Your country-by-country guide to watching the World Cup in Miami

Published On 06/12/2014 Published On 06/12/2014
Matt Meltzer
Matt Meltzer
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1. OTC 1250 S Miami Ave, Brickell, FL 33130

OTC does it right with fast, order-at-the-counter service and a laid-back Southern Florida atmosphere. There's a progressive menu with a fresh ingredient presence (duh). Also, they're pretty proud of their Indie-rock music selections.

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2. Novecento - Brickell 1414 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Novecento embraces the mantra: “mi casa es su casa” in its mecca for Argentinian cuisine. The menu is extensive, and your head will likely be spinning with the promise of empanadas, sopas, croquetas, quesadillas, and steaks. Favorite dishes include the signature hand-carved-beef empanadas, the pan-seared sweetbreads with sautéed mushrooms, French beans, corn, and baby greens, and the picada -- or sharing platter -- with fontina, Swiss, and manchego cheeses served with quince jelly, marinated mozzarella, Kalamata olives, and mixed nuts served with toasts. Novecento also conflates Italian influences with its Argentinian flavors: pastas include crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce and potato gnocchi, while pizzas include pies with ham and white mushrooms, and prosciutto and mozzarella. Enjoy the dishes in a bistro setting in which the focal point is a lighted red dome above the bar.

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3. Boteco 916 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33137

"Boteco" is a cool place to hang out for night-life lovers in Brazil. It's a place where you go to grab a cold one and eat a few appetizers. Essentially, Boteco is the "bar around the corner" that's perfect for almost every occasion.

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4. El Corral 7800 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33122

After serving up burgers in Columbia since 1983, El Corral decided to bring its Latin American flair to the states. The menu includes over 15 different burgers and sides including fires, onion rings, and even salads (do not be that person who goes to a burger joint and orders a salad).

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5. The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant 1265 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Nestled between Mansion and Cameo, The Playwright serves up traditional Irish bar food and has plenty of specials on pitchers of brews. Although this bar can get a little wild on Friday and Saturday night, there is something unforgettable about its grittiness and untamed debauchery. Needless to say, it's the perfect place to let loose.

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6. Le Bouchon Du Grove 3430 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Le Bouchon is a friendly little restaurant in Coconut Grove that offers a menu created from only the best local products. It's a blend of Lyon with a splash of South Florida.

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7. Fritz & Franz Bierhaus 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus is a traditional German/Austrian restaurant/sports bar. It's perfect for watching the big game while enjoying a nice, German brewski.

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8. Kouzina Greek Bistro 3535 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Yiannis Sotiropoulos and Makis Paliouras created Kouzina as the answer to homesickness for their mothers' cooking. Now you too can enjoy the taste of home - if home is Greece that is. If not, well, then just enjoy the food anyway. It's authentic, delicious, and much cheaper than a trip to Mykonos.

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9. Segafredo 1421 South Miami Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Segafredo is Brickell's quintessential Italian cafe by day, and a sophisticated lounge by night. The casual but chic atmosphere is complemented by its awesome menu and great cocktails.

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10. La Mexicana Cantina & Grill 1451 S. Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

La Mexicana is plating simple, flame-grilled, reasonably-priced Mexican favorites, made-to-order guac, and an extensive margarita menu that you can enjoy while wathing 70-inch TVs and listening to live music.

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11. Tapas & Tintos 448 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tapas y Tintos honors the tradition of eating tapas. That means small portions, but don't worry, because there's no limit to how many you can eat. It's all about enjoying time with friends and family over delicious food.

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12. Fado Irish Pub 900 S Miami Ave, Suite 200, Brickell, FL 33130

To ensure its position in Miami’s bar culture as an authentic Irish pub, Fadó's interior was constructed piecemeal in Dublin, then shipped to and assembled in Miami, synthesizing five rooms, including the stained glass Victorian Long Hall, the Shop, the Cottage, and a series of Snugs, or private places to enjoy food, drink, and conversation. Traditional Irish fare, like shepherd’s pie, corned beef ‘n’ cabbage, and bangers ‘n’ mash, supplemented by bar favorites like fish tacos and Philly-style cheesesteak, are on offer at Fadó.

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13. 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.