Food & Drink

The 13 Best Plates of Fries in Miami

Published On 02/04/2015 Published On 02/04/2015
Javier Ramirez
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The Seven Dials
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Bourbon Steak
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Toro Toro
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Keg South
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1. Harry's Pizzeria 3918 North Miami Ave, Miami, FL (Design District)

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.

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2. Pincho Factory 9860 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165 (South Miami)

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.

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3. Lokal Burgers & Beer 3190 Commodore Plz, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

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.

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4. The Seven Dials 2030 S Douglas Rd , Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

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.

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5. Taurus 3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

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.

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6. Bourbon Steak 19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180 (North Miami)

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.

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7. db Bistro Moderne 345 Ave of the Americas, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

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.

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8. Toro Toro 100 Chopin Plz, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

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.

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9. Josh's Deli 9517 Harding Ave, Miami, FL 33154 (North Miami Beach)

Josh's Deli is a "homey", kosher-style deli that has a menu that offers breakfast, soups, salads, and obviously "sandwiches and stuff".

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10. Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

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.

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11. Keg South 10417 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 (Pinecrest)

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.

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12. El Mago de las Fritas 5828 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144 (West Miami)

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.

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13. The Big Pink 157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

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.

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