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While February means blustery, winter temperatures for most of the country, it’s 70 degrees and sunny in South Florida. Thanks to some star-studded new openings, there’s more cause for envy in Miami than just the weather – it’s a bona fide dining hub. From James Beard Award-winning chefs to a selection of new food halls, newcomers and greatest hits comprise this month’s Hit List. Grab a seat.
Because Chinese food finally gets an upgrade – complete with tropical Miami vibes. Jasmine smoked ribs, flat noodles tossed with braised rabbit, and roasted pork buns are among the highlights. Pro-tip: save room for dessert; the banana dulce de leche spring rolls are not to be missed. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
2/Casa Tua Cucina
Because ultra-swanky Casa Tua has gone big time, with a massive new outpost. The eatery features ten different concepts in one mega space, serving made-to-order pastas, Neapolitan pies, creamy gelato, and everything in between. Mamma mia! // Brickell. Walk-ins only.
3/Amara at Paraiso
Because it’s about time Michael Schwartz gave Miami some waterfront eats. His new two-story, Biscayne Bay stunner boasts Schwartz’s signature farm-to-table bites, Bayfront views, and some of the best al fresco dining in the city. // Edgewater. (305) 702–5528.
Because Miami’s food hall mania has begun and 1-800-LUCKY is first on the scene. This Asian-themed hall boasts dumplings galore, bánh mìs (nestled in Sullivan Street bread), and the pièce de résistance: Instagram-worthy, fish-shaped ice cream cones filled with colorful soft serve. // Wynwood. Walk-ins only.
Because this hip seafood newcomer is reason enough for a jaunt to South Miami. Homestyle, feel-good eats like shrimp ‘po boys, crab-and-chorizo bucatini, and on-tap Moscow Mules make this spot a no-brainer. // South Miami. Walk-ins only.
6/Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill
Because ‘tis the season for outdoor dining, and Charcoal has the best patio in town. Ideal for a laid-back evening with friends or a romantic dinner a deux, start with the house-made charcuterie board before moving to the Robata-grilled whole fish, and, for dessert, coconut cake. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because cozy Cuban diner food is just what the doctor ordered in the these cool “winter” months. From the masterminds behind Finka Table & Tap — and with plates like alligator fried rice, Korean style fritas, and arroz con pollo fritters — this is definitely not abuela’s Cuban cuisine. // West Kendall. Walk-ins only.
8/Beaker & Gray
Because no matter the hour, Beaker & Gray has you covered. This perpetual Wynwood hotspot offers every meal of the day from lunch to late-night, alongside creative mixed drinks. Opt for a signature concoction, like “Rose-Colored Glasses” or a Sunday morning cartoon-themed “Teenage Mutant Ginger Turtle”— and enjoy. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because Alter’s bar is stepping up its game in a serious way. While the restaurant has received nearly every culinary accolade, the adjacent Bar Alter is making a name for itself, too. With its inventive cocktails, casual eats (with an elevated twist), and daily happy hour, it’s a delightful, can’t-miss offshoot. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Because now it’s easier than ever to enjoy a taste of Brazil — without the flight. Spring for traditional dishes (think farofas filled with bananas, cheese bread) and plenty of caipirinhas. // South Beach. Book now on Resy.
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