Best Of Food & Drink
Toasted Bagelry & Deli
Toasted does things the old way, using kosher malt, flour conditioner, and filtered water to produce pristine bagels. However, none of that matters if you can't get your hands on a hot one.
Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
Two words bring joy to the hearts of transplanted New Yorkers living in Miami: hand-rolled bagels. Bagel Cove has them.
What if you could get a spicy, savory, exotic breakfast for less than $20?
Best Brunch Buffet
Sometimes you want a classic eggs Benedict and mimosa for brunch. Other times (like any given Saturday or Sunday afternoon) you desire infinite amounts of sushi and sashimi, oysters, and baby-back ribs doused in chili, ginger, and scallions.
Sugar Yummy Mama
Pinto has opened a brick-and-mortar bakery in Wynwood, where she sells to retail customers and takes orders for custom creations that range from branded cupcakes for corporate events to a mountain of cake pops for a sweet birthday celebration.
Best Café con Leche
A cup of steaming milk, a shot of cafecito, and a pile of sugar can turn any day into the sweetest day ever.
Do you want to regret eating a wedge of bread and molten cheese larger than your face, or would you rather tell yourself you made a wise decision by going for the chicken salad croissant?
Miam Café & Boutique
Come for the coffees and lattes, but stay for the pastries and sandwiches.
The fried empanadas filled with golden-raisin-studded picadillo feature bubbly, crisp crusts that seem ready to burst at the slightest touch.
Rio Cristal Restaurant
It tastes like something abuela would make. The sugary syrup gathers at the bottom, and each spoonful requires a dip in for extra sweetness.
Best Cuban Sandwich
Luis Galindo's Latin American Cafeteria & Restaurant
The cubano at Luis Galindo's Latin American Cafeteria & Restaurant begins with thick slices of juicy pork. It continues with crisped Cuban bread and then crescendos amid ropes of stretchy Swiss cheese lathered in mustard.
Best Cuban Restaurant
El Exquisito Restaurant
The rotating list of daily specials is the reason to return.
Best Spanish Restaurant
La Gamba provides a fresh take on classic homestyle Spanish cooking.
Best Nicaraguan Restaurant
Chayito's Mini-Market & Fritanga
Chayito's is the rare Nicaraguan spot where the cheese is fried à la minute, as the French would say.
Best Colombian Restaurant
Wolves howl when the moon is full, but Miamians head to La Moon for late-night Colombian hot dogs, arepa burgers, and yuca frita.
Best Mexican Restaurant
La Cruzada Restaurant
There are the hulking tortas, the massive mound of spinning pork for tacos al pastor, and the canoe-like huaraches that magically float by, leaving a nutty-spicy aroma in their wake.
Best Argentine Restaurant
La Patagonia Argentina
La Patagonia Argentina is more than a fine restaurant. It's a revelation in hospitality.
Best Honduran Restaurant
El Gallito Coffee Shop
Stop by in the morning for hulking baleadas. The chewy flour tortillas cost only $4 each and come stuffed with soft-scrambled eggs, refried black beans, and (usually) a fan of sweet Florida avocado slices.
Best Peruvian Restaurant
A universe of Nikkei (the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian) flavors awaits you.
Best Brazilian Restaurant
Little Brazil in North Beach gives you a taste of flavors from the largest country in South America.
Best Jamaican Restaurant
High blood pressure? Slide over to Sam Konata's North Miami spot.
Best Bahamian Restaurant
The rest of the week, you can eat all the fried conch and oxtail you like. But the weekends are reserved for something special: souse.
Best Haitian Restaurant
Chez Le Bebe
Chez Le Bebe is a reliable spot for heaping containers of crunchy plantains and the crisp fried pork chunks called griot ($4) or oxtail ($10).
Best French Restaurant
French food is supposed to be all about comfort, and at Côte Gourmet, you can experience a meal like the French do.
Best Expensive Italian Restaurant
The restaurant has locations in New York, Atlantic City, and Sunny Isles Beach, to name a few, but the South Beach outpost looks like it stepped out of Italian Vogue.
Best Inexpensive Italian Restaurant
Pane e Vino
It's a wonderland of tagliatelle, cavatelli, gnocchi, and fiocchetti. They pair best with stretchy pants.
Best Indian Restaurant
Imlee Indian Bistro
At Imlee, brothers Manoj and Paresh Bhatti offer pristine interpretations of many well-known and loved Punjabi classics.
Best Greek Restaurant
Mykonos Greek Restaurant
Just because you can't go to Mykonos doesn't mean you can't go to Mykonos, in Miami that is.
Best Japanese Restaurant
N by Naoe
Pause to realize you now know what lunch should be.
Best Thai Restaurant
Cake Thai Kitchen
The offerings scribbled on a chalkboard menu demand a double take.
Best Chinese Restaurant
Lung Gong Restaurant
While the squeamish can dine on all the General Tso's chicken they like, enthusiasts can select from plates of shredded pig ear in black bean sauce ($12.95) and claypot pork braised with chestnuts ($13.95).
Best Carry-Out Chinese, North
You're at home, so feel free to slurp as loudly as you like.
Best Carry-Out Chinese, South
South Garden Chinese Restaurant
It seems Miami's Sinophiles forget about South Garden despite the fact it offers both Americanized Chinese and more traditional fare.
Best Vegan Restaurant
The food here tastes good and is good for you.
Best Middleterranean Restaurant
Chef Elmaleh is half-Japanese and half-Moroccan, and the Israeli-born toque's enthusiasm for his heritage shows in his dishes.
Best Vietnamese Restaurant
Not only is the food at Miss Saigon delectable, but you also get to accessorize it to your palate's preferences.
Best Healthful Restaurant
Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices are always excellent, and the servers are pros at working a crowded room.
Best Seafood Restaurant
What do you get when Blue Collar chef/owner Daniel Serfer and lawyer/blogger Ryan Roman open an oyster bar and seafood eatery together? A glimmering pearl adjacent to a cemetery.
Best Inexpensive Restaurant
Come here for a $3.97 breakfast of grits, eggs, and a biscuit. Later in the day, swing by for a $5.47 catfish fillet with okra, rice, and peas.
Best Intimate Dining
World-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has melded his signature style with the flair of Latin cuisine.
Best Romantic Restaurant
Crazy About You Restaurant & Lounge
Nothing is more romantic than a candle-lit dinner overlooking Biscayne Bay. The warm ambiance and sleek decor of Crazy About You set the tone for an intimate night out.
Best Restaurant Decor
Mature trees sway with myriad lanterns, each glowing with the soft radiance of a daydream. The effect is mesmerizing, festive, unfussy, and magical.
Best Waterfront Restaurant
Fresh American Bistro
In the daytime, sun rays bounce off the Atlantic, turning the waves into a cluster of sparkling sapphires. At dinnertime, moonlight dances on the ocean.
Best Outdoor Dining
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Mandolin is an oasis along busy NE Second Avenue. Once you enter the space, it feels like you're dining in someone's backyard along the Mediterranean coast.
Best Rooftop Dining
Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant
The lounge area boasts a retractable roof that protects patrons from the occasional rain shower. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows offer a stunning view of the city.
Best Hotel Restaurant
Inside the luxe, low-lit enclave opening onto the resort's pool, diners can indulge in a feast of sushi, sashimi, and other seafood delights, all prepared with the expertise and creativity that made Chef Morimoto a household name.
Best New Restaurant
27 Restaurant & Bar
We never knew you could combine latkes ($8), ropa vieja-packed arepas ($32), and crisp griot ($9) into the same meal.
Best Restaurant in Coconut Grove
Tucked away on the eighth floor of the Sonesta hotel is Panorama, a hidden gem of a restaurant that holds many surprises.
Best Restaurant in Coral Gables/South Miami
With no dish on the menu exceeding $30 and 475 calories, you can indulge without going broke or having to hit the gym afterward.
Best Restaurant in the Design District/Midtown
Proof Pizza & Pasta
The consistency at Proof is provided by the from-scratch pasta and 00-grade dough, which is tossed into a wood-burning oven for no more than 90 seconds, complying with Neapolitan standards.
Best Restaurant in Downtown
Inside, Niu is unlike anything in the area.
Best Restaurant in North Miami-Dade
At Basil Park, the healthful, long-awaited followup to his long-standing Timo, even the most grease-obsessed heathens can get their fill.
Best Restaurant in South Miami-Dade
For nearly two decades, Philippe Jacquet's Café Pastis has been a benchmark for Miami's bistros and neighborhood restaurants.
Best Restaurant in Little Havana
Take a seat, and trade that mojo marinade for a splash of funky fish sauce. You won't regret it.
Best Restaurant in South Beach
Inspired by his daughter's gluten sensitivity, the James Beard-nominated chef set out to offer his Florida, Caribbean, and New Orleans flavors without the much-maligned protein.
Best Restaurant in Brickell
After finally opening in the heart of Brickell during 2012, Toscana Divino quickly became a standout thanks to the deft hand of executive chef Julian Baker.
Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Towners
Your best friend from college is coming to Miami and knows only about the tourist traps. So why would you take her to Ocean Drive?
Best Restaurant Worth the Wait
Finka Table & Tap
Had this restaurant settled anywhere other than the outskirts of West Kendall, the patrons might not be so willing to wait nearly two hours for a table. Yes, you read that right: two hours.
Best Restaurant Yet to Come
There are many reasons to anticipate chef Dale Talde's new restaurant, slated to open this summer at the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel.
Best Restaurant to Bite the Dust
The restaurant made several attempts to attract crowds, announcing brunch and new menu items, but ultimately, it shuttered one evening, and the chef announced he was looking to move to the Midwest.
Best Steak House
There are classic steak houses, there are modern steak houses, and then there's Bourbon Steak, which demands a category all its own.
Best Raw Bar
The sexiest steak house in town also proffers the freshest local catch in all the land.
The Hialeah outpost of Miami's largest chain of Cuban restaurants provides a Cuban spin on el desayuno, including croquetas, pastelitos, picadillo, and tostada con mantequilla.
Mainzer's German Deli
Mainzer's is a home away from home for Miami's German community. Deutschlanders stroll in and out all day enthralled to find currywurst alongside those little chocolates they remember so well from childhood.
Jimmy's Eastside Diner
Jimmy's Eastside Diner, a boulevard tradition for decades, serves diner favorites like tuna melts, BLTs, and meatloaf at bygone prices.
Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market Monday Dinners
Each week, there's a different menu and selection, but everything is fresh and local.
Best Farmers' Market
Pinecrest Farmers Market
Contrary to popular belief, plenty of South Florida produce hits its peak in the hottest months. It ranges from summer squash to mangoes to dragon fruit.
Best Gourmet Market
Made in Italy Gourmet
With more than a dozen cured meats and nearly two dozen cheese varieties, Made in Italy Gourmet is antipasti nirvana.
Best Ethnic Market
Once you enter Japanese Market, you'll understand why this family-run bazaar has been in business for three decades (despite its lack of a website and advertising).
You can pick up Zak the Baker sandwiches and loaves, homemade ravioli from Mimi's in Hollywood, and locally made ice pops alongside imported cheeses, wines, and other gourmet items.
Best Food at the Mall
Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog's commercial version of his Airstream food truck serves comfort food for locavores at fair prices.
Unless you've been living under a rock since 1975 when Sergio's was established, you know the family-owned Cuban joint and its ham croquetas.
There's no denying the tastiness of a classic margarita — especially the elevated deliciousness of a frozen one — but R House in Wynwood takes the recipe a step further by adding an extra kick.
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
The beet mojito ($13) at Sugarcane is the drink of dreams.
The Raleigh Hotel
The Raleigh's slightly secret Martini Bar is the epitome of Hollywood elegance. Cocktails are classic — you won't find dry ice or neon ice cubes.
Best Bloody Mary
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Each sip brings a discovery as your brain cells fire up and your senses return. It's much more than a brunch cocktail. It's revival in a glass.
From ayurvedic to herbal, from Black Rose to Lavender Dream, there's a tea for every mood, taste, and ailment.
Best Noodle Bar
Looking for a late-night snack with a healthful edge to fill you up? South Beach's Sriracha House is the stuff of slurp-happy dreams.
Leave it to the 305 to put a Latin twist on sushi. At Sushi Runner, there are dozens of tasty options.
Best Dim Sum
Kon Chau Chinese Restaurant
After trying this classic establishment, you'll know why crowds go crazy for Kon Chau.
The piping-hot beef broth is so good you'll want to bathe in it.
Buns & Buns
Miami is all about the buns. Before they go on display at the beach, we inject them with fat, lift them, and even add implants to make them plumper, fuller, and bubblier.
Taquiza's Steve Santana does more work than necessary. No one said he needed to import dried blue corn from small Mexican farms
Homestead has long been the place to go in the 305 for authentic Mexican cuisine without the blogger hubbub or upcharges.
Miami's best-loved (and probably only) tapas bar in a gas station has a lot to offer. There are at least 2,000 bottles of wine alongside a few quarts of motor oil.
Pepito Arepa Bar
At first glance, it seems arepas don't fit this list. But they do at this Doral Exxon station that also doubles as an arepa bar.
Best Pan con Bistec
Kush takes this promising miscreant and turns it into a Mensa-level engineer who unlocks the secret of cold fusion on a bar napkin.
Best Pan con Lechón
La Esquina del Lechón
The moment you sit down at Doral's La Esquina del Lechón, the pig takes over.
Pollos y Jarras
The ceviche at Pollos y Jarras is just as tasty and costs less. Even better, for now there's no wait.
Fried and mashed plantains take many forms and names, but the version at Milly's Restaurant has a unique quality: It's made with love.
It's rumored that a bartender named Vicky has even begun infusing hibiscus into the cachaça. The only way to find out if this is true, though, is to visit.
Pita Loca is, well, different. It has a separate sushi menu, but the Middle Eastern and Israeli food shines brightest.
Miami Mediterranean Cuisine
It belongs on your pita, on your face, in your mouth, and most surely in your belly.
The smoky, spicy chorizo has the perfect sheen, and the fresh potato sticks have a warm amber hue, almost like a hard-earned suntan.
The humble mixture of butter, flour, and milk that's essential in croquetas and croque-monsieurs is doubled up with a couple of fat handfuls of creamy, smoky Gouda cheese.
Best Chicken Wings
The smokehouse wings at Bulldog are simple, subtle, and scrumpdillyicious. The smoke flavor is present but not overwhelming, and the meat is tender, never burned.
Best Fried Chicken
The juicy fried chicken thighs hold an unexpected secret. It's not about buttermilk, grandmothers, or the American South.
Thinking of going for lunch? Get there early. The brisket doused in a vinegary, mustard-based sauce often sells out.
Sparky's Roadside Barbecue
Walk into Sparky's during lunchtime and you'll see a herd of suits rolling their sleeves up and getting their hands dirty as they attack racks of St. Louis-style pork ribs.
180 Degrees at the DRB
Every once in a while, your inner carnivore craves something more than a kale smoothie. It needs meat.
Best Hot Dog
his place aims to "offer the freshest ingredients," "focus on details," and "answer the demands of the vegetarian clientele."
Best French Fries
Rok:Brgr takes great pride in slicing its potatoes by hand every day. The result is thick-cut fries that are crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, and can withstand any adventure like an intrepid explorer.
Baccano (née Café Babbo) serves pizza made with double grade-00 dough and topped with San Marzano tomatoes, cheese, and subtle spices by a pizzaiolo from Napoli.
Best Vegan Pizza
Though not a vegan establishment, Mellow Mushroom goes out of its way for plant-based eaters.
Best Mac 'n' Cheese
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Open your individual crock at Yardbird and you'll find a multi-layered mac 'n' cheese.
Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Crumb on Parchment
The Gooey Grilled Cheese ($7.50), with melted fontina on buttered bread, melts our heart and takes us back to this childhood memory that we never quite had.
Best Sandwich Shop
Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co.
These sandwiches can stand toe-to-toe with those of Italy, Vietnam, and even Greece.
Best Ice Cream
Lulu's Ice Cream
Using all-natural ingredients, Lulu's Ice Cream combines the scientifically awesome power of nitrogen with delicious options like Nutella and coffee to create concoctions so rich and creamy it's a sin to have only one scoop.
So what makes Freddo so outstanding? It could be that it's made from fresh, hormone-free milk, pure cane sugar, fruits, and other natural and raw ingredients.
Sweetness Bake Shop
At Sweetness Bake Shop, the selection of cupcakes is not only unique (and uniquely Miami) but also impressive enough to put a smile on any kid's face.
Mike Mayta and Keily Vazquez, the couple behind roving sweets seller Illegal Bakery, turn this hoity-toity experience on its head.
At Traymore, in the Metropolitan Miami Beach by Como, executive pastry chef Emanuel Alves brings a sense of wonder to sweets.
Best Bread Pudding
Crackers Casual Dining
Cut into cubes, deep-fried to perfection, and served on a warm platter with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, Crackers' fried brioche bursts with flavor.
Best Key Lime Pie
Fireman Derek's Bake Shop & Cafe
Everything is done in-house using the good stuff — from the buttery graham cracker crust to the plump key limes.
Serfer's greatest success is his ability to vacillate between borderline-stoner grub and pinkie-out cuisine while consistently delighting diners.
Not everyone embraces this wacky, sun-and-drama-soaked city like Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr.
The Restaurant at the Setai
Your needs are anticipated without fanfare. Water glasses are filled, and dietary restrictions (gluten-free, ovo-lacto vegetarians, we're talking to you) are handled with grace.
Best Food Truck
Velvet Crème Doughnuts
The Velvet Crème food truck circles town, selling powdered, cream-filled, cake, and glazed doughnuts, as well as the signature round John, a cream-filled, chocolate-frosted number.
Best Food Truck Turned Restaurant
Jefe's Original Soul Shack
The movie Chef, starring and directed by Jon Favreau, was inspired by the real-life Miami food truck Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers.
The Mighty is a real gastropub — the kind of dark, welcoming place you want to relax in and pore over a good beer list.
Best Late-Night Dining
Not quite ready to sober up? Moshi Moshi serves beer and hot sake if you're slumming it and more than 20 other sake varieties if you want to spend a little extra on the good stuff.
Best Hangover Cure
Under the Mango Tree
You woke up hugging the toilet and grasping your liver. Only one thing can bring you back to life, and it's not a greasy burger with fries.
Best Juice Cleanse
My Raw Juice
he online-only (for now) local company delivers raw and organic juice cleanses you'll actually look forward to.
Best Smoothie Bar
Sun Juice Smoothie & Juice Bar
Sun Juice is the kind of place Carol Brady would've taken her bunch for an after-school smoothie.
Best Juice Bar
Juice & Java
Since 2002, this place has been trying to spread the notions that our bodies should be treated like temples and that we are what we eat.
Best Wine Bar
This year-old Argentine wine shop and bar is quaint but packs a lot of character and plenty of space.
J. Wakefield Brewery
Key limes, hibiscus flowers, and exotic teas are some of brewer/owner Jonathan Wakefield's flavor muses.
Best Local Booze
Miami Club Rum
The distiller puts extra care into his product, going so far as to name his infusion tanks for famous Latin singers, including Gloria and Celia.
Best TV Show to Highlight Miami Restaurants
Best New Restaurant
Miami is a great city for beaches, clubbing, and a bit of debauchery. But when people think of fine-dining, thoughts usually turn to New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.
Best Food Instagram
He seems to consume the same number of meals per day as Dwayne Johnson (seven) without any of the flexing.
Best Vegan Cooking Classes
The teachers demonstrate the entire process and school students on the various benefits of garden-grown, whole foods.