Back to school nerves may be in full affect but you’ll be the coolest kid in town with this knowledge. You know the drill: you are where you eat, read up on it.
Because Miami’s OG pop-up has finally turned full-fledged restaurant. Yes, the Vietnamese noms have returned — plus mix-and-match seafood boils, and, most importantly, a full bar. // MiMo. Book now at Phuc Yea.
Because these NY pies are just as delicious in the 3-0-5. The famous spicy honey topped Hellboy makes an appearance, and the crispy, slightly charred sausage platter has your name on it. P.S. Nutella pizza FTW. // MiMo. Walk-in’s only.
3/Halves & Wholes
Because classic sandwiches with a Miami twist are the best of both worlds. Think chicharrón-stuffed banh mi, sofrito topped cheesesteaks, and an eggplant croquetas sandwich that has both vegetarian and carnivores drooling. // South Beach. Walk-ins only.
4/Vagabond Kitchen & Bar
Because, who doesn’t like a good makeover? Consider this Vagabond 2.0 with bright new digs, French-cuisine and spinach gnocchi that can’t be missed. // MiMo. Book now at Vagabond Kitchen & Bar.
Because it’s a proven fact that fresh poke always tastes better with sky high ocean views and perfectly paired drinks from an on-site “cocktail pairing connoisseur.” #Fancy // South Beach. (305) 604-6580.
6/The Local Craft Food & Drink
Because good Southern eats can be found in Miami and The Local proves it. Hush puppies, chicken and biscuits, and, quite possibly, the best burger in town show Southern revival is well on its way. Pro tip: homemade charcuterie on fleek. // Coral Gables. Book now at The Local Craft Food & Drink.
7/ The River Oyster Bar
Because even after all these years, this joint is still the happy hour spot in Brickell. The manchego and chorizo-topped oysters, the boozy cocktails, and the killer seafood selection certainly have something to do with it. // Brickell. Book now at The River Oyster Bar.
Because this cozy Italian trattoria’s lobster ravioli and coconut flan make the hike west of 95 worth it. // Doral. (786) 360-4468.
Because date night solved. Sneak into Mina’s breezy backyard garden, and grab a spicy feta dip, a vegan moussaka, and a bottle of vino. Then watch the sparks fly. // MiMo. Book now at Mina’s Mediterraneo.
10/Quinto La Huella
Because rib eye parrilla and gooey, charred provolone cheese plates are a must. Swanky Uruguayan eats were made for this city. Pro Tip: don’t forget to grab a drink at the rooftop bar, Sugar, after dinner, and take in some of Miami’s best views. // Brickell. (786) 805-4646.