When you say retro, we think diners. They have everything from eggs and sausage to chocolate malts with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Basically, if you want it, they’ve got it– or some version of it. Diners are the perfect option for anything from cute date nights to drunchie quests. So put down your iPhone, pick up a landline and dial into the blast from the past that you so desperately need.
157 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Big Pink opened in 1996, which makes it younger than most of us UM students. However, this ‘50s diner wannabe has a special place in our hearts. It is open until 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, which means walking in after a long night at Story isn’t unfeasible. It’s the perfect place for dinner or late-night dining, as it offers more than 200 menu items– some of which are served on a stainless steel platter. Diner classics like mozzarella sticks, cheese fries and burgers that come heaped in flavor but not in grease. There’s an extensive salad menu, too, so dining here doesn’t have to mean an automatic trip to the gym.
Wynwood Diner & Cocktails
2601 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
In the heart of Miami’s up-and-coming art district, there are bars, galleries and now, a diner. Wynwood Diner, which is new to the neighborhood, is the perfect place for a midnight pick-me-up (or cocktail if you’re old enough). The menu is filled with delicious options, such as truffle cheese fries, biscuits with sausage gravy and salmon with scrambled eggs. If that tantalizes your taste buds, wait until you take a look at the craft cocktails. Just make sure you Uber there so you don’t have to drive back. Or at least pick a designated driver.
6201 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Yes, this one is a bit of a trek, but it is definitely worth the drive. Moonlite Diner is an authentic ‘50s flashback experience. It features metal sidings, neon signage and all-day breakfast. Satisfy your classic American cravings and visit this diner– you won’t regret it.
11th Street Diner
1065 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
We know that when you’re leaving Purdy Lounge, you’re probably stumbling and just a little bit puckish. Just a block away, at 11th Street Diner, you can satisfy your late-night cravings. Open 24 hours, this is the perfect place to people-watch throughout the night. With a stainless steel exterior, the restaurant’s facade is reminiscent of a traditional American diner, and the interior boasts an informal, laid-back environment that brings guests back to simpler times. Their menu not only has the classics, such as turkey clubs and chef salads, but it also caters to the Miami market by serving up Latin dishes. Try the Carlito’s quesadilla after a long night of partying; it’ll definitely hit the spot. For dessert, order a vanilla shake or a hot fudge sundae, and don’t leave without the apple pie. It’s a necessary evil.
Jimmy’s Eastside Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Walking into Jimmy’s Eastside Diner is like traveling through time, but did we also mention that it’s a hotspot for locals? And hey, if the locals like it, then it can’t be half bad, right? With large portions and friendly service, this diner doesn’t disappoint. Order the corned beef hash and a side of hash browns for a breakfast you won’t soon forget.
1757 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami or 4000 S.W. 57 Ave., Miami
While driving down Bird Road, you can’t miss the giant red neon sign that reads “DRUGS.” If you’ve ever wondered what’s hidden inside, it’s a delicious diner. S&S Diner’s second location is just a stone’s throw away from campus and promises the best coffee and pancakes in town. The diner’s decor has everything from checkerboard tiles to a vintage postcard rack to a life-size Elvis statue. Side note: the pancakes are the size of your head, so you’ll definitely have leftovers to spare. And don’t forget, if you’re ever in Midtown and craving a juicy burger, there’s one in that area too.
words. rori kotch. photo. olivia stauber.