Eat & Drink: Miami, Florida

Matthew Hranek
by Victoria Pesce Elliott - Florida - December 2012/January 2013

From high fashion to damn fine fried chicken, you’ll find a little of everything in this motley hub

More Miami, Florida:
>City Portrait: Vintage Miami
>See & Do
>Meet the Locals

Where to Eat & Drink

The Bazaar by José Andrés
The unofficial ambassador of all things Spanish brings his quirky (and tasty) brand of modernist cuisine to South Beach. Dragon fruit ceviche with a puff of pink hibiscus flower foam, anyone? Andrés gives equal time to classic Spanish cuisine, such as noodle paella with black squid ink, in dual dining rooms—one black, one white—that have as much dramatic flair as the food. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;

Cvi.Che 105
A pisco sour is a good start at this sleek Peruvian enclave downtown. Then there are dozens of choices of superfresh seafood marinated in spicy citrus, with equally exotic desserts such as lúcuma mousse. The music can get loud, but the authentic menu, which also includes comforting home-style beef and potato dishes doused in piquant Huancaina
yellow pepper sauce, is equally lively.
105 N.E. 3rd Ave.;

El Rey del Chivito
Pizza by the yard, Uruguayan wines,
and loads of fútbol paraphernalia are
part of the draw, but it’s the namesake goat sandwich (actually steak—it’s a
long story) that makes it worth a visit.
The meat is sliced thin, pounded and grilled, stuffed into a soft, white roll with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise, then topped with bacon, ham, caramelized onions, melted mozzarella, and fried eggs. 6987 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;

Harry’s Pizzeria
James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz, of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, opened this calzone-size pizza joint in 2011, naming it for his son and serving gorgeously puffy, aggressively scorched pies from a wood-burning oven. Toppings might include house-cured bacon and cave-aged Gruyère or local peaches and shrimp with Italian Trugole. To wash it down? The chef recently introduced his own beer—a hoppy, citrusy brew of locally grown rice and sugarcane. 3918 N. Miami Ave.; 

Joe’s Stone Crab
Begun as a beachside lunch counter in 1913, Joe’s is one of the oldest restaurants in Florida, and though it gets a
tourist crowd, it’s a staple for locals, too. The restaurant is open only seven months a year (mid-October to mid-May), but if the seasonal lines are too long—and they often are—consider getting an order to go from the takeout operation next door. There’s nothing better than stone crabs and champagne on the beach.
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;

If Miami is a melting pot, then it sure is hot up on this rooftop indoor-outdoor stunner. The cuisine is a mishmash of Peruvian, French, and Japanese flavors, like rock shrimp tiradito drenched in spicy ají amarillo aioli with shards of red onion and cilantro served alongside unagi with chocolate sauce and cacao nibs. And there’s no better view than from the restaurant’s perch at the end of Lincoln Road in the awesome Herzog & de
Meuron building. 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 

Since opening its glass storefront doors in 2010, South Beach’s first real gastro-
pub has become a favorite among foodies, who flock for eclectic fare including pumpkin-and-duck dumplings and octopus a la plancha. Well, that and dozens of handcrafted beers and wines. 1418
20th St., Miami Beach;

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
As fun for a drink as it is for a meal, this happening tapas spot in Midtown has perfected the it’s-always-a-party-here warehouse atmosphere. Favorites include bacon-wrapped dates, duck confit on waffles, and goat cheese
croquettes. Plus, of course, seafood at the raw bar. Out-of-this-world house cocktails made with fresh juices and spices complement the vibrant flavors. 3252 N.E. 1st Ave.; sugarcane

Whisk Gourmet
Locals sometimes wait for upwards of an hour to get a seat in this tiny strip-mall dining room run by Miami-reared sister-and-
brother team Kristin and Brendan Connor. Brendan, who worked at Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina, does the cheffing while Kristin works the front of the house. They made their reputation with Southern favorites such as fried green tomatoes and cornbread topped with slow-roasted pulled pork shoulder. Latin dishes such as pork masitas are an added bonus. 7382 S.W. 56th Ave., South Miami;

Yardbird Southern 
Table & Bar
A sign above the open kitchen reads: “There are two kinds of people in the world, those who love fried chicken and communists.” Judging from the lines out the door, Miami has plenty of the former—at least when it comes to chef Jeff McInnis’s traditional buttermilk-soaked, ultra-golden version. Other popular eats at this Southern shrine include smoked rabbit and alligator stew, and biscuits so buttery and flaky that crumbs are hard to find at the end of a meal. Bourbon fans will appreciate the bar, which stocks more than 75 bottles. 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach;