A warm weather offshoot of the Toronto original, Miami Beach's Byblos will make you rethink your standard understanding of Mediterranean food. The menu is a creative masterpiece that showcases mezze plates like Turkish dumplings with smoky eggplant and shakshouka with duck egg, as well as wood-fired flatbreads and seafood, raw or grilled. However, the highlight of the menu is the rice dishes that incorporate Middle Eastern ingredients like saffron, sujuk sausage, and sabzi herbs.
Long, plush azure couches beckon large groups to stay a while and enjoy the Middle Eastern favorites at this upstairs restaurant at the Royal Palm hotel. Epic dishes await in this chic space, where mountainous plates of duck kibbeh and lamb ribs warm your stomach up for the Middle Eastern Fried chicken served with za’atar and hot sauce. The Black Truffle Rice with foraged mushrooms and crème fraîche is a side that can pass for a meal. And if you feel like burning all this stuff off after, Byblos also has a downstairs lounge that goes off on the weekends.