A legendary NYC pizzeria, a Top Chef tasting menu and some of the best hummus we’ve ever had—and that’s just the tip of the restaurant iceberg hitting Miami this season. There are so many interesting concepts, we had to try them all. Here are 12 to get you started.
This is a fancy one: Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford is behind an eight-course tasting centered on New American cuisine. Let’s just say it’s as delicious as it is aesthetically pleasing.
101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-322-5211 or stubbornseed.com
This intimate restaurant in Sunset Harbour serves seasonal dishes that champion our love for simple, downright delicious meals (like fettuccini with pumpkin-seed pesto).
1766 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-773-3149 or lutummiami.com
The Roberta’s team from Brooklyn has finally brought its pie-making talents to South Florida with a pop-up shop in the Design District. We’ll take a slice of the Bee Sting with extra honey, please.
140 NE 39th St., Miami; robertaspizza.com
Blue Bottle Coffee
This West Coast-based java joint is bringing Cali vibes to the Design District. We’re talking espresso, cold brew and Belgian waffles inside a light and airy space. (Pssst: A second location is set to open by 2018 in the Aventura Mall.)
3818 NE First Ave., Miami; bluebottlecoffee.com
Ghee Indian Kitchen
This modern Indian spot in the Design District serves up a perfect balance of sweet, savory and spicy plates. You’ll find staples like chicken tikka along with more surprising options like ghost-pepper cheddar naan, so you’ll definitely need to come back multiple times. (P.S. There’s a location in Dadeland, too.)
3620 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-636-6122 or gheemiami.com
We found your new go-to happy hour spot: This NYC import serves hearty, comfort-food-inspired sandwiches and generous meat and cheese boards, paired with craft cocktails in the center of Brickell.
900 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-400-8226 or thecraftsmanmiami.com
Sanguich de Miami
Gourmet Cuban sandwiches are the name of the game here. This shipping-container-turned-vent anita churns out classic Calle Ocho fare—like a roast-pork pan con lechón and a trigo batido (cereal milkshake)—plus a few with a modern twist.
1641 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786-313-3650 or facebook.com/sanguichdemiami
You may have walked right past this hidden gem, which serves authentic, Israeli-style hummus bowls (with wood-fired pita) that are almost too pretty to eat.
250 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-573-9292 or dizengoffhummus.com
At this cult-favorite Philly export, two of our favorite things come together at last: fried chicken and doughnuts. Bring. It. On.
250 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-573-9393 or federaldonuts.com
Veza Sur Brewing Co./Baja Bao
Beer? Check. Latin-inspired bao buns? You got it. Guaranteed good time? Oh, yeah. This latest brewery/eatery to hit Wynwood just might be our new favorite place.
55 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-362-6300 or facebook.com/vezasur
Vegetarians, this one’s for you: seasonal vegetables, sippable cocktails and a highly Instagrammable environment.
1801 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-925-0799 or soultavern.com
Stiltsville Fish Bar
This nautical spot serves up perfectly beachy treats. We’ll take an order of shrimp ’n’ grits, crispy whole yellowtail snapper, and chilled watermelon and pickles.
1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477 or stiltsvillefishbar.com