Food & Drink

Miami's 10 Best Mac and Cheeses

Published On 04/09/2014 Published On 04/09/2014
American Social
Danny Serfer
Huahua’s Taqueria
South Beach Group
American Social
The Forge
Batch Gastropub
Red, the Steakhouse (South Beach)
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1. Blue Collar Restaurant 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Blue Collar's mission is to give off a true neighborhood hang-out vibe, which it successfully does with a huge menu of comfort food staples. Every day, the kitchen serves a different rib dish (baby back, short ribs, spare ribs, etc), parmesan dish (chicken, veal, pork, eggplant, etc), and a braised dish (brisket, pot roast, ox tails, pork shoulder). There's a whole chalkboard of vegetable sides to counter the meaty entrées, and appetizers like definitely-order-or-you'll-regret-it potato latkes. Don't even get us started on brunch -- just make sure you get there early.

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2. Bourbon Steak 19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180

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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3. Huahua's Taqueria 1211 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This Mex-taurant's got you covered from morning to late-night, with breakfast tacos, enchiladas, and tacos. They've got a great beer selection, strawberry-passionfruit and lime margs, and even dog biscuits and outdoor water bowls if your pooch's along for the ride.

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4. Royal Pig Pub 350 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

This gastropub serves up innovative eats in Fort Lauderdale, including their namesake mac and cheese that's made with white cheddar Oaxaca cheese and Andouille bread crumbs. Stop by this Las Olas hot spot for drinks and more.

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5. Maxine's Bistro & Bar 1756 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139

Because it's nestled into a hotel, you can score the delicious, comfort-foody eats at Maxine's (sliders, mac and cheese, pizzas, etc) 24hrs a day.

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6. American Social Bar & Restaurant 721 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

This Las Olas spot serves up stuff like filet mignon and roasted red pepper pesto flatbreads, BBQ boursin short ribs, and more, out of their Americana-inspired digs.

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7. The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar 432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL 33140

If you think New American food tastes best when consumed in a space with all the opulence of Jay Gatsby’s mansion-meets a medieval library-meets a Tim Burton-themed wedding a la Martha Stewart, well -- you should probably try to grab a highly coveted reservation at the Forge. Regulars rave over gussied up comfort food like the black truffle macaroni and cheese pot pie, decadently tempting enough that you’ll likely ignore the server’s advice to “let it cool.” Fortunately, the cavernous wine cellar – one of the largest in Miami – features enough chilled wines to offer a cooling respite.

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8. Batch Gastropub 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130

You know a bar is serious about keeping the party going strong when they have cocktails on tap (because really, ain’t nobody got time to mix drinks when Friday is in full swing). Boasting massive plasma TVs, ample indoor and outdoor seating room, and a solid menu of high-end pub fare, it’s a Brickell destination for boozy brunch (chicken and waffles, anyone?) and sports games alike.

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9. Gibraltar 4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Set in the Northern tip of Grove Isle, Gibraltar gutted the Southern colonial Baleen space (sorry, no more monkey statues) and imbued it with a more modern vibe, while retaining the killer views of Biscayne Bay via the indoor/outdoor patio.

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10. Red, The Steakhouse 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Once voted Sexiest Steakhouse of the Year (by Playboy, no less) and beloved by A-listers, Red delivers on all the swanky fronts. But we suggest you let the food -- from appetizers like seared foie gras and caviar with crème fraiche to the steak and seafood entrées -- do the talking. Throw in a fully-loaded wine list, and the fact that Red is one of the few places in the country to use Miyazaki beef (like Kobe but more marbled), and you've got a steak night to remember.