Miami, Gateway to the Americas, is blessed with a spectacular array for cultures and locales that truly make it one of the world’s most fascinating dining destinations. From glitzy South Beach and artsy Coconut Grove, to old world Coral Gables and the new Design District, culinary adventurers will find an endless lineup of colorful and innovative restaurants to match any mood. Next time you’re in town try out one of these local faves…
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
130 Northeast 40th Street
This unpretentious café has gained a reputation for its fresh, seasonal New American cuisine—as well as for putting the Design District on the map as Miami’s hot new dining destination. Michael Schwartz, owner and chef, was honored in 2010 with the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South. From snacks to extra-large entrees, Chef Schwartz creates innovative dishes for lunch and dinner, organizing them by the size of the plates. Prices are reasonable, so you can make this stop for a quick bite or a three-course dinner.
Joe’s Stone Crabs
11 Washington Avenue
No visit to Miami is complete without a trip to Joe’s Stone Crabs. The South Beach favorite has been an area fixture since 1913 and as the name suggests, it is the place for stone crabs! Open for lunch and dinner during the stone crab season (October 15th to May 15th), Joe’s is also open for a short summer season from May 18th to July 31st, but only for dinner. Of course the crabs are the main event, but don’t miss Joe’s sweet potato fries or heavenly key lime pie! Even with several spacious dining rooms and efficient service, expect a bit of a wait as this restaurant is notoriously popular. Have a cocktail at the bar and take the opportunity to see and be seen!
Otanique on the Mile
278 Miracle Mile
Listed as one of the top 10 restaurants in Miami, Otanique on the Mile is for lovers of flavorful, tasty tropical cuisine. Highly-acclaimed owners/chefs, Cindy Huston and Darius Shirley, create what they call “Cuisine of the Sun,” dishes infused with the spices and aromas of the Caribbean. The focus is on seafood; however there is a wide range of choices on the menu, like jerk pork chops and rum-braised short ribs. The tropical desserts are a cultural expedition in and of themselves. After a lunch or dinner in this lively restaurant, take time to stroll around picturesque Coral Gables.
105 North East 3rd Avenue
CVI.CHE 105 invites diners to experience exquisite dishes infused with Chef Juan Chipoco’s unique style and passion for his homeland Peru. Located in downtown Miami, within walking distance from Bayfront Park, as well as a short drive from the Performing Arts Center and American Airline Arena, this modern chic restaurant has a reputation for great service as well as a delectable food. Lovers of ceviche (typically made from fresh, raw fish marinated in citrus juices) will enjoy the varied selection on the menu.
4612 South Le Jeune Road
Havana Harry’s is an unpretentious modern restaurant that features delectable Cuban/Latin American cuisine at a great price. An ideal place for family gatherings, the servings are substantial, so bring an appetite! The guava chicken and lechoncita (shredded pork and grilled onions with mojo sauce) are regular favorites!
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