We've already told you about Miami's best burgers, and the best burger in every Miami 'hood, and even Miami's most underrated burgers, but you know what a burger can't do without? Post-it notes he can use to break up with Carrie, obviously. Just kidding (!), it's French fries, so we rounded up the 13 best examples in Miami...
What you’re getting: Polenta fries
Polenta is updated for the much fatter 21st century: a Jenga tower of block-shaped fries -- crispy and golden on the outside, creamy polenta on the inside -- is served with homemade spicy ketchup.
Westchester & Coral Gables
What you’re getting: Cajun fries
You'll need a knife and fork to eat this gloriously messy serving of fries topped with grilled onions, Cajun seasoning, and secret pink sauce. Plus, you can use said knife and fork on anyone who tries to steal a fry from your plate.
What you’re getting: 50/50 Fries
When it comes time to order your side, go 50/50, a mix of sweet potato fries and regular French fries that comes with barbecue sauce AND honey mustard. Directions: Take one of each fry into your hand, dip into the BBQ and then immediately into the HM, eat, repeat.
What you’re getting: A side of French fries
Chef Andrew is so passionate about his waffle-cut fries...err, chips, that he’s started a crusade against fake fries. For real.
What you’re getting: French fries
There's a whole section of the menu dedicated to fries, the best being the not-so-regular seasoned with truffle oil, but if you want to go extra heavy on the carbs, you can't go wrong with the sweet potato fries with honey, or the avocado fries with spicy sour cream.
What you’re getting: Trio of fries
You won’t find these on the menu, but the good thing is that they are given complimentary to every table during dinner. Cooked in duck fat, the fries are extra crispy and served three ways: tossed in rosemary with spicy ketchup, dusted in onion with sour cream sauce, and with a smoked paprika & smoked barbecue sauce.
What you’re getting: Pommes Frites
Everything in France is better in threes (hence, ménage à trois)... Here, frites come skinny, piled high with a hint of garlic, Parm cheese, and rosemary, plus a trio of sauces: horseradish mayo, Dijon mustard, and ketchup. They are also $7 during happy hour.
What you’re getting: Yuca fries
In Miami, we get to play with ingredients that most other cities are not privy to. Yuca fries are a standard, as the starchy root is the perfect ingredient for light fries. Toro Toro takes them up a notch by seasoning them with olive oil, lemon, garlic, herbs, and vinegar.
What you’re getting: Fries with truffles & Parmesan, poutine fries, or fries with corned beef
Josh’s menus change frequently, but if you ever spot the crinkle-cut smush fries with sweet toppings, order them.
What you’re getting: House-cut fries
Served in metal baskets and covered in truffle, these hand-cut, skin-on fries come with a truffle aioli that'll have you shuffling back for more... and looking a little Chunk-y..
What you’re getting: Basket of French fries
These free-form fries are fried in Crisco oil (making them extra greasy) and pair perfectly with the award-winning wings, and a pitcher or two of beer. Fry thickness varies between restaurant locations, but they are always crunchy.
What you’re getting: A side of extra papitas
The papitas are the little crispy fries (never frozen) stuffed into a frita, the famous Cuban hamburger. Fans are encouraged to order the papitas on the side to eat by themselves. We say dale, bro.
What you’re getting: A bucket of hand-cut fries
We already told you all about Big Pink’s newest burgers, but the fries aren’t ones to be overshadowed, and because you are in a diner, fries are mandatory. Pile them on top of anything you order.
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1. Harry's Pizzeria3918 North Miami Ave, Miami
2. Pincho Factory9860 SW 40th St, Miami
3. Lokal Burgers & Beer3190 Commodore Plz, Miami
4. The Seven Dials2030 S Douglas Rd , Coral Gables
5. Taurus3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove
6. Bourbon Steak19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura
7. db Bistro Moderne345 Ave of the Americas, Miami
8. Toro Toro100 Chopin Plz, Miami
9. Josh's Deli9517 Harding Ave, Miami
10. Edge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave, Miami
11. Keg South10417 S Dixie Hwy, Miami
12. El Mago de las Fritas5828 SW 8th St, Miami
13. The Big Pink157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
If you're looking for a standard plain slice, Harry's is not your place. But if you're looking for Michael Schwartz to transform ordinary pizza into unique new creations, go here where they're dishing pies like the Oyster Mushroom, Slow-Roasted Pork, and MGFD Bacon -- all of which will not disappoint.
Pincho Factory specializes in two things: burgers and kebabs, but it's the burger that catapulted the fast-casual resto to must-try status. Owner Nedal Ahmad's signature Toston burger, topped with jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and homemade cilantro sauce then sandwiched between two fried plantains, won the annual South Beach Burger Bash in 2015. Since then, Pincho Factory has made a mark with its menu of greasy and good street food, which includes customizable kebab wraps, rice bowls, and salads.
Don’t let the graffiti-covered brick walls and cassette tape mosaics fool you: far from an average dive bar, the Lokal is a sustainability-conscious gastropub, slinging surprisingly healthy bar fare. Regulars frequent this Coconut Grove spot for favorites like the Fidy-Fidy burger, made with house-ground beef and bacon, finished with melted Monterey jack cheese and sweet onion marmalade, as well as smaller bites like the perfectly crispy sweet potato fries. We suggest ordering a craft beer and heading for the patio: given the special food menu for dogs, it’s a popular spot for puppies.
Londoner Chef Andrew Gilbert and local favorite Katie Sullivan own this funky spot, on the quieter side of Coral Gables. They take modern American cooking and infuse it with British twists, slowly re-introducing English food to the Cuban dominated Miami palate. More British-inspired specials like sausage hot pot and tea crème brûlée have crept onto the menu. Plus, those Fish + Chips are as delicious as their counterparts across the pond.
Taurus Beer & Whiskey is known for its selection of over 100 whiskeys and late-night bar bites, but come the weekend, this Coconut Grove spot is a destination for bottomless brunch-lovers to indulge in breakfast fritas or a chorizo and pork sandwiched between two buttery English muffins and jalapeno vodka Bloody Marys and mimosas. Both casual drinkers and alcohol aficionados can appreciate Taurus’s beverage program, which encompasses both domestic and international brews and whiskeys.
Free duck fat fries, an extensive menu of wood-grilled steaks (including Japanese and American wagyu), and a famous dry-aged burger make this Aventura spot easily one of the best steakhouses in Greater Miami. The name isn't misleading, either: the bourbon selection here is among the best in the city -- six whole pages of them -- as well as a curated list of barrel-aged cocktails and a daily happy hour that makes it all accessible to everyone.
Another piece in Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant empire, db Bistro Moderne brings a little slice of Paris to downtown Miami. The market-driven menu blends fine French cuisine with American bistro flair, resulting in standout dishes like the signature db burger, a sirloin patty stuffed with wine-braised short ribs and foie gras. The sleek space features 18-foot ceilings, a terrace overlooking the Miami River, and multiple private dining rooms, making it ideal for intimate date nights and corporate dinners alike.
This Pan-Latin restaurant sits in the lobby of a hotel, but its swank dark wood embellishments and leather booths make it feel like it's its own Miami establishment. The menu includes unexpected items like lamb skewers with yogurt sauce, though classic meat dishes like lamb chops and rib-eye steak are also popular.
Josh's Deli is a "homey", kosher-style deli that has a menu that offers breakfast, soups, salads, and obviously "sandwiches and stuff".
There are several things that separate this sophisticate venue from the high-brow steakhouses of Miami: for one, executive chef Aaron Brooks was named the Miami "Lambassador" by the Australian lamb council, and his lamb chops, served with chickpeas, fire-roasted peppers, red chimichurri, and coriander cream, are an award-winning signature. The rest of the meat-centric menu features Creekstone Farms steaks that are cooked over a mesquite-chipped grill, giving them a smoky, outdoorsy flavor that'll make you forget you’re sitting in the Four Seasons. And though the prices won't make a meal at Edge a casual spend, specialty seafood that's flown in every day makes the trip worth it.
Born-and-raised Miamians will swear Keg's 6oz of flame-broiled perfection is the best burger in the city no matter how many fancier, artisanal, or build-your-own joints open up. The original Keg South on South Dixie Highway is the place to go classic eats and a friendly, neighborhood vibe.
El Mago de Las Fritas, or the Fritas Magician, celebrates the Cuban hamburger tradition of topping a seasoned ground beef patty with onions and a pile of tiny, wispy shoestring fries. Luckily, El Mago doesn't limit its Cuban touch to hamburgers, and extra-long hot dogs and egg sandwiches are similarly available with a topping of thin and crispy potato sticks. Sweet and savory specials like freshly fried chicharrones and flan are also worth ordering in the laid-back, diner space.
The Big Pink's a family-style restaurant that plates just about every form of comfort food you can imagine, from waffles and pizza to the famous Big Pink TV Dinner. There's also a large number of flatscreen TVs lining the walls, allowing you to catch up on sports while you down your chow.