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Top Ten Places to Eat and Drink in Miami

Don't be fooled: There's rum in each scoop.
Don't be fooled: There's rum in each scoop.
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Hell yeah, it's Friday.

That means it's time to eat, get hammered, and then eat again. But before you start all the revelry, let's go over the proper linguistics of Miami food and booze.

Una hartura: A state of gluttony spawned by consuming excess edibles. Symptoms include paunch, immobility, and lethargy.

Tremenda borrachera: A condition spurred by intaking vast quantities of alcohol. Side effects include narcolepsy, verbal diarrhea, and extreme elation.

Our goal is to provide you with the best places to practice your new, fun vocabulary. What follows are the top ten places to eat and drink in Miami.

You're not that drunk. The walls are actually changing.
You're not that drunk. The walls are actually changing.
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10. Haven

Located just a few steps from pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road, this self-proclaimed "digital hi-fi lounge" will produce a sensory overload. At Haven, the walls aren't actually walls; they're screens lit up with nature scenes and all sorts of psychedelic vistas. Liquid nitrogen smokes up the place -- which makes for a great setting to get your drink on. Try the Waiver ($17), a cocktail made with St. Germaine, green melon, and a brilliant champagne popsicle. Pair it with chef Todd Erickson's playful food, such as tater tots with blue cheese and balsamic ketchup ($9). And yes, we're serious about the champagne and tater tots. That's just how we roll.

Graziano's, for bife and malbec.
Graziano's, for bife and malbec.

9. Graziano's

You think Graziano's and you think lamb empanadas, bife de chorizo, and Malbec from Mendoza. But you should also consider the Argentine restaurant's pitchers -- jugs of sangria-like concoctions such as La Argenta ($49), made with Luigi Bosca Malbec, Cointreau, and fresh fruit. The drink would pair well with milanesas or anything from the grill. If you prefer to keep it classy, though, order una parillada de carne y achuras (blood sausage, sweetbreads, chinchulines, and short rib for $22 per person). Wash it down with un quartino (a quarter-liter) of Luigi Bosca Malbec ($12).

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This must be enjoyed with a beer.
This must be enjoyed with a beer.
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8. OTC

In August, Jacob Anaya left the fancy restauarnt Azul at the Mandarin Oriental. He joined OTC -- an over-the-counter Brickell spot that's all about beer, burgers, and fries. But the menu isn't as ordinary as it sounds. OTC's food not only evinces the hand of a chef but is also listed with beer pairings. Anaya fries his Okinawan purple potatoes ($6) three times and recommends a brown ale like Cigar City Maduro to go alongside. Want Thai chicken wings ($10)? Pair them with a Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA. Oh, and as for the hamburger pictured above, we figure you should just eat that thing with whatever you want.

Beer n' pickles.
Beer n' pickles.
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7. MC Kitchen

Dena Marino, the chef and co-owner of MC Kitchen in the Design District, has a thing for

Dogfish Head. She offers a wide selection of the Delaware brewery's beers -- on tap and in cocktails. Like hoppy suds? Drink the Mr. Hoopdriver -- Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada "Rhizing Bines," Limonata San Pellegrino, cucumber, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme ($12). The herbage complements Marino's refined Italian cooking, particularly the artichoke heart bruschetta with shaved truffles ($24) and the branzino with leek purée, three-bean salad, and Meyer lemon fritti ($32).

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Must. Drink. More. Mojitos.
Must. Drink. More. Mojitos.
Lee Klein

6. Tap Tap

Listen here: If you've never tried Tap Tap's stewed goat ($18) with a Haitian mojito ($8), you're really missing out. Festooned with colorful, hand-painted tables and ornaments, this South Beach mainstay should be a requirement for all Miamians. The stewed goat tastes best with mixed rice and beans, fried plantains, and spinach in coconut sauce ($4). Add the mojito -- which is made with pure cane sugar, Barbancourt Five-Star Haitian Rhum, and fresh mint leaves -- and you've got yourself one helluva meal.

Smoked booze. That's all.
Smoked booze. That's all.
Laine Doss

5. Hakkasan

Day drinking is the best type of drinking. And at Hakkasan, the restaurant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, you can do a lot of it during dim sum brunch. As of November 1, the brunch is $28, with a two-person minimum. You get served dim sum such as crabmeat shumai and vegetarian spring rolls, two main courses, and two desserts. Hakkasan also offers more than 20 cocktails. Try the smoked Negroni ($16). It's made with hickory-smoked Grand Marnier. Nuff said.

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Japanese whisky! Japanese sake! Japanese bacon-wrapped quail eggs.
Japanese whisky! Japanese sake! Japanese bacon-wrapped quail eggs.
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4. Sumi Yakitori

Sumi Yakitori is owned by Jeffrey Chen, the man who brought us Momi Ramen. At Brickell's Sumi, Chen sells all sorts of skewers: duck breast, chicken hearts, chicken gizzards, and sausage-stuffed chicken wings ($11). Everything is delicious, but the must-try dish is certainly the bacon-wrapped quail egg skewer ($13). Each egg is topped with katsuobushi, nori, and sesame seeds. This flavor-bomb pairs well with the restaurant's variety of Japanese whiskeys, sakes, and vodkas. You can't find a lot of these drinks anywhere else, so go ahead. Order a few.

Yes, it's true: there's bacon-washed whiskey in Swine's Old Fashioned.
Yes, it's true: there's bacon-washed whiskey in Swine's Old Fashioned.
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3. Swine Southern Table & Bar

Everyone loves a good old-fashioned. And when you add pork to the classic drink, good suddenly becomes great. Coral Gables' Swine Southern Table & Bar serves the drink ($15) with bacon-washed Old Overholt rye whiskey. Make a theme out of it and follow with the wood-grilled, cider-brined pork loin ($33) -- served with brown butter sweet potato mousse and grilled apples. Finish it off with the warm sticky icky bun ($10), which is garnished with candied smoked bacon. Now that's a meal.

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OMG. Wine and cheese.
OMG. Wine and cheese.
William David Lawrence / Lagniappe Facebook

2. Lagniappe

If you like drinking wine and eating cheese, midtown's Lagniappe is the best place in town for you. This "New Orleans-style wine house" is all about taking it easy. You pick up a bottle from a selection of about 150 and take it to the register. On the way, you scoop up some pecorino Toscano, Manchego, Blue Stilton, Morbier, or Sainte-André cheese ($4 to $7). You pay, snag some wine glasses, and take the cheese to the outdoor kitchen. There, it's plated with bread and mixed greens. Most nights, a band plays in the relaxed yard. It is a lovely way to spend an evening.

Two words: mango moonshine.
Two words: mango moonshine.
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1. Edge Steak & Bar

Sunday brunch at Edge Steak & Bar works like this: You pay 84 bucks. You get unlimited mojitos, mimosas, and bloody marys. You eat as many charcuterie, salads, sweets, and grill-to-order barbecue items as you want. Is it pricey? Yes. But it's also the best brunch in town. The food and drinks are equally delicious during the week. Try the Edge of the Moon ($13) -- Flagler Lighting Moonshine, mango, key lime, strawberry, and mint, all of which is sourced from within 100 miles of Miami. Keep the Florida theme going and enjoy the libation with Key West shrimp and grits ($13). Edge offers delectable, local meals as well as unlimited Sunday brunch.

That makes it the number one spot to eat and drink in town.

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Lagniappe

3425 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

305-576-0108

www.lagniappehouse.com

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Swine Southern Table & Bar

2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

786-360-6433

www.runpigrun.com

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Edge Steak & Bar
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Hakkasan
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Tap Tap

819 Fifth St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-672-2898

www.taptaprestaurant.com

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MC Kitchen

4141 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

305-456-9948

www.mckitchenmiami.com

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Haven

1237 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-987-8885

www.havenlounge.com


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