The South Beach Wine & Food Festival kicks off this week and we’ve got good food on the brain. While the fest presents dozens of incredible opportunities to meet-and-greet with some of the best chefs in the biz, if you don’t feel like shelling out the cash, there are plenty of local try-worthy restaurants that’ll sate your hunger for something delicious. Herewith, our guide to where to eat in Miami right now.
Can’t decide what you want to eat? Get it all at 1-800-LUCKY, Miami’s new (and first, surprisingly) food hall. The 10,000-square-foot space houses seven different eateries serving up their individual specialties. There’s charcoal Vietnamese, Chinese barbecue, ramen, sushi, dim sum, poke, and some photogenic ice cream. You get the idea. Come hungry.
143 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
For a taste of pure(-ish) Miami, head to Amelia’s 1931. The Cuban diner comes courtesy of the same team behind Finka Table & Tap, and the menu here is all about comfort. Traditional Cuban dishes get a makeover with influences from Korea and Peru. Sink your teeth into dishes like arroz con pollo fritters, sweet potato and yucca tots, and dulce de leche ice cream with guaca drizzle.
13601 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175
When you want a craft cocktail in South Beach, you go to Broken Shaker. They’re simply the best. And so you can sort of assume that anything else related to Broken Shaker will be gold too, right? Well, former Broken Shaker cocktail guru Brian Griffiths and chef Cleophus Hethington have gone out on their own with Shelley’s, a seafood spot where the focus isn’t just on what’s in the glass, but what’s on the plate.
5845 Sunset Dr, South Miami, FL, 33143
Fans of the Bushwick pizza outfit Roberta’s will be happy to hear that the team is heading south for the winter. You can find the pop-up inside Miami Design District’s Jungle Plaza. While the environs have shifted, the great food remains the same. Expect blistered crusts, perfectly salted cheeses, and toppings that’ll have you reaching for one more slice.
Miami Design District, Miami, FL 33137
Azabu Miami Beach
Another New York City transplant, Michelin-starred Azabu, has arrived–only this spot is delivering promises of outstanding sushi. The multi-concept restaurant features a dining room, hidden sushi counter, and a cocktail bar specializing in sake and whiskey. In addition to sushi, Azabu’s menu will be serving up Izakaya-style fare, like udon and yakitori.
161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Pig Beach Pop-Up
This Thursday, for one night only, acclaimed Brooklyn BBQ joint Pig Beach comes to our own Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel for an evening of bevs, a band, and–of course–some of the best meats in all of South Beach. The menu features their famous baby back ribs, smoked turkey, salt-and-pepper brisket, and all the fixin’s, naturally. Tickets are $75 and include two drinks and live entertainment. Interested? Get ‘em here. [Note: This event has passed.]
1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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