The question I get asked the most is “I have a friend/family member/colleague in town. Where should I take them to eat?” Granted I now live in Chicago, but it’s only been two weeks, and so people still ask me for recommendations.
It is now officially “the season” in Miami: Now is the time of year when many have friends or family coming into town to escape the cold or to revel at various events that mark “season” in South Florida, like the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Even if you’re an avid diner, sometimes you’re just too busy to think about where to make that reservation.
So I’ll refer you to an article I wrote this fall while I was still Miami editor at Tasting Table. I wrote it precisely for this time of year and I included restaurants that savvy eaters would want to visit. Most are places that were not open last winter, although some like Michy’s and Macchialina, added new brunches that I felt were worth mentioning.
There are some varying budget options, from the more affordable and family-friendly Mina’s Mediterraneo in Shorecrest and Fiorito in Little Haiti to the outstanding, but wallet-busting, Cypress Room and the waterfront J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour.
While you’re reading the article, click on the title of each restaurant to get a fuller profile of each one.
Another Tasting Table resource to keep an eye on: the Miami City Guide. It’s updated regularly so it should reflect the dynamic dining, drinking and market scene in the Magic City.
Related: Where to Eat During Miami Book Fair