Our favorite new restaurants and dishes of 2020

The best things we ate in 2020

Dec
29
2020

Saying that 2020 has been a difficult year is the ultimate understatement. We want to hope that the hardest times are behind us. Not because 2021 won’t bring on new challenges but because we’ve become more comfortable in how to deal with the unknown.

The learnings of 2020 have been invaluable and we are grateful to have survived. Undoubtedly, we live in a different world now, but we are more equipped to manage what the future holds.

We’d like to believe that these learnings are shared sentiments that our beloved restaurants also hold. And with that thought in mind, we’ve seen creativity boom throughout Miami restaurants in 2020. We’ve seen some of the most delicious dishes come to life. Restaurant owners, chefs, team members have inspired us to keep going and continue to tell their stories.

It feels different to do this in 2020, but to keep with the traditions we love, The Hungry Post team has shared their favorite new restaurants and dishes of the year. If you haven’t been to these spots, please pay them a visit.

To those restaurants that aren’t new: thank you for continuing to brighten up our days. To ALL restaurants: we see those smiles in your teams’ eyes, even with masks on. Thank you, thank you.

1. HIYAKAWA MIAMI


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2700 N Miami Ave #5, Miami, FL 33127
Cuisine: Japanese

The team behind Wabi Sabi opened a new Japanese restaurant in Wynwood in October. The restaurant prepares no more than fifty meals a night and has fresh fish flown in from Japan daily. We love the architecture, the Omakase, and the fact that this place is BYO alcohol (with no corkage fees)!

BY: SARAH DUNN

2. MIAMI SLICE PIZZA


Favorite dish: La Salsera pizza with tomato sauce, vodka sauce, and pesto
Neighborhood: Midtown
Address: Secret location -revealed only when ordered
Cuisine: New York-style pizza

Best New York Style pizza in Miami! No flop, crispy bottom, one hand slices. Located in Midtown in a secret location for curbside pickup that is revealed only when you order, adding a special something to the experience.

BY: ALEJANDRA CANGAS

3. HACHIDORI RAMEN BAR


Favorite dish: O.G. Ramen
Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 8222 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138
Cuisine: Japanese

Great for comfort food and laid back vibes. Chilled beer and lots of sake options. A block away from the Citadel so you can hit two spots in one day.

BY: DIANA RODRIGUEZ

4. EL BAGEL


Favorite dish: Lox Supreme
Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 6910 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Cuisine: Bagel shop

 

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Matt the owner opened up this spot, his first brick and mortar ever, days before the first lockdown and managed to survive and thrive all of 2020. And the bagels are NY quality.

BY: TANAI MILGRAM

5. ORNOS ESTIATORIO


Favorite dish: Maine Lobster Pasta
Neighborhood: Aventura
Address: 9565 Biscayne Blvd Ste 946, Aventura, FL 33180
Cuisine: Greek

 

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Ornos Estiatorio is a new Greek restaurant with amazing service and the freshest ingredients. It brings a fresh perspective to what we know as Greek cuisine.

BY: ISABELLA NIÑO

6. ITAMAE


Favorite dish: La Punta Cebiche with salmon, red onion, fried capers, tostones, salsa verde, leche de tigre blanca (not pictured)
Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 140 NE 39th St #136, Miami, FL 33137
Cuisine: Nikkei (Peruvian ingredients with Japanese technique)

There’s been some really exciting food this year in Miami and then there are the game-changers. Itamae is a game-changer. They use to operate as one of the vendors in St Roche Market (now MIA Market) in the Design District but it wasn’t until this year that they opened their stand-alone restaurant (also in the Design District). Itamae offers Nikkei style cuisine. That’s Peruvian ingredients with Japanese technique. It’s the sort of place where every ingredient was carefully chosen to create the most spectacular flavor combinations. Bite after bite, dish after dish, my mind was blown away. Go here for any occasion especially when you are looking for comfort and hope. Everything will be all right. Thank you Itamae for gracing us with your presence. Our favorites so far include the smoked fish dip, la punta cebiche, pulpo al olivo, the tiradito rosita and 33 1/3 roll.

BY: ANDREA BECERRA

7. BOTTA ITALIAN STREET FOOD


Favorite dish: Prosciutto Panini Focaccia
Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 860 NE 79th St B, Miami, FL 33138
Cuisine: Italian

BOTTA Italian Street Food brings the heart of Italy all the way to our beloved Miami. Opened only three months ago, BOTTA has become a local favorite with its traditional flavors and fermented dough.

BY: THAMARA AGUILAR

8. FLOUR & WEIRDOUGHS


Favorite dish: ABC Danish & Humble Caprese Sandwich
Neighborhood: Key Biscayne
Address: 19 Harbor Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Cuisine: Bakery

In the midst of a pandemic, a new small neighborhood bakery was born. Flour and Weirdoughs is a rustic bakery in Key Biscayne. It’s one of the only bakeries in Miami that mills their own flour in-house. It’s not a restaurant per se but their product is restaurant quality and Miami is lucky to have them. Whether it’s for your morning pastries, the bread you wake up to on the weekends, or an afternoon treat, they won’t disappoint. They got us through these difficult times and although we thought about making our own bread we decided there are things that we should leave to the experts. Thank you for your deliciously weird sourdough flavors.

BY: JOSE LOOR

9. TRAN AN


Favorite dish: Pork and Shrimp Saigon Crêpe
Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 215 NE 82nd St, Miami, FL 33138
Cuisine: Vietnamesse

If we were giving out Dundie Awards for Greatest Bathroom in a Restaurant, Tran An would win hands down. The giant bathroom mural says, “mom you were right (about everything)” in graffiti bubble letters and the lights are ever-changing in neon colors. The overall attention to detail of Tran An’s interior can not be overlooked. But neither can their warm service and deliciously comforting Vietnamese dishes. Chef Jon Nguyen opened his first Tran An stand-alone location this October in Little River. You really can’t go wrong with the menu. Everything is wholesome and refreshing. Our favorites include shrimp spring rolls, Vietnamese chicken slaw, pork & shrimp Saigon crepe, OG classic Banh Mis and the Hanoian Pork Noodles with Crispy Rolls. Shout out to their Spotify playlist that throws out Spice Girls, Celine Dion and Naughty by Nature.

BY: THE HUNGRY POST TEAM

10. LEKU


Favorite dish: Wild Mushroom Rice
Neighborhood: Allapattah
Address: 1100 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
Cuisine: Basque

 

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We love to see Basque cuisine come to life in Miami’s Leku restaurant inside of the Rubell Museum. Came to Leku for an early dinner in their beautiful open patio and never looked back. When we tried the seasonal tomato cracker with basil we knew this spot was gonna be good. It was so simple but booming with flavor. They had us at tomato cracker and croquetas de Iberico.

BY: THE HUNGRY POST TEAM

11. CAFE KUSH


Favorite dish: French Onion Burger (not pictured)
Neighborhood: MiMo
Address: 7700 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Cuisine: Cafe

 

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Matt Kush read our mind when he opened up Cafe Kush in MiMo district. We’ve been praying for a French bistro to make our steak frites dreams come true. It’s only been a few weeks since opening but we’re so excited to welcome this European bistro with Miami pride stamped all over it! It’s not stuffy but completely approachable. The location along the river is darling and you’ll need to start with the frog legs. We also had the Mussel, Steak Frites, and the French Onion Burger. You know a burger is good when you don’t need ketchup.

BY: THE HUNGRY POST TEAM

12. ROSIE’S


Favorite dish: Chicken & Biscuits
Neighborhood: Overtown
Address: 439 NW 4th Ave, Miami, FL 33128
Cuisine: Southern

In the historic neighborhood of Overtown Miami, you will find some of the best-fried chicken in town at Rosie’s Pop-Up. Rosie’s Pop-Up is located inside of The Copper Door, a chef-driven Bed & Breakfast by partners in business (and in life) Jamila Ross and Chef Akino West. Rosie’s comfort food was born during the pandemic. We love everything they do from their Fish and Grits, Chicken and Waffles, to their Chicky Sandwich. We recently tried their biscuits, donuts and honey ham for Christmas and fell in love all over again.

BY: THE HUNGRY POST TEAM

13. MAMEY


Favorite dish: Lemongrass Glazed Grouper
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Cuisine: Island-minded

 

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It’s no surprise that Niven Patel’s new restaurant made our list this year. My God what an amazing ode to vegetables. Cooking vegetables is so difficult it requires amazing technique and deep understanding as well as impeccable sourcing. Chef Niven gets that and sources his produce from his ranch in Homestead. A friend said to us, “his curry is like a good wine. The curry leaves you wanting to try one more spoonful every time while you discover more layers of flavors.” We’ll take it. And speaking of wines, the WINE LIST is so special highlighting island wines!! Favorite dishes include: heart of palm salad, Ghee roasted plantains, Lemongrass glazed grouper, coconut shrimp, Summer rolls, red curry mussels.

BY: THE HUNGRY POST TEAM

 

 

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2020