The New Year is for discovering new staples and getting reacquainted with old favorites. With so many delicious options to choose from, it’s time to dive in to some of Miami’s hottest spots around town. You are where you eat; here are the top picks.
Because everyone’s favorite Thai spot has travelled to Wynwood. All of the classics can be found on the menu– pork-filled flat noodles, fresh papaya salad and tangy eggplant – but with booze and bathrooms to boot. It’s the little things, isn’t it? // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because COYO’s famous taco slinger shows off his authentic Mexican cooking chops at his latest restaurant, Olla. Think refined Oaxacan cuisine like moles, tripe soup, and lamb barbacoa chilaquiles, served in a hip, Lincoln Road locale. And there’s plenty of mezcal on hand, since it’s South Beach after all. // South Beach. 786-717-5400
Because Miami has seen a helluva poke invasion this past year, but Ono reigns supreme. Thanks to a Makoto-trained chef serving some of the freshest fish with authentic toppings, Ono’s poke bowls are over the top. Just remember to get there early: the goods sell out by lunchtime almost daily. // Wynwood. No reservations.
Because Miami’s go-to Vietnamese Cajun spot just got a boozy new addition in the form of an outdoor Lantern Garden. Soak up tasty libations and old-school beats beneath red strung lantern lights. // MiMo. Book now on Resy.
Because the guys behind Beyoncé-approved juice shop JugoFresh are at it again–this time, with a full-fledged restaurant. Expect classic eats with a healthy twist: gluten-free pancakes topped with crème anglaise, sweet potato bread topped with vegan chocolate sauce and granola, and savory calentado made with fresh veggies instead of meat. // Sunset Harbour. No reservations.
Because that pastrami-style short rib is the stuff of a carnivore’s dreams. Add the creamy whipped potatoes, which are so smooth they give silk a run for its money, grilled oysters for good measure and tres leches for dessert. // Coconut Grove. Book now on Resy.
Because an A-T-L legend has made its way down to the M-I-A. Perfectly charred wood-fired pizzas and simple calzones are highlights in this trattoria inside (newly-minted) Italian mecca, Centro Storico. Expect long lines just like at the original, but the food is oh-so-worth it. // South Beach. No reservations.
Because who says the country’s Best New Bar can’t serve killer eats too? Enter Sweet Liberty, whose massive cheeseburger and even larger cauliflower nachos are the late-night food of the gods (and can rival just about any dish in town, no matter the hour). // South Beach. Book now on Resy.
Because this hidden gem is worth seeking out. Homey in decor and feel, its kitchen turns out some of the best comfort food in the city. The pork secreto, cauliflower soup, and mussels are all must-haves, but save room for dessert because the chocolate orange soufflé – baked inside of an actual orange rind – is the real showstopper. // Upper East Side. Book now on Resy.
Because pizza with a side of people-watching never tasted so good. Grab a seat on Farinelli’s massive outdoor deck; order a decadent lamb ossobuco-topped pie, Italian vino to wash it down with, and take in some of the best eats and views in Coconut Grove. // Coconut Grove. (305)648-9023.