Chinese restaurants ostensibly invented group dining in America, and even though Miami is more lacking in Chinese restaurants than it is in honest politicians, you’ll still never go wrong at Tropical. A dim sum brunch here is like eating on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, with trays and plates of chicken feet being tossed around in a cacophony of delicious chaos. But even for a casual weeknight dinner, nowhere serves up traditional Chinese food better, and if that’s what your group is in the mood for, it’s more than worth the trip down Bird Road.
How to book: Call 305-262-7576.
Despite Miami’s abundance of great global cuisine, one area we’ve somehow skipped is Chinese food. The lone exception is Tropical Chinese, a spot way out west on Bird Road, where Miami’s Chinese community is regularly out in full force joined by visiting Chinese students from the University of Miami. The dim sum brunch is the classic collection of buns, dumplings, and pastries on a cart that newcomers from New York and San Francisco lament not finding. If they can stomach venturing west of I-95, they’ll be pleasantly surprised when they arrive at the oasis of Chinese food greatness sitting right next to Tropical Park.
How to book: Stop in for first-come, first served seating.