D. Wade may have said adios to the 3-0-5, but these classic Miami spots are here to stay. Here’s the Hit List for Miami, because you are where you eat.
Because what’s better than some fresh, cool seafood in these sweltering summer months? Answer: When it’s washed back by a glass (or six) of Ouidinot champagne. Slurp, sip, repeat, YOLO. // Edgewater. (305) 374-4635.
Because this pop-up turned permanent spot hasn’t lost any of its charm. The playful, signature dishes like chicken and waffles, and dirt cups that made it famous are still around, but the restaurant’s ever-evolving cuisine and Rapicavoli’s unique use of veggies continue to make it a must visit spot. P.S. Brunch is still the bomb dot com. // Coral Gables. Book now at Eating House.
Because ceviche with a side of ocean views will never get old. But there is so much more to this Peruvian Mecca, i.e. Lomo saltado, colorful causa and pisco sours that make you want to book a one-way flight to Peru, stat. Pro tip: place an order for the KFC, La Mar’s delectable off menu fried chicken. Now you know. // Brickell Bay. (305) 913-8358.
Because pasta > #summerbod goals every time. And Macchialina’s homemade pasta is as good as grandma’s, if grandma was an all-star southern Italian cook. Sunday gravy for days. And that beet cavatelli will make non-beet lovers convert. Trust. // South Beach. Book now at Macchialina.
Because bourbon. Walls and walls of it. More than whiskeys are on hand, with 65 proudly boasting the bourbon. Plus some of the best fried chicken this side of the Mason Dixon. // South Beach. Book now at Yardbird.
Because all these years later Zuma is still the place to see and be scene. This sushi palace inside the swanky EPIC Hotel features fresh-to-death rolls, melt-in-your mouth waygu steaks and Miami Heat player spottings on the reg. // Brickell. (305) 577-0277.
7/27 Restaurant & Bar
Because you don’t have to brave the heat to get your hands on a classic Broken Shaker cocktail. Since 27 is owned and operated by the geniuses behind the Shaker, you’ll sip on a refreshing apricot pineapple sage mojito while munching on some crispy, ricotta stuffed squash blossoms. Go ahead, congratulate yourself for hacking the hell out of Miami’s summer. // South Beach. Book now at 27.
8/Zak the Baker
Because Miami’s OG baker, Zak Stern, shows he’s so much more than sliced bread. Not only can you snatch up a fresh loaf at his signature shop, but also flakey pastries, savory soups and even a salad or 2. You know, for those carb-fearing friends out there. // Wynwood. (786) 347-7100.
Because mama mia that’s one damn good pizza. Hand rolled with a wine bottle, natch. Go classic Margherita for this spot, and save room for the Nutella topped dessert. Prego. // South Beach. Walkins only.
Because good Indian cuisine does exist in Miami, you just need to know where to look. Go for that spice that makes everything nice in your tandoori chicken and mango lassi. And the garlic naan because you should. // Coconut Grove. (305) 444-7272.