Palette Magazine

South Florida's late night eats

By Shayne Benowitz

The Broadway Classic at New York Grilled Cheese
The Broadway Classic at New York Grilled Cheese

When hunger strikes at the end of a great night out, you’ve gotta know what’s open late. From cheesesteaks in Key West to braised pork lo mein at a trendy Miami Beach hotel, here’s your guide to the best of South Florida’s late night eats.


Grilled Cheese, Please!

A no-frills joint in the heart of the Wilton Manors strip, New York Grilled Cheese knows what everyone craves after dark.

What to Order: The Broadway Classic is an ooey-gooey lifesaver with melted Swiss and American cheese beautifully blended in garlic butter-brushed sourdough and served with tomato bisque for dipping.

Open Until: 4 a.m. Friday & Saturday; 3 a.m. Thursday & Sunday; and 11 p.m. Monday–Wednesday

Location: 2207 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors; 954.564.6887


Burgers on the Intracoastal

A ramshackle al fresco saloon on the Intracoastal waterway, Le Tub offers late-night bites with a side of Old Florida charm.

What to Order: Their award-winning Sirloin Burger with Swiss cheese is a must-try. The 13-ounce ground top sirloin patty is chargrilled and dressed with lettuce, tomato and onions. Save room for the homemade Key lime pie.

Open Until: 2 a.m. weekends and 1 a.m. weekdays

Location: 1100 N. Ocean Dr., Hollwyood; 954.921.9425


Asian Fusion Feast

Next door to Bardot lounge (and under the same ownership), Gigi is a late-night Midtown Miami staple that features crave-worthy Asian-fusion dishes that hold up well in daylight hours, too.

What to Order: Everything! The tapas-style menu is perfect for sharing. Don’t miss the pork buns with tomato jam and crispy onions; Brussels sprouts with cauliflower, bacon and soy; or the churrasco chow fun noodles with bone marrow butter. The $1 homemade mini soft-serve cone makes for a perfect finale.

Open Until: 5 a.m. Thursday–Saturday; 3 a.m. Tuesday–Wednesday; and midnight Sunday–Tuesday

Location: 3470 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305.573.1520


Late Night Noodles

A newcomer to the Miami Beach scene by “Top Chef” contestant Dale Talde, his eponymous high-energy restaurant and lounge inside The Confidante hotel is where you can keep the party going into the wee hours — while you enjoy sriracha-slathered tater tots, of course.

What to Order: The aforementioned tots are a hit. Also try the samosas with sweet peas and kefir lime yogurt, bacon dumplings with shrimp and kale and the braised pork shank lo mein with pickled mustard greens.

Open Until: 4 a.m. Thursday–Saturday, 1 a.m. Sunday–Wednesday

Location: 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-605-4094


Une Baguette at Dawn

Across the street from South Beach’s notorious Mac’s Club Deuce, La Sandwicherie’s counter is open all night, serving up surprisingly fresh fare that’s just as tempting for a picnic at the beach as it is at the break of dawn.

What to Order: Get chicken salad on a croissant with everything — lettuce, tomato, green and hot peppers, black olives, onions, cucumbers, cornichons, mayonnaise and French vinaigrette. Bottles of the vinaigrette line the counter. Don’t be shy and squirt more on your sandwich. It’s that good.

Open Until: 6 a.m. Friday & Saturday; 5 a.m. Sunday–Thursday

Location: 229 14th St., South Beach; 305.532.8934


Cheesesteaks in Paradise

When the lights come on at the Green Parrot or 801 Bourbon, make a beeline down the street to Mr. Z’s for cheesesteak or a slice.

What to Order: Try their famous cheesesteak or a slice of pepperoni doused in hot sauce.

Open Until: 4 a.m. nightly

Location: 501 Southard St., Key West; 305.296.4445