Top 100 Miami Restaurants of 2022 – Miami New Times

Michael Beltran distinctly remembers the day he received his childhood nickname. It was his first day as a high school freshman; Beltran walked in late to class, a chocolate milk chug in hand. Today, Chug is the name of the restaurateur’s Cuban-American diner, a successful pop-up he’s since expanded into a permanent, full-service eatery modern-day ventanita. Where once stood a tiny grab ’n’ go, Chug’s now shows off an airy, open design inviting morning, afternoon, or late-night dining, complete with diner-style booths and a bar with lounge-style seating. True to the diner ethos, a crave-worthy menu of Cuban-American eats covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While pancakes and meat loaf are signature highlights, don’t miss out on the curated selection of Pastelito Papi’s famous fruit- and meat-stuffed pastelitos, or the house Cubano sandwich served on fresh-baked Cuban bread from the diner’s own bakery