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Best Brickell Lunch Spots

Brickell is constantly transforming. With the variety of trendy and contemporary eateries sprouting around the district you just know there are a host of places to stop for a delicious lunch. To make your life easier, we’ve put together a knockout list of what we consider some of the best lunch spots in Brickell.

Crazy About You

Just from the name “Crazy About You,” one can get romantic vibes from one of Brickell’s most amazing lunch atmospheres. Developed by the team at Spanish Grupo La Misión- which brought us Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita as well- this contemprary Brickell restaurant serves savory eclectic cuisine and features a fantastically romantic view of the bay. Popular for lunch- dates, Crazy About You features beautiful decorum, freshly made food, and has tremendous bang for your buck. Some crowd favorites are the serrano ham croquettes and the mojo-roasted half-chicken with spinach and artichokes.

Casa Tua Cucina

If you haven’t heard about Casa Tua Cucina on brickell.com before, where have you been! Perhaps our favorite food destination, Casa Tua is a perfect spot to meet for a delectable lunch experience. The 18,000-sq.-ft. marketplace features a wide host of different stations serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The setting is perfect for a quick bite and the design is superb with its clean tile work and casual ambiance. Casa Tua offers a wide range of pizzas, pastas, pastries, charcuterie and crudos along with a wine bar and a flower shop.

Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita

Another fantastic lunch location from the Spanish Grupo La Misión, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita is an experience for the ages. A rustic 2- story setting, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita was once the site of Miami’s Fire Station No. 4. Something quirky and awesome about the restaurant is that the upstairs with its rooftop dining area, panoramic views of the Miami skyline, and indoor seating area, is called “Dolores”. On the other hand the downstairs is referred to as “Lolita,” and features a café on weekdays while transforming into a trendy night lounge in the night.

Tacology

The true haven of tacos, Tacology is home to some of the best Mexican street food in all of Dade County and Miami. Located in the heart of the Brickell City Center, Tacology’s neon purple logo is hard to miss. Tacology was created by Chef Santiago Gomez and has a unique market atmosphere with majestic hanging vines, decadent canopies, and colorful seats. A perfect place to gather during lunch time with friends or family, Tacology combines a cool atmosphere with zesty, tangy, and delectable Mexican food options. I normally go for the Pulled Chicken Chilaquiles which are to die for. Tacology also makes its way onto our 10 Best Brickell Restaurants list.

Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen

Trendy, hip, artsy. This is what comes to mind when thinking of Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen. Commonly known in the community as the “Mediterranean Chipotle,” Zuuk infuses cool black & white interior designs with quick, fresh, and healthy food. Customers can construct their own bowl, roll, or salad and add proteins, toppings, and spreads to create their own unique Mediterranean masterpiece. The service at Zuuk is fantastic and the employees are known to be some of the friendliest in Brickell.

Best Happy Hours in Brickell & Downtown Miami

Who doesn’t want to enjoy a good happy hour every week? Living in the financial district of Miami can make daily life feel hectic and nonstop, so it is important to recognize the hotspots that will enable you to relax and unwind, all while saving a couple of bucks.

Casa Tua

Here at Brickell.com Casa Tua Cucina is one of our top restaurants overall and you can check out our favorites on the menu in our Top 10 Best Restaurants in Brickell Article. Casa Tua’s happy hour also fits its high standard. Casa Tua Cucina is located in the recently opened Saks Brickell City Center. The food hall is massive and regal in its own right and is a popular destination for brunch, snacks, or dinner. The Casa Tua bar proudly serves 48 assorted wines by the glass, beer on tap, as well as a host of specialty cocktails. To enjoy Casa Tua happy hour you must be seated at one of the spots at the bar. The happy hour at Casa Tua runs from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m every weekday. During the 3 hour stretch you can enjoy $8 cocktails, $6 wine, and $4 beer. On top of that Casa Tua serves $5-10 tapas to satisfy your snacking inclinations.

American Social

American Social is a trendy and popular spot located on the waterfront. It is perfect for casual gatherings between family and friends and is known for its delectable brunches, casual ambiance, and is a hype spot to catch a game. American Social has prime location on the Miami River and regulars are privy to some tremendous views. Happy hour at American Social is on weekdays from 4 – 8 p.m. and features $10 cocktails along with half off other alcoholic beverages. On top of that you can pair your drink with $6 snack plates and enjoy a wide range of beer options.

SoCal Cantina

SoCal Cantina is truly a margarita lovers heaven. This quirky yet contemporary outdoor bar is located in the heart of Brickell outside of the popular restaurant, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita. A Mexican masterpiece of a bar, SoCal Cantina offers fantastic tequila options and mezcal drinks along with small snacks. Happy hour runs from 4- 8 p.m everyday and cocktails are a cool $7 while beers come in at $4 a pop, and shots at $5.

Area 31

Area 31 is one of the most popular bars in Brickell. The views at Area 31 are tremendous the fantastic happy hour options make it an attractive option to many. On Fridays, guests at Area 31 can enjoy specialty cocktails, select rum, and champagne starting at just $5. One of the unique things that makes Area 31 different is that the price of the drink corresponds to the time of purchase; $5 at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., etc. They also have a regular happy hour weekdays from 5 – 8 p.m. where you can order $7 specialty drinks and snacks.

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Best Brickell Brunch Spots

Living in a fast-paced city oftentimes makes it difficult to sit down and have a real breakfast during the week. That’s where brunch comes in on the weekends, so that we can indulge our senses during a nice, long meal. Miami offers so many great brunch options ranging from small neighborhood spots to high-end dining experiences. It almost seems like Miami coined the term “brunch.” With Brickell being one of the hottest neighborhoods in Miami, Brickell offers many great brunch options for locals and visitors alike. Take a look at the best Brickell brunch spots below.

Atelier Monnier

848 Brickell Ave Ste 120, Miami, FL 33131

American Social

690 SW 1st Ct, Miami, FL 33130

American Social has a well known reputation around Miami for its delicious brunch menu and it is a popular hotspot among locals. The views at American social exude a chill and relaxing vibe and the casual setting makes it a perfect place to experience a meal. You can enjoy a quiet brunch with friends and family outdoors on the waterfront patio, or you can sit inside and enjoy brunch in a social atmosphere where you can dance as you eat. Suring Saturday’s brunch, American Social offers bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary’s with the purchase of a meal. Overall, American Social is a trendy and hip bruch destination in the heart of Brickell.

Amour De Miami

921 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Amour De Miami is a cozy and delectable French restaurant that reflects the delecate intracacies of the nation and embodies a little piece of France in every bite.  Located centrally in the middle of Brickell, Amour De Miami offers a distinct bruch menu featuring familiar American staples like sandwitches, burgers, and pasta, while also providing a selection of traditional French cuisine. The Nutella Crepe with strawberries and bananas are a must have when going to Amour De Miami and are famous around the city.

Zuma

270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

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As heralded international chef Rainer Becker’s first U.S location for his line, Zuma features izakaya- inspired modern Japanese cuisine. The thing that struck me when going to Zuma for the first time was the magnificent design inside the massive establishment and the multitude of spaces you can enjoy your meal; all with unique views and vibes. Zuma has a main dining area, sushi and robata counter, sake bar, lounge, and even a terrace. The term Izakaya quite literally means “edible art,” and this is truly what you experience at Zuma. Not only is the food like a picturesque portrait, but the flavor and experience is out of this world. When ordering from the sushi bar I normally go with the popular Spicy yellowtail roll with serrano pepper and wasabi mayo. Zuma is a popular spot during brunch hours.

B Bistro + Bakery

600 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

What comes to mind when I think of B Bistro + Bakery is a rush of rustic vibes mixed with a cozy “homey” ambiance. Created by the famous Henry Hane -formerly of the Eating House- alongside pastry savant Antonio Bachour, B Bistro offers up a host of decadent pastries and scrumptious desserts along with an assortment of brunch options. The beauty of this restaurant is that it caters to vegans and vegetarians along with the everyday crowd by featuring many veggie-heavy dishes. Their Mexican Avocado Toast, Croissant French Toast, and Pastelito Pancakes are the most popular options from their brunch menu. Whether your by yourself or with friends and family, B Bistro is one of THE spots for brunch in Brickell. 

La Mar 

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

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La Mar is a Peruvian masterpiece developed by the world-renowned chef Gaston Acurio. La Mar truly has some magnificent views of the city and Biscayne Bay and the interior offers a comfortable and cozy vibe. The spot offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating with three contemporary bars providing distinctive culinary experiences ranging from upscale novo-Andean cuisine to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood. Some of the most brilliant features of this premium dining experience are the tremendous ceviches, tiraditos, and the signature pisco sours. I normally find my way to La Mar on Sundays during two-hour brunch when they serve unlimited cocktails. 

10 Best Restaurants in Brickell

With so many people working and playing in Brickell, you can imagine that there are a lot of great eateries in this upscale neighborhood. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of some of the best restaurants in Brickell. If you haven’t been to any of these spots yet, it may be time to plan a visit and indulge in an extraordinary dining experience!

Casa Tua (70 SW 7th St)

Perhaps my favorite location to indulge in lunch, dinner, or even a slice of pizza, Casa Tua Cucina is the place for all things Italian. Casa Tua Cucina is the creation of Miky Grendene the founder of the iconic Casa Tua Restaurant and Private Club & Hotel who collaborated with luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue creating an environment of infused luxury dining and shopping. When I enter Casa Tua I instantly feel at home. Tons of magnificent artisan creations ranging from the Black Truffle Tagliolini to the Prosciutto and Mushroom Pizza fulfill my cravings. Add a Mezcal Passion Martini and I’m good to go. Combine the delectable cuisine with the sleek design and vibrant atmosphere, this exquisite food hall is one of the top places for lunch and dinner in all of Brickell. 

Casa Tua Cucina Opens In Saks Brickell City Centre

Zuma (270 Brickell Blvd Way)

As heralded international chef Rainer Becker’s first U.S location for his line, Zuma features izakaya- inspired modern Japanese cuisine. The thing that struck me when going to Zuma for the first time was the magnificent design inside the massive establishment and the multitude of spaces you can enjoy your meal; all with unique views and vibes. Zuma has a main dining area, sushi and robata counter, sake bar, lounge, and even a terrace. The term Izakaya quite literally means “edible art,” and this is truly what you experience at Zuma. Not only is the food like a picturesque portrait, but the flavor and experience is out of this world. When ordering from the sushi bar I normally go with the popular Spicy yellowtail roll with serrano pepper and wasabi mayo. Pairing this with a glass of Midorikawa Masamune warm sake will certainly make for a memorable evening. 

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Fi’lia (1300 S Miami Ave)

Nestled within the recently opened SLS Brickell Hotel, Fi’lia is the epitome of wholesome Italian dining. Opened by celebrity chef Michael Schwartz, “Fi’lia” -which is actually a spin-off of the Italian word for “daughter”- offers homemade, rustic, classical Italian cuisine with handmade pastas, brick-oven pizzas, along with fresh meats and seafood. Fi’lia is a perfect dinner location in my opinion as it is a quaint and elegant spot intertwined with an open-kitchen concept making you feel comfortable and at home. The Margherita pizza at Fi’lia is a must- have and classics like Cacio e pepe are superb as well. If your on the daring side you have to indulge in the Snapper Tartare garnished with smoked trout roe, served alongside crisp Yukon potato chips. An honest family atmosphere, Fi’lia has all the right ingredients for a memorable evening with your partner. 

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La Mar (500 Brickell Key Dr)

La Mar is a Peruvian masterpiece developed by the world-renowned chef Gaston Acurio. La Mar truly has some magnificent views of the city and Biscayne Bay and the interior offers a comfortable and cozy vibe. The spot offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating with three contemporary bars providing distinctive culinary experiences ranging from upscale novo-Andean cuisine to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood. Some of the most brilliant features of this premium dining experience are the tremendous ceviches, tiraditos, and the signature pisco sours. I normally find my way to La Mar on Sundays during two-hour brunch when they serve unlimited cocktails. The meats are exquisite at La Mar and the plantain chips are delightful with their famous Tari sauce. For an romantic evening with your partner or a gathering with family and friends, La Mar will serve your savory desires. 

La Mar By Gaston Acurio - Restaurants In Brickell | Mandarin Oriental, Miami

KOMODO (801 Brickell Ave )

Positioned in the heart of Brickell, Komodo is an indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge space that combines Southeast Asian cuisine with the booming nightlife culture of Miami. Some of the most popular dishes served at Komodo are the Peking Duck, Tuna & Toro Roll, and Lobster Dynamite. The eatery spans three-stories and offers a bar on each level with artisanal cocktail menus. Additionally, Komodo features outdoor seating in the form of “birds nests”, which creates a playful and relaxing vibe suited for any occasion, day or night. Komodo is well known in Miami for its inviting feel, delicious food, and instagram-worthy aesthetics; the attention to detail from the dishes to the decorations truly make this restaurant feel unique and authentic. Owned by David Grutman, Komodo Miami has served the likes of celebrities to locals, and is sure to elevate your standards for a truly extraordinary dining experience. 

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Quinto La Huella (788 Brickell Plaza)

If you are looking for a spot in Brickell, Miami that offers a relaxing environment that promotes ethnic, simple, and delicious food, Quinto La Huella is the place to be. Executive Chef, Nano Crespo, incorporates his culinary expertise to create a menu that subsides every seafood lovers desires. Not a fan of seafood? Quinto La Huella offers pizza, pasta, and traditional food from Uruguay making it flexible for vegetarians. My favorite dish is the rich ravioli de ricotta y acelga, a charred ravioli dish coated in tomato and parmesan. The soft texture of the ravioli paired with a savory sauce is undeniably culinary excellence. While Quinto La Huella offers a wonderful array of choices for food, they also have a large drinks menu that consists of champagne, rose, white wine, sangria, red wine, and special La Huella drinks. The Caipi Maracuya, which perfectly pairs with any meal on the menu, is vodka infused with passion fruit and cane sugar. Visit Quinto La Huella for a traditional Uruguayan meal while also enjoying the contemporary ambience of the top rated restaurant. 

Sexy Fish (1001 S. Miami Ave.)

Located in Brickell Flatiron, upscale dinery, Sexy Fish will offer exquisite Japanese-inspired cuisine, and the largest Dom Perignon selection in the entire country. This is only the second Sexy Fish location, the first being in London, UK, which houses the largest Japanese whiskey selection in the world. It’s no secret that Sexy Fish will have an extensive cocktail selection, however, the drinks aren’t the only thing that make this spot stand out. There will also be plenty of late-night entertainment and music, adhering to the local culture. The menu includes many of the original Sexy Fish’s signature dishes, like fresh sushi, sashimi, and fish or meat cooked on a Robata Grill. This restaurant elegantly delivers one of the most unique and exclusive dining experiences in all of South Florida, if you are looking for a meal you won’t forget, you’ll find it at Sexy Fish Miami.

The River Oyster Bar (650 S Miami Ave)

The River Oyster Bar is one of Miami’s top seafood destinations found near the Miami River. A true gem of a restaurant, The River delivers a contemporary twist on classic seafood dishes in a refreshing and comfy location. This seafood lover’s dream is well-known for its selection of hand-shucked premium oysters, hand-selected local produce, and fresh cold-water fish brought in from Alaska. The happy hour is tremendous and the service is second to none when it comes to Miami restaurants. Perfect for a romantic evening out or a business rendezvous, The River Oyster Bar will surely satisfy your needs. 

Tacology (701 S Miami Ave)

Officially known in my opinion as the haven of taco, Tacology is home to some of the best Mexican street food in all of Dade County. Located in the heart of the Brickell City Center, Tacology’s neon purple logo is hard to miss. Tacology was created by Chef Santiago Gomez and has a unique market atmosphere with majestic hanging vines, decadent canopies, and colorful seats. My favorite dish out of them all at Tacology would have to be the Pulled Chicken Chilaquiles served with tangy tortilla chips, freshly made tomatillo salsa, along with exquisite Manchego cheese. On top of that -a dish that is great with friends or family as an appetizer- is the Queso Fundido, a brilliant fondue with warm tortillas. When you need to satisfy those powerful Mexican food cravings look no further than Tacology, a one-of-a-kind taco experience located in the heart of Brickell.  

Cantina La 20 (465 Brickell Ave) 

“The Twenty” as I like to call it, is a masterpiece of a cantina reflecting true Mexican cultural essence. A deli, restaurant, and cafe all rolled up into one perfect concoction with mariachis in the background, world- class chef Santiago Gomez has positioned Cantina Veinte among the best restaurants in Miami. Words cannot do justice to describe the magnificent Art Deco architecture within Cantina La Veinte with its brilliant black and gold colors and enchanting geometry. The food is equally as enticing with dishes from each Mexican state featuring avant-garde techniques such as vacuum cooking and spherification. The “vuelve la vida” Mexican ceviche is like taking a nibble of heaven; bursting with an avalanche of juices and citrus it is a must have. They also have over 250 tequilas and mezcals to choose from. I don’t know about you compadre, but for me that’s my way of relaxing and unwinding to find my nirvana.

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La Centrale Italian Food Hall Set to Open This December

Brickell residents are thrilled that La Centrale, the anticipated Italian food hall, is preparing for its grand opening this coming December. They don’t have to wait too much longer to enjoy La Centrale’s unique experience featuring impeccable service and authenticity. La Centrale is Miami’s take on some of New York City’s hottest food halls such as Chelsea Market and Mario Batlai’s, Eataly.

LaCentrale - Brickell City Centre
The concept of La Centrale spurred from the minds of Jacopo Giustiniani, the New York City-based Italian restaurateur, and Matthias Kiehm, a hospitality management industry veteran.

La Centrale is unique from other food halls, because they are focusing on a restaurant-style approach. There will be a variety of cafes, restaurants, and eateries featuring different atmospheres, so that everyone can enjoy a different place throughout the day.

This food hall will offer authentic food and drink options, which truly replicates the Italian lifestyle. Besides those eateries, La Centrale will showcase a gelato shop, a cooking school, a cocktail bar, and an expansive wine selection.

La Centrale will be located in Brickell City Centre and will occupy 3-stories and 38,000 square feet of space. The hall was built on inspiration by the top 20 prominent regions of Italy, and the decor and architecture of the food all reflect the diversity of Italy.

The first level will feature culinary staples for the home cook, and will be the go-to place for house-made pastas, freshly brewed espresso, and fresh breads. This level will also feature a casual, communal-style eatery.

La Centrale - Brickell
The second level will feature original, multi-course restaurants, which offer traditional Italian fare for lunch and dinner. This level will offer a seafood restaurant, a meat restaurant, and a seasonally inspired restaurant. There will also be an indoor garden, Apulian inspired, cocktail bar on the second level.

The third level will house La Centrale’s culinary school, which hopes to connect restaurant patrons with top-level Italian chefs, so that anyone can recreate authentic Italian meals at home. This level will feature an interactive wine tastings, pairings, and food component that will be led by Italian wine experts.

Giustiniani and Kiehm chose Miami as the location for this updated food hall concept, because they both felt that South Florida residents and visitors needed a place to experience authentic Italian food and culture. Additionally, they chose Brickell City Centre for the location because they believe that the food hall will gain global exposure, thanks to the international visitors who come to the city.

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Brickell’s Top 5 Spots Serving Up Healthy Fare

When it comes to dining and offering residents some of the best fare in Miami, Brickell definitely is one of the top neighborhoods for great food. Over the past few years, Brickell has emerged as a hub for all things health conscious, including food and beverage. Take a look at Brickell’s top 5 spots serving up healthy fare.

1) Brickell Fresh Café

Brickell Fresh Café has a passion for fresh food, as stated on their website. This health conscientious café is owned by Antar Sosa and Evelyn Osio who both lead very healthy and active lifestyles. Sosa and Osio decided to open Brickell Fresh Café, as they always struggled to find health-conscious eateries. So, with that in mind, the duo created a menu that would taste good and be good for you. Brickell residents love this health-oriented café that serves delicious smoothies, wraps, salads, and bowls. Sosa and Osio take pride in the fact that they only use the finest ingredients, which come from the local area. Some patron favorites include the Mexican Fury combination, which can come as a wrap or in a bowl; and, the Avocado Lover salad. When it comes to smoothies, patrons enjoy the Brazilian Beauty that contains Acai juice, bananas, and almond milk; and, the Miracle Recovery that contains hemp protein, goji berries, turmeric, chia, kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple, lemon, ginger, and mint.

2) GreenLife Organic Bistro Brickell

GreenLife Organic Bistro has the firm belief that wellbeing starts with the food we consume, where it comes from, and how it is prepared. The eatery takes pride in the fact that their menu is crafted with ingredients free of GMOs, pesticides, and hormones. Patrons enjoy that 90% of products at GreenLife Organic Bistro are organic, seasonal, and locally sourced. GreenLife Organic Bistro serves breakfast and lunch, as well as acai bowls, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, snacks, and sweets. Breakfast at GreenLife Organic Bistro is the most important meal of the day, and patrons can enjoy an array of healthy sweet and savory breakfast items such as the Egg, Turkey, Tom, Guac Wrap and the Berry Oatmeal. Patrons also love their vegan chocolate brownie and chia parfait with fruit.

3) Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen

Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen offers patrons fresh, fun, and thoughtful cuisine, which help create a sustainable lifestyle. The owners of Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen take pride in honoring their cultural traditions of enjoying and sharing healthy cuisine. Eating at Zuuk is a fun and interactive experience. First, patrons choose whether they want a role (a fire-baked pita), a bowl, or a salad. Next, patrons can choose up to three different dips and spreads, such as Mint Tzatziki, Hummus, or Baba Ghanoush. Then, patrons choose one protein such as baked falafel, chicken, or slow-roasted beef. Lastly, patrons can choose from an array of toppings such as Kalamata olives, herb salad, bulger tabbouleh, or pickled red cabbage. As if your meal does not have enough flavor, patrons can choose from an assortment of sauces such as spicy harissa, zhoug, or cilantro-lemon tahini.

4) Cold Pressed Raw Kitchen

Cold Pressed Raw Kitchen offers patrons cold-pressed raw juices and organic food, as well as thoughtfully crafted organic juice cleanses. This place is heaven for those who love true clean and healthy eating. Patrons love the large variety of smoothies, which include El Verde, which is made out of kale, apple juice, spinach, banana, and spirulina; and, Blind Date, which is made out of dates, almond butter, spinach, banana, kale, vanilla, and almond milk. Other popular items include bowls such as acai bowls and quinoa bowls. People with a sweet tooth, but seeking something healthy, love their matcha chia pudding, choco chia pudding, and almond butter with seasonal fruit.

5) Poke 305

Poke 305 loves to serve patrons fast-served healthy and delicious foods. Seafood lovers will appreciate the quality of their fresh seafood, ingredients, and organic produce. Poke 305 offers patrons an interactive experience in which they choose the size of their meal, then they choose a poke wrap, poke bowl, or a poke salad. First, patrons select their base, either white rice, brown rice, quinoa, or spring mix. Next, patrons select their protein, either tuna, salmon, whitefish, shrimp, chicken or tofu. Then, patrons add mix-ins such as crispy kale, alfalfa sprouts, nori, scallions, and almonds. Lastly, patrons select either homemade signature sauces such as yuzu cilantro, leche de tigre, spicy mayo, or basic sauces such as siracha and soy sauces. Patrons can also choose to add premium toppings, fruit, and chips, if they choose.