You stayed out too late last night and had a few too many. Now the Miami sun is burning your retinas, your heart is racing, and your skull is beating out an angry tribal message of death. You need La Perrada de Edgar's famous Colombianos — Colombian hot dogs topped with otherworldly creations. Some here are named after countries, some after owner Edgar Gomez, but none of the monikers makes sense. Take, for example, the Swiss hot dog ($6.49), topped with mozzarella, corn, bacon, pink sauce, and potato sticks (none of which Switzerland is known for), or the Super Edgar, which gets freaky by topping a dog with cheese, pineapple, blackberry, plum, and whipped cream ($6.49). Somehow it works. The seemingly insane combinations both taste great and serve a utilitarian purpose of replenishing your shriveled-up hull with much-needed sodium and protein. If you're not feeling up for an adventure, get the salchipapa — an order of fries mixed with plain hot-dog chunks ($6.99) — and you'll be feeling right in no time.

Serendipity Creamery & Yogurt Cafe
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Serendipity, a hole-in-the-wall ice-cream shop in Wynwood, started out as a rogue pop-up during Art Basel 2014. Now it's a permanent fixture, which means its boozy, one-of-a-kind flavor pairings are always at your fingertips. The artisanal shop is owned by Jessica Levison, who has learned that the Wynwood area has a big appetite for alcohol-infused ice cream. She says flavors such as rum raisin, white Russian, and dark chocolate whiskey are much more popular than her nonalcoholic flavors. This has prompted her to experiment and develop recipes using local beers and spirits. She offers special-order popsicle varieties such as mojito, strawberry daiquiri, piña colada, and passionfruit vodka too. Her flagship location is in Surfside, but most of her alcohol-inspired treats are offered at her Wynwood spot.

Yo, fro-yo. Why are you so tasty? So versatile? So good at just about any time of the day? MC Hammer should've made a song about you. Vanilla Ice was on the right track. And so is Yuzu Frozen Yogurt & Crêpes (open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily except Sunday, when hours are noon to midnight). Grab a friend. Take your boo. Then head to Brickell for a healthier way to chill out. The homemade recipes are dope. Check out fresh mint, raspberry, or salted caramel. Or snag the classics: cookies 'n' cream, vanilla, and dulce de leche. Twelve all-natural rotating flavors come in low-fat or nonfat and are made with probiotics. Eat 'em how you like — by themselves or with fresh fruit and other sweet toppings. Whichever way you decide to dip, flip, or spin it, you definitely can't touch this.

Bianco Gelato

Miami is a hotbed for frozen treats. Walk through any touristy part of town, and you're likely to encounter all manner of fro-yo and ice cream. Just because you want to indulge in something cool and creamy doesn't mean you should settle for anything less than freshly made and organic gelato. Federico Di Franco's family has been making the Italian version of ice cream for years. The gelato maestro brought his family recipe from Milan to Coconut Grove. And just like back in Italy, DiFranco uses only organic ingredients — antibiotic-free milk, local fruit, Italian nuts, and Belgian chocolate. Bianco Gelato also has dairy-free gelatos and granitas for vegans and the lactose-intolerant; delicious and exotic flavors include pineapple-mint and pistachio. With prices ranging from $5 for a piccolo (small) to $7 for a grande (large), it's a tiny trip to Italy with a price tag you can afford.

Market at Edition
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Angel food isn't cake, and chocolate is just too sweet. "But what about funfetti and red velvet?" you ask. Chemicals, through and through. No, my friends, it's carrot cake you want. And not just any carrot cake. You want yours prepared under the guidance of French gastronomic luminary Jean-Georges Vongerichten. At the slick-haired toque's Mediterranean bazaar tucked inside Miami Beach's Edition hotel, each slice ($8) seems as if it came straight from Heaven. Sure, the cream cheese frosting is rich and sugary, but there's an unexpected lightness, like a sweet cloud. Strands of earthy cinnamon, nutmeg, and bright-orange carrots are woven throughout each bite. Then, when you think it's all over, you get a bite of dulce de leche Rice Krispies. Soon you're texting your friends, letting them know where to get your next birthday cake.

Readers' choice: Fireman Derek's Bake Shop & Cafe

Coconut Grove Organic Farmers Market
Karli Evans

At the Coconut Grove Organic Market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Glaser Organic Farms serves out of what looks like a nuclear-containment cylinder some of the most refreshing frozen desserts around. This ice cream is made with churned organic nut milk and coconuts sweetened with agave and dates instead of sugar. You can treat yourself to a couple of scoops without worrying about your waistline. Flavors, all of which are delicious, include banana walnut, chocolate mousse, pistachio, strawberry macadamia, and maple pecan. If you can't make it to the farmers' market, Glaser's website offers 16-ounce containers of ice cream for $12 each if you're willing to pay for UPS ground shipping and a charge for dry ice starting at $8.

Bunnie Cake's passionfruit cupcake.
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Bunnie Cake's passionfruit cupcake.

For the past few years, Bunnie Cakes has challenged South Florida palates. The Wynwood bakery has a menu of more than 20 flavors of cupcake. They are baked without eggs, butter, soy, or peanuts. The kosher and vegan establishment also offers gluten-free goods. The minicupcakes go for $2 a pop. The large ones cost $3.75. They look like your garden-variety cupcakes, tucked snugly into liners and topped with a swirl of frosting, but their taste is tremendous. They offer uniquely South Florida flavors such as guava, passionfruit, key lime, and dulce no leche, along with more traditional varieties like vanilla, double chocolate, and red velvet.

HipPOPs
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Imagine a vanilla-bean popsicle dunked in milk chocolate and topped with pretzels, hazelnuts, and chocolate sprinkles. HipPOP's, a South Florida-born gourmet icy dessert truck, brings sweet and savory handcrafted popsicles using a bevy of innovative flavors, dips, and toppings. Customize yours by choosing from gelato, sorbet, or yogurt varieties in flavors such as hazelnut, pistachio, pineapple, strawberry, Mexican chocolate chip, and gianduia, a mix of chocolate and hazelnut. Then dip your stick into milk, dark, or white chocolate and choose a topping, including shredded coconut, crushed pistachios, or rainbow sprinkles. Voilà! You've created a 100 percent all-natural and gluten-free artisanal treat for $5. The truck sells POPshakes ($8) too, which transforms any pop into a shake and adds whipped cream. There's also frozen hot chocolate, which blends Belgian chocolate gelato, cocoa powder, and a dash of sea salt topped with mini marshmallows and whipped cream. The truck can be found driving around town and frequenting food truck get-togethers in local neighborhoods.

Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory
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If anything is worth an extended drive south on U.S. 1, this is it. Blond Giraffe creates the pinnacle of key lime pie: heavenly peaks of meringue atop a silky pie filling with just the right sweetness-to-tang ratio, held together by a buttery crust. Owners Roberto Madeira and Tania Beguinati opened the shop in Key West in 1999 — but as a small vegetarian restaurant. When the two decided to add a dessert to their otherwise healthy menu, they called on a treasured family recipe for key lime pie. The dish became a huge hit and an overnight sensation after it beat 17 other varieties in a Key West contest. Soon, Madeira and Beguinati renamed the store "Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory." They moved to the Tavernier location in 2014. Though its bright-green walls and shack-like structure feel like a neighborhood joint, Blond Giraffe is far from a local secret. Their pie has earned repeated appearances on Food Network and acclaimed mentions in national publications, including Southern Living and National Geographic Traveler. A full pie costs $18.25 — settle for a single piece only if it's the signature frozen dark-chocolate-dipped slice on a stick ($4.95). Blond Giraffe is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ma-Ka-Rohn, an online macaron store based in Miami, is all about love. The company was created by pastry chefs Romain Montsarrat and Alexandra Moller, who continue to craft with love, using ingredients imported from France, chocolate from Switzerland, and all flavors (besides cookies and cream) made 100 percent gluten-free. In the past six years, they've traveled around the United States and France, taste-testing as many macarons as possible, fusing everything they've learned (and devoured) into 17 varieties sold online and delivered to your door. Flavors include blue vanilla, cotton candy, maple bacon, pistachio, and fruity pebble. Choose a box size or upgrade to a tower ($1.99 to $110), and because Ma-Ka-Rohn is based in the 305, snag your order within 30 minutes from its kitchen in the Miller Heights Shopping Center.

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