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Mandolin Aegean Bistro

  Mandolin Aegean Bistro (4312 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) — the best Greek and Turkish food in Miami is tucked away in the intimate, understated courtyard at Mandolin. Transport to the Greek Isles with a menu of elegant small plates (no over-fried falafel here) and entrees like lamb and beef meatballs and the exceptionally grilled […]

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Lario’s on the Beach

Lario’s on the Beach (820 Ocean Drive, b/w 8th & 9th Streets, Miami Beach) – in case visitors aren’t sure who owns this lively Cuban restaurant, it’s Gloria Estefan’ (the unofficial Queen of Miami). Given that, this is more tourist-driven than most of the Cuban restaurants embedded throughout South Beach. However, with large platters of […]

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Joe’s Stone Crab

Joe’s Stone Crab (11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach) – this restaurant has been around virtually as long as tourism became popular in Miami Beach. Aside from the best Stone Crab in the world, Joe’s is also widely-known for their side dishes, as well as the Key Lime Pie. They also have direct home delivery, so […]

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Hakkasan

Hakkasan (Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) – for those seeking good-quality Cantonese food, this Miami outpost of the London Chinese restaurant of the same name would be a good start. Patrons regularly rave over the dim sum served here. Despite the fact that Hakkasan is a Chinese restaurant, this is not a cheap […]

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Harry’s Pizzeria

Harry’s Pizzeria (3918 North Miami Avenue, b/w NE 39th & 40th Streets, Design District, Miami) – this pizza restaurant is not to be confused with “Harry’s Italian” in New York (another popular pizza restaurant).  Miami area chef Michael Schwartz launched this restaurant to help raise the standard of pizzas in Miami (which traditionally had difficulty […]

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Gotham Steam

Gotham Steam (Fontainebleau Hotel, 4400 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) – think of this restaurant as a New York-style steakhouse that just happens to be in Miami Beach.  Two levels of dining feature a choice between indoor and al fresco, with a hand-blown glass chandelier overhead and an open exhibition kitchen. The menu ventures beyond beef […]

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El Mago de la Frita

El Mago de la Frita (5828 SW 8th Street, Little Havana, Miami) – this is a popular (greasy spoon) hamburger joint in the middle of the working class Miami strip known as Little Havana – popular enough for President Obama to stop by during one of his fundraising trips to Miami. The restaurant gets its […]

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Cevichery Restobar

Cevichery Restobar (440 Española Way, Miami Beach) – launched in 2011, this place exists to satisfy travelers’ curiosity over Peruvian ceviche – a popular seafood dish among Latins from various parts of the continent (especially South America).  Along with that signature dish, Aji de Gallina (shredded chicken with a creamy ají amarillo and parmesan sauce) […]

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Casa Tua

Casa Tua (1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach) — this restaurant features an eighteen-seat chef’s table, as well as several rooms that make diners feel as if they are eating at a friend’s home. Casa Tua may provide a casual atmosphere, but their kitchen operates with attention to detail. Dine in the garden to truly complete […]

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Bianca at Delano

Bianca at Delano (1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — From the moment one walks into this restaurant, Bianca at Delano makes quite an impression. Bianca offers various savory Italian dishes, as well as a menu that features local, organic ingredients. Those who’ve already dined here recommend the meatballs and the zesty red sauce draped over […]