The Best Street Food Eats in Miami

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Though Miami is home to some really great sit-down restaurants, there are times when you don’t want to dress up and set aside time from exploring to sit and have lunch. When you’re in a grab-and-go kind of mood, these food trucks put your favorite fast-food joints to shame.

Purple People Eatery

The eclectic Purple People Eatery serves up dishes like the truffled blackened bison burger, mahi-mahi tacos, fish and chips, and loaded cheese fries. The food truck specializes in taking standard fast-food dishes and really amping them up. The mahi-mahi tacos have chipotle mayo, pineapple-jalapeño salsa, and ponzu. The truffled burger uses bison as the base and also has truffle oil and a quail egg. Save a trip to this truck for when you’re feeling a little adventurous.

Find them around town by following their Twitter account at @PurplePplEatery.

Purple People Eatery Food Truck

Hungry diners flock to Che Milanesa for its delicious homemade empanadas made with chorizo and steak as well as its fried chicken and infamous Che Milanesa dish – breaded chicken topped with melted cheese, ham and an egg, and then all finished off with some mouthwatering chimichurri. You’re guaranteed to have an authentic taste of Argentina whenever you stop by this food truck.

Find them around Miami by following Che Milanesa’s Facebook page.

Freshly baked empanadas

House of Mac

If you’re a fan of your mother’s homemade mac and cheese, then you’re going to love this food truck. House of Mac doesn’t just serve up your classic mac and cheese; they offer more gourmet versions of the Southern classic. The truck has truffle mac and cheese and lobster mac and cheese, as well as other delicious dishes like garlic parmesan chicken wings, creamy Caesar salad, and pineapple coconut rice.

Chase the House of Mac truck by following it on Twitter at @HouseofMacMiami.

1. Rafa’s Backyard Grill

BBQ lovers, unite! Rafa’s Backyard Grill is a hidden gem located in West Miami, and it has become a popular BBQ joint via word of mouth. Anything you order here will be full of flavor, and you have a lot to choose from, including grilled steak, coconut rice, fresh juices, homemade yuca fries, and ribs. Order a plate of food and sit outside underneath café lights while enjoying the warm Miami air on a clear night.

Rafa’s Backyard Grill, 9401 SW 40th St, Miami, FL, USA, +1 786 409 5355

Ribs on the grill | © Louise Gill / Flickr

2. Pincho Man

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2. Pincho Man
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Say hello to your new favorite kind of kebab (and new favorite food to munch on when you’re drunk). Pinchos are essentially kebabs with a little Latin flair, and when paired with a hot dog bun and some crazy delicious sauces (and potato sticks!), you have the best, most savory grab-and-go dish you could want. Pincho Man has been around for years now and was one of the original food trucks when Miami started its food truck trend. Grab an ice-cold soda and a burger or pincho, and prepare for your taste buds to be delighted.

Ms. Cheezious

Stop by Ms. Cheezious once, and you’ll never settle for any other kind of grilled cheese again. The food truck-turned-restaurant (though the food truck is still alive and kickin’) is home to grilled cheese combinations like blue cheese, bacon, and scallion on sourdough bread or house smoked turkey, Fontina cheese, and homemade rosemary honey also on sourdough bread. They offer both savory and sweet options, including a s’mores melt and a sandwich made with ricotta cheese and orange marmalade (with chocolate dipping sauce). Find them around town, usually posted up outside of a club or bar.

Ms. Cheezious travels all around town. To find out where, follow them on Twitter at @MsCheezious.


Are you a fan of Asian-inspired dishes? Kuenko will be your new favorite food truck if that’s a yes. Perfect for satisfying those late-night hunger pangs, the mobile eatery specializes in different “donburis,” which are rice bowls made with various ingredients such as shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, or shredded beef. The rice bowls are then topped with sauces, including homemade teriyaki sauce or Kuenko’s “special sauce.” Other ingredients include fried onions and fried eggs.

Find Kuenko around Miami by following it on Twitter at @KuenkoMiami.

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