Forget the star-studded party scene; nowadays, the Miami heat is in the kitchen, and food culture is the new go-to. This month, we welcome a slew of eateries – like the chic Italian import Le Sirenuse, Ghee Kitchen, and Kiki on the River – plus old standbys that show off Miami’s diversity in flavors and cuisine. Go ahead and take the Magic City’s tasty restaurant scene by storm, with the Hit List as your guide.
Because enjoy delicious global cuisine in the heart of Miami Beach. This new eatery by the Bar Lab guys always gets it right. Must-orders are the Haitian gritoz, kimchi fried rice, Israeli shakshuka, and a to-die-for arepa platter.//Miami Beach. Book now on Resy.
Because channeling the dolce vita lifestyle is the ultimate Miami goal. This Michelin-starred import is pulling out all the stops with a bar dedicated to Italian apertifs and champagne, ocean-view dining, and proper white tablecloth service.// Surfside. 786-482-2280.
Because Miami’s most anticipated restaurant of the year has finally opened its doors, and it’s worthy of all the hype. Expect modern day updates on classic Indian fare (lamb vindaloo anyone?) from a Michael’s Genuine alum, plus a selection of aromatic, custom-made brews to wash it all down with.// Kendall. (305) 968-1850.
4/Hank & Harry’s
Because it’s about time Lincoln Road got a proper New York-style deli. Nosh on sky-high pastrami sandwiches, enormous black & white cookies, and matzoh ball soup–and cure that Big Apple craving.// South Beach. Walk-ins only.
5/Kiki on the River
Because Greek eats are better with enviable water views. And when combined with the best Sunday brunch party in town, “opa!” never sounded so good.//Miami River. (786) 502-3243.
Because some of the best sushi in town is at a food truck in Wynwood. Trust. The omakase tasting menu truly boasts some of the freshest fish in the Magic City. Oh, and B.Y.O.S. (bring your own sake).//Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because truffle-stuffed flatbread should always be an option. Paired with lamb ribs and sweet jeweled rice, Byblos is love at first taste. Add on the boozy tea-based cocktails served on silver platters, and it’s just plain perfection.//Miami Beach.
Because traveling back in time is the new night out. Channel 1980’s nostalgia at this milkshake bar, complete with decadent Golden Girls and E.T. themed shakes, set up in a space that looks like the owner’s childhood kitchen.// Coconut Grove. Walk-ins only.
9/Beaker & Gray
Because you can’t beat hip-hop beats and great drinks. Order like a pro with cheeseburger croquettes, shrimp mini-burgers, tangy yellow curry, and wagyu-stuffed beef wellington rolls.//Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because Swine is proof that Southern food can be done right in Miami. Opt for the (perfectly burnt!) burnt ends, melt-in-your-mouth mac ‘n cheese, and cornbread, naturally. //Coral Gables. Book now on Resy.