Welcome to 2017’s first edition of must-tries. It’s a new year, but that doesn’t mean good ol’ standbys have to fall by the wayside. Miami’s perennial favorites shine– now more than ever. So grab your fork and knife and dig into this year; because you are where you eat.
1/Joe’s Stone Crab
Because it’s the best time of year. No, not the holidays– stone crab season. And there is literally no place better than Joe’s to get your hands on these sweet and tender crustaceans. Pro tip: order a side of crispy hash browns and garlicky spinach, and dive into Miami’s most legendary meal. // South Beach. Walk-ins only.
Because it’s the buzziest restaurant in town more than a year after its debut. That caviar-topped, 62-degree egg is as good as ever, and with the addition of the outdoor bar, craft cocktails al fresco before and after your meal are a necessity. // Wynwood. Book now at Alter.
3/Cake Thai Wynwood
Because this Thai staple has finally come to Wynwood, and the neighborhood couldn’t happier. Consider it Cake 2.0 with all the same popular dishes as the original, plus much-needed booze. // Wynwood. Book now at Cake Thai.
Because eclectic Miami-inspired eats plus Broken Shaker cocktails is the combo on Miami Beach that everyone is looking for. // South Beach. Book now at 27.
5/El Mago de las Fritas
Because a visit to Miami isn’t complete without a frita: a Cuban take on the burger, complete with a thin beef and pork patty, spicy ketchup and potato sticks. It’s a Calle Ocho treasure that no one can pass up. // Little Havana. (305) 266-8486.
Because that truffle carbonara will never get old. And while the chef is now a star, Eating House still feels like the same laid-back home away from home (with killer food and hip hop playing in background). // Coral Gables. Book now at Eating House.
7/The River Oyster Bar
Because seafood in Miami is a must, and it’s hard to beat River Oyster’s raw bar. Go for the famous daily happy hour – where oysters are the star — and stay for the gnocchi tossed with jumbo lump crab and truffle. // Brickell. Book now on Resy.
Because rustic Italian eats on South Beach and Macchialina’s beet mezzaluna and short rib lasagna. // South Beach. (305) 534-2124.
9/Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Because even though a day trip to the Greek Isles isn’t technically possible, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported there at Mandolin. Grilled octopus, lamb meatballs and, quite possibly, the most beautiful courtyard decked-out in white and blue details make this spot a Miami favorite. // Miami Design District. (305) 576-6066.
Because this small Asian gastropub launched a dining empire– and for good reason! Those duck and pumpkin dumplings and pork belly have kept guests coming back for more than six years. // South Beach. (305) 532-7555.