The best restaurants in Miami

A guide based on consistency, quality, and hospitality

May
29
2024

Keep this guide handy when looking to dine at the best restaurants in Miami 

Before we get started, we’re going to say it because of course, people will come at us. This guide is OUR opinion, like all the other guides you will find on The Hungry Post. Of course, we have not been to every single restaurant in Miami. We do our best. Covering as many spots as we can, based on what we like and what we think you would like too. So if you feel deeply offended that we didn’t mention your favorite restaurant, then let’s talk about it. Let us know what we are missing out on HERE.

How do we go about picking these restaurants? It’s simple. The three things we care about when it comes to dining out and categorizing a restaurant as “the best” are consistency, quality, and hospitality.

90 percent of the restaurants on this list we’ve been to multiple times. There are a few exceptions that we will point out to you. These restaurants have consistently impressed us with their flavors, quality of ingredients, and we always feel cared for. That’s it.

Please enjoy what we consider to be the best restaurants in Miami.

FLOUR & WEIRDOUGHS


Neighborhood: Key Biscayne
Address: 19 Harbor Dr
Cuisine: Argentinian, bakery

The island of Key Biscayne is lucky to have what we think is the best bakery in Miami. Technically it’s not a restaurant, but it’s home to our favorite croissants and sourdough bread. Luckily for you, Flour and Weirdoughs is the spot to come before the beach with your friends or family on the weekends too.

It’s also a great place to work from. There’s indoor seating and it’s pretty quiet during weekdays, after the morning rush. So, if you live in Brickell, you work from home and need a break from your apartment. Cross the bridge, you’ll be in bakery heaven in 10 to 15 minutes.

Flour and Weirdoughs is a rustic bakery that mills its flour in-house. All their sourdough breads are organic and filled with nutrients. If you’re looking for a ready-to-go breakfast item, we’d go for their eggs deep Danish with eggs, bacon, and cheese; a simple basic AF croissant (yes, that’s the name), ham and cheese croissant, or their famous It’s brisket b*tch croissant named after Britney Spears that comes with provolone, grain mustard, cured brisket (they cure it in-house for 11 days). You’ll never miss Paris again… Ok, you will but not for the croissants.

If you have time to sit and enjoy your breakfast, try their new menu. On Thursday – Friday from 8 AM to 2 PM, and Saturday – Sunday from 8 AM to 11 AM, you can get the best pancakes you’ve ever had, eggs a la HuancainaJessa’s egg sandwich on a homemade bun.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 2 PM stop by for a brunch that even those that loathe brunch, will love. They’re making handmade pastaShokupan garlic rolls, and the best Pub burger we’ve had in recent times. And let me tell you that a homemade bun makes a difference.

We go once a week to Flour and Weirdoughs, the drive is nice.

OGAWA


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 7223 NW 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi, omakase

Tucked away in Little River, Alvaro Perez has opened his fourth and newest Japanese restaurant that just earned a well-deserved Michelin Star.

Right next to a railroad crossing, you’ll arrive at an unpretentious and minimalistic house. Immediately when entering you’ll feel as if you’ve landed in Japan.

As you turn the corner of the dining room, you will be met with the most impeccably set Omakase bar. Feel free to enjoy a pre-dinner drink in their peaceful Japanese garden in the back or take a seat, and get ready for Chef Masayuki and Chef Royce’s thoughtful Omakase journey.

At Ogawa intimacy and ‘kikubari’ (the Japanese art of caring for others) are valued at the highest level. This very personal dinner experience for 11 guests at a time focuses on seasonal and unique Japanese ingredients flown in daily. The first part consists of crudos with cooked dishes from the kitchen between each course. Next, you’ll move on to the most incredible sushi flight, followed by a miso soup, and finish off with desserts (that’s not a typo, there’s more than one).

Our favorite dishes when we went included the best Hotate Nigiri we’ve seriously ever had, balanced with a touch of Key lime and salt (we literally won’t shut up about it); the Ensui Hokkaido Uni Gunkanmaki which is preserved in salt water so you can taste the Uni right from its natural habitat; the Uni and Ikura Hand Roll; and a special shout out to the Matcha Mochi Cookie Anko with Satsumaimo (Japanese sweet potato) Ice Cream by Chef Jamie, picture your childhood Whoopie Pie but soooooo much better.

We’ve only been once, but going to Ogawa is for a special occasion and for those who love and appreciate Japanese culture. It’s pricey but SO worth it.

 

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TÂM TÂM


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address97 NW 1st St
Cuisine: Vietnamese

Tam Tam, a lively Vietnamese spot that went from pop-up to permanent restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Miami. Drawing inspiration from the concept of “quán nhậu,” which represents the joy of gathering with friends while enjoying food and drinks, Tam Tam has mastered the art of creating an atmosphere that guarantees a memorable time. And now, with its exciting location in Downtown Miami, Tam Tam is captivating even more taste buds and creating unforgettable experiences.

Start with their Shimeji Mushroom creation, where earthy mushrooms take center stage in a savory La Vong sauce with scallions and peanuts. And make sure to save room for their Tamarind Glazed Pork Ribs: tender and juicy pork ribs, meticulously cooked, beautifully caramelized glaze infused with the bold flavors of tamarind. As you take your first bite, the meat effortlessly falls off the bone. It’s a delicious combination of sweet, tangy, and savory. And no meal is truly complete without a touch of sweetness, order Isabel’s Cheesecake and thank us later. Oh and if you are into karaoke, make sure to visit the bathroom.

We’ve been to TamTam at least 3 times.

WABI SABI


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 851 NE 79th St
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi

Like a kid in a candy store, this is how we feel when dining at Wabi Sabi. It’s a sushi wonderland where you can pick, choose, mix, and match all the Japanese flavors and textures.

This light wooden space with an origami wall is your friendly (yet elevated) neighborhood spot offering elegant and simple pieces of sushi made with seasonal fish and hard-to-find ingredients. The menu is pretty straightforward, featuring sushi platters, makis, sashimi, nigiri, temaki, and donburi bowls. But the FRESH sushi and hand rolls are what make us so so so happy (and yet, a little torn at the same time as it can get hard to decide because everything is so good).

From the moment you step in you’ll feel a sense of coziness. This place is special. Embrace this warm-hearted feeling, let the team take care of you, and prepare for a well-deserved sushi feast.

This is your game plan at Wabi Sabi. Start with the Nigiri Omakase which includes 12 pieces and 1 maki for $100. Share it with one other person (ask them to give you the six best pieces of the day). From the maki section, you’re getting the Negihama with hamachi, scallions, and wasabi, the Eel Cucumber and Avocado maki, or the California maki made with wild blue crab (a simple game changer). Finally, end the meal with a couple of hand rolls. A little pro tip, you can elevate your hand rolls by adding “fun ingredients”, just ask Bruno for help and get as creative as you want! We love the Sake hand roll (torched) with added Ikura, the smoky and warm Atlantic salmon is balanced with the cool and salty salmon roe. The runner-ups are the Botan Ebi (sweet shrimp) hand roll and the Hamachi hand roll (add mushrooms to this one, trust us).

Oh and if you’re really hungry and craving algo bien caserito, order the Soba noodles with Ikura and nori. It’s a silent menu dish, they’ll be shocked you even know about this (IYKYK).

We’ve been to Wabi Sabi at least 5 times.

KAORI


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address871 S Miami Ave
CuisineModern Asian

Kaori is a modern Asian restaurant that is a literal gem in Brickell. More people need to know about this place. We recently stopped by for a third visit. It was a weekday dinner experience and we were blown away by the evolution of their flavors. They also have an excellent cocktail program that pairs well with the vinyl-listening jams they host Thursday – Saturday on the ground floor.

The menu is exciting and we can honestly taste the creativity. Take the Beef Tartare, an unexpected dish in terms of flavor with yuzu kosho, avocado mousse, gochujang, roasted Cashews, and black rice cracker. Same goes for the Wagyu & Foie Gras Gyozas with a salty & slightly sweet doubanjiang sauce and creamy sesame goma dare. As an entree, we loved the Seared Scallops with green pea and wasabi puree but if you go with more than two friends, please order the Kurobuta Kan-Kan Pork Chop, it’s a huge platter with grilled pork belly, it comes with Ssäm Sauce, their homemade kimchi, salsa verde, and steamed bao buns for you to make your own pork belly buns. We’re still thinking about these so you know that’s a good sign to book a reservation for dinner at Kaori.

We’ve been to Kaori at least 5 times.

 

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ENTRENOS


Neighborhood: Miami Shores
Address9840 NE 2nd Ave
CuisineContemporary American

The term “farm to table” has lost its meaning, thanks to our ability to overuse it. However, if there is one restaurant in Miami that could bring it back, it would be EntreNos, a pop-up inside Tinta Y Cafe’s Miami Shore location honoring seasonality in a way we rarely see in Miami. And because of their talent, technique, and thoughtfully sourced menu, Chefs Evan Burgess and Osmel Gonzalez have earned their first Michelin star.

Entrenos is more than just a restaurant; it’s a place where parsley tastes like parsley and mint tastes like mint. Their concept revolves around Florida-sourced ingredients, offering a hyper-seasonal à la carte menu. Their dishes pay homage to the local food system, with the menu proudly featuring the farms they collaborate with. They prioritize seasonal growth and sourcing from local farms, ranches, and fisheries like Paradise Farm, Hetberkshwein Farm, Tiny Farm, and French Farms.

On a very recent trip, we had a life-altering Pork Belly Chicharron with an aji amarillo leche de tigre, crispy sweet potato, and pork rinds. The dish was balanced, filled with flavor, and had all the right textures.

We’ve been to EntreNos twice.

BOIA DE


Neighborhood: Little Haiti
Address: 5205 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Italian-American, pasta

If you’ve driven past an unassuming strip mall and seen a glowing pink exclamation point, then you have found your destination.

Since 2019, Boia De has consistently delivered some of the best food in Miami, if not the best food. So naturally, it’s challenging to score a table at Boia De.

Yes, you will find a tiramisu on the menu, however, this isn’t a traditional Italian restaurant, Chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer are adding their modern take to the menu.

Of course, all the pastas are made from scratch, but here you aren’t getting typical Italian food. At Boia, they are pushing the boundaries of what you would expect. There is a depth in flavor.

Order the Crispy Polenta with marinated eggplant and ricotta salata, or Luci’s Chopped Salad to start (one of our favorite salads in Miami). If they’re in season, get the Baby Artichokes with brown butter hollandaise and pine nuts. Work yourself down to the pasta section and try out the Bufala Ricotta Gnocchi Pomodoro and the Tagliolini Nero (served cold) with king crab, vin juane, truffle, and herbs. End the meal with a Crispy Tiramisu or Carrot Cake. You really can’t go wrong here with whatever you order.

They do add new dishes to the menu here and there, so make sure to ask for what’s new. Reservations are highly recommended, however, if you are flexible they do accept walk-ins at the bar.

We’ve been to Boia De at least 20 times.

JAGUAR SUN


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 230 NE 4th St
Cuisine: American, pasta

Jaguar Sun is probably our favorite place in Miami. Some may call it a cocktail bar, others, a restaurant with an awesome pasta selection. We consider it a combination of both, where we can always count on fun, original, and balanced cocktails. And where the food is delicious and consistent.

The hospitality is like no other restaurant in Miami. Everyone who works there is super attentive. Go enough times and they’ll know your name. Not an easy find in our city, especially in the obscure lobby of a residential building.

The best way to do Jaguar Sun is to share. Our favorite dishes include the Hokkaido ScallopParker House Rolls, and the Caesar Salad. Moving on to the pasta, we’d list them all cause we do love them all. But if we had to pick two, right now it’s the Conchiglie with royal red shrimp and arrabbiata sauce; plus the favorite for most: Agnolotti with blue crab, corn, saffron, and Marcona almond.

Leave room for a Wolf Whistle, their version of a tequila espresso martini paired with dessert.

For a year, we went to Jaguar Sun once a week, so we’ve lost count.

MATY’S


Neighborhood: Midtown
Address3255 NE 1st Ave
Cuisine: Peruvian

Chef Valerie Chang of Itamae and B-Side opened Maty’s in Midtown in 2023 and it quickly became one of our favorites.

Maty’s is Val’s first solo project as Executive Chef/Owner, but the restaurant is a true team effort, developed in cooperation with the team behind Itamae and B-Side at 1-800-Lucky, including Chefs Nando and Papa Chang.

The menu celebrates Peruvian cuisine while honoring both of Val’s grandmothers, who taught her how to cook. There’s a certain warmth we feel every time we eat at Maty’s. It’s elevated yet homey and we truly feel like Chef Val is cooking in the back with her abuelitas.

The menu is always evolving. Start with Cebiche Tradicional with black grouper, torrejitas de choclo & the most delicious ají limo leche de tigre; and the Oysters with aji amarillo leche de tigre. The Oxtail Saltado will blow any lomo saltado out of the water and the whole roasted Dorade with ají amarillo beurre blanc is what all the pescatarians won’t shut up about (and rightfully so). For dessert, get the simple Strawberries with lucuma dulce de leche, and lime.

We’ve been to Maty’s at least 8 times.

MIAMI SLICE


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 1335 NE Miami Ct
Cuisine: American, pizza

Miami Slice has revolutionized slice shops in Miami. New Yorkers who have moved here can sleep at night knowing that this pizza spot is up to their standards.

Miami Slice, located Downtown near the Arsht Center is one of the best, if not the best pizza you will have in Miami. Truly ahead of its time.

When you think of a slice shop, you may think of a brightly lit, greasy, dirty NYC slice shop. Miami Slice is nothing like that. It’s a fancy joint (but no need to dress up) with warm lighting and a cute open kitchen where you can see the powerful ovens and all the action. Come as you are, to this elevated experience. The best seat is at the marbled bar where you can see all the pizzas being finished and topped off with fresh grated Parmesan.

The best day to avoid lines is for sure Monday. We recommend arriving at 4:45 to be the first one at the bar. Keep your party small, this will make the wait time less. They also have takeout available. You can order by the slice or a whole pie.

Ask for the “kicks” which are “IYKYK” type of add-ons like stracciatella and other good stuff to pimp your slice. Our recommendations include La Salsera with a kick of stracciatella and the Leeks on Bacon. But they’re honestly all good and you’ve never had a Margherita, this good.

We’ve been to Miami Slice at least 10 times.

MACCHIALINA


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 820 Alton Road
Cuisine: Italian, pasta

Macchialina is that rustic Italian restaurant we have loved since 2012. They’ve always stayed true to who they are and have consistently prepared some of the most flavorful Italian dishes in Miami. They just completed a renovation, expanding their indoor dining area.

Stop by of course, for all our favorite red sauce pasta like the Cavatelli Macchialina and the Spaghetti Pomodoro. We also can’t get enough of their specials that change often. Oh and if you love a little vino with dinner, they’ve always had an excellent wine program.

For dessert, don’t skip the most refreshing Tiramisu you’ve had. It’s made with dulce de leche and an espresso granita giving it an additional texture that is not usual when eating tiramisu. Make sure you dive in deep with your spoon.

We’ve been to Maachialina at least 8 times.

 

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ZITZ SUM


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 396 Alhambra Cir Suite 155
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese

Talk about consistency and the continuous element of surprise. The Dim Sum & Izakaya concept by Chef Pablo Zitzmann is inspired by Japanese and Chinese street food with a Miami twist. The menu changes daily and we’re always pleasantly surprised by the delicious and balanced dishes that chef Pablo comes up with.

The dumplings are hand-rolled daily and we always want to order that whole section. We can’t get enough of the Braised Lamb Shank Bao with a labneh sauce, and the chicken and foie gras Wontons in Brodo. The Grilled Scallop is one of our favorites cooked and served with a potato & parmesan sabayon. Don’t skip the yellowfin tuna Crudo with a tonnato white soy sauce. As for staples, we’ll always go for the Korean-style Tartare hand roll with tobiko, egg salad, and nori. Oh, and the full dinner menu is available for takeout.

We’ve been to Zitz Sum at least 7 times.

 

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NAOE


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 661 Brickell Key Dr
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi, omakase

NAOE is a hidden gem in Brickell Key and we can honestly say, it’s the best restaurant in Brickell. It’s one of our top places to go to for a truly special occasion.

This cozy Japanese eatery has been around for 14 years and won several well-deserved accolades, including a recurring spot on Forbes’ list of five-star restaurants. Every night at 5 PM and 9 PM, up to eight guests (4 per seating) can enjoy Chef Kevin Cory’s daily Chef’s Choice menu for $280 per person plus a 20% service charge and sales tax. This is truly a life-changing experience and a rare find in Miami.

Japanese cuisine has been a part of Chef Kevin Cory’s life since he was 19. It’s in his roots with his family’s sake brewery, Nakamura Brewery in Ishikawa which has been around since the 1800s. In addition to producing their own sake, Chef Cory’s family also makes their own soy sauce which you will enjoy throughout your meal.

This is a two to three-hour dinner and for parts of it, we were extremely quiet, taking in every moment. The first two courses of the night were hot plates, including a Bento box, followed by the Nigiri-sushi portion of the evening and dessert. Everything was outstanding. Our favorites of the night included the Striped Jack, the Golden Eye Snapper, the local Salmon fermented in koji, the Karasumi which melts on your tongue, the Ensui Uni, and the Kasutera Honey Cake with NAOE ice cream made with soy sauce was the perfect ending. We’ve only been to Naoe once but we promise that if you love Japanese food and culture you will agree with us.

We’ve been to Naoe once.

 

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MILA OMAKASE


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 800 Lincoln Rd 2nd Floor
Cuisine: Japanese, Mediterranean, sushi, omakase

This one you may have not heard of, it might even surprise you, because for us it was one of the biggest surprises of the year and one of the best non-traditional omakase experiences in Miami.

Located inside MILA restaurant, MILA Omakase is hidden away behind a curtain-clad entrance, and down two floors. At first glance, you are met with cherry blossom trees, minimalist woodwork, and Japanese craftsmanship-inspired wallpaper. Oh, and let’s not forget the dramatic marble countertop and a 500-year-old hinoki wood cutting board—the real deal!

At the helm of this experience are Chefs Michael Michaelidis and Reiji Yoshizawa, craftsmen who have mastered the art of infusing Japan’s 72 micro-seasons into every bite. Though this hits many traditional notes, we can’t help but appreciate the untraditional approach when it comes to flavors and combinations.

For those of you looking to break from the norm, MILA Omakase adds a playful Japanese-Mediterranean twist to each dish, ensuring you get a little play of modern flair as you go through the 15-course experience. Trust us, it’s really mind-blowing, and not a lot of people are talking about it. We have only experienced Mila Omakase once but we will be back.

We’ve been to Mila Omakase once.

 

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KRÜS KITCHEN


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3413 Main Hwy
Cuisine: Globally-inspired, seasonal kitchen

Krüs Kitchen is where we are going for seasonal flavors and where they make beautiful vegetables the stars of a dish. Chef Sebas Vargas and the incredible Krüs team have created a menu from the heart. Everything has been carefully thought out and made from scratch (even the bread and butter).

This is the food of fine dining except it’s in a chill, market setting located on a second floor. It’s a great date spot to drink some amazing wine or great for recurring dates. You can dress nice but also wear sneakers.

Enter through sister restaurant Los Félix, and head upstairs to Krüs Kitchen. The space is vibrant, with so much natural light and a cornered open kitchen. It is decorated with biodynamic wines and other products on display, which is always nice to look at while waiting for your dishes to arrive. The menu just recently changed so we’ll report back on the newer dishes when we go back. You can still get the Smoked Coconut Rice!

We’ve been to Krus Kitchen at least 12 times.

 

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MATSURI


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 5759 Bird Rd
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi

Matsuri, located inside a casual strip mall off of Bird Road offers top-quality sushi at a reasonable price time after time. And we’ll never not love it.

This unpretentious, neighborhood spot has an extensive menu of soups, sushi, sashimi, rolls, and Matsuri’s New World (modern dishes with Japanese ingredients). We like to order by the piece. Anything from Salmon Belly to Amaebi nigiri. And lately, we’ve been really into ordering a bunch of makis to share.

If you don’t really know what you want, we suggest getting a sushi and sashimi platter like the Masa Special for three. It comes with 24 pieces of sashimi, sliced shellfish, 15 pieces of sushi, and two fish rolls. Make sure to order the sashimi thinly sliced. For a more premium boat platter, we’d go for the Go-To-Ren Special. Count on 28 pieces of sashimi, sliced shellfish, 22 pieces of sushi, and three fish rolls. End the night with an Ikura hand roll with a quail egg. It’s better than dessert.

Matsuri is one of those local gems that gets packed. If you arrive at 5:20 you will get into the first seating once they open at 5:30 PM. Make sure you know your order by the time you sit down. If you’re not feeling patient or in the mood to deal with the crowd waiting outside for a table,  you can now schedule your pickup order HERE and indulge from the comfort of your couch.

We’ve been to Matsuri at least 30 times.

PORTOSOLE


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address2530 Ponce de Leon
Cuisine: Italian, pasta

Portosole is one of the best restaurants in Coral Gables. Half the guests are Italian which is a good sign. Here you will feel important & well taken care of in a brightly lit, white tablecloth setting.

We love it for a bright lunch with family. It’s also great for clients or a cute day dress situation with your amigas.

Make sure you order one of the best Melanzane alla Parmigiana we’ve had in Miami, Ravioli di Ossobuco allo Zafferano for those who love saffron, and the classic and traditionally executed Tonnarelli al Cacio e Pepe.

Get the Sgroppino Veneziano, a dessert cocktail made with Prosecco, vanilla ice cream, and vodka. Finished off with lemon zest and ground coffee. Trust us.

We’ve been to Portosole at least 5 times.

NIU KITCHEN


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 104 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Spanish, Catalan

NIU Kitchen in Downtown Miami is serving the best Catalan food. Chef Deme Lomas is pushing the boundaries with his creativity and bold flavors in this tiny space. The food speaks for itself and you’re unbothered by the typical chairs of your middle school classroom. The menu is constantly evolving so a reoccurring dinner on the calendar is a smart move. Dishes that might be there when you go are the Pa Amb Tomaquet (pan con tomate); Octopus CarpaccioCharbroiled Calmar; and the Ous (poached eggs truffled potato foam, black truffle, and bits of jamon iberico sprinkled on top).

Lovers of biodynamic wine will also thrive at NIU Kitchen. When looking through the menu you will find a message that says, “Have you tried ordering [dinner] without thinking close your eyes? Point to an item on the menu with your [right] index finger.” We say, go for it.

We’ve been to NIU Kitchen at least 5 times.

LIDO RESTAURANT AT THE SURF CLUB


Neighborhood: Surfside
Address: 9011 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

Lido Restaurant at the Surf Club, inside the Four Seasons in Surfside has an important place in Miami Beach’s history. Since it opened its doors on New Year’s Day in 1930, it has been a destination for Italian Mediterranean dining and retro glamour.

The Lido Restaurant is in the Surf Club’s legendary ballroom and adjacent oceanfront terrace. Lido is where you go when you want to feel like you’re in Sicily.

The menu highlights simple Mediterranean cuisine. We recommend stopping by for lunch and sitting on the terrace. Some of our favorite dishes include the Ricciola al Limone, sliced yellowtail, “Amalfi” crudo with lemon dressing; Vitello Tonnato, thinly sliced veal, tonnato sauce, crispy capers, and Aged Balsamic; and the Saffron Risotto with organic Acquarello rice and Amarelli licorice.

We’ve been to Lido Restaurant at the Surf Club at least 3 times.

LUNG YAI THAI TAPAS


Neighborhood: Little Havana
Address: 1731 SW 8th St
Cuisine: Thai

You’re literally going here because you love Thai food and for the best curry money can buy you in Miami.

If you’ve been a Miami local for some time now, then you know of this hidden piece of deliciousness on 8th Street. Known for its incredible Thai food and one-time ordering rule, many keep this spot in their back pocket.

Lung Yai does not take reservations, so you must get there on time. Parking is not as simple as pulling into a parking lot. You’ll have to do some searching for street parking as it is on 8th Street. We say if you want to secure a table try arriving 10 minutes before opening at 5 pm. There will be a line normally, so early weekdays are your best bet. Since there is a one-time ordering rule, service does move quickly. So, even if you have to wait in line it won’t be too long. If you don’t want to eat outside (currently their indoor area is closed) then you can order takeout.

The must-have curry is the Khao Soi. It comes with fresh egg noodles in a golden curry topped with crispy noodles, coriander, red onions, peanuts, and a choice of protein (chicken, pork, beef, tofu, mixed veggies, or $3 more for shrimp). We also love the Yum Ped, this crispy duck salad with red onion, cilantro, and scallion in spicy lime dressing. If you want something really spicy that you can still eat and not hate yourself, go for the Shrimp & Calamari Herb Salad with red onions, chili, cilantro, scallion, and a spicy lime dressing. Although we do love to share, the Khao Mam Kai is easier to enjoy for one. It’s a chicken poached in garlic, and ginger, with rice cooked in chicken broth. It is served with a fermented soybean sauce mixed with garlic, and Thai chili; as well as a broth on the side.

We’ve been to Lung Yai at least 3 times.

THE SURF CLUB RESTAURANT


Neighborhood: Surfside
Address: 9011 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Modern American

When there is a big name attached to a restaurant, expectations are always going to be high and The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller will not disappoint.

Chef Keller is famously known for The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se in New York City. Chances are that if and when you decide to stop by The Surf Club Restaurant, Chef Keller won’t be there. But it doesn’t matter. Excellence exists here. And now we want to celebrate any major life achievements at the Surf Club Restaurant.

We could talk forever about how beautiful and regal the Surf Club Restaurant is but this guide isn’t really about that. It’s a plus though. But what we want to talk about is the food.

The à la carte menu interprets classic Continental cuisine delivering a sense of nostalgia through every dish. Start your meal with a beautifully executed cocktail at the bar before heading to your table. We loved the refreshing Basil Smash with gin.

From the appetizers, we recommend the best crispy, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake of your life and the Hass Avocado & Garden Vegetable Louie. Moving on to the main event, let us introduce you to the best Fettuccine we’ve ever had. It wasn’t overpowering. It was light and creamy. Normally, we’re meh about truffles but in this dish, it made sense. And I can’t believe we’re saying this but we would order it again. This is a splurge experience and if you’re going to spend $53 for pasta in Miami. This is where you should do it.

If it’s your first time at The Surf Club Restaurant, order the Prime Beef Short Rib Wellington for $150. The dish comes with a Périgourdine sauce and serves two. This is an intricate dish, so if you’re going to try it somewhere try it at The Surf Club Restaurant. Worth it.

We can’t wait to go back for the monthly fried chicken and to order the rest of the menu.

We’ve been to The Surf Club Restaurant twice.

WALRUS RODEO


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 
5143 NE 2nd Avenue
Cuisine: 
Wood-fired kitchen

There are three things you need to remember about Walrus Rodeo: porchetta, pizza, and green mustard lasagna.

Walrus Rodeo, Boia De’s sister restaurant located in the same Little Haiti shopping center is one of our favorite newcomers.

The menu theme is “charred”. They’re all about those wood-fired oven flavors with dishes like the Charbroiled Island Creek Oyster and Charred Bone Marrow. They recently updated their pizza selection and we need you to order the Bad Joke Za with provola, Florida tomatoes, and eggplants.

Oh and off the menu, you must order the Mustard Green Lasagna with lamb ragu, grana padana, and stracchino. The most unique lasagna we’ve ever had in Miami.

We’ve been to Walrus Rodeo at least 5 times.

 

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