A Foodie Guide to Miami
In Will Smith’s famous words: « Welcome to Miami! »
If you happen to be in Miami, you’ll be impressed by the pastel-coloured Art Deco buildings, the endless rows of palm trees and the over-sized frozen margaritas on Ocean Drive (or maybe not, as we found out there is such a thing as too big!). While the majority of the population is latino, Miami is still one of the most international cities in the United States.
We just spent a couple of days there and have a few recommendations.
Here is our Foodie guide to Miami:
A stroll through Little Havana – SW 8th Street, $
South Florida is 90 miles away from Cuba and in 2012, over 1.2 million Cubans were counted in Greater Miami, but yet it’s still called Little Havana (perhaps as the main road is pequeño).
To have a proper taste of this sub-culture, we recommend you first stop at El Pub Restaurant and grab a couple of Beef Empanadas and a Cafe Cubano (careful though as they’re very very sweet and strong!).
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If you bump into Manuel (a.k.a the peanut guy), you should definitely get a $1 pack of his organic cacahuetas (you can’t miss him, as he’s the guy who’ll be screaming about his peanuts).
For dessert, you should walk into Yisell Bakery and try their Guava pastelito, which is a Guava jam filled croissant that is surprisingly very good!
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To wash this all down, Los Pinarenos Fruteria serves some delicious Guarapo juice, which is basically sugar cane juice that’s naturally sweet!
Tip: We heard that this juice is a great mix with rum!
This gorgeous fruit shop sells exotic fruits and the biggest avocados we’ve ever seen.
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If you’re still hungry you should definitely stop by Azucar Ice cream and get a scoop or two (but be ready to queue!)
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Mandolin Aegean Bistro – 4312 NE 2nd Avenue, Design District, $$
This beautiful (and very photogenic) Greek restaurant managed to nail the Mediterranean vibe. Mezzes are all delicious and come in very generous portions (we particularly liked their cheese saganaki, which is orgasmic fried cheese – $12)! Their bread is freshly baked and their rosé is refreshing (which can come in handy as Miami is often hot).
Mignonette – 210 NE 18th St, $$$
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When you’re near a beach, seafood is always a must. Mignonette is a seafood and oyster bar, which set up shop in a former 1930’s gas station, giving it that perfect vintage feel. This joint really makes a great dinner spot. They serve delicious oysters and an amazing lobster roll ($26)! And our beverage of choice here would have to be white wine.
Pubbelly Noodle Bar – 1418 20th St, $$
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This Asian fusion restaurant (which they call gastropub, but we suspect it’s because of the brick walls), serves very innovative dumplings and noodles. We particularly enjoyed their Short Rib Gyozas with corn soy, parmesan and black truffle ($15).
Sweet Liberty – 237 20th St Suite B, $$
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Sweet Liberty is an award-winning bar (Time Out, The World’s 50 best Bars, Playboy you name them) with a great atmosphere. They serve classic cocktails but also creative ones with edgy names like She Said Yes (Hendricks Gin, Fino Sherry, lemon, raspberry, cucumber, fresh sliced cucumber) and Basic Bitch (Aylesbury Duck vodka, St Germain, strawberry, sage, lemon, Prosecco).
Tip: Their happiest of hours is every day from 4 to 7pm.
The Corner – 1035 N Miami Ave, $
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The Corner is known for its Jazz Tuesdays (although we went on a Friday and they were playing some amazing old-school Hip Hop tunes). Tucked in a corner, this little bar is a great stop for after dinner drinks. It stays open until 8am on weekends if you’re up for a crazy one, but happy hour is from Monday to Friday from 4pm to 8pm.