Favorite Dishes

80. Chicken Salad at Manhattan Cafe

As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to [email protected]. After the jump, find our other choices.

80. Chicken Salad at Manhattan Cafe

There's a whole world of chicken salad out there, with mayo, without mayo, with veggies, without veggies. The true chicken salad aficionado knows that this dish is best sweet, salty, tender, creamy, and a little crunchy. The chicken salad at Manhattan Cafe, a family run business that has been serving addictive food for 16 years in downtown Miami, is all of those things, and more.

Owner Rosaly Guimaraes says daily, they bake grade A chicken with bay leaves, mix it with mayonnaise, granny smith apples, white raisins, a paste made from fresh basil they but at the farmers' market, and roasted pine nuts. First inspired by the Waldorf chicken salad, this is altogether another kind of treat that can be eaten on a fresh baguette ($8) or on a bed of romaine with plum tomatoes ($8.25). Either way, your palate will thank you.

100 Favorite Dishes:

81. Organic Chicken and Sundried Tomato Panini at BLT Steak

82. Tuna Nicoise at The Royal

83. Cubi-Thai Sampler Plate

84. Chicken Chili Con Queso at Deli Lane Cafe

85. Lemon Meringue Cake at Ice Box

86. Fig Pizza at Kokopo Fresh Kitchen

87. Poulet Rouge at Cecconi's
88. Grilled Scallops with Pickled Plum at Zuma

89. Garnachos at Taqueria el Mexicano

90. Pancakes at Sky Grille in Miami Tower

91. Tuna Ceviche at Sushi Samba

92. BBQ Pork Roll at American Noodle Bar

93. Mandolin's Hand-Cut Fries

94. Joe Allen's Bourbon Bread Pudding
95. Lobster Roll at Joe's Stone Crab Takeaway
96. Brussels Sprouts at Sakaya Kitchen
97. Gandules en Escabeche from Raaga Cart

98. Pizza Genovese at Spris

99. Leek Soup at Buena Vista Deli

100. Dumplings at Chow Down Grill

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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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