As Miami is developing rapidly before our eyes, the city’s small business landscape also sees immense change. We have witnessed so many beloved businesses move or close their doors over the years (and even as a result of the current pandemic), but there are still a few that still remain open, and dear to our hearts. From locally-sourced marketplaces and international food destinations, to South Florida staples–here are some of our favorites that still stand strong:

All of these are open and offer either take-out, delivery, or dine-in options.

Joanna’s Marketplace

This gourmet market in Pinecrest has been serving up homemade, prepared goods in a chic, European setting for over 25 years. Head there for a great selection of wines, bistro eats, and international goodies, but we won’t let you leave without one of their signature yellow, smiley face cookies.

El Palacio de los Jugos

What name is more representative of our city’s adoption of Cuban culture than El Palacio de los Jugos? More than a simple chain and ventanita, the colossal fruit stand retains the simple elements that make Cuban culture so colorful. Part produce market, part restaurant, there’s no surprise this one’s been around since 1977 with no end in sight.

El Palacio de los Jugos

Delices De France (French Bakery)

This casual French Bakery definitely attracts a crowd with its sweet treats. Although there always seems to be a line out the door, their service is surprisingly fast-paced and they rarely run out of pastries. With its sidewalk seating, Delices De France showcases its French flare and makes you feel like you’re in Paris.

Garcia’s Seafood

Back in 1966, the Garcia brothers accomplished their dream of opening a market away from the Castro regime. Miami became their new home, and this seafood grille and fish market has been alive and well ever since. Their high quality seafood is beloved by many, and the low-key vibes along the Miami River only make it more authentic.

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Sir Pizza

This Key Biscayne stronghold has been serving up its signature Italian comfort food since 1969. And when you’re creating a pizza round-up, you can’t leave out their classic square-cut, thin crust, ranch dressing-dunked pizza. Some might venture out to try other menu items at Sir Pizza, but we always come for the pie. Okay, maybe a cookie too.

Daily Bread Marketplace

The Original Daily Bread Marketplace has been owned and operated by the Mazzawi family for over 30 years. Serving up some of the most delicious and authentic Middle Eastern food in town, the space is part market, part quick-serve eatery where every dish is affordable and homemade.

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Ah, yes, Big Daddy and his trademark green cups. There’s a reason that this seafood and BBQ joint quickly took hold of the city and is now found in countless neighborhoods. Each location feels warm and welcoming, their food (particularly the ribs) is always consistent, and hits the spot every time. There’s no South Florida without Flanigan’s.

Chef Creole

This Haitian and Bahamian eatery is a revered Little Haiti gem, and with good reason. Chef Creole is as good and Caribbean comfort food gets, and requires no frills to leave you satisfied. The family-owned spot is known for its plethora of grilled goods, but it’s the spicy seafood you should get brave for.

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Pinecrest Wayside Market

This outdoor market has been an anchor spot for the South Miami and Pinecrest neighborhoods for years. People of all ages love getting lost in their produce stalls or smile broadly at their delicious strawberry shakes. It’s a perfect spot along your daily bike ride, and hasn’t lost any ounce of homegrown vibe.

Norman Brothers Produce

Another great, family-owned Miami gem, Norman Brothers hasn’t moved from its in Sunset for over 50 years. They are known for their farm-fresh produce, but also have top-of-the-list deli goods, pre-made meals, meat and seafood, baked treats, an impressive wine selection, and famous milkshakes.

Beyond South Beach


We figured it would be best to end the list with pizza, no? And there really is no holier a name than Casola’s in that regard. This is the local post-game favorite hang, with their famous samples to hold you over as you wait for your gargantuan pie or slice. But don’t overlook their subs or wings, which have been an equal favorite for nearly 20 years.

If you’re looking for more OG Miami favorites, check out Yelp Miami’s “If You Know, You Know” round-up.

Cover photo via WSVN.