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48 Hours in Miami:

A Food Lover's Guide to Miami

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Restaurants in Miami

The typical Miami Scene used to only be killer heels and short skirts, tomato-red Porsche, followed by an avocado-tinged Jaguar and walking past the James Beard award-winning chef and former Top Chef champion’s restaurant that offers a high-end cultural cuisine mix. A place where partying came first and food was simply sustenance to get you to the next shindig. But now, that vibe has changed. With a combination of homegrown talent like Ghee Indian Kitchen’s Niven Patel and award-winning names such as Michael Mina and José Andrés, along with a surge of international brands including Zuma, La Mar, Scarpetta and Hakkasan, over the last few years, Miami underwent a food renaissance to emerge as one of the most vigorous and exciting food cities in the States. Best of all, you're in Miami during a really great time...Miami Spice is here and you best take advantage. Ready to get your grub on?

For Lunch

FIOLA (Coral Gables)

For the fine dining Italian restaurant, the change in season signals an update in offerings with ingredients and flavors that are a perfect addition to its refined menu. This Spring, Beverage Director, Daniel Bishop has introduced a trio of cocktails including the smokey LEONARDO SMILING with Patron Silver, spiced guava, sfumato, lemon, and smoked salt; the refreshing FIOLA G&T -Bombay Sapphire infused with butterfly pea tea and lemongrass, house made tonic, and soda; and MR. A NEGRONI -Bombay, Campari, Carpano Antica, and Ramazzotti Amaro.

MAREVA 1939 (Miami Beach)

Sundays from 12-4PM, Mareva 1939’s Sunday Brunch offers an international buffet style menu with a Spanish cuisine flare highlighting the Chef specials, accompanied by live music by Victor Valdez! Unlimited beverage options are also available inclusive of mimosa, chismosa and Bloody Mary, in addition to a crafted cocktail list and full bar options.

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For Brunch

SEXY FISH (Brickell)

Designed in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and Caring, the restaurant will feature show-stopping, glamorous interiors inspired by the style and sophistication of a mid-century brasserie and motifs of the ocean. Outfitted with coral leather seating and high gloss tables atop illuminated agate floors, Sexy Fish Miami will bring a sense of theater and escapism through striking pieces from Damien Hirst, including 10 unique sculptures and grand frieze relief that adorns two walls. Their lunch menu has a variety of dishes ranging from sushi rolls to gyozas, salmon teriyaki to Japanese Wagyu and much much more.

 

TUR KITCHEN (Coral Gables)

Located in the heart of Coral Gables, the Mediterranean-inspired eatery recently introduced an array of fresh new seasonal dishes. Some menu highlights include, but are not limited to, Appetizers such as: Cappalletti featuring baba ghanoush, onion consommé, chili and parsley; Manti-Turkish dumplings with lamb, labneh, tahini, sumac and pistachio; and the Organic Greens salad featuring lemon oil foam, tomato, radish, pickled carrot and grapes.

PUBBELLY SUSHI (Multiple locations)

Founded by five-times James Beard Award Semi-Finalist Jose Mendin and renowned Chef Jorge Mijangos, Pubbelly Sushi is South Florida’s eclectic neighborhood gastropub offering a hyper-creative fusion of Japanese and Latin inspired dishes. Pubbelly Sushi’s extensive menu is characterized by umami flavors and inventive offerings ranging from appetizers to the brand’s legendary Robata Grill and an array of unique “Pubbelly Rolls” including the brand’s Instagram famous Butter Krab Roll.

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For Dinner

NEYA RESTAURANT (Bal Harbour) 

Nestled in the heart of the upscale Surfside neighborhood and mere blocks from luxurious Bal Harbour Shops, Neya’s menu is influenced by modern Israeli culture and traditional fare. Features include shareable dishes that are prepared in a traditional Josper charcoal grill in the open kitchen, an array of spreads, seafood and meat selections, mezze platters, the freshest produce, house-made accouterments and kebabs, recalling the quintessential Israeli street food. An expansive, contemporary dining room greets diners looking to indulge in an array of tempting plates while enjoying  the lively scene at this highly anticipated kitchen + bar concept, which brings an eclectic energy to the neighborhood’s casual-elegant vibe.

DIRTY FRENCH STEAKHOUSE (Brickell)

offers everything one would expect to find at a steakhouse of the highest caliber—abundant raw bar selections, elegant seafood entrées, indulgent aged steaks, and an array of amazing sides—all executed to perfection, with a dose of Dirty French style that makes them more satisfying and seductive than ever. It’s opulent, playfully irreverent, and entirely transportive space consisting of numerous dining rooms, each boasting its own dazzling aesthetic

 

CHOTTO MATTE (South Beach)

this pioneering global Nikkei dining destination, celebrates the very best of authentic and innovative cuisine, set in a vibrant, stylish architectural space less than five miles from Bayfront Park’s Speed Week events. Nikkei is a unique blend of Japanese and Peruvian culinary traditions, a lively combination of ingredients and techniques both with a deep appreciation for fresh fish and seasonal ingredients. Chotto Matte’s innovative menu stays true to the Nikkei staples – Ceviche, Tiradito, Anticucho BBQ, Sushi, Sashimi and Tempura – while ensuring the ingredients are organic and sustainably sourced.

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For Sweets

MAMEY MIAMI (Coral Gables)

Situated in the Coral Gables THesis Hotel is Mamey Miami, a hidden gem offering vibrant flavors and island inspired food, cocktails and desserts. One of the restaurant's most popular desserts is their Jamaican Rum Cake, a cake infused with rum, topped with toffee sauce and served with vanilla bean ice cream, a perfect dessert for celebrating National Ice Cream Month.

 

THE LINCOLN EATERY (South Beach)

Chill-N, ice cream shop at The Lincoln Eatery serves an innovative take on your traditional ice cream scoop. Chill-N serves fresh, made-to-order ice cream created with liquid nitrogen the moment you order it so it's super smooth and freezer-burn-free. The milkshakes are quite impressive with a Strawberry Shake, blended with a creamy vanilla bean and strawberry; the Chocolate Shake, a caramelized blend of chocolate ice cream or, “The Cuban,” which is a twist on an Affogato, Miami style made with Tahitian vanilla Bean and 1 shot of espresso.

 

EST. 33 THAT CRAFT BREWERY & KITCHEN (Brickell)

Transport to Southeast Asia and savor in delicious desserts inspired by Thai flavors and spices at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen. Enjoy a refreshing Thai Me Up, made with coconut Thai tea ice cream, Maker’s Mark, and toasted almond lychee cream. Patrons can also finish their meal with one of EST. 33’s locally churned assorted Tropical Ice Cream and Sorbets available in Thai Tea, Pandan Coconut, Taro, and Pineapple Thai Basil flavors.

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For Happy Hour

VERDE AT PERÉZ (Downtown Miami)

At Verde, PAMM’s waterfront eatery, guests can enjoy everyone’s favorite summer cocktail with a twist. The Piña Mojito is just as delicious as it is Instagram-worthy, made with Bacardi Superior Rum, fermented pineapple, mint, and Thai basil.

 

BAR LA REAL (Downtown Miami)

boasts an elevated late-night experience featuring house-based elixirs that take you through a journey of fruit caviar-topped concoctions. Elixirs include Harakiri made with Tanqueray Orange, wasabi infused sake, rose liqueur, cranberry shrub, ginger shrub, rose syrup, lime juice, rose caviar, and Gold Digger made with Ketel One, gold apricot vodka, date vodka, aloe vera juice, champagne, gold powder, cantaloupe caviar.

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