Buns & Buns: Value-Priced Fresh Bread and Grilled Meats

Categories: First Bites

Photos by Laine Doss
The buns of Buns & Buns.
Buns & Buns was something of a mystery for a while. Not much was known about the restaurant except its location, name, and a vague concept including bread and grilled meats. In fact, even the public relations firm hired to work with the place couldn't get a menu before it opened.

See also: Buns & Buns to Open in January 2014

When I finally walked into the small space that once housed OMG! Burgers and featured a presidential visit, I wasn't sure what to expect. Buns & Buns can be considered a fast-casual restaurant -- order at the counter, get a number, and wait for your food. The menu has a simple premise: Several proteins at three price points are offered, each with a side and a bun (which can be substituted for a different bread).

There are also some appetizers and salads (the only vegetarian options). All are priced by category, with bites offered at $5; salads at $10; grilled items at $10, $15, and $20; and desserts at $8. The restaurant also serves beer, wine, and cocktails. It should be noted that this is not a sandwich shop. You'll find no burgers, tuna melts, or turkey clubs. The menu clearly states that fact in case you didn't get it when perusing the options: "This, sir, is not a sandwich shop." Nevertheless, with a plate filled with grilled meat or seafood, slaw, and a warm bun, you'll catch on quickly that a fresh sammie is within reach.

The breads are baked daily and, as befits the name, are a focal point of the menu. Cravers of carbs can also purchase the buns individually ($1.50 each) as a snack or to take home. Once ordered, the food gets to your table quickly (mine took about ten minutes). When I arrived at 2:30 p.m. to taste some menu items, the restaurant was humming with a mix of moms picking up their kids from local schools and shoppers out for a late lunch. Here's what I tried:

Is the O'Pama cocktail a nod to when the president visited this location? I pondered the question while sipping a blend of Pama, sake, watermelon juice, and lime ($8).

The name sounds like something out of South Park, but spinach poofs, served on a bed of tahini, are a good start to a meal ($5).

Location Info

Buns & Buns

5478 Sunset Dr., South Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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So you get a protein, slaw, and bread on a plate - Why not just make the sandwich for us?

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Sounds ok, Miami loves the weird, this should fit right in. Although even foodies would agree that calling a food item "O'PAMA" is creepy.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Chgo Dave, we have four blogs that cover different topics. This comes from our food blog, which, naturally, covers food.

Karolina Sucre
Karolina Sucre

It's been pretty brutal lately. Miamians don't only want to read about murder and rape. I'm glad the Miami New Times breaks it up a bit.

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

crime must be pretty low down there ?

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