An Eater’s Guide to Miami
By Olee Fowler for Eater Miami
While the DJs playing in a restaurant used to get more attention than than the chefs cooking there, Miami’s culinary scene has finally shifted. The focus now is on flavor, not flash. Today’s Miami culinary landscape reflects that, with locals stepping up their game and pouring their diverse backgrounds into the meals they prepare. Use this guide to find the places that matter the most in Miami.
After falling prey to the tourism gods in the 2000s, Miami Beach has pockets of new areas that were created with both locals and tourists alike. Sunset Harbour started the locals-friendly trend thanks to the team behind Pubbelly, which debuted its popular namesake gastropub in 2010, and later expanded its talents to the whole block with Spanish tapas eatery Barceloneta and sushi mash-up Pubbelly Sushi. Around the corner is NYC import Lucali, whose Miami pies are just as good as its Big Apple counterpart’s, while hot spot NaiYaRa turns out high-end Thai street food fare with a side of celebrity sightings. Sunset Harbour also serves as a breakfast hub as well with True Loaf Bakery, Panther Coffee and Icebox Cafe, featuring Oprah loved cakes, all solid choices in the neighborhood.
In the land of banks and steakhouses, there are still plenty of unique meals to be had. For those enjoying an expense account dinner, perpetual sushi hot spot Zuma, Peruvian meccas La Mar and Coya, and modern-day steak house Edge Steak & Bar will impress the bosses. For a more low-key option, get a well-made espresso drink at All Day, the spicy bucatini at Fooq’s, or the gazpacho at modern Spanish eatery NIU. Finish the day off with a drink at popular rooftop hangouts Pawn Broker or Sugar followed by a late-night drink at The Corner Bar or Floyd Miami, which never seem to close.
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