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1. Crust 668 NW 5th St., Miami, FL 33128

The husband and wife duo behind this casual Italian restaurant are doling out house-made pastas, fresh pizzas, and an impressive wine selection at very reasonable prices. The Spanish-roofed spot right by the 7th Ave Bridge is almost made for big group meals and family dinners, but Crust also delivers to downtown Miami and Brickell. The pizzas are pretty outstanding, especially when topped with sirloin tips, mushrooms, and caramelized onions.

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2. Cena by Michy 6927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 (Upper East Side)

This follow-up to Michy's is still serving the same famous, incredible, fried chicken -- but they've limited it to only Wednesdays. Every week, you can get it with watermelon salad, southern slaw, biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, and brown butter peach cake.

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3. Louie Bossi's Ristorante 1032 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Fort Lauderdale)

Unique Italian recipies are the backbone of this restaurant, with dishes like the pasta mafaldine: the yummy burnt ends of the lasagna tossed with a beef and pork ragu. Chef Louie Bossi has worked his way up the restaurant chain from dishwasher, to grill cook, and now chef. They also have a full bar and Neapolitan style pizzas like the Funghi Misti, with wild mushrooms, smoked buffalo mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, and truffle oil.

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4. The Continental 2360 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139

With tiki-inspired cocktails, a tropical patio, and a 50's style dining room, The Continental is an easy Miami favorite. Offering eclectic global cuisine, and plenty of shared plates , the beachside eatery has something for everyone -- dishes ranging from short rib empanadas and pastrami fried rice, to Baja fish tacos and Jamaican jerk chicken. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with all-day dessert (try the caramel popcorn sundae), the retro Miami Vice-esque patio is an excellent place to pass the hours. Happy hour ends at 7, but there is no shortage of festive cocktails, all night long. Whether you're feeling a classic martini, or a paper umbrella-topped watermelon-mezcal creation served in a tiki glass, The Continental has got you covered.

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5. Sugar Factory 1144 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Set inside the Hotel Victor on Ocean Drive, Sugar Factory American Brasserie is like an adult version of Candyland. A hip dining room and two patios serve up sweet and savory comfort food -- French Toast and crepes, burgers and steak frites -- while the adjoining retail space is dedicated to all things sugar. Make your way through novelty and bulk candy items, milkshake in hand, weaving through celebrities to get your hands on a famous Couture Pops. Cocktails are sweet treats in and of themselves, like the signature, 60oz alcohol-infused Lollipop Passion goblet, replete with a lollipop garnish. And desserts (yes, there’s more), are nothing short of outrageous, like premium large format fondues -- the Chocolate Gold, for one, glitters with 24 karat gold and is served with vintage Dom Perignon, a 50-year Cognac, a 2lb chocolate bar, and more, all for a cool $1000. Or just stop in for a frozen hot chocolate (and a Kardashian sighting, if you’re lucky) on your way to the beach, your call.

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6. Wapo Taco 2526 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Prepare yourself for insane portion sizes, which is never a bad thing.

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7. Brasserie Azur 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

This Miami spot has the trifecta: a rotisserie station, a pizza oven, and a chariot de desserts a la Francaise (a glorious French dessert cart, that is). And if, for some absurd reason, none of these appeal, the joint has a foosball table, happy hour until 8pm, and a full menu of upscale Mediterranean dishes. Beyond pizza and pastries, the chefs at this trendy eatery are serving things like grilled filet of salmon, rigatoni with house-made bolognese, and steak tartare prepared table-side. The patio space is littered with palm trees and string lights, and the dining room is equally charming, with exposed red brick, and ceilings lined with ivy. Brunch is served on the weekends, complete with bottomless mimosas, and happy hour at the bar means 5$ cocktails, and a whole bunch of free gourmet snacks (no catch, I swear).

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8. MesaMar 264 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134

If anyone knows how to prepare fresh seafood, it's MesaMar.

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9. La Moderna 1874 Bay Road, Miami, FL 33139

This Italian place has a sister restaurant in Rome, so you know that their food is the real deal.

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10. Byblos 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

A warm weather offshoot of the Toronto original, Miami Beach's Byblos will make you rethink your standard understanding of Mediterranean food. The menu is a creative masterpiece that showcases mezze plates like Turkish dumplings with smoky eggplant and shakshouka with duck egg, as well as wood-fired flatbreads and seafood, raw or grilled. However, the highlight of the menu is the rice dishes that incorporate Middle Eastern ingredients like saffron, sujuk sausage, and sabzi herbs.

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11. The Filling Station 3200 N E 12 ave, Oakland Park, FL 33334 (Downtown)

The Filling Station, now closed, was once home to one of Miami's toughest eating challenges, the nine-patty 18 Wheeler. Nine onion rings were stacked between the patties in addition to 18 slices of cheese and two whole pickles. If you finished it in an hour, it was free! What a steal, right?

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12. Golden Fig 1250 South Miami Ave. , Miami, FL 33130

Good luck choosing between the crisp pork belly with IPA mustard or the buttermilk fried chicken...

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13. Red Ginger 736 First ST., Miami, FL 33130

Red Ginger has the best selection of Japanese whiskey in the city. It's a perfect place to start expanding your whiskey knowledge.

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14. Deck Sixteen 1600 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL 33139

This poolside eatery features delicious Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine that will make you forget all about your beach body.

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15. 9Beach 1626 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140

Enjoy dinner and drinks on their gorgeous 5,000sqft patio.

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