If you follow along on my Instagram adventures, then you’ll notice I’m constantly posting about one of my favorite spots in Miami, Chug’s Diner. Chug’s Diner (3444 Main Hwy Suite 21) in Coconut Grove opens at 8 AM every day until Midnight & 2 AM on the weekends.
I like to get a head start on my day and usually arrive just as they open. Here, the Cortadito and Cafe con Leche made with Counter Culture Coffee are second to none. When I ask for my Cafe con Leche Oscuro (heavy on the coffee), they always nail it.
The Miami-famous Pastelito Papi always has an array of his tasty pastries in their warming tray along with other goodies like croquetas. The breakfast sandwich and scramble sandwich are my go-to eats every time I’m here. It’s always a tough decision to make between them.
The scramble features scrambled eggs and gouda cheese on pressed Cuban bread with Sazon completa buttering the top of the sandwich. That is my all-time favorite sammy at Chug’s Diner.
My previous love was the breakfast sandwich with a fried egg, Taylor ham, cheese, julienne potatoes, & Duke’s Mayo on a Cuban roll. But, trust me, it’s hard times when I need to pick.
A few other standouts include the phenomenal Cast Iron Pancake and the mindblowing Beltran’s Bacon, two thick slabs of the good stuff.
Ariete in Coconut Grove, Florida
I skipped out on discussing two of the essential things in the world of Burger Beast, Chug’s Burgers and Frita Cubanas. The reason? Chug’s Diner is part of Chef Michael Beltran’s growing empire of restaurants that embrace South Florida.
His restaurant Ariete (just down the street from Chug’s Diner) is where I first tried his Chug Burger. You won’t find the exceptional Chug Burger (one of my Top 25 Burgers) on the Chug’s Diner menu.
However, you will find its smaller sibling, the Chug Burger Jr. Also, the excellent Fritas from Ariete made the jump to Chug’s Diner.
My Mom always finishes her meaningful conversations with “In Conclusion,” so I thought it would be fitting to end my Chug’s Diner post that same way.
Don’t forget to ask what desserts (made by Devin Braddock) are available. My wife Marcela is a big fan and loves all of her cookies.
If the incredible Casey is working the counter, make sure to let her know the Beast sent you. Then, she’ll tell you what exactly you need to get.