Top Miami Dishes to Put on Your Bucket List
From Greek to Japanese, from Southern to Italian, select these favorites from Miami menus and you won't go away hungry.
Photo By: Meraki Greek Bistro
Photo By: Josh's Deli
Photo By: St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
Photo By: Tracey-Ann Jarrett
Photo By: Zuma Miami
Photo By: Pesce at La Centrale
Photo By: 26 Sushi & Tapas
Fried Cheese at Meraki Greek Bistro
An incredibly charming, authentic-meets-hip Greek bistro in Miami's downtown, Meraki Greek Bistro serves up classics like Greek salad, lamb, tzatziki and some great Greek wine and beer, in one of the most beautifully atmospheric settings you'll find. A taste of the islands tucked inside an unexpected and slightly generic landscape of office buildings and parking garages, this little gem is worth seeking out for the memorable food and magical atmosphere. A floor show and a delicious treat in one, the Greek cheese a.k.a. saganaki arrives at the table on fire for maximum impact. Opa! The combination of the Greek spirit, Metaxa and lemon make this one of Miami's must-eat dishes.
Krunchy Tuna Latkes at Josh's Deli
We can't be held responsible if you miss the opportunity to sample the eclectic vibe and the Krunchy Tuna Latkes at Surfside's Josh's Deli. Owner Josh Marcus serves up inspired combinations of Miami's Japanese, Jewish, Cuban and other influences in food that combines comfort food decadence and fun. His Jewban is a collision of a Cuban sandwich and the deli classic Rueben but if you get one dish at his Surfside destination, get the addictive Krunchy Tuna Latkes topped with a Sriracha-mayo sauce.
Branzino at Atlantikos
Fried Chicken at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
You wouldn't necessarily expect amazing Southern food in Miami, but the award-winning Yardbird chain from chef John Kunkel is worth hitting up, if only for the contrast of beach-ready bodies chowing down on biscuits and chicken with abandon.
Sashimi at Zuma Miami
There's a lot to try at Zuma Miami's mix of sublime sushi and sashimi and izakaya favorites. But definitely start with the seabass sashimi with yuzu, salmon roe and truffle oil and the fried softshell crab with mizuna and wasabi mayo. The salmon tartare served with lotus chips adds a creamy, decadent note to all of the clean flavors and you shouldn't leave without sampling the umami-sweet black cod marinated in saikyo miso, as close to the perfect comfort food as you could hope to find. It's not typical for Japanese restaurants, but if kids—or those with a sweet tooth—are in your party, a sampling of the creative desserts offers the perfect finish.
Red Snapper at Pesce
The epic three level Miami food hall La Centrale offers plenty of food options from grab and go to linger-and-sip. Seafood fans will love the whitewashed, beachy white-and-blue Mediterranean feel of La Centrale's Pesce where a buttery red snapper and robust fish stew are a few of the offerings for every stripe of fish-lover. A crudo and bollicine (bubbles!) bar make a perfect berth for a quick bite.
Ceviche at 26 Sushi & Tapas
The ultimate mash-up of Japanese, Peruvian and Venezuelan offerings come together at the stylish (and kosher) sushi spot 26 Sushi & Tapas in Surfside where ceviche, Chilean sea bass dumplings, fish tacos and some very solid dessert offerings round out the fun, eclectic menu.