Best After Midnight Food in Miami (non-South Beach and non-chain restaurant)
Okay, for those of us who are up to all hours...and don't want to head out to a Denny's when the need to eat sets in, let's compile a list of some of the best up-late food.
I'll start with:
Tobacco Road (their Thursday Night after midnight $9.99 t-bone steak with salad and potato deal can't be beat).
Al Carbon (open until 6 a.m.!) at 2280 Coral Way -- yum to the half-rack of ribs with salad for about $10.. or the grilled shrimp.
Yambo (open 24 hours on the weekends) at SW 17th Avenue and SW 1st Street. This place is not quite as much about the food -- but the adventure of it in this looks-like-it-was-just-airlifted-in-from-Nicaragua roadside attraction. There is an inside, table service restaurant.. and an outside patio with a group of "take out" food departments to choose from : drinks at one window (try the cacao con leche), cooked foods, baked goods, and even seafood each at their own window.
Tobacco is familiar.
The other two intrigue me. Al Carbon sounds Mexy? But a 1/2 rack & salad does not! What's the background? I am trying to picture it, what side of CW is it? Any landmarks nearby.
Yambo has been on my list for years now and I just haven't been able to make it happen for whatever reason. You mention it's not so much about the food, but can you please elaborate. Are there any highlights? Is it one of those Nica buffet style places where you pick from the already prepared foods or is it cooked to order?
BTW, it may be time for a Top Nicaraguan post, no? Si'!
Oh and BTW II, I did a Top Late Night Dining in FLA a while back, here's the link if you want to check it out: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/379089
Al Carbon is on the South side of the street about 1/4 block west of 22nd Avenue. It's a colombian owned parrilla... grilled foods. It happens to be good and inexpensive.. and they have a few decent wines to boot.
Yambo is a roadside attraction in the finest sense of the word... you just have to go to understand what it's like to be among the myriad of objects.. the old-style concrete patio tables.. and the crowd (it's not a Sobe pretty crowd.. but, it sure has poop has more flavor).
To clarify -- the table service food is cooked to order.. unless you happen to order what is already cooked. and on the outside take-out buffet window. that's the secret...
I thought Al Carbon was Argentinian for some reason. Good to know it's Colombian. Do they serve burgers? Cuz when I think about eating late (past midnight) in Miami, I often think of those Colombian burgers. MAO on Bird road west of Tropical Park does the trick for me although the burgers / dogs are popular also at Los Perros in West Kendall also on Bird Road west of the Turnpike (a really popular place in the after hours - packed actually).
re: The Chowfather AKA sobe
I think so. But their Prime Rib special (Tues&Thurs?) will definitely be gone long before then!
Dang sobe, I thought you were more of a, well, sobe and broward kinda hound, but lo and behold, you Be The ChowDaddy cause you know one of S Miami's few remaining institutions as well! Hadn't thought of this place in a long while, what do you think? Dive status too?