Food & Drink

The best neighborhood restaurant in every Miami neighborhood

Published On 01/28/2014 Published On 01/28/2014
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1. Café Mistral 110 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Decked out to look like a Parisian hole-in-the-wall -- minus the chain smoking and cold weather -- this SoFi sidewalk café run by a Euro-Latin fusion family keeps their cuisine simple with stuff like short ribs, garlic grilled shrimp, and a gluten-free veggie lasagna that actually tastes like a lasagna. Plus breakfasts with fresh, housemade made croissants, breads, and fruits.

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2. 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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3. Stanzione 87 87 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

Brickell's Stanzione 87 serves up authentic Neapolitan pies that take less than a minute to cook in the wood-burning oven. The mozzarella is made in-house and the rest of the essential ingredients are imported from Italy, so the pizza is as close to source as you can get in Miami. The space is pretty small -- with only about 40 or so seats at small marble tables -- but a glass-walled open kitchen offers quite the pizza-making entertainment. It's a pretty solid take-out option, too.

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4. 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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5. Miyako Japanese Resturant 7902 NW 36th St, Doral, FL 33166

This Japanese power-lunch spot has kept itself alive with the best sushi west of 95, a special menu only available to regular customers, and body sushi events.

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6. 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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7. 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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8. Japanese Market & Deli 1412 79th Street Causeway, Miami Beach, FL 33141 (North Bay Village)

This tiny deli counter in this almost-unmarked storefront on the 79th Street causeway boasts some of the best sushi in Miami, curtesy of Chef Michio Kushi.

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9. Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 8461 SW 132nd St, Miami, FL 33156 (Pinecrest)

Guadalajara offers up top-notch Mexican food like smooth, spicy homemade salsa and char-grilled meats for prices that don't make you say "They're charging THAT for a plate of tacos?" in a Spartan, friendly space that.

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10. Oliver's Bistro 959 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Oliver’s serves up American-sized portions and is popular among locals residents who come back again and again. The epic breakfasts and signature omelets which whip any $2.95 special on Ocean Drive don't hurt either.

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11. 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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12. Fiorito 5555 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Step inside this welcoming, Maradona poster-lined resto where brothers Cristian and Maximiliano Alvarez own and cook authentic Argentine grub that’ll have you saying stuff like “No, really the octopus tentacle appetizer and fried sweeatbread are incredible!”