Small Batch Miami Food Vendors You Need Right Now

The pandemic has given rise to some new Miami food vendors with unique skill sets who have unleashed their specialties on us. It’s been over six months of this lockup, so I’ve tried plenty of these food artisans who have turned their passions into new business ventures.

Miami favorites like Babe’s Meat & Counter, Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies, Frice Cream, Night Owl Cookies, Proper Sausages, and USBS started similarly. They grew their businesses with great food through word of mouth.

Even the Miami Food Truck scene, ground zero for passionate people producing fantastic food, gave birth to Ms. Cheezious, Square Pie City, and World Famous.

Here are five more locals that are making something delicious. We need to go out and support them. They might be the next great ones everyone will be talking about.

AJ’s Sinnabuns

AJ’s Sinnabuns are cinnamon rolls made from a brioche base. There are currently four different flavors and two sizes. The four flavor profiles are the original cinnamon roll, Oreo, guava-cream cheese, and strawberry. The regular size comes with six to order, with the lil’ buns bringing twelve per tray.

I have yet to try the Oreo, but while Gloria Estebun is great, I’m not sure that OG can be topped. You might be inclined to get the larger size; I wouldn’t. Those lil’ buns are just perfect with your afternoon coffee.

AJ’s Sinnabuns is available for pickup in the Palmetto Bay area and can be delivered at a nominal fee.

AJ’s Sinnabuns Menu

O.G. Sinnabun8 Hour Raised Brioche Sinnabun filled with A special mix of cinnamon, butter, and sugars topped with our Original Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. $11 & $13

Uh-oh Oreo8 Hour Raised Brioche Sinnabun filled with our homemade Oreo Cookie Butter topped without Original Vanilla cream cheese frosting and topped with crumbled Oreo pieces. $14 & $16

Gloria Estebun8 Hour Raised Brioche Sinnabun filled with a guava jam and topped with our Original Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. $13 & $15

Sinnful 8 Hour Raised Brioche Sinnabun filled with a special mix of cinnamon, butter, and sugars topped with Our Homemade Strawberry Cream Cheese frosting and topped with freshly sliced strawberries.
$12 and $14

AJ’s Sinnabuns Cinnamon Rolls

AJ's Sinnabuns
AJ’s Sinnabuns container
OG Sinnabun
OG Sinnabun
OG lil' Sinnabuns
lil’ OG Sinnabuns
OG 'lil Sinnabun
OG ‘lil Sinnabun
'lil Gloria Estebun
Gloria Estebun ‘lil Sinnabuns
Gloria Estebun 'lil Sinnabun
Gloria Estebun ‘lil Sinnabun
Sinnful Strawberry 'lil Sinnabun
Sinnful Strawberry ‘lil Sinnabun

Order Info

AJ’s Sinnabuns have CLOSED permanently.

Apocalypse BBQ

Before we even get into food talk, I love the Apocalypse BBQ name, but I love the Natural Born Grillers tagline even more. Your safest bet so you can try a good majority of all the good sh*te is to go the platter route. I chose the brisket family platter and threw in some ribs too.

I’d ask for a side of that Mango Tango sauce, and you must absolutely, no matter what, order some of the Ma’s Nutter Butter Banana Pudding. I still wake up from a nightmare where my wife ate all of mine and left me waiting for the next week to order more.

One last thing, those smoked pulled pork empanadas are very special.

Apocalypse BBQ Menu

Menu from Apocalypse BBQ
September 19th, 2020 Menu

Apocalypse BBQ Food

Smoked Pulled Pork Empanadas
Pork Belly Burnt Ends
1/2 pound Pork Belly Burnt Ends in Mango Tango Sauce
Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Skillet
9-inch Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Skillet
Apocalypse BBQ Ribs
Ribs covered in Apocalypse dust & OG Kush sauce
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Restaurant Location

Apocalypse BBQ now has a permanent:

Apocalypse BBQ
9980 SW 104th Street
Miami, Florida

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Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm


When I first tried Eleirlerd, it was at the suggestion of my friend Thomas. I ordered one of each flavor of small Tres Leches along with a Medium size (more for families or sugar maniacs). My top three were Traditional, Guava, then followed by Key Lime (in that order).

Then surprise, they added a killer Banana Bread and, more recently, Bizcochos. I think the Banana Bread Cups might be the way to go cause my wife Marcela and I plowed through the full size like it was going out of style. Hot damn, it was so freakin’ good!

Eleielerd Menus

Tres Leche Menu from Eleielerd
Tres Leche Menu from Eleielerd
Banana Bread Menu from Eleielerd
Banana Bread Menu from Eleielerd

Eleielerd Tres Leches

Eleielerd Selection of Tres Leches
Selection of Tres Leches
Guava Tres Leches
Guava Tres Leches
Tres Leches Uncovered
Tres Leches Uncovered
Inside the Guava Tres Leches
Inside the Guava Tres Leches

Eleielerd Banana Bread

Banana Bread longshot from Eleielerd
Banana Bread longshot
Eleielerd Banana Bread
Banana Bread closeup

To Order

Eleielerd is no longer in South Florida.

La Traila Barbecue

My meaty eyes had been watching La Traila Barbecue doing popups all around town. After making plans to hit them up on a Saturday, the Miami weather had other plans for me. I finally caught up with them at Unbranded Brewing in Hialeah.

They were there every Saturday & Sunday serving their Texas-style Que. They now have a permanent location in Miami Lakes at 8030 NW 154th Street.

Somehow the brisket and garlic sausage escaped me on this visit, but I enjoyed everything else. I didn’t know what to do with myself when I saw a smoked brisket burger on their menu. This was flavor overload. Get that burger; it’s an order, damn it!

Oh yeah, I loved that Potato Salad too.

La Traila Barbecue Menu

La Traila Barbecue Menu
La Traila Barbecue Menu
After Hours Menu from La Traila Barbecue
After Hours Menu

La Traila Barbecue Food

Rib Platter from La Traila Barbecue
Barbecue Rib Platter
La Traila Barbecue Sides
Potato Salad, Baked Beans & Mac and Cheese
Tacos from La Traila Barbecue
Brisket & Pulled Pork Tacos
Smoked Brisket & Pulled Pork Sandwich
Smoked Brisket & Pulled Pork Sandwich
Ribs from La Traila Barbecue
La Traila Barbecue BrisketBurger
Smoked Brisket Burger

Restaurant Location

La Traila Barbecue is in Miami Lakes at 8030 NW 154th Street. Breakfast Tacos are served from 8-10 AM and the ‘Que from 11 AM till they sell out.

LuchaDough Donuts

I’ve been a wrestling fan for a large portion of my life. I’ve finally come to my senses, but I can appreciate the passion behind the wrestling meets donut concept. I attempted one once many years ago.

There are nine donuts to choose from, but we only got four. Marcela chose one, and I picked out the other three; totally fair, I thought. She chose the You’re Fired!!!, which is essentially a Smores Donut on roids.

I would have ordered that based on its name alone.

The regular glazed, espresso-glazed, and maple bacon rounded out our donuts. I was all about the glazed and maple bacon, but Dee Cafecito X definitely won for best donut name!

I’m now hoping for a donut inspired by George The Animal Steele.

LuchaDough Donuts Menu

Menu for LuchaDough Donuts
Menu for LuchaDough Donuts

LuchaDough’s Donuts

Box of Lucha Dough Donuts
Box of LuchaDough Donuts
Maple Bacon Donut
Trailblazer, aka Maple Bacon Donut
Smores Donut
You’re Fired!!! aka Smores Donut

To Order

Direct message LuchaDough a minimum of 24 hours before through Instagram to place an order.

Pick-up is on Fridays & Saturdays 1-4 PM and Sundays 1-3 PM, with deliveries happening Fridays & Saturdays 5-8 PM and Sundays 4-6 PM.

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