Out's Favorite Spots To Play In Miami
By Andrew Belonsky
Above: Yardbird, and a signature dish of macaroni.
A crossroads for international cuisines from the islands, Europe and the States, Miami and Miami Beach serve up an eclectic selection of restaurants for foodies and cuisine novices alike. For an authentic, homemade and extremely affordable Cuban lunch of rice and beans, head to Las Olas Cafe in South Beach, and don't forget to finish off your meal with this beloved gem's exceptionally potent cafe con leche/
The team behind Miami's popular restaurants Lime, and Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, where the Fried Tomato BLT conceived by Top Chef Jeff McInnis can't be beat, branched in Thai territory with Khong River House, where diners can feast on whole grilled fish, crispy duck, cauliflower stir-fry and a wide range of noodles.
Spanish food is one the small-plate menu at Barceloneta, which has an incredible gazpacho Bloody Mary, while raw sea food are always served fresh at Monty's Stone Crab Seafood House & Raw Bar in nearby Coconut Grove and Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill is another reliable go-to for a fresh taste of the Atlantic, though over on the mainland.
The Dutch, a transplant from New York, uses only local ingredients for its inventive menu, which included coconut lobster cocktail, drum stick confit, a 28-day dry-aged steak for two and speciality cocktails to last you through the night. And Michy's up on Miami's Upper East Side has an incredible serrano ham and blue cheese croquette.
Not into fish or meat? The health conscious or vegetarians among us can definitely find something delicious and original at Juice and Java, an organic restaurant a few blocks from the beach and popular with both locals and tourists.
Villa Azur brings Mediterranean food to the table, offering diners an unbelievable grilled branzino on roasted pepper coulis and Mediterranean bouillabaisse casserole, both of which are perfect for sharing with a date. Another great date place, though one that's far more expensive, is the jazzy Bancroft SupperClub. The Tellicherry peppercorn seared ahi tuna there is not to be missed — if you can afford it.
For the morning after, head over to Oliver's Bistro for brunch. The food isn't spectacular, but its expansive, inexpensive menu is perfect for a post-drinking bite before heading back to the beach.