Bayside Marketplace
BEST FOOD COURT Bayside Marketplace 401 Biscayne Boulevard

Miami

305-577-3344

www.baysidemarketplace.com Don't be fooled by the bright colors, the guy with the parrots, the gambling ships and tour boats, the generic mall stores, the kiosks overflowing with Miami fun-in-the-sun gear. Bayside Marketplace is more than just a tourist trap. Locals who work downtown know this, and they come here for the food. French Crêpes, Starbucks, Kelly's Cajun Grill, and Latin American Café are all here. You'll also find the Teriyaki Temple, Yeung's Lotus Express, and the Middle East Connection. Just outside the actual food court (south wing, second floor) you'll find table service at the venerable Nicaraguan steakhouse Los Ranchos, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Snappers Bar and Grill, Captain Joe's Seafood, Chili's, Lombardi's Ristorante, and Hooters. Most of these establishments either feature gorgeous views or outdoor seating where you can dine and gaze at the marina, the port, and the bay.

BEST FOOD COURT Bayside Marketplace 401 Biscayne Boulevard

Miami

305-577-3344

www.baysidemarketplace.com Don't be fooled by the bright colors, the guy with the parrots, the gambling ships and tour boats, the generic mall stores, the kiosks overflowing with Miami fun-in-the-sun gear. Bayside Marketplace is more than just a tourist trap. Locals who work downtown know this, and they come here for the food. French Crêpes, Starbucks, Kelly's Cajun Grill, and Latin American Café are all here. You'll also find the Teriyaki Temple, Yeung's Lotus Express, and the Middle East Connection. Just outside the actual food court (south wing, second floor) you'll find table service at the venerable Nicaraguan steakhouse Los Ranchos, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Snappers Bar and Grill, Captain Joe's Seafood, Chili's, Lombardi's Ristorante, and Hooters. Most of these establishments either feature gorgeous views or outdoor seating where you can dine and gaze at the marina, the port, and the bay.

BEST FRENCH FRIES Dawg House Grill 1111 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach

305-604-3647 Once upon a time the best French fries were the ones grandma made with her crinkle-cut slicer, deep fryer, and aged Crisco seasoned with assorted residues from the previous 21 days of high-temperature gurgling. But times, they a-changed, and tastes did too. Today, saturated with the latest findings of cooking oil research, we think if fries aren't cooked in canola oil, then it's baloney. Or something as revolting. That said, there is simply no substitute for "fresh-cut" fries, the term used by gourmet chefs across the globe to indicate that earlier in the day they (the fries, not the cooks) were part of a nice raw potato. As any fresh-cut fries freak knows, a good bistro is where to find them. However, Dawg House Grill, located on the ground-floor terrace of the Tudor Hotel, offers a bistro-style French fry at a burger-joint price ($2.75). Cleverly served in a cone of paper tucked inside a stylish metal holder, they come with a surprising assortment of condiments: balsamic vinaigrette, red wine vinaigrette, aioli, coconut chili sauce, and regular old ketchup.

Readers´ Choice: McDonald´s

BEST FRENCH FRIES Dawg House Grill 1111 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach

305-604-3647 Once upon a time the best French fries were the ones grandma made with her crinkle-cut slicer, deep fryer, and aged Crisco seasoned with assorted residues from the previous 21 days of high-temperature gurgling. But times, they a-changed, and tastes did too. Today, saturated with the latest findings of cooking oil research, we think if fries aren't cooked in canola oil, then it's baloney. Or something as revolting. That said, there is simply no substitute for "fresh-cut" fries, the term used by gourmet chefs across the globe to indicate that earlier in the day they (the fries, not the cooks) were part of a nice raw potato. As any fresh-cut fries freak knows, a good bistro is where to find them. However, Dawg House Grill, located on the ground-floor terrace of the Tudor Hotel, offers a bistro-style French fry at a burger-joint price ($2.75). Cleverly served in a cone of paper tucked inside a stylish metal holder, they come with a surprising assortment of condiments: balsamic vinaigrette, red wine vinaigrette, aioli, coconut chili sauce, and regular old ketchup.

Readers´ Choice: McDonald´s

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
Courtesy of Andiamo!
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

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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.

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