A Hater's Guide

TO AVOIDING ART BASEL

Where to eat & drink if you’re not stepping near Art Basel

If you’re one of those that will be staying away from the most ridiculously artsy characters, jammed streets and $100 parking lots then this one is for you. For those that have no paciencia, especially when it comes to scoring a table and ordering drinks, just stay close to these spots..

Harry’s Pizzeria
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove, South Miami
Harry’s Pizzeria is James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz’s neighborhood American pizzeria first. Mus-order dishes include short rib pizza, pesto pizza, meatballs in sauce.


Pubbelly Sushi
Neighborhood: Brickell, South Miami, Aventura
Pubbelly Sushi is helmed by five-time James Beard Nominee Chef Jose Mendin and is revolutionizing the culinary scene in Miami. With a variety of dishes of vibrant colors, fresh high-quality ingredients and a lot of fun, each location embraces a unique and laidback atmosphere with a small-plate concept offering Asian-inspired dishes. We love that butter krab roll, salmon tartare taquitos, and the rock shrimp tempura. They’ve also recently launched a new menu. Checking out soon, so hold that thought or go and let us know what you loved.


Bombay Darbar
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
An authentic Indian concepts that is def a Miami favorite. If you didn’t think that Miami and Indian food mix, then you haven’t been to Bombay Darbar. Don’t miss the paneer pakoras, chicken tikka masala, and the vegetarian samosas.


Glass & Vine
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Glass and Vine is an airy garden-esque restaurant with Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, a Food Network Chopped champion, FORBES 30 Under 30 list-maker and a James Beard Award semi-finalist. The concept here is about shareable dining with a menu that offers a plethora of small and large plates, rich with local flora and fauna. Inspired by the restaurant’s gardenand Bayfront surroundings. Order the sea scallops, charred cauliflower, and the twice fried chicken.


Tacology
Neighborhood: Brickell
Chef Santiago Gomez brings true Mexican flavors at his Mexican market concept. Try their Chamoyada Margarita with mango and chamoy sauce, carnitas tacos and tacos de cochinita.


M House
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
M House came at full force to join the Coral Gables food scene. Experience a palate of bold flavors inspired by the rich coastlines of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, and Greece. The space showcases a Florida adaptation of the European Riviera and we’re feelin’ fancy. Don’t miss the wagyu toast and the cod croquettes.

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Fiola
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Prepare for a first-class dining experience with no detail unnoticed. Fiola is housed in the gorgeous Parisian inspired 1515 Sunset Building with an interior to match, designed and decorated in the European style. Everything is opulent, from the beautiful bar to the 8,000 bottle wine cellar. Diners will be treated to the full white tablecloth experience: impeccable service, cuisine from a celebrated Italian Chef, and classic hospitality. In fact, the team from Fiola’s flagship Michelin-starred restaurant in Washington D.C. has personally opened the newest location to impart the traditions of the first restaurant. Chef Fabio Trabocchi has curated a contemporary menu inspired by regional Italian classic dishes and locally-sourced Florida specialties.Offerings include extensive raw bar and crudo options, appetizers, homemade pastas, composed entrees, and meat and seafood selections (grilled or cooked in the wood oven).


Cvltvra
Neighborhood: Downtown
Might get a little bit of traffic here, but thought we should mention it either way. This new restaurant concept is a “cocina de mercado,” combining top-quality ingredients from Latin America with techniques mirroring Mediterranean cuisine, creating a true fusion of flavors and flair. If a nice view of the Frost Museum is good enough for you as far as Basel intake goes, then this spot is for you. Make sure to try that old fashion as well as the avocado & sea urchin.


Salumeria 104

Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Salumeria currently has two locations. The orginal in Midtown and the new spot in Coral Gables.Northern rustic eats are waiting for you. Our favorites include the vitello tonnato and the spaghetti alla bottarga.

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Pez
Neighborhood: Downtown
Renowned chef Javier Plascencia is bringing seafood flavors from Tijuana all the way to Miami. With six restaurant concepts in Mexico, Chef Javier Plascencia has opened up his seventh concept in downtown Miami. Grab a seat at his place for sea urchin tostadas with tuna and firey shrimp aguachiles.


PHOTO CREDIT: PEZ

Obra
Neighborhood: Brickell
Chef Carlos Garcia of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants brings his flavors to Obra. Carlos and his team have created an inviting, interactive experience for diners looking to taste his contemporary Venezuelan cuisine. The menu is primarily Latin, with influences from cuisines around the world. Try their corn and avocado risotto and their sea urchin fried egg french fries.


Eating House
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
After winning Chopped on the Food Network, Chef Giorgio opened Eating House and life in Miami wouldn’t be the same without it. An innovative kitchen that offers an eclectic menu, created for unconventional and adventurous eaters who crave novelty and surprising flavor combinations and textures. Don’t miss the tomatoes with coconut smoke, the Carbonara and the Cap n’ Crunch pancakes.


Fooq’s
Neighborhood: Downtown
For the indecisive bunch. Just right next to the madness of Art Miami. Maybe after a couple of cocktails, you’ll decide to switch to that side. Or maybe after the bucatini amatriciana and tahina hummus you’ll decide to call it a night. This unexpected gem in Downtown Miami  is serving dishes inspired by Persian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.


Spillover
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
It’s all in the family at The Spillover—sister restaurant to LoKal in Coconut Grove and Kush in Wynwood. Bringing you the same concept of keeping it local, the Spillover offers seafood fare. Pairing dishes with ciders and meads. When we go for lunch and dinner we always listen to the specials. For their recently launched brunch menu we went for the their spin on the ‘bagel and lox’ and it was anything but traditonal. They like to have fun here with their menu items and we dig that.