Food & Drink

The Miami Food Bucket List: 50 Things You Need to Eat Before You Die

Published On 09/01/2015 Published On 09/01/2015
Courtesy of FINKA Table & Tap

From fritas to gator bites and pastelitos, Miami’s got plenty of bucket list-worthy eats to keep you busy until you kick it. Here are 50 to get you started (and where to get ‘em!), including a ton of foods that you can only get in Miami. Just do us a favor and don’t eat everything all at once... we don’t want our list to be the incredibly ironic reason you actually kick the aforementioned bucket.

El Mago de las Fritas

1. Frita traditional

El Mago de las Fritas (address and info)
West Miami
You’re not officially a Miamian until you’ve eaten a frita, the Cubano version of the American hamburger with papitas (aka matchstick potatoes) and secret sauce on Cuban bread.

Courtesy of Shari Grunspan

2. Chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (address and info)
Miami Beach
The combo of chicken, watermelon, and waffles is about as Southern as you can get, that’s why it’s the essential menu item at this Southern-inspired restaurant. With honey hot sauce, Vermont sharp cheddar, and Bourbon maple syrup, it satisfies all the taste buds.

Courtesy of Joe's Stone Crab

3. Stone crabs

Joe’s Stone Crab (address and info)
Miami Beach
If you only eat one thing in Miami, it’s gotta be this mild and sweet local delicacy. Get it while it’s in season (October-May), and yeah, go on and wear that bib with pride.

Courtesy of Azucar Ice Cream Company

4. Abuela Maria

Azucar Ice Cream Company (address and info)
Little Havana
Vanilla ice cream is mixed with cubes of guava, fluffy cream cheese, and Maria cookies, then drizzled with guava syrup. There are also other original flavors like café con leche (Cuban coffee & Oreos) and zapaticos de rosa (rose petal).

Courtesy of Robert Is Here

5. Milkshake

Robert Is Here (address and info)
The last pit stop before the start of the Overseas Highway, it’s a fruit stand, food market, farm, and petting zoo that whips up the creamiest milkshakes in flavors like Key lime, papaya, tamarind, guanabana, and pineapple.

Courtesy of Javier Ramirez

6. Jewban

Josh’s Deli (address and info)
Josh adds Jewish flavors to Cuban classics, turning the Cuban sandwich into a one-of-a-kind Miami staple with pastrami, pork, pickles, Swiss, and mustard.

Courtesy of Ms. Cheezious

7. Short rib melt

Ms. Cheezious (address and info)
While all of the melts are addictive, opt for owner Fatima’s go-to with braised short rib, Jack cheese, pickled onions, and arugula on sourdough bread. Pro tip: the backyard is the best seat in the house, even in the summer.

Courtesy of RandoMiami

8. Cinnamon rolls

Knaus Berry Farms (address and info)
These fresh-from-the-oven sticky-sweet buns mean hours-long lines during tourist season, November through mid-April. Plan to get there early, 'cause they WILL sell out. For real!

9. World Famous Ted’s Special

Donut Gallery Diner (address and info)
Key Biscayne
As one of the only spots offering food on the island, you can’t consider yourself a true Key Rat until you’ve had the World Famous Ted's Special, an open-faced English muffin with eggs, bacon, ham, cheese, and tomatoes.

10. Jamaican patty

Jamaica Kitchen (address and info)
Bangin' Jamaican food is few and far between in these parts. Thankfully, this extra-authentic takeout spot will save you that trip to Broward with fresh-made patties with fillings like mild beef, spicy beef, curry chicken, jerk chicken, veggie, potato, the list goes on and on.

Courtesy of Islas Canarias

11. Croquetas

Islas Canarias (address and info)
Finding a contender for the best croqueta is a highly debated topic, but these folks have mastered the whole crispy-on-the-outside and creamy-on-the-inside bit. The main location, out West, even has a drive-thru window for easier procurement.

Courtesy of Vagabond Restaurant and Bar

12. Chapulines

The Vagabond Restaurant and Bar (address and info)
Yes, "chapulines" translates into "grasshoppers." Just don’t think about what it is and it’s the best bar snack you’ll ever have. Plus, there’s peanuts and cilantro in the mix.

Courtesy of La Mar by Gastón Acurio

13. Ceviche clásico

La Mar by Gastón Acurio (address and info)
The clásico keeps it, well, classic with a pairing of fluke, cilantro, ají limón pepper, red onions, choclo, and leche de tigre and some of the city’s most stunning views. It’s also one of EDM darling Paul Van Dyk’s faves.

14. Cortadito

Any ventanita
Various locations throughout Miami
Another rite of passage in Miami is rolling up to a ventanita, ordering coffee in perfect Spanish, and sipping it alongside Cuban senior citizens arguing over politics. If you do it at 3:05pm, Miami’s official cafecito time, even better.

Courtesy of Cena by Michy

15. Fried chicken

Cena by Michy (address and info)
Upper East Side
When Michy’s turned into Cena, the #1 question on everyone’s minds was, “What about the buttermilk fried chicken?” Thankfully, it brought back the Endless Fried Chicken Feast. The downside is that it’s only available on Wednesdays during summer. Here’s hoping the place brings it back full time.

Courtesy of FINKA Table & Tap

16. Cuban bibimbap bowl

FINKA Table & Tap (address and info)
West Kendall
This bowl of rice, vaca frita, carrots, zucchini, black beans, maduros, bean sprouts, kimchee, and fried egg is the personification of the restaurant’s mission, which aims to perfectly fuse Cuban, Peruvian, and Korean cuisines. Plus, it’s big enough to feed you for at least two meals.

Courtesy of Big Pink

17. Giant chocolate chip cookie

Big Pink (address and info)
Miami Beach
To cookie or not to cookie? That's never a dilemma here with these ooey-gooey, chocolate chip-heavy giants.

Zak the Baker

18. Any bread

Zak the Baker (address and info)
For a long time, Miami existed in a state of breadless limbo. Behold Zak Stern, our carb savior and the city’s foremost purveyor of bread. Loaves at the flagship location sell out quickly, so get there early if you want to stock up.

Courtesy of Juan Fernando Ayora

19. Pastrami & sauerkraut dumplings

Pubbelly (address and info)
Miami Beach
PB bumps that whole gastropub thing up a notch or two to James Beard standards with eats like this dumpling version of pastrami on rye that includes white cabbage soy, Thousand Island, and caraway powder.

Courtesy of RED, the Steakhouse

20. Mac and cheese

Red, the Steakhouse (address and info)
Miami Beach
More famous than its steaks is the mac and cheese, made with Mornay sauce and four cheeses. Want to trick it out with lobster? Sshhh, it’s a secret menu item, but always available upon request.

21. Giant slice

Casola’s Pizzeria & Sub Shop (address and info)
Coral Gate
Nothing is more satisfying after a night of partying (or anytime, really) than a large slice of greasy pizza, especially pepperoni. Fold in half. Eat. Repeat.

Courtesy of Miami Smokers

22. Bacon-wrapped plantains

Miami Smokers (address and info)
Little Havana
Whoever in history thought of wrapping some plantains in bacon is a genius. Here, sweet and salty flavors are topped with guava and cheese. The only problem is that only five come in an order, so you should get two of ‘em.

Courtesy of Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar

23. 24-hour braised prime beef short rib

Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar (address and info)
The Hammocks
We’re pretty sure it’s one of Miami’s most important restaurants because of this extra-tender 24-hour braised short rib dish. As a personal favorite of chef-owner Adrianne Calvo, it’s never coming off the menu... and for good reason.

24. Lobster Pop-Tart

Barton G (address and info)
Miami Beach
Maine lobster, Gruyere, and Mornay sauce are combined inside flaky phyllo dough and served in a retro toaster with Tabasco hollandaise and tarragon aioli sauces.

Courtesy of Mandy Baca

25. Pastelitos

Yisell Bakery (address and info)
Little Havana
Not only are these the cheapest option on Calle Ocho, but they are also extra fresh, flaky, and loaded with ingredients. Plus, they get the approval of the Latin abuelitas, who you will most definitely bump into while ordering.

Courtesy of The Forge Restaurant

26. Coffee-crusted ribeye

The Forge (address and info)
Miami Beach
A standard of the restaurant, it’s an upscale take on “coffee and eggs,” as the steak comes with a goat cheese frittata. Coffee makes the steak extra tender and adds an interesting outer texture.

27. Cap’n Crunch pancakes

Eating House (address and info)
Coral Gables
Whether you’re wakin’ and... um, something that rhymes with “wakin,'" or just wakin’ normally, these pancakes topped with condensed milk syrup, vanilla butter, and candied Cap’n Crunch will definitely cure your munchies.

28. Falafel

Etzel Itzik (address and info)
It can be eaten as an app, on pita, or as a platter, and every order comes with a grand selection of small salads and picklings, ‘cause the owner, Itzik Younis, aims to please.

Courtesy of The Genuine Hospitality Group

29. Polenta fries

Harry’s Pizzeria (address and info)
Design District
Even in winter, it’s too hot for polenta. Thankfully, these are reworked to be fries, which kind of look like Jenga blocks, but are fries nonetheless.

Courtesy of La Latina

30. Arepa

La Latina (address and info)
At this Venezuelan eatery, the traditional grilled corn cakes are split and stuffed with anything and everything from cheese to beans, eggs, avocado, plantains, beef, and chicken. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Speaking of which, this spot does iceberg lettuce too.

Matt Meltzer/Thrillist

31. Cuban sandwich

Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop (address and info)
Along with everything you’d expect from an old-school Cuban joint -- the small counter, multiple low-key tables, and Spanish all around -- it offers one of the most traditional Cubanos in town. It’s only open for breakfast and lunch, so plan accordingly.

Courtesy of Lokal

32. Lokal burger

Lokal (address and info)
Coconut Grove
The best burgers are the ones that are simple and hyper-local. This one is a true Florida lover with Florida grass-fed beef, local honey mustard, Jack cheese, and Florida avocado and tomatoes.

Courtesy of Blackbrick Chinese

33. Peking duck necks

Blackbrick Chinese (address and info)
Chef Richard Hales is on a mission to get Miamians to start eating weirder ingredients, especially those that lean towards the offal variety. He’s starting us off slow with crispy duck necks served with fake MSG. It’s working ‘cause it’s one of the most popular dishes on the menu.

34. Croissant

Buena Vista Deli (address and info)
Buena Vista
One of the only bakeries in town owned and operated by actual French people, BVD’s home to the most legit croissants this side of Paris, which find that harmonious balance between buttery, crunchy, and flakey.

Courtesy of Chicken Kitchen

35. Chop chop

Chicken Kitchen (address and info)
Various locations throughout Miami
Arroz con pollo is hard to make when you don’t have an abuelita or mamita guiding you. That’s why this homegrown fast-food chain is so popular. Not only can the rice and chicken chop chops be spruced up with items like beans and sour cream, but they are on the healthier side. Just don’t forget the mustard curry sauce.

Courtesy of Il Mulino

36. Ravioli ai porcini

Il Mulino (address and info)
The restaurant could downsize to this single menu item and still be incredibly successful. Very few things beat decadent mushroom-stuffed ravioli in a Champagne truffle sauce.

37. Gator bites

The Pit Bar-B-Q (address and info)
There’s this thing called Florida fare, which includes conch, frog legs, and gator and you don’t even have to go that far into the Glades to try it out. Ease into the culture under a thatched roof with these tender little fried bites. They taste like chicken nuggets (only better), we promise.

38. Toston burger

Pincho Factory (address and info)
Various locations throughout Miami
Only in Miami can you find a burger that replaces its buns with fried plantains, aka tostones. #itssomiami

Courtesy of Zuma

39. Kinoko No Kama Meshi

Zuma (address and info)
Downtown Miami
Satisfy your umami fix without the heavy meats. This rice hotpot is extra woodsy with tons of wild mushrooms and Japanese vegetables.

Courtesy of Publix

40. Chicken tender sub

Publix (address and info)
Various locations throughout Miami
As one of Miami’s cult classics, this revered sandwich needs no intro at all. Best of all, you can have it your way -- in a wrap, with honey mustard, built up, built down, whatever.

Matt Meltzer/Thrillist

41. Keg South burger

Keg South (address and info)
Just like The Lokal, this one also keeps things simple. The 3/4lb patties are grilled to order and served with cheese and the good old standbys of lettuce, tomato, and onion.

Courtesy of Sakaya Kitchen

42. Chunk’d tots

Sakaya Kitchen (address and info)
Tater tots don’t get enough love these days. They are more than frozen lore, especially when they are fresh made and topped with bulgogi (marinated beef).

43. Special grilled wings

Sports Grill (address and info)
Wings don’t always have to be fried. Case in point, these chargrilled versions smothered in signature sauce and Worcestershire pass the paper towel test again and again.

Courtesy of Pollo Tropical

44. 1/4 chicken with plantains and yuca fries

Pollo Tropical (address and info)
Various locations throughout Miami
Sure, you can find cheap Latin food in large portions all around town, but does it also come with a bizarre history and a chicken mascot? Oh wait, it’s Miami...

Courtesy of Gary James

45. Jumbo buttermilk biskit

The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions (address and info)
Buena Vista
Fluffy, light, and just a little sweet with a honey apple cider glaze, they’ve been ranked as some of the best in the country. And just because they’re jumbo, doesn’t mean you’ve gotta share.

El Palacio de los Jugos - Hialeah

46. Any juice

El Palacio de los Jugos (address and info)
Various locations throughout Miami
The food here is fine, but the juice... oh, the fresh-squeezed juice!

Courtesy of Caviar

47. The Corben

Blue Collar (address and info)
Upper East Side
Named after local director Billy Corben, the plate includes two sandwiches of braised brisket on Portuguese muffins with Dijon and dipping jus, plus a side of potato latkes and applesauce.

48. Colombian hot dog

La Moon (address and info)
Oft referred to as perros calientes, the hot dog is served with cheese, potato chips, and five different sauces. Loved by intoxicated and sober folks alike.

La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market

49. Pan con minuta

La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market (address and info)
Little Havana
Fresh local snapper is deep-fried with the tail on, placed on a Cuban bun, and topped with chopped onions and secret sauce. The tradition dates back to Cuba where the Garcia brothers mastered the art of fishing, and then eating said fish, over decades.

50. Lechon

La Esquina del Lechon (address and info)
Whole pigs are roasted in Caja Chinas from Thursday through Sunday and portions are carved tableside. Be prepared to cheer as the pig makes an appearance every time someone orders it.

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Miami native and freelance writer Mandy Baca (@mandybaca on Twitter) is taking a food-induced nap after eating all 50 items on the list. Maybe.

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1. 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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2. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar 1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Before Yardbird opened in 2011, Miami wasn't known for its Southern comfort cuisine, which somehow seemed odd for a city that's geographically part of the American south. All that changed when Top Chef finalist Jeff McInnis, along with restaurant vets Chris Romero and John Kunkel, opened Yardbird in Miami Beach and instantly made a name with their fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and watermelon salad. The menu is chock full of quintessential down-home foods, and the well-stocked bar doles out house cocktails like blackberry bourbon lemonade and Bloody Marys with bacon-infused bourbon.

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3. Joe's Stone Crab 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

You know about Joe’s Stone Crab, everyone does, Miami-based or not. Joe’s is a South Beach institution, and for over a century has been one of the city’s most famous restaurants. The old-school, art deco space is full of servers in tuxedos and stone crab claws that somehow taste sweeter here than anywhere else in the city. All sorts of other seafood dishes, as well as steaks, fried chicken, and standard steakhouse sides (if you don't get the Lyonnaise potatoes, you're making a huge mistake) make up the all-star menu that draws crowds, celebrities included, to its dining room on Washington Avenue. And what would a Miami Beach mainstay be without key lime pie? Joe’s knows, and it does it the best.

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4. Azucar Ice Cream Company 1503 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

Smack in the middle of Miami's Little Havana, Azucar's ice cream and sorbet flavors are as diverse as the neighborhood. They're made from all-natural ingredients and are constantly changing, so you never know what might be in store for your taste buds.

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5. Robert Is Here Fruit Stand 19200 SW 344th St, Miami, FL 33034 (Homestead Redlands)

Grab a gift box from one of SoFlo's oldest farmer's markets filled with all the cute crap she's predisposed to love because of genetics, from Key lime hot sauces to country-canned guava butters. The best part is you can get it wrong -- just give 'em a price limit, and they'll stock one up for you.

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6. 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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7. Ms. Cheezious 7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

One of Miami’s best and most popular food trucks has gone brick-and-mortar, complete with a woodsy back area with games, plus a bar so you to wash down your grilled cheese with a local craft beer. Grilled cheese options go savory with bleu cheese and bacon; pulled pork melts; Frito Pie sandwiches (I know); and build-your-own's; or sweet (think marshmallows, Nutella, and ricotta).

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8. Knaus Berry Farm 15980 SW 248 St, Homestead, FL 33031 (Homestead Redlands)

This farm has been family owned and operated for over fifty years, and sells strawberries, vegetables, baked goods, and ice cream. You can visit to pick your own berries or tomatoes, or just to have one of their fresh, sticky, cinnamon-y, rolls.

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9. Donut Gallery 83 Harbor Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149 (Key Biscayne)

As one of the only eating spots on the island, this 24-seat diner is like Cheers for the Key Rats. You can’t leave without ordering the TED, an open-faced English muffin with eggs, bacon, ham, cheese, and tomatoes.

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10. Jamaica Kitchen 8736 SW 72 St, Miami, FL 33173 (Kendall)

Be sure to get the Jamaican patties when you're here. They have a ton of options including beef, beefy cheese, jerk chicken, curry chicken, vegetable, callaloo, and plantain tarts, plus a small hint of Scotch Bonnet peppers.

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11. Islas Canarias 285 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33125-5119 (West Miami)

Cuba isn't that far away, but it's pretty far to go for dinner. And so is Spain. So instead, head here and enjoy both cuisines. Pro Tip: Make sure you get Croquetas.

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12. Vagabond Kitchen & Bar 7301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 (Miami Beach)

Harkening back to the glamour of the early 50s, Vagabond Kitchen & Bar is all houndstooth and primary colors. While preserving the retro feel, they have managed to keep the romance of pulling into a diner in your DeSoto Firesweep alive while keeping its globally-inspired menu fresh and modern. Dedicated to organic veggies and fine dining, Chef Roberto Dubois whips up creations like salmon carpaccio, tuna pizza (fresh tuna, jalapeño, aioli, tomato, and onion), and cucumber gazpacho.

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13. La Mar by Gaston Acurio 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

Peruvian culinary maestro Gaston Acurio is mixing Andean and Asian flavors into a bold menu that highlights his home country at this chic restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental. The menu includes made-to-order ceviche; tiraditos, or Peruvian-style sashimi; and causas, a traditional dish of potatoes whipped with seafood, avocado, tobiko, tomato, and egg. The drink selection is equally quintessential Peru, offering various takes on the pisco sour.

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14. 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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15. Finka Table & Tap 14690 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175, Miami, FL 33175 (Kendall)

This homey gastropub serves unique Cuban fare with Peruvian and Korean influences. Surprisingly, its mac & cheese is one of the best in Miami with carne asada, bacon, scallions, and three (!) cheeses

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16. 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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17. Zak the Baker 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Bread is all but literally it's own food group, so the importance of good quality bread can not be overstated. Zak Stern’s barebones bakery, located a few blocks away from Wynwood’s main-street chaos, is where the ubiquitous Zak’s Bread is born. Zak saved Miami from it's pitiful bread state and brings countless varieties to carb lovers each day -- mere smell of freshly-baked sour doughs that engulfs this small outpost are enough to keep you around, despite the long lines.

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18. Red, The Steakhouse 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

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.

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19. Casola's Pizzeria and Sub Shop 2437 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33145 (South Miami)

Pizza and subs are always important, and Casola's understands that -- which is why they stay open until 2 am Monday through Thursday, and until 5 am (!!!) Fridays and Saturdays.

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20. Miami Smokers 306 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33125 (Little Havana)

If you're a fan of smoked, cured, or grilled pork, you need to visit Miami Smokers. Their pork is natural and cured to perfection to turn it into bacon, salami, jerky, sandwiches, and more.

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21. Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar 11510 SW 147th Ave, Miami, FL 33196 (Kendall)

Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant in Kendall is, point blank, a nice suburban restaurant. It's not a de facto steakhouse, but it does serve a solid selection of black Angus beef and New Zealand lamb racks. The menu sticks to high-class standard American dishes, like an iceberg chop salad and salmon cooked three ways. The spot is dark and almost sultry with white tablecloths and wine bottles stacked behind the bar.

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22. Barton G 1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Barton G’s skipped a full shower to spritz some (admittedly very nice) Cool Water, resulting in a revamped, super-luminous, orchid curtain-lined dining room, plus an updated menu with plates like Gruyere & lobster pop-tarts, a confit-filled Chinese duck decoy, and a "Bucket of Bones" filled with beef/ pork ribs, baby lamb chops, and chicken wings. There’re also fresh cocktails including one with vodka, lychee, cranberry, and a nitrogenized pop of pear vodka, coined the Buddhalicious, which will have you speaking plenty of truths, precious few of them noble.

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23. Yisell Bakery Cafeteria 1356 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135 (Little Havana)

Classic pastelitos at this Little Havana bakery are the cheapest you'll find, but the quality is approved by local abuelitas.

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

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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25. Eating House 804 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Eating House isn't a regular restaurant, it's a cool restaurant. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli's spot began as a pop-up in 2012 before it took a permanent, brick-and-mortar turn in Coral Gables a few years later. It's hard to decide what Rapicavoli does better: local ingredient-driven dinner or over-the-top brunch. Whatever it is, all the dishes coming out of the kitchen -- like Cap'n Crunch pancakes or black truffle carbonara -- are similar in their sheer creativity.

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26. Etzel Itzik 18757 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33180 (Aventura)

Unless you've got a good tip from some locals, you might not even know this place exists, but you should. You’ll receive a grand selection of salads with pita bread the moment you sit down, and it’s one of the few places in town that serve chicken heart. Oh, and if that's not for you, they also have Moroccan spicy sausage, kebab, and falafel.

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27. 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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28. La Latina Miami 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137 (Design District)

This Venezuelan arepera serves traditional, um, arepas using the freshest ingredients, and they've also got a slew of gluten-free and vegan options for you to choose from.

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29. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop 186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

This Wynwood hole-in-the-wall has a well-deserved reputation for affordable and authentic Cuban sandwiches, most notably, the Cubano. The Miami (or Tampa, depending who you're talking to) -born sandwich is classically made with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and in a not-so-classic but welcome twist, croquettas. Other sandwiches are just as tempting, especially the medianoche, which replaces the Cubano's crusty bread with a challah-like sweet egg dough. Plastic seats and formica tabletops crowd the dining room, but if you're here solo, opt for a stool at the counter.

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30. 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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31. Blackbrick 3451 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137 (Midtown)

Blackbrick pust a Floridian twist on Chinese with stuff like General Tso’s Florida Gator and Swank farms eggplant with Oyster sauce.

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32. Buena Vista Deli 4590 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137 (Midtown)

From Claude Postel, the French force behind deeply loved Buena Vista Bistro, and whose family's been making other people meals for seven generations in Paris, BVD's a Franco-style deli/cafe with a menu scribbled on chalkboards, two big counters full of pa

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33. Chicken Kitchen 7315 Red Rd, Miami, FL 33143

There're a slew of Chicken Kitchens across Miami (your "healthy" addiction, they claim), so you'll have no trouble finding a spot to get your poultry fix. They're famous for their Cuban Chop Chop, which's made with yellow rice, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes and mojo-marinated chicken breast, plus a healthy serving of honey mustard sauce.

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34. Il Mulino 840 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This SoFo spot is cooking a lot of the food in the actual dining room at remote cooking stations and giving you bruschetta with mussels and fried zucchini before you even order. Be sure to try the Champagne truffle ravioli.

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35. The Pit Bar-B-Q 16400 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194 (West Miami)

This Tamiami Trail spot is located right before the Everglades and embraces its Florida roots. Expect a menu full of fry biscuits, Blackjack Oak smoked meats, and gator bites, burgers, and sausage. We think that The Pit serves up some of the best Bar-B-Q in Miami, but we encourage that you stop by and see for yourself.

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36. 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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37. Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

Izakaya-inspired restaurant Zuma in Downtown Miami combines a bright, modern setting with exquisite presentation of its ocean-fresh sushi dishes, like the Dynamite Spider Roll with soft-shell crab, chili, and wasabi tobiko sauce. From the robata grill, opt for tender beef and shishito pepper skewers with smoked chili soy, or baby artichoke with truffle wafu dressing. If it’s something crispy you’re craving, crunch on rock shrimp tempura with lime and chili mayonnaise, lobster tempura with spicy ponzu, or grouper tempura with chili onions. Brunch offerings include a selection of premium sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls.

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38. 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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39. Sakaya Kitchen 3400 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33137 (Midtown)

A hip, colorful little counter service spot with bistro tables and an open kitchen crafting a menu of pan-Asian dishes, Sakaya's from a chef whose tutelage at NYC's famed Vong inspired him to travel the streets of Southeast Asia in search of unique cookin

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40. Sports Grill 1559 Sunset Dr, Miami , FL 33173 (South Miami)

You can't claim to be a 305 local until you've devoured the wings at Sports Grill, which is... a sports grill. The wings here are flame-grilled before they're fried; and their savory, charred flavor reigns supreme in the South Florida wing scene. You're basically required to order them with the sweet and spicy Dale sauce, an addictive flavor combination of chilis and barbecue sauce named after a longtime Sports Grill regular, whose name is... Dale. We're not sure if Dale has tried any of the burgers, wraps, or fried appetizers on the menu, but it's safe to say they pair well with the wings and domestic craft brews.

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41. The Federal Food Drink & Provisions 5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

The Phuc Yea! crew's homey spot on Biscayne is serving comfort food that you can wash down with 15 wines, beers on tap, and cocktails... just not all at once. Their light, fluffy biscuits have been ranked as some of the best in the country and are just a little sweet with a honey apple cider glaze. This modern American tavern serves up lunch, dinner and boozy brunch, and their Bloody Mary, made with Southwestern-style chipotle, cilantro, horseradish and agave wine, is not one to miss.

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42. El Palacio De Los Jugos 14300 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144

This Cuban fast-food joint in Flagami, Florida has seen visits from Bobby Flay and other celebri-chefs, but it is best known for all of its made-in-house, fresh juices. It's also a mecca of pork and for good reason; the chicharrones (fresh pork rinds) are so good that people revolve their trip around them. This place has got the whole nose-to-tail theory down pat, using other parts of the pig for its juicy sandwich.

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43. 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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44. La Moon 97 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130 (Downtown)

This Downtown spot serves Colombian dishes like arepas and pinchos, plus some tricked-out hot dogs. The Colombian hot dog comes topped with cheese and five different sauces.

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45. La Camaronera 1952 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33125

Fresh snapper is battered and deep-fried with the tail on, placed on a Cuban bun and topped with chopped onions and secret sauce -- aka the The Original Pan con Minuta, aka what you need to order here.

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46. La Esquina Del Lechon Pork & Steakhouse 8601 NW 58th St, Doral, FL 33166 (West Miami)

This restaurant is known for their whole pig roasts, which they do from Thursday through Sunday. When it's ordered, they bring the whole pig in tableside to carve it. They also serve steaks, chicken, and fish.



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