Today’s how-to: 5 places to eat in Cutler Bay

Cutler Bay is surprisingly delicious. While mostly residential, the town has main arteries that provide a wide range of cuisines and places to relax with friends and family. Most are located on Dixie Highway and Old Cutler Road, where you’ll find a mix of Mexican, Asian, BBQ, and other South American cuisines. Skip the national franchises and hit up these locally beloved spots. 


Where to go if you want to make a mess while you eat

Down South BBQ Rib Shack  

11100 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170

Transit stop: 1 min walk from SW 216 St & 112 Ave; Bus routes 38, 35

Let’s be real, BBQ shouldn’t come on fancy plates or with all sorts of wild ingredients. Great BBQ speaks for itself, and at Down South BBQ you’ll get the best around. It’s got  a fairly large menu, even by BBQ standards, and there will definitely be something for every meat lover. 


Where to get your sushi fix

Moon Thai & Japanese  

20505 S Dixie Hwy, Cutler Bay, FL 33189

Transit stop: 7 min walk from SW 112 Ave. & # 20760; Bus routes 31, 34, 38, 39  

Moon Thai & Japanese gets the job done and really well. A contemporary spot located at the Southland Mall, you’ll get fresh, delicious sushi along with traditional Thai dishes. Also they rock teppanyaki (aka hibachi) which is always a hit with groups. Moon is a small franchise original established in Coral Gables but now with added locations in Kendall, Coral Springs, and Weston. They’re obviously doing something right — and that something is food.


Where to get your chicharron on

Macita’s Restaurant & Bakery 

18533 S Dixie Hwy, Cutler Bay, FL 33157

Transit stop: 7 min walk from Busway & SW 184 St; Bus routes 31, 38

Macita’s will lure you in with their Chicharron appetizer (try it with lime). And they’ll  keep you there thinking about all the good in the world with their traditional Colombain dinner platters of steak, more chicharron, sausage, rice, egg, and plantains. Maybe pick up one of their Colombian style empanadas for home… just in case. 


Ernesto’s is the real deal. (📸: Bruce Pinchbeck)

Where to get quality traditional Mexican food

Ernesto’s Taco Shop 

20095 S Dixie Hwy, Cutler Bay, FL 33189

Transit stop: 3 min walk from Busway & SW 200 St; Bus routes 31, 34, 38, 39

You want fresh, delicious, traditional tacos? Of course you do! Ernesto’s will leave you satisfied but not regretful, because it isn’t too much or too greasy. It also won’t break the bank. Order the California carne asada fries for something different – it’s all the toppings of a taco over a bed of french fries. 


Where to go if you want to watch sports but aren’t still in college


18503 S Dixie Hwy, Cutler Bay, FL 33157

Transit stop: 7 min walk from SW 112 Ave. & # 20760; Bus routes 31, 38

Great burgers and wings. What else do you need to know? Oh and Nacho Tots… and Cuban sandwiches, and ribs. There you have it. A little something for everyone at a slightly more buttoned-up place to catch up on sports.


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