On its surface, Miami is best known for its sandy beaches, yacht-filled waters, vibrant nightlife and trendy events like the culture-filled Art Basel. However, if you dig a little deeper you’ll notice that the popular hotspot also has a buzzing foodie scene that is as spicy as the bikini-wearing travelers who stroll the city’s shores.
From grub on the go, to mac and cheese like you’ve never had it before, Miami is the place to be for jet setters who can appreciate a good meal. Check out a few of our favorite Miami hotspots that we know will fill you up and leave you begging for more. Thank us later.
After 6 p.m., a hidden blue door leads to a 2,448-square-foot speakeasy lounge, where the Mexican beer, tequila and mezcal cocktails flow until 5 a.m. Happy hour is 6–8 p.m. ($2 tacos; halfprice drinks). Enter before 10 p.m. to skip the velvet rope.
1. Quesadilla con Rajas.
2. Carnitas Tacos (pulled pork, red onion, cilantro, Cuban Mojo).
3. Nutella Paletas (brightly colored popsicles).
Your taste buds will be as fulfilled as your eyes when you dine on the delectable trinity of French, Japanese and Peruvian cooking styles. This romantic and heavenly high-dining moment is not to be missed.
1. Japanese Hamachi Espuma or Lobster Ceviche.
2. Seared Foie Gras.
3. Angus NY Strip Steak or Seared Tuna (sashimi grade).
Proprietor Delius Shirley (co-owner of Cliff Hotel, in Negril, Jamaica) and co-owner and executive chef Cindy Hutson have created a consistently stellar menu. The friendly atmosphere makes you feel like you’re dining in their stately island home.
1. Ortanique Chardonnay and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
2. Savory West Indian Style Bouillabaisse
3. Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
It’s no wonder the Williams sisters, Rick Ross and Pitbull get their soul food fix here. Derrick Turton, aka Chef Teach, keeps his Overtown neighborhood restaurant as homey and humble as the wildly popular food truck that started his fame. Dig in to the chicken, burgers and thincrust pizza.
1. Fried Chicken Wings
2. Show some love for the M&C—try the Lobster Mac & Cheese (the Jerk Pasta rocks, too)
3. Red Velvet Cake.
Munch on fresh fried snapper and tender oxtail at the Haitian/ Bahamian Chef Créole Seasoned Kitchen.
Design District Dining
By day, Three serves yummy Huevos Rancheros. At night, its rooftop No. 3 Social Bar & Lounge slings tasty cocktails.
Eat more. Pay less.
Make a budget-friendly fuel stop at the Lincoln Eatery food hall. French cuisine, sushi, sandwiches and nitrogen ice cream are up for grabs.
Run Chicken Run
Sip on a refreshing Fresno Watermelon Mojito at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, and bite into a Crispy Chicken Biscuit.
Brunch at Boulud Sud, downtown in the JW Marriott Marquis hotel, offers Mediterranean cuisine, chicken-apple sausage and a smokin’ DJ!