Duffy’s Tavern in Miami, Florida

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If you come to Duffy’s Tavern (2108 SW 57th Avenue, Miami) knowing that you’re walking into a neighborhood pub, then you’ll be ready to enjoy your time here. I know what I’m getting when I go to Duffy’s: cold beer, bar food, and a solid cheeseburger.

There are no stuffy or obnoxious people, just regular folks like you and me.

We’re an old bar, but we’re not just any old bar. In fact, if these walls could talk, they’d tell you there’s something special about Duffy’s Tavern. We’ve been around since 1955, and we’ve got the character to prove it. Over the years, we’ve enjoyed bringing the community together for good drinks and great conversation, and you won’t catch us slowing down anytime soon. Whether you are looking for a burger, a pint, or fresh seafood, we invite you to come on by, relax, and stay awhile.

from Duffy’s Tavern website

Duffy’s is the spot to spend your afternoon enjoying life. The pandemic has changed this but there is a large outdoor area that is social distanced.

You can always take your food to go or show up a little earlier like I do so you have the whole place to yourself.

Duffy's Tavern in the Miami Herald March 17, 1976
Duffy’s Tavern founder Martin Duffy in the Miami Herald – March 17th, 1976

Duffy’s Tavern is one of those old-school spots we need to protect. They’ve been around and hopefully they’ll still be around long after we’re all gone.

Duffy’s Tavern Menu

Duffy's Tavern Menu
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Duffy’s Tavern Food

Buffalo Bites from Duffy's Tavern in Miami, Florida
Buffalo Bites
Jalapeño Poppers from Duffy's Tavern in Miami, Florida
Jalapeño Poppers
Duffy's Tavern Chili
Death Dog from Duffy's Tavern in Miami, Florida
Death Dog
Duffy's Tavern Hickory Burger in Miami, Florida
Hickory Burger

Original Duffy’s Tavern Post

October 23rd, 2008 – When I turned of the legal drinking age, I went to Duffy’s Tavern (2108 SW 57th Avenue, Miami) for some sporting event, and I remember eating their burger. Of course, back then, a burger was just a burger to me, but Duffy’s was different.

It was way better than any burger I had eaten at that point. Flash forward, and Duffy’s Tavern is not really the “hot spot” it was years ago, but it still does have a loyal following.

I decided it might be time to give this place a go again and find out just how good their burgers are. I ordered a couple of appetizers to begin with: the Jalapeño Poppers (stuffed with Cheddar Cheese) and the Buffalo Bites (chunks of breaded chicken with spicy breading).

The Jalapeño Poppers are pretty standard stuff. But, hey, that doesn’t mean it’s terrible, just run-of-the-mill bar food. The Buffalo Bites taste like something you might buy at Sam’s Club or Costco, not horrible but something you can definitely recreate yourself.

We also tried the 1/4 lb. Chili Cheese Dog happens to be pretty good and pretty big (not really a fan of their chili, though).

Duffy’s Best Burgers?

As for the “Duffy’s Best Burgers” portion of the menu, I ordered the Onion Burger, “smothered with grilled onions, “a direct quote from their menu. The smothered with grilled onions is a bit of an overstatement, but the burger gave the burger some flavor.

Duffy’s 1/2 lb. charbroiled sirloin patty is served on a kaiser roll. The fries were ok, but I would not be opposed to trying their cheese fries if properly executed.

My wife dared to order Duffy’s Death Burger even though the menu does not specify what’s on it. So I asked about the ingredients, and our server said horseradish, jalapeños, and some spicy seasoning.

She felt the burger wasn’t spicy at all. So I tried it and could not taste any heat whatsoever.

I will leave you on this note: I shall return to Duffy’s Tavern to try one other thing: the Italian Burger (topped with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese). This one could definitely go either way.

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