Posted on August 28
Words / Michelle Wallace
Craving something a little more off-the-beaten path? Hungry for a hidden gem? Set out on a
taste-testing trek of some of the Magic City’s best kept secrets.
Keep an eye out for the neon-lit sheep silhouette perched above the window of this breakfast-all-day hideaway. At this strip mall café, you’ll find that both parking and portions are plentiful. Head over after a night on the town for the ultimate recovery indulgence.
Must-try dish: Ruben Croquettes
1884 79 th St Causeway, North Bay Village, FL 33141
Don’t let the chain link fence fool you — housed in a former gas station, this Argentinian spot is great for date night, with candles dotting every table and live music almost nightly. Make it a wine night and cozy up on a gliding chair as you sample their signature tapas.
2200 NE 2 nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Must-try dish: Baked Empanada of the Day
Tucked away in a residential nook of South Beach, you’ll find an authentic Italian resto with twinkling lights, impeccable service, and a menu full of classic pastas, pizzas and seafood dishes. Take a seat in the garden patio, order a glass of vino and cheers to avoiding the crowds.
Must-try dish: Orecchiette Alle Melanzane
161 OCEAN DR., MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139 / 786-276-0520
While their claim to fame is croquettas, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu — from Asian-inspired signatures to new-age takes on Cuban staples. Wash it all down with a fresh-squeezed lemonade and make sure to leave room for dessert.
541 SW 12 th Ave, Miami, FL 33130
Must-try dish: Little Bird Fried Chicken
WHISK Gourmet Food & Catering
In the mood for a home-style meal? Head to this eatery just behind Sunset Place for a menu that features daily lunch and dinner specials. Go with a group to make sure you can sample a wide variety of their Southern offerings, also available for catering.
Must-try dish: Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates
7382 SW 56 th Ave, Miami, FL 33143