Ten Best Restaurant Chains Missing in Miami

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Miami needs you, In-N-Out Burger
Miami is not missing much. About 363 days of beach weather? Check. European tourists in Speedos plucking up overpriced designer items? Check. Damn near every taste, flavor, and kind of restaurant you can think of? Check.

There are, however, a few things we lack. Domestic restaurant chains that litter either the West Coast, Eastern Seaboard or the deep South often stop somewhere near Tampa or Orlando. They rarely make it to the Magic City. And when international chains hit the United States, they usually start off in New York or Los Angeles. In most cases, Miami is last on the map.

Wonder what we're missing out on? Here is a list of the top ten restaurants chains you'll have to catch a plane to catch a bite of.

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10. Texas Roadhouse
Founded by a former manager at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Texas Roadhouse is known for featuring line dancing and serving a bucket of peanuts at every table. Though the second of now 67 locations is located in Gainesville, apparently Miami is too south -- or rather not "South" enough for the steakhouse franchise. Everything is made from scratch out of a menu that highlights cheese, mushrooms, and barbecue. The chain also hosts several cooking championships across the country featuring its ribs and steaks, which are sourced from Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods.

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9. Yoshinoya
Yoshinoya is as legendary in Japan as McDonald's is on this side of the Pacific. Established in Tokyo in 1899, it is the country's largest chain of gyūdon (beef bowl) restaurants. The franchise has survived earthquakes, price wars with McDonald's, and even a mad cow outbreak. In the U.S., Yoshinoya has stores in California and Nevada. Stores were opened in New York City, Texas and Arizona, but closed within the same year of opening. No current aspirations of expansion are planned in the United States.


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Vikki Brandi
Vikki Brandi

Just had in n out in san fran - wonderful! Miss it so much

Charles Maher
Charles Maher

There's a Texas Roadhouse in ft myers not too far

Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones

A few right...love Pot Belly. But WHITE CASTLE THE MOST! Hello Time's most iconic burger ever or whatever they just called it. And also Jet's Pizza and Coney Islands

Hope Herrity
Hope Herrity

^I would LOVE Chicago pizza in South Florida!

Eric Juratic
Eric Juratic

what about a Chicago deep dish pizza place

Glenda Rodriguez
Glenda Rodriguez

In N Out Burger would be a great investment. I have been living in Florida from Cali for 13 years already. I think its time

Maggie Carmona
Maggie Carmona

Just what we need, another shitty hamburger place.

Jorge Hurtado
Jorge Hurtado

if we ever get in n out here it wont be the same. from my experience miamians have shitty work ethic when it comes to working fast food places. its best if we leave in n out out of miami.

Daniel Cunningham
Daniel Cunningham

captain d's is on there but Jack in the Box isn't?! flawed list.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

we should have a 'gray papayas' best hot dogs in new york and we should get a 'white castle'

Sam Ira
Sam Ira

This list is missing the 4 best ones! 1) chick fila 2) waffle house 3) wawa and 4) zaxby's

christina.gomez27
christina.gomez27

There WAS a Texas Roadhouse out in Doral way back in the day. Does that count?

Jorge Fernandez
Jorge Fernandez

Yes it is. We don't even have one in NYC. Miami gets things about five years after we do.

Steven Klingel
Steven Klingel

I would add Marie Calendars...out here, we only see the their stuff sold in super markets. Big time favorite of mine when in Arizona and California.

George Regz
George Regz

In & out burger is pretty much as shitty as sonic quality burgers. Overrated.

David Oberman
David Oberman

Stop eating the flesh of sentient beings! (except for the Pearl Street Bleu burger at Eureka Burger--that's too delicious to pass up)

Kingo Gondo
Kingo Gondo

Whataburger is north Florida, all the way to AZ. South Florida is too weird for them (in fact it retreated from a move into the Orlando and Tampa markets a few years ago). In-And-Out does not franchise and will not open restaurants more than 500 miles from their own meat processing facility. They just moved into Texas a few years ago (opening a meat processing facility there) and are a long way from being built out there. Florida might be the next logical market for them, but it could be many years away. They'd likely built a facility in central Florida so they could cover most of the state in the long run.

kingogondo1
kingogondo1

Whataburger is north Florida, all the way to AZ. South Florida is too weird for them (in fact it retreated from a move into the Orlando and Tampa markets a few years ago).


In-And-Out does not franchise and will not open restaurants more than 500 miles from their own meat processing facility. They just moved into Texas a few years ago (opening a meat processing facility there) and are a long way from being built out there. Florida might be the next logical market for them, but it could be many years away. They'd likely built a facility in central Florida so they could cover most of the state in the long run.  

Tiffany Mikus
Tiffany Mikus

in-n-out is ahhhmazing Im so glad I moved here to az where they are everywhere yum!

ben.arndt
ben.arndt

LOL 1,2, & 4 also on my top 5 list.  To Hell with UGA but Cheers to having more southern goodness down here.  Waffle House would crush it in Sunset, Gables, Midtown, Midtown and South Beach. Go Jackets!

Yosho2k
Yosho2k

1. There's one in Miami Lakes

2. Ew, but they are in Broward.

3. Not a restaurant, but Publix has better sandwiches anyways.

4. Not going to justify that with a response.

joshblakeney
joshblakeney

There was one in broward years ago as well

chachee3051
chachee3051

They use to have one right by Sawgrass mall back in the day.....so how come they had that one.

kevin_arnold
kevin_arnold

@Yosho2k If you think Publix has better sandwiches, you've obviously never eaten at a Wawa.

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