Survived Ultra? Bravo, you deserve a treat in the form of a delicious meal. Luckily for you, a new Hit List has arrived so you won’t skip a beat — no neon required. So without further ado, let’s roll out the latest list, because you are where you eat.
1/Beaker & Gray
Because Wynwood is growing up and everyone is along for the ride. A space where both drinks and food shine equally as bright, it features a proper cocktail bar and international bites like chorizo churros and mini Cubanos— in the distinctively cool setting the area is known for. // Wynwood. Book now at Beaker & Gray.
Because the sophomore debut from the folks behind Juvia was well worth the wait. Think fresh sushi rolls from Chef Sunny, unique nigiri combos (truffle shitake #money) and refreshing libations in a very non-traditional setting. Yes, the name doesn’t lie — it’s housed in a former garage, complete with a roof filled with hanging colorful fish for an extra touch of whimsy. // Sunset Harbour. (305) 763-8355.
Because Brad Kilgore is Miami’s man of the hour. When you hear the Miami Herald’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’, think hipster-chic & haute eats in Miami’s buzziest zip code. And that soft egg with caviar is, well, the stuff dreams are made of. // Wynwood. Book now at Alter.
Because the Broken Shaker guys are way more than cocktails. This homey restaurant, located in a converted house right next door to their legendary Miami Beach bar features a menu as diverse as the Magic City with a mash-up of Cuban, Israeli, and Haitian flavors. Where else can you find craveable shakshuka and arepas on the same menu? Pro tip: head to the upstairs lounge after dinner for cocktails just as tasty as the Shaker serves with a side of air conditioning — a true Miami #must. // South Beach. Book now at 27.
Because KYU proves that when Asian flavors and BBQ meet, magic happens. Want proof? The smokey, melt-in-your-mouth brisket served lettuce wrap style and burnt duck ends have the whole town talking. // Wynwood. (786) 577-0150.
6/Glass & Vine
Because Giorgio Rapicavoli has taken his talents to Coconut Grove, and it’s exactly what the neighborhood needed. On the menu are casual vegetable-forward dishes, wood-fired proteins, and playful desserts prepared in a way that only the Chopped-champ could. // Coconut Grove. (305) 200-5268.
7/LungYai Thai Tapas
Because even though it isn’t serving fritas or arroz con pollo, Lung Thai Tapas is still Little Havana’s best hidden gem. This authentic Thai spot serves up a mean dumpling and even better curry. And its fried chicken puts the Colonel’s version to shame. Be prepared to wait. Promise it’ll be worth it. // Little Havana. (786) 334-6262.
Because Bangkok has arrived at South Beach. Chef Bee is showing Miami why his cuisine has been loved all these years. His insanely fresh sushi, crispy peppery duck and a beef jerky will rock your world. Don’t forget to order a frozen cocktail (or six) with your meal. // South Beach. (786) 275-6005.
Because this is dinner and a show Miami style. This 1940s inspired Cuban cabaret makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Havana, complete with an 11-piece orchestra that will make you want to salsa all night long. But when you need a break make sure to munch on some housemade manchego churros to refuel. // Brickell. (786) 717-7512.
Because eating omakase sushi out of a food truck isn’t as weird as it sounds, promise. This six-seater, sushi slinging truck serves up some of the freshest rolls in town. // Wynwood. Book Now at MYUMI.