I’m a born and bred Miamian with an equal appreciation for the city’s old-school and new-wave restaurants. I spend most of my time eating out, so here’s a rotating list of all my favorite places!Less
📍Added in February: In my love letter to Peruvian food, I’d wax poetic about Pollos & Jarras. And not because of its bright, somewhat over-the-top décor that makes you feel like you’re on some sort of psychedelic trip through the Andes, but because of the rotisserie chicken—the dish they’re best known for. Available as a quarter, half, or whole, the chicken is always paired with a fresh salad and the crispiest french fries. Essentially, my death row meal!
📍Added in February: It’s hard to believe that bagels existed in Miami before El Bagel came around. In a city some call the sixth borough, this has become the go-to place for a New York–style bagel. My order is the Midday Snack on an extra-toasted everything bagel: I love the punch from the red onions mixed with the salty salmon and the velvety cream cheese. When I’m feeling extra, I’ll add roe. If the weather’s nice, I’ll enjoy my bagel on their cute little outdoor patio.
📍Added in February: One of the hardest things about moving from NYC to Miami was the fact that I craved a huge bowl of bibimbap every day—and didn’t know where to find one. Then, one day, after a desperate online search, I found Korean Kitchen. My life has been better since. The inside is simple, which I love—I’m not really here there for vibes. I’m here for the bibimbap, with its perfect portioned-out mix of grilled beef, kimchi, egg, and veg; the corn cheese; and the cold noodle stir-fry.
📍Added in February: Clive’s Jamaican classics, like jerk chicken and beef patties, have made it one of my and my team’s go-to lunch spots. It’s close to our studio, and it never disappoints. I usually just order a big plate of goat or chicken—either stewed or grilled—a side of peas and rice, and either potato salad or mac and cheese as a third side.
📍Added in February: Located on Key Biscayne (a small island off the coast of mainland Miami, accessible via car thanks to the Rickenbacker Causeway), Flour & Weirdoughs is sure to blow your mind with some of the best, freshest bread and baked goods around. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch some off-the-cuff items like a mortadella-pesto-mozz sandwich, which left me full, happy, and wanting a whole other sandwich. Make the drive! It’s worth it for the food and the ocean views along the way.
I never really thought of fruit salad as a dish to get excited about. Really, what’s there to a bowl of cut-up, usually unripe fruit? I now realize that the problem was that I just hadn’t yet discovered Athens. It’s a simple concept: fruit, in different formats—sometimes blended, sometimes cut up, always perfectly ripe. I love the fruit salad, which contains a medley of bananas, pineapples, and other fruits topped with a fruit nectar I wish I could replicate at home.
Boia De is the kind of place where small plates and good wine—served in a trendy yet casual atmosphere—are the stars of the show. The menu changes from time to time, but I wouldn’t miss the potato skins, the tartare, and the budino for dessert. Unless you know someone who knows someone, it can be really hard to score a reservation (the place is tiny and a favorite among both locals and tourists!), so plan ahead or join the queue just before they open in hopes of scoring a seat at the bar.
Caracas is everything you’d want in your neighborhood bakery: delicious pastries and a menu that features everyone’s favorite all-day café staples, like toasts, egg sandwiches, and the most perfectly scrambled eggs. Menus and vibes aside, what I love most about Caracas is that it perfectly embodies an establishment that feels young and cool while also paying homage to its roots (and Miami’s large Venezuelan community!) by serving traditional Venezuelan pastries like cachitos and palmeritas.
While Chef Creole has a few locations around Miami, the Little Haiti one has a special place in my lunchtime rotation, given its proximity to my flower studio. I love how easy it is to stop by for Bahamian and Haitian classics like griot (fried pork), jerk chicken, and stewed conch, and I love how much food they give you. I rotate between ordering the stewed chicken and the grilled jerk chicken, always with the peas and rice and a side of sweet plantains.
While there are plenty of places in Miami to indulge in Cuban sandwiches, I love Enriqueta’s for its casual, diner-like setting. Enriqueta’s serves all the Cuban lunchtime classics, like medianoches (a pressed sandwich consisting of roast pork, ham, pickles, and Swiss cheese), which are all available to dine in or to go from their ventanita—a small take-out window where you might find locals gossiping over a cortadito and a croqueta.