Head south this winter for a Miami food fest. The Magic City has a rich foodie scene with DIY eateries and exciting fine-dining options. This is an insider’s peek into eating your way through winter in Miami.

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Insider’s Guide to Eating Your Way Through Miami

Insider’s Guide to Eating Your Way Through Miami

Head south this winter for a Miami food fest. The Magic City has a rich foodie scene with DIY eateries and exciting fine-dining options. This is an insider’s peek into eating your way through winter in Miami.

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There are typically a couple of cold weeks in Miami each winter, but chances are, it’s balmy and beautiful there right now. Instead of spending the long, dark months at home, put your frequent flyer miles to good use and munch your way through the Magic City. Dedicated locals and hungry tourists have ensured an exciting culinary scene there with plenty of delightful under-the-radar spots as well as high-traffic joints. The following are restaurants endorsed by Miami natives that will satisfy your growling tummy and discerning tongue. You’ll never have to Google “where to eat in Miami” again.

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La Sandwicherie

La Sandwicherie
229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Enjoy ocean air and colorful local banter at Miami Beach’s La Sandwicherie. You can sit on a stool at the window counter and chow down under the stars until 5 a.m. The food is served with a French accent, a hint of ‘tude and a yellow sauce that’ll have your tastebuds dancing like they’re twirling under the club lights. Pad your belly with baguettes before crossing the street to drink at one of the late Anthony Bourdain’s favorite dive bars, the Deuce.

The Salty Donut

The Salty Donut
50 NW 23rd Ave # 112, Miami, FL 33125

When this artisanal doughnut shop first launched in the Wynwood Arts District in a 1950s Aljoa camper in 2016, the line circled the block. It now has a shop across the street and another in South Miami, serving gorgeous treats and local flavors like cafe con leche doughnuts or peaches and brown butter 24 hour brioche doughnuts. Be warned that the shop is closed on Mondays.

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Babe’s Meat & Counter

Babe’s Meat & Counter
9216 SW 156th St, Miami, FL 33157

Butchers Jason and Melanie Schoendorfer launched Babe Froman Fine Sausages at local farmers markets, serving up freshly chopped raw meat and the most delectable breakfast sandwiches. Their popularity for preparing perfect pork led them to open their own Palmetto Bay deli which includes dishes like poutine, bacon banh mi and roasted veggie bowls.

Fiorito

Fiorito
5555 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Located in Little Haiti, next to local vinyl shop Sweat Records and classic punk venue Churchill’s Pub, Fiorito is part of a happening strip. Launched in 2012 by two Argentine brothers, the restaurant is dimly it and reminiscent of their homeland. Everything on the menu, from the handmade empanadas de choclo to the braised short ribs, is made with care, fresh ingredients and is simply delicious.

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Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge

Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge
650 NW 71st St, Miami, FL 33150

Caribbean food is best served outside and in the tropics, just like they do at Naomi’s Garden Restaurant and Lounge. It offers delectable Haitian dishes, like oxtail stew and jerk chicken, for takeaway in eco-friendly containers. There’s also an adjacent leafy garden where you can munch on your giant portions and enjoy the crisp winter weather.

Whisk Gourmet

Whisk Gourmet
7382 SW 56th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143

South Miami is rife with restaurants, but Whisk offers intimacy, simplicity and a great meal. It’s a homegrown venture with a thoughtful American menu that will have you asking strangers, “Have you been to Whisk?” It’s the kind of place where you can actually enjoy a meal with your boss or sail through a successful first date.

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El Floridita Seafood Restaurant

El Floridita Seafood Restaurant
8393 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155

People come to South Florida to enjoy authentic Latin and Caribbean cuisine, and they expect the seafood to be fresh. El Floridita Seafood Restaurant offers both at its family run locations. With wooden walls, the interior is reminiscent of a ship, where you can enjoy grilled fish seasoned to your fancy and homemade croquettas.

Zak the Baker

Zak the Baker
405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127

Recognizable by his full beard and the hat on his head, you’ll often find James Beard Award semifinalist baker Zak Stern working at his Zak the Baker cafe. He launched an empire at his airy Wynwood Arts District location that is now housed in a rainbow painted building. His stellar baked goods can also now be bought at any local Whole Foods. However, the meals served at this busy spot are simple, fresh, Mediterranean themed and perfect with bread.

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Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

In 2009, married couple Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis built an authentic Greek and Turkish oasis, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, with an unpretentious menu and seating in a 1940s bungalow. Eleven years later, the place has expanded to include more comfortable (read: romantic) indoor/outdoor seating in and around the greenery and glittering lights of its courtyard. The food remains top notch with fresh ingredients in its must-share mezes.

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill
2721 Bird Ave, Miami, FL 33133

Flanigan’s is a salty dog sports bar chain in South Florida. Sounds run-of-the-mill, but wait till you dip into those baby back ribs. Or, spend an evening laughing with friends at Wing-It Wednesday. Only then will you know why Flanigan’s is a true Magic City treat. If you have kids, they’ll enjoy the fish tanks and googly-eyed swordfish on the walls.

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Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop

Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137

You’ll be able to spot Enriqueta’s easily. It’s the tiny, older holdout amidst towering highrises. This classic Miami Cuban joint is where locals go to grab croquettas, Cuban sandwiches and a cafe con leche after a late night of partying. Don’t let the weird hours or wait deter you from the Enriqueta’s experience. The Florida placemats and fresh squeezed orange juice will make it worth your while.

La Moon

La Moon Restaurant
97 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130

You’ll be thanking your lucky stars after you wolf down a Colombian hotdog at La Moon. These delicacies are smothered in potato sticks, as well as savory and pineapple sauces. If you order a baby moon perro, you get a quail egg on top. This late night joint is located in a cool strip of bars in the more mainstream Brickell neighborhood. La Moon offers a unique taste of Colombia in Miami.

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27 Restaurant & Bar

27 Restaurant and Bar
2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140

27 Restaurant and Bar is housed in a charming, restored 1930s Spanish style home. It’s located steps from a lush garden and pool that is flanked with hip hippies. Here, you’ll also find the handcrafted cocktail destination bar, the Broken Shaker. Though not on the main South Beach strip, it offers a truly laidback, luxurious Miami Beach vibe. Dig into well conceived dishes that are mostly South American or Asian inspired and always memorably tasty.

You may not have thought of Miami as a foodie city, but after you try any of these eateries you’ll realize its culinary prowess is on point and perfect for escapist winter dining.

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