Ten of our 100 favorite foods in Miami

Ten of our 100 favorite foods in Miami
Joe Rocco

Neither rain, nor clouds, nor a slight balminess at night stayed our tenacious team of Short Order food bloggers from the swift (or not) completion of our appointed task: to compile a list of our 100 favorite dishes and post one per day, with a dazzling photo, on the Miami New Times gastronomic blog.

It's been an ongoing five-month project — not including additional months of pre-post meetings, filled with lively debate and colorful pie charts, that defined the criteria that made a dish worthy of inclusion. Ultimately, we came up with this guideline: The writer who submitted the dish had to like it a lot.

Our lascivious list captures a mouthwatering cross section of the city's iconic and not-so-iconic eats — from haute to hot dog. And that's why the order of the entries on our blog is random: to rank them would be comparing candy apples with duck a l'oranges.

Joe Rocco

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Naoe

661 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Brickell

Daily Bread Pinecrest

12131 S. Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: East Kendall/Pinecrest

El Mago De Las Fritas

5828 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33144

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Sweetwater/Westchester/West Miami

Tap Tap

819 Fifth St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Caribbean

Region: Out of Town

Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant

11 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Palacio De Los Jugos

14300 Southwest 8th St.
Miami, FL 33184

Category: Restaurant > Latin American

Region: West Dade

GastroPod Mobile Gourmet

Various Locations/Food Truck
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Scarpetta

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Out of Town

Knaus Berry Farm

15980 SW 248th St.
Homestead, FL 33031

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Homestead/Florida City

The Standard Hotel

40 Island Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: South Beach

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What follows is but an amuse-bouche of the full 100 courses (listed here alphabetically). Hungry for more? Visit blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder for the complete list.

Bento Box at Naoe

The bento box changes daily at Naoe, so you never know what you're going to get. What you can bank on each time, though, is that the four-compartment box will be filled with delectable creations prepared by chef/owner Kevin Cory — maybe sea bream wrapped in napa cabbage with okra, citrus, and live aoyagi clam; maybe shako (mantis shrimp) topped with green beans and unfiltered soy-sauce miso. Soup always starts the meal, and a side of rice flavored with anything from parsnips to organic portobello mushrooms accompanies it. Paula Niño

Naoe, 175 Sunny Isles Blvd., Sunny Isles; 305-947-NAOE (6263)

Falafel Platter at Daily Bread

Give us this day our Daily Bread,

And forgive us for gorging on so much falafel,

But it's just so divine with its crisp shell, evenly spiced bean center,

And soft yet hearty texture!

Deliver us from impostors that don't know how to make the stuff as well as you.

And accept our appreciation for the sides you add to make this an ideal meal: the red oniony salad, creamy hummus sprinkled with paprika, eggplant dip, parsley-heavy tabouli or rice, and two hulking pieces of the best damn pita bread in the city — all for only $7.99.

Our hunger comes,

Our order will be done,

And often packaged in take-out boxes.

Amen. Riki Altman

Daily Bread, 12131 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest; 305-253-6115

Fritas at El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago has spent the past 25 years at the same location in the "saguesera" (southwest area), and his fritas (Cuban hamburgers) are a perfect combination of paprika-seasoned meat, crisp onion bite, potato-stick crunch, and a Cuban bread roll soft as a cloud. You can get yours with cheese if you want, but anybody over the age of 35 might look at you with contempt for bucking tradition. Jacob Katel

El Mago de las Fritas, 5828 SW Eighth St., West Miami; 305-266-8486

Goat Stew at Tap Tap

Every Tuesday, the folks at Tap Tap head to the airport to pick up their 200 pounds of fresh goat from California. That's a lot of goat meat to go through in a week, but kabrit nan sos, or goat stew, is a really popular dish here ($15). We can thank the cooks for making it taste so good, but we should also give gratitude to the people out West who raise the Bolinas breed of all-natural, free-range animals; you can clearly taste the difference between this eminently tender version and the tough stuff served elsewhere. Next time you're at Tap Tap — and try to make it soon — get the goat. Lee Klein

Tap Tap, 819 Fifth St., Miami Beach; 305-672-2898

Joe's Stone Crab Claws

These critters come straight from the sea and are all pretty much cooked and served the same everywhere. But Joe's Stone Crab has the hookup to get the highest-quality, supersweet grabbers on the planet. Dip some of those meaty claws in the restaurant's signature mustard sauce, order some house coleslaw and hash browns for the table, and enjoy a truly succulent supper. — Jacquelynn Powers

Joe's Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365

Lechón Asado at El Palacio de los Jugos

If you're one of those folks who trust that a better meal can be had beyond the white-tablecloth spots, confirm your belief via a taste of the lechón asado at El Palacio de los Jugos. Soft, tender ropes of glistening pork taunt the tongue with their light, smoky flavor, while extras such as rings of steamed onions, bacon bits, and a huge hunk of golden pig skin grace the top. This is the Holy Grail of porkness, and for less than $8, you'll get enough meat, rice, beans, and yuca to feed anyone for three solid days. — Riki Altman

El Palacio de los Jugos, 5721 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-262-0070

Old Dirty Dawg at gastroPod Miami

This isn't your average frankfurter, but rather a homemade beef short rib hot dog nestled in a potato bun and topped with a generous serving of "stupid slaw." You can find it at chef Jeremiah Bullfrog's mobile gourmet truck, gastroPod Miami, a relative newcomer to our streets and one that's been making quite an impression. The dog is kept in a 57-to-59-degree water bath and then finished on the grill — incredibly tasty and yielding a nice snap when bitten. And that slaw? It's good stuff. — Paula Niño

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