A few months ago, CTbites Director of Marketing and Invites Curator, Ellen Bowen, launched MIAbites.com to cover the fast growing food scene in Miami and Miami Beach (taking advantage of the fact that Miami is her 2nd home).
With the holiday season approaching and many CTbites readers heading south for Christmas and New Years break (or going just to escape winter’s wrath ) we felt it only right to keep you in good food during your travels.
Check out MIAbites recent Best Bites Dining Guide, a comprehensive guide to all the good eats in Miami and Miami Beach.
It is a pretty comprehensive compilation from the MIAbites Team and can be used throughout the season. Bowen has divided her Dining Guide into a few handy categories. See below...
1. Best of Miami- (reservations are pretty much the norm for dining at this list)
2. New and Emerging- Opened in the last year and are new hot spots to check out.
3. Casual or Quick Bites- Lunch or more casual for dinner but fun places with good food
4. Coffee and Cocktails- Start the day with coffee…or end it with a uniquely Miami cocktail.
Best of Miami:
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink- James Beard winner, Michael Schwartz popular pub-like restaurant and raw bar-130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
MC Kitchen- Chef Dena Marino’s creative Italian and hip spot popular with Miami Heat players- 4141 Ne 2nd Ave., Suite 101a Miami, FL 33137 305 456-9948
Mandolin- Very popular Greek food and fresh fish dishes- 4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Salumeria 104- Italian and popular casual spot in Midtown -3451 NE 1st Ave #104, Miami, FL 33137
SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill – Chef Timon Balloo 3 kitchen concept offers raw bar, grill and small plates -3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137 786 369 -0353
Shikany- Chef Michael Shikany gourmet dining in Wynwood- 251 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
Tongue & Cheek – Creative Chef Jamie DeRosa’s ingredient-driven fare- 431 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 704-2900
The Dutch – New York transplant hip spot helmed by Chef Conor Hanlon in W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 938-3111
Scarpetta – New York transplant Italian with new chef, Marlon Rambaran at The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 674- 4660
Hakkasan- Hip Asian and Dim Sum at The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 786 276-1410
Casa Tua- Private club members get the reservations first. 1700 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Prime 112- Steak and sides galore- 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Red SteakHouse- Great steaks and sides- 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Joe's Stone Crab- a Miami institution. Stone Crabs and best Fried Chicken. -11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0365
Pubbelly- Pubbelly Boys offer pork belly, and sushi at locations in Sunset Harbor- 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
BLT Steak Miami- New York transplant steak and sides at The Betsy South Beach 1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 673-0044
Juvia- Best view of Miami Beach from top of Herzog & Demeuron parking garage!- 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Lure- New York transplant fish and sushi at The Loews 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Macchialina- Italian off the main drag- 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Milos-Fresh fish and light Grecian touch- 730 1st St. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 604-6800
New and Emerging- Open less than one year and worth checking out!
Cypress Room- Hip new “Speakeasy-like” spot from James Beard winner, Michael Schwartz-3620 Ne 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137 305 520-5197
Bocce Bar – Italian small plates and regulation Bocce court. 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 786 245- 6211
Riviera Focacceria- innovative Ligurian cuisine 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (786) 220-6251
Mignonette- Raw bar, crudo, fresh fish- 210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132
The Traymore at Metropolitan by COMO- Fine dining in retro hotel by Chef Jonathan Lane at The Metropolitan By Como 2445 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 695-3600
L’echon Brasserie- Pubbelly boys move uptown- 6261 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
Morimoto- Celeb chef with expensive omakase menu- The Shelborne Hotel- 1801 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 531-127
Seagrape at The Thompson-James Beard Award winning chef, Michelle Bernstein- highly anticipated opening. The Thompson Miami Beach
Matador at Ian Schrager’s Edition- Jean Georges helms this new restaurant in the renovated and newly opened Edition Hotel.
Casual and Quick Bites- Lunch or casual dinner or snacks
Harry's Pizzeria- 3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127(786) 275-4963
Crumb on Parchment- Sandwiches and salads -3930 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 572-9444
Mercato- sandwiches and salads-4141 NE 2nd Ave #101a, Miami, FL 33137 (305) 456-9948
Buena Vista Deli - 4590 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 576-3945
La Latina- Arepas, empanadas, fritas- 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 571-9655
Kush Wynwood- and Beer- 2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127(305) 576-4500
Zak The Baker- Breads, sandwiches 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127
My Ceviche South Beach- Ceviche, fish tacos and bowls- 235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 397-8710
La Sandwicherie- 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 532-8934
Puerto Sagua- Authentic Cuban- 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hua Huas Taqueria- Tacos and Taquitos- 1211 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 534-8226
True Loaf Bakery- Baked goods, breads- 1894 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 216-7207
Coffee and Cocktails
Panther Coffee- Expect a line, they roast their own- 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (305) 677-3952
Miam Cafe & Boutique- 2750 NW 3rd Ave Suite 21, Miami, FL 33127 (786) 703-1451
Jugo Fresh- Fresh juices and smoothies1935 West Ave #102, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 472-2552
Panther Coffee in Sunset Harbour- A second location to get that Panther experience- 1875 Purdy AvenueMiami Beach, FL 33139
Lee & Maries Cakery- Breakfast, croissants and lunch- 40 S Pointe Dr #108, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 672-5167
The Rum Line- at The Loews Hotel- Caribbean vibe, innovative cocktails-1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Broken Shaker at The Freehand- James Beard nominated cocktail bar in Freehand Hostel- 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140(305) 531-2727
The Gin Bar at the Traymore- 2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140(305) 695-3600
The Regent Cocktail Club at The Gale - 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0199
We could go on and on… and each one of us has favorites that did not even make this list.
There are also many top spots in downtown Miami like Edge Steak Housein the Four Seasons, La Mar and Azul at The Mandarin Oriental and Zuma,in the Epic Hotel, the new Tamarina on Brickell, and celeb hangout, Seasalt and Pepper on the Miami River , and in new emerging areas like Edgewater with Nemesis and in MiMo/Upper East Side with Loba, The Vagabond, Blue Collar and others.
Go for the sun and good weather…but stay for the food!