Food & Drink

Miami's 6 sweetest secret menu items

Published On 09/12/2013 Published On 09/12/2013
Alaskan King Crab

Almost as cool as knowing the secret password to get you in the door at LIV (hint: there isn’t one) is knowing the stuff to order at your favorite restaurants that even highly literate people who can, like, read menus wouldn’t know about. And how does one get to this almost unobtainable, Fonzarelli-like level of cool? By reading our roundup of Miami’s top six off-menu items, of course.

Maine Lobster Pot Pie, Bourbon Steak
Once only available to a visiting Jessica Fletcher, this wicked pissah pie is available to everyone upon request, served tableside in a copper pot with a 3lb lobster, seasonal vegetables, brandied truffle cream and Béchamel topped with a golden brown puff pastry.

Cracker Jack Milkshake, Tongue and Cheek
Miami Beach
You can sip on this creamy mixture of cashew butter and caramel all you want, you’re still not finding that secret decoder ring.

Black Truffle Pizza, Cecconi’s
Miami Beach
Kinda like Miley Cyrus, this hand-tossed pie with goat cheese and black Winter truffles got too popular for its own good and went off the rails menu. But you can’t just turn on EVERY SINGLE TV STATION OR OPEN EVERY MAGAZINE to see this pizza, you’ve gotta ask for it special.

The Chowfather Burger, Blue Collar
Little Haiti
Danny Serfer’s got a whole secret menu, with sandwiches named after all kinds of local media personalities (Where’s the Thrillist risotto, Danny? WHERE?), but the highlight is the Chowfather Burger, topped w/ "Big Ragout", a potato latke, bacon & a fried egg.

Pork Shank, The Federal
Little Haiti
"Let's go to Haiti" isn't just a song by little-known NYC punk band The Exit. No, it's also what you'll say now that you've heard about this Smoked Pork Shank w/ cheesy grits, creamy mushroom gravy, and roasted trumpet royales.

Alaskan King Crab for 10, Red, the Steakhouse
Quite possibly the most frightening food item in Miami (until they make an edible version of Richie Incognito), this 6ft monster is available from November to February and needs to be ordered three to four days in advance, since they serve it within 24hrs of delivery. 

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1. Tongue & Cheek 431 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

This down-home American spot is serving up awesome craft 'tails and twists on classic eats like meatballs and gravy, fried chicken, cured pork belly, and fish-n-chips.

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2. 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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3. Cecconi's 4385 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

With outposts in Cali and London, Cecconi's is known for simple, authentic, Venetian food from Chef Sergio Sigala (see? Authentic!) that's served in a sophisticated dining room and beautiful garden area.

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4. 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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5. 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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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.