The sun, the sensuality, and the surf all define Miami. With a restaurant scene as diverse as the population, Miami does have a distinctly Cuban and latin influence. There are hundreds of restaurnt choices in the area, and for travelers it can be difficult to decide where to eat on their trip. FlipKey wants to help, and we've created the ultimate lineup of must-try restaurants in the Miami area - both in Miami Beach and downtown.
The atmosphere, the food, the service, and the location put these establishments over the top and onto our list of the best restaurants worth traveling for in Miami. So grab your sandals, your sunblock, and your appetite and try out each entry on our list:
"Big Pink is a take on the retro diner experience - you'll recognize it right away with their signature pink Volkswagen Beetles parked outside. With more than 200 menu items, including the Big Pink TV Dinner, there is something for everyone at Big Pink!"
"Burger and Beer Joint is known for its rock and roll vibe and is a destination favorite to both locals and tourists. Patrons experience B&B's popular happy hour crowd as well as the late night fun; or just a place to go and enjoy a burger for lunch or dinner in a sports-themed environment. The signature burgers offer unique sauces and toppings that make B&B Joint a special dining experience. Some highlights on the menu include the ten-pound Mother Burger, the fried Twinkie with ice cream, fried zucchini sticks and adult milkshakes. We also offer light fare options including seafood, chicken and salads."
"Ceviche105 invites you to enjoy the most exquisite traditional peruvian dishes in a modern presentation, in a chilled and pleasant environment where excellent food and great service are combined in order to make your lunch or dinner an enjoyable experience."
"Cleo captures the vibrancy of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, where new yet familiar flavors are enhanced by worldly charm. The award- winning Chef Danny Elmaleh takes you on a culinary adventure, adapting his original Cleo menu with local South Beach ingredients. Enjoy delicious sharable plates, mezzes, flatbreads and handcrafted cocktails in a warm and intimate, yet energetic atmosphere."
"Prepare to enjoy a natural gourmet dining experience at Essensia Restaurant + Lounge. Our South Beach restaurant embraces a farm-to-table philosophy and offers a seasonal selection of global, wholesome cuisine made primarily with locally sourced ingredients – including an on-property Chef’s Organic Garden. Essensia takes great pride in being a conscious restaurant and places a genuine focus on the purity and taste of its menu. We care about you, our community, and our environment."
"With dishes customized to make use of the best local ingredients, the restaurant serves Hakkasan's award-winning modern Cantonese cuisine and signature cocktails, and a dim sum lunch menu is also available on weekends. The interior design features teak walls and turquoise hues that evoke sea and sand throughout the dining area, bar and lounge."
"A comfortable, yet elegant hideaway with floor-to-ceiling windows, sweeping ocean views, an elegant bar and beautiful lounge, J&G Grill sets new standards for Miami and South Florida as a world-class dining destination. It is Miami's only restaurant that combines a curated selection of Jean-Georges' greatest appetizers, side dishes and accompaniments from his portfolio of domestic and international restaurants around the world with the highest quality meats and freshest seafood available in the market."
"Khong River House offers an oasis of reclaimed wood, soaring ceilings and dimly lit Edison bulbs housed in antique Asian birdhouses. The kitchen centers on the core of rural Asian society: family. This sense of community translates to the table. True to Asian culture, the food is meant to be shared. Fiery curries, rich noodle dishes, herbaceous broths, tangy house pickles and sweet sticky rice are just a few of the flavors to come from Khong River House's humble tribute to the food, flavors and traditions of the Mekong region."
"A hidden corner where Old World traditions meet the vibrancy of modern Miami. Where the exhilarating flavors of nouveau cuisine mingle with the rustic comforts of French home cooking. Where masterful chefs, quality ingredients and time-tested techniques create culinary brilliance."
"Since Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink first opened in the Miami Design District in spring of 2007, diners have come to embrace and crave its refreshing combination of laid-back atmosphere and seriously good food, a neighborhood bistro that is the ultimate showcase for the type of cuisine that chef/owner Michael Schwartz does best – homemade, unpretentious, delectable, with an emphasis on great local ingredients."
"OTC specializes in creating a fun, social atmosphere based off the American comfort foods and craft beer. Each dish is prepared to allow the bold falvors of quality (often local) ingredients to reveal themselves, and served in an energetic environment where guests listen to a carefully-selected playlist of American Indie-rock and hip-hop."
"Pubbelly is a casual tavern-like restaurant with an every changing culinary style. The menu takes inspiration from Asian and Latin ingredients while using European cooking techniques. Enjoy small plates to sample a variety of differenent dishes and flavor combinations, paired with wine, craft beer, and sake from around the globe."
"Spris is a casual, pizza joint situated right on South Beach's Lincoln Road. Stop in for one of their award-winning, gourmet pizzas - there are over 30 mouth-watering choices when it comes to their thin-crust, brick-oven pies!"
"The Bazaar by Jose Andres offers a vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine in a fun indoor-outdoor space on Miami's South Beach. The menu is a combination of the chef's Spanish heritage, personal ingenuity, and local Latin culinary tradition."
"The Dutch serves American food, in the way its chefs see it today. They cook things that make them happy, like a deluxe steak with a tower of shellfish, or a homey roasted chicken. Whatever you order, don't forget to try their homemade hot sauce!"
"Tongue & Cheek, as seen on Bravo TV's Best New Restaurant, embodies "sophistication and whimsical humor". Chef Jamie DeRosa serves innovative, honest food in a relaxed and classicaly modern dining room."
"Yardbird brings fresh, inventive Southern fare to Miami Beach. The restaurant prides itself on farm-fresh ingredients, classic Southern cooking, culture, and hopsitality. Open for lunch, dinner, and on the weekends, stop by for their one-of-a-kind brunch!"
Today we are featuring, Megan Kaseburg, a travel blog writer who promotes Miami tours and attractions for the Gray Line Miami Blog.
Miami is home to the rich and famous who love to enjoy the good life. It’s not surprising then that Miami can be a somewhat difficult place for travelers on a modest budget. The best way to save some dough but not skimp on your vacation experience is to stop at one (or let´s be honest, several) of Miami’s best food trucks. Food truck fever has spread all across the US but no where else is this food trend as hot and spicy as it is in Miami. Offering a wide variety gourmet flavors at incredibly reasonable prices, food trucks are perfect for hanging out with the locals as you savor a sampling of small plates of delicious eats. Here are some of the best food trucks in Miami:
Jefe´s Original Fish Tacos
Bringing West Coast fish tacos to Miami, Jefe´s fish tacos are petite but overflowing with oh-so-good flavor. These tacos will beg you to squeeze all the limes that you can get your hands on over the delicately fried fish. At less than $2.50 per mini taco, you will have to exercise extreme self-control to prevent yourself from ordering more than three. Emanating good vibes and sunshine, it´s like you can almost hear the waves of Baja California.
Latin Burger and Taco
Taking the burger to a whole new level, this fusion of the classic American cheeseburger with a generous helping of Latin spice is absolutely divine in a macho sort of way. A Sirloin steak burger smothered in caramelized onions and peppered with jalapeños will be your taste bud’s idea of heaven but your breath’s idea of hell. It´s more than worth it, especially when you include fries for a $10 combo meal.
This food truck is a gastronome’s dream. One of the original Miami food trucks, Gastropod’s Chef Jeremiah joyfully serves his tasty dishes out of his trademark 1960s Airstream motor home. While this is not the cheapest food truck in town, you can expect to pay around $10 per plate, but it is by far the most ‘gourmet’ option. Cultivating a reputation for exciting and unique Caribbean fusions, Gastropod reigns supreme with customer favorites like Banh Mi Pork Tacos, Red Curry Duck Tacos and the famous Old Dirt Dog Short Ribs with Stupid Slaw.
It is time to go south to the land of savory empanadas and steak: Argentina. If you don’t feel like traveling all the way to the Southern Hemisphere for authentic empanadas, then check out the Che Grill. Grab beef or chicken empanadas for an easy-to-eat treat, ideal for a relaxing beach picnic. Meat aficionados know that Argentine carne is all about the cut and you should try the entraña, skirt steak. Don´t be shy with the chimichurri sauce, your culinary palette will thank you later.
Don’t be surprised if you hear dramatic exclamations such as “Take that away from me before I eat it all!” around Sugar Rush, a food truck dedicated to desserts. Eating a deep friend Oreo is not the model diet for prancing around in your swimsuit on South Beach, but you won’t be able to resist yourself. Cake milkshakes are extremely popular and the Red Velvet Cake Milkshake blended with ice cream is by far the biggest crowd pleaser on a hot Miami day. Other scrumptious options include Passion Fruit Cremé Brulee and Churro con Chocolate cupcakes.
You can visit each truck’s website to get the most up to date schedule as they change weekly or check out Miamifoodtrucks.com. Most food trucks do not accept debit/credit cards and you will need to bring some old fashion greenbacks.
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