honey cider slaw, mustard bbq sauce, and house pickles) or the Chicken' Biscuit (fried boneless thigh on a bacon-buttermilk...  Read More

Upper East Side


As the name suggests, Blue Collar doles out good, hearty food for the working class. But don't get confused. This isn't your average greasy spoon. Nothing of the sort. Instead, chef and owner Daniel Serfer aims to serve his patrons home-style...  Read More



Here's the piggy, piggy, piggy... At Swine, the guest of honor is the succulent, curly-tailed pig in all its glory: slow-smoked shoulder; swine burger featuring short rib, brisket, and a smoked pork blend; cut with veggies and a roasted pork...  Read More



Named after the eldest daughter of owner Barclay Graebner, this organic-meets-soul food restaurant serves up a marvelous mish-mash of feel-good comfort food, including one of the most unbelievable brunches in Miami. Although the menu does...  Read More



Chefs Kevin Kehoe and Hans Seitz know barbecue, and lucky for us, they're sharing it with the locals in Downtown Miami at Sparky's Roadside Barbecue. The pair opened Sparky's in 2010 and have successfully become a lunchtime staple for anyone...  Read More



Yardbird Southern Table & Bar puts a sophisticated spin on classic Southern specialties without taking away their Dixie souls. Located in the heart of South Beach, Yardbird has grown a loyal following among foodies and chefs since its...  Read More


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