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Miami's Five Best Kosher Restaurants

Head to 41st Street (Arthur Godfrey Road) in Miami Beach and you'll experience a "no longer in Miami" feeling. Baseball hats are replaced by yarmulkes; booty shorts are eschewed for conservative skirts. Tons of stores display the "KM," or Kosher Miami sticker, and while many people sling the word around, at Short Order, we wanted to know: What exactly does "kosher" mean?

According to a leading kosher certification organization, kashrus means "suitable and/or pure, thus ensuring fitness for consumption." Under this designation, pure foods include most poultry, fish, and meats -- minus pork. Animals must be killed humanely, quickly, and under the watch of a kosher supervisor. Dairy is cool, but it's got to come from kosher meat.

With that in mind, we sought the five best kosher restaurants in Miami. Check out what we turned up.

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5. Lenny's Pizza

This pizza joint on 41st Street is unassuming and informal, but it has some pretty pies. If you're looking for fast, cheap, and good kosher food, this is a great option. For lunch, you can get two slices of pizza and a soda for $5.50. Not a bad way to save some gelt!

The St. Tropez kosher dog
The St. Tropez kosher dog
House of Dog via facebook

4. House of Dog

This little-known spot has some kooky dogs, including the Dracula, the Tinkerbell, and the St. Tropez ($8), to name just a few. We went with the last. This frank is topped with peaches, chimichurri, and homemade sweet chili sauce. Not sure what it has to do with the French Riviera, but it's fun and tasty.

3. The Harbour Grill

For those looking for an upscale kosher dining experience, look no further than the Harbour Grill in Bal Harbour. We put our fancy shoes on and tried the veal chop ($42). Tender, perfectly grilled, and paired with a nice chimichurri sauce, this dish is worth your hard-earned money.

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Kosher falafel, pita, and hummus at Asi's Grill and Sushi Bar
Kosher falafel, pita, and hummus at Asi's Grill and Sushi Bar
Dana De Greff

2. 2. Asi's Grill and Sushi Bar

They've got Mediterranean fare, sushi, and burgers, but we usually go for the classic falafel, pita, and hummus ($5.95). The falafel has a nice chunky inside, and the hummus is creamy without an unpleasant aftertaste. Per Kosher law, Asi's is under the supervision of a mashgiach. This person is basically a supervisor, who works full-time from opening to closing and makes sure everything is, well, kosher.

Chicken taco, pico de gallo, and sample flauta.
Chicken taco, pico de gallo, and sample flauta.
Dana De Greff

1. 1. Mexico Bravo

At Mexico Bravo, we like to load up on shredded chicken tacos ($14.95), pico de gallo, and mini chicken flautas. "Everything is made in-house. Nothing is from a can, and all of our dairy is either vegan or soy," says manager/mashgiach Josh Nodel. That's not Mexico Bravo trying to be trendy. To be truly kosher, you can't mix meat and dairy. While we like the tacos, we swoon over the flautas and the pico de gallo with its soft sweetness and subtle heat.

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House of Dog

456 W. 41st St.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

305-397-8733

www.houseofdogmiami.com

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The Harbour Grill

9415 Harding Ave.
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

305-861-0787

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Lenny's Pizza

544 Arthur Godfrey Road
Miami Beach, FL 33140

305-397-8395

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Asi's Grill & Sushi Bar

4020 Royal Palm Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

305-604-0555


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