BEST DELICATESSEN Mo's Bagel & Deli 2780 NE 187th Street

Aventura

305-936-8555 Ask Mo's fiercely faithful regulars about the roasted chicken, Roumanian steak, or stuffed cabbage, and their praise will be effusive. Inquire about the sizable sides of potato latkes and kasha varnishkas, and they'll weary you with glowing adjectives. Let the customers express themselves freely and you'll hear everything you ever wanted to know about Mo's creamed herring, matzoh brei, challah French toast, and noodle kügel with maraschino cherries inside (use this opportunity to sip some Dr. Brown's soda, glance around the spacious room, and take in the New York neighborhood deli décor). We warn you: Don't bring up the deliciously sweet, vanilla-infused homemade blintzes or impossibly plumped pastrami and corned beef sandwiches (such a pickle on the side!) or, God forbid, the bronzed, hand-rolled, baked-on-premise bagels -- unless you've got plenty of time on your hands. Brace yourself -- bagel talk will only lead to huzzahs for the challahs, babkas, and rugelach from Mo's exceptional bakery counter. When you've heard your fair share of deli accolades for the day, casually drop the words "So, how are the kids?" into the conversation, and the previously chatty patrons will likely respond, "Don't ask."

Readers´ Choice: Epicure Market

BEST DELICATESSEN Mo's Bagel & Deli 2780 NE 187th Street

Aventura

305-936-8555 Ask Mo's fiercely faithful regulars about the roasted chicken, Roumanian steak, or stuffed cabbage, and their praise will be effusive. Inquire about the sizable sides of potato latkes and kasha varnishkas, and they'll weary you with glowing adjectives. Let the customers express themselves freely and you'll hear everything you ever wanted to know about Mo's creamed herring, matzoh brei, challah French toast, and noodle kügel with maraschino cherries inside (use this opportunity to sip some Dr. Brown's soda, glance around the spacious room, and take in the New York neighborhood deli décor). We warn you: Don't bring up the deliciously sweet, vanilla-infused homemade blintzes or impossibly plumped pastrami and corned beef sandwiches (such a pickle on the side!) or, God forbid, the bronzed, hand-rolled, baked-on-premise bagels -- unless you've got plenty of time on your hands. Brace yourself -- bagel talk will only lead to huzzahs for the challahs, babkas, and rugelach from Mo's exceptional bakery counter. When you've heard your fair share of deli accolades for the day, casually drop the words "So, how are the kids?" into the conversation, and the previously chatty patrons will likely respond, "Don't ask."

Readers´ Choice: Epicure Market

Andiamo Brick Oven Pizza
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BEST PIZZA Andiamo 5600 Biscayne Boulevard

Miami

305-762-5751 A couple on their first date, late-night at Andiamo:

It's so nice sitting outside, watching cars roll down Biscayne. I think the fumes add a certain Manhattan authenticity to the taste.

I love that they make the pies to order in that big brick oven. I mean they're the hottest, most crisply crusted pizzas in town, and they've got those neat little black blisters on the bottom.

Absolutely, and there's like 25 toppings -- something for everyone, really. Which should we order?

How about the Brooklyn Special, with pepperoni, peppers, and onions? Or the Genovese, with rosemary roasted potatoes, pancetta, caramelized onions, and gorgonzola?

I'm a vegetarian. How about the Athena, with spinach, onions, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese?

I hate feta. Tuscan Tuna with capers, olives, arugula, and lemon mayo?

I have a thing about mayo on pizza.

We can create our own from this list of ingredients down here -- smoked gouda, pineapple, and anchovies? Just kidding.

You know, I'm sort of a simple person. I'd be happy with the basic Andiamo pie, just light, well-seasoned tomato sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil.

You know, if we order two small pies, we can pay a dollar extra apiece and have them turned into calzones.

No, really, a medium pie and salad will be fine.

The antipasto salad looks tempting.

I told you already, I'm a vegetarian.

Oh, right. Greek salad, then?

Greek it is.

Okay, we've got it. Now which beers should we order? Newcastle Brown Ale? Boddingtons Pub Ale? Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout?

I'm starting to get a headache.

BEST PIZZA Andiamo 5600 Biscayne Boulevard

Miami

305-762-5751 A couple on their first date, late-night at Andiamo:

It's so nice sitting outside, watching cars roll down Biscayne. I think the fumes add a certain Manhattan authenticity to the taste.

I love that they make the pies to order in that big brick oven. I mean they're the hottest, most crisply crusted pizzas in town, and they've got those neat little black blisters on the bottom.

Absolutely, and there's like 25 toppings -- something for everyone, really. Which should we order?

How about the Brooklyn Special, with pepperoni, peppers, and onions? Or the Genovese, with rosemary roasted potatoes, pancetta, caramelized onions, and gorgonzola?

I'm a vegetarian. How about the Athena, with spinach, onions, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese?

I hate feta. Tuscan Tuna with capers, olives, arugula, and lemon mayo?

I have a thing about mayo on pizza.

We can create our own from this list of ingredients down here -- smoked gouda, pineapple, and anchovies? Just kidding.

You know, I'm sort of a simple person. I'd be happy with the basic Andiamo pie, just light, well-seasoned tomato sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil.

You know, if we order two small pies, we can pay a dollar extra apiece and have them turned into calzones.

No, really, a medium pie and salad will be fine.

The antipasto salad looks tempting.

I told you already, I'm a vegetarian.

Oh, right. Greek salad, then?

Greek it is.

Okay, we've got it. Now which beers should we order? Newcastle Brown Ale? Boddingtons Pub Ale? Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout?

I'm starting to get a headache.

BEST CAFé CON LECHE Islas Canarias Restaurant 285 NW 27th Avenue

Miami

305-649-0440

and

13695 SW 26th Street

West Miami-Dade

305-559-6666

www.islascanariasrestaurant.com You will be served a cup of hot hot hot steamed milk (pale yellow in color because it's made with homemade evaporated milk) along with a miniature metal canister's worth of sweet Bustelo espresso that packs the punch of caffeine on steroids. Pour the coffee into the cup, which will bring the milk right up to the rim. Careful, don't spill any -- as we say, it's hot, and you wouldn't want to put a damper on an otherwise perfect moment: the richest, fullest, tastiest café con leche you'll ever have.

You will be served a cup of hot hot hot steamed milk (pale yellow in color because it's made with homemade evaporated milk) along with a miniature metal canister's worth of sweet Bustelo espresso that packs the punch of caffeine on steroids. Pour the coffee into the cup, which will bring the milk right up to the rim. Careful, don't spill any -- as we say, it's hot, and you wouldn't want to put a damper on an otherwise perfect moment: the richest, fullest, tastiest café con leche you'll ever have.

BEST RESTAURANT TO ESCAPE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

BEST RESTAURANT TO ESCAPE OUT-OF-TOWNERS Joe Allen 1787 Purdy Avenue

Miami Beach

305-531-7007

www.joeallenrestaurant.com (Note to guests visiting our fair city: The following is of no interest to you. Really boring stuff. Please just skip on ahead to the next item, because reading this will surely be a waste of your precious vacation time.) It's not that Joe Allen is totally devoid of tourists -- Mr. Allen's original restaurant has long been a desirous dining destination for Broadway theatergoers in the Big Apple, so it's only natural that a few of those familiar with his skills as a restaurateur would seek him out down here. The small number of visitors who do manage to find Purdy Avenue blend in seamlessly with the eclectic mix of locals. Feeling as though you belong is easy at Joe Allen, which is one reason so many natives gather nightly at the bar for a neighborly reverie of chatter and drink. Another draw is the unfussy American menu of burgers, pizzas, pastas, steaks, meatloaf, sautéed calf's liver, mashed potatoes, peach cobbler, and other foods that are as comforting as the no-nonsense Deco décor. Maybe the biggest attraction for neighborhood residents is the things Joe Allen doesn't have: DJs, karaoke nights, giant TV screens, and pretension. Plus, as we say, out-of-towners are outnumbered and unnoticeable. Which is a good thing, because they aren't to be trusted -- just the sort of folks who would read this item even though we politely asked them not to.

BEST RESTAURANT TO ESCAPE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

BEST RESTAURANT TO ESCAPE OUT-OF-TOWNERS Joe Allen 1787 Purdy Avenue

Miami Beach

305-531-7007

www.joeallenrestaurant.com (Note to guests visiting our fair city: The following is of no interest to you. Really boring stuff. Please just skip on ahead to the next item, because reading this will surely be a waste of your precious vacation time.) It's not that Joe Allen is totally devoid of tourists -- Mr. Allen's original restaurant has long been a desirous dining destination for Broadway theatergoers in the Big Apple, so it's only natural that a few of those familiar with his skills as a restaurateur would seek him out down here. The small number of visitors who do manage to find Purdy Avenue blend in seamlessly with the eclectic mix of locals. Feeling as though you belong is easy at Joe Allen, which is one reason so many natives gather nightly at the bar for a neighborly reverie of chatter and drink. Another draw is the unfussy American menu of burgers, pizzas, pastas, steaks, meatloaf, sautéed calf's liver, mashed potatoes, peach cobbler, and other foods that are as comforting as the no-nonsense Deco décor. Maybe the biggest attraction for neighborhood residents is the things Joe Allen doesn't have: DJs, karaoke nights, giant TV screens, and pretension. Plus, as we say, out-of-towners are outnumbered and unnoticeable. Which is a good thing, because they aren't to be trusted -- just the sort of folks who would read this item even though we politely asked them not to.

BEST FLAN Lila's Westchester Restaurant 8518 Coral Way

West Miami-Dade

305-553-6061 There is a science to perfect flan: Look for holes in the texture. If flan is cooked at too high a heat, the mixture bubbles, leaving behind little holes with hardened edges. Flan with holes is not good flan. Lila's Restaurant in Westchester serves up a flan that is not only hole-free but also good enough to be sold in Publix, Winn-Dixie, and Sedano's grocery stores across Florida. The grocery-available Cuban custard, however, had its origins at Lila's Restaurant, where owner Reinaldo Navarro, Sr. served up his secret recipe. His son Reinaldo Navarro, Jr. and Navarro, Jr.'s wife Sara, were working at the restaurant at the time and eventually borrowed the recipe to open up their own dessert destination, Lila's Desserts, located in Kendall. Between Lila's Desserts, Lila's Restaurant, and the sweets section at your local supermarket, picking up the Navarros' famed caramel treat is as easy as, um, flan.

BEST FLAN Lila's Westchester Restaurant 8518 Coral Way

West Miami-Dade

305-553-6061 There is a science to perfect flan: Look for holes in the texture. If flan is cooked at too high a heat, the mixture bubbles, leaving behind little holes with hardened edges. Flan with holes is not good flan. Lila's Restaurant in Westchester serves up a flan that is not only hole-free but also good enough to be sold in Publix, Winn-Dixie, and Sedano's grocery stores across Florida. The grocery-available Cuban custard, however, had its origins at Lila's Restaurant, where owner Reinaldo Navarro, Sr. served up his secret recipe. His son Reinaldo Navarro, Jr. and Navarro, Jr.'s wife Sara, were working at the restaurant at the time and eventually borrowed the recipe to open up their own dessert destination, Lila's Desserts, located in Kendall. Between Lila's Desserts, Lila's Restaurant, and the sweets section at your local supermarket, picking up the Navarros' famed caramel treat is as easy as, um, flan.

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