Miami Restaurants: Top Dish

10 Faves from the ‘Glades to Sunny Isles

Just back from a whirlwind trip to Miami to research a new guidebook I am working on – DK Eyewitness Travel’s Florida Family Guidebook

BIG sandwich at Big Pink

Between playgrounds and zoos, I made sure I had plenty of time to grab me some of that legendary Miami cuisine – the very definition of melting pot. From Everglades ‘gator tail to Brazilian churrascaria and over-the-top Italian, Miami restaurants more than cover the globe.

Here are the top ten dishes I tasted there lately. 

  1. Octopus ceviche at Cantina Beach, Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
  2. Conch and corn fritters with roasted yellow pepper puree at Ortanique, Coral Gables
  3. Fried green tomato BLT with jalapeno mashed potatoes at LuLu, Coconut Grove
  4. Three-guac sampler with nachos and chicharron at Cantina Beach, Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

    Guac sampler at Cantina Beach

  5. Turkey reuben and homemade chips at Big Pink, South Beach
  6. Egg and ham quesadilla with café con leche at Al’s Coffee Shop, Coral Gables
  7. Dark chocolate and chile gelato at Dolce Vita, Coconut Grove
  8. Short ribs and pasta with marinara sauce at Kitchen 305, Newport Beachside Resort, Sunny Isles Beach

    Ribs and pasta at Kitchen 305

  9. Fried alligator at Coopertown (population 0008)
  10. Smoked sea bass at Jimbo’s, Virginia Key