Where You Should be Eating in Miami this Month
Looking for some new restaurants to try? We’ve got you covered. From South Beach to Kendall, here’s a list of where you should be eating this month.
Written by: Michelle Abraira
Antico Pizza ($$)
1058 Collins Av, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Giovanni DiPalma, the founder of Antico Pizza in Atlanta, has brought your new favorite pizza to South Beach. Located in the middle of Miami’s new Italian Food District, Antico is one you won’t want to miss. Open at 11:30 am on Monday through Fridays and noon on the weekends, Antico doesn’t close until they’re “out of dough”. Rosso (or thin) pizza options include the classic Marinara (san Marzano, garlic, oregano, romano and white anchovy), and the award-winning San Gennaro (salsiccia, dolce picante pepper, bufala and cipolline). If you prefer a more traditional Bianche style, go for the Bianca (fior di latte, ricotta, bufala and percorino) or the Pomodorini (fresh cherry vesuvian tomato, bufala, garlic and basil). And don’t forget to try any of their wood fired sandwiches that are made to order hot, cold or melted. Some of our favorites sandwiches are the Napolitano (hot sandwich pressed on wood fired bread with sweet Italain salsiccia, friarelli and fresh mozzarella), Caprese (cold sandwich on ciabatta with campari tomato, fresh bufala, basil and olio di olive), and Parmigiano (melted sandwich pressed on ciabatta with lightly breaded Bell and Evans chicken breast, San Marzano D.O.P. and fresh mozzarella). Nocturnal foodies, keep a lookout for Antico’s upcoming late-night window service. It’ll be open after midnight to curb your post-party pizza cravings.
Jack’s Home Cooking ($$)
2426 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Traditional Italian fare meets comfort food at Jack’s Home Cooking. Located in Wynwood, Jack’s gives the area a new look with its intimate, cozy and family-oriented feel. Pop in for lunch or dinner to indulge in a true Italian feast. Start with some of their shared plates, like the Crispy Calamari (served with a spicy homemade Jack’s marinara dipping sauce) or Homemade Garlic Bread (toasted Italian bread with Jack’s special garlic spread, served with Jack’s marinara dipping sauce). Once you’ve made it through the appetizers, enjoy a savory entrée like Sloppy Joe’s Short Rib Sandwich for lunch, or the Spaghetti Bolognese (spaghetti sautéed with a special blend of ground sirloin, veal and a plum tomato sauce), Stuffed Shells (homemade pasta shells stuffed with a blend of ricotta, parsley, fresh tomato sauce topped with fresh mozzarella) or Jack Sparrow (jumbo shrimp with cherry tomatoes, white wine, lemon and garlic served over risotto) for dinner. Top your meal off with a mouthwatering tiramisu or cannoli, and then pat yourself on the back for a job well done. As our motto states, you can always start your diet tomorrow.
1233 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach, FL 33139
Founded by Scott Linquist, the executive chef at Wynwood’s Coyo Taco, Olla brings authentic Mexican food to a new level. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they’re more traditional in dish style than Coyo. For lunch, try one of their Mexican sandwiches like the Cecina (salt cured skirt steak, black beans, garlic mayo, chiles toreados and resqueson) or the Relleno (egg battered roasted poblano chile, Mexican cheese blend, roasted tomato, chipotle salsa and pico de gallo). Must-try entrées include the Barbacoa (lamb shoulder barbacoa, pasilla recado and salsa borracha) and the Veracruzma (mahi mahi, Veracruz style tomato sauce, capers, olives, Mexican oregano and pickled chiles). And if your mouth isn’t already watering, feast your taste buds on their brunch spread, which includes Rancheros (sunnyside eggs, crisp blue tortillas, ham, roasted peppers, tomato sauce and queso fresco) and Chorizo (house made spicy sausage, scrambled eggs, charro beans, crema and baby tomatoes). This goes without saying, but if you love Coyo Taco and want to savor something new, add Olla to your must-visit list.
The Brick ($$)
8955 SW 72nd Pl, Kendall, FL 33156
If you’re looking for a restaurant that serves delicious meals with a homegrown feel, look no further than The Brick. Located in Downtown Dadeland, The Brick serves “farm-to-table” style dishes prepared with farm-fresh ingredients and naturally grown produce. Whether you’re stopping by for lunch or dinner, The Brick has plenty of tasty options. For lunch, start with any of their amazing appetizers like their White Bean Hummus (peppadew peppers, peanuts, arugula served with pita bread). Then, choose from one of their delicious sandwiches, pizzas or salads for your entrée. You can’t go wrong with the Margherita pizza (mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and basil) or their signature Brick Burger (grass-fed beef, bacon, caramelized shallot, aged cheddar topped with Brick Sauce). For dinner, try one of their savory big plates like the Pan Roasted Monkfish (war eagle mill grits, smoked gouda with corn and pepper succotash) or the Roasted Free Range Chicken (roasted seasonal vegetables, cauliflower puree and chicken jus). Still have room for dessert? Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Blond Brownie Affogato (bittersweet chocolate, espresso served with vanilla ice cream), Chocolate Cupcake (chocolate mascarpone served with basil ice cream and topped with whipped cream), or Caramelized Banana Pizza (cinnamon brown sugar, peanuts and Nutella).
160 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
Located in the Miami Design District, OTL will easily become your new favorite hangout spot: after all, their motto is “Eat, Drink & Relax All Day”. Serving breakfast and lunch, OTL’s light and airy environment is complemented by a variety of delicious café items for reasonable prices. Make sure to stop by for breakfast, which is served until 2:00 pm, to try any of their yummy options like the Egg & Cheese Sandwich (scrambled egg, jammy tomato, cheddar, arugula served on a brioche roll), Avocado Toast (house pickled red onions, chili flakes, cilantro all on toasted sourdough) or the OTL Granola (rolled oats, hemo seeds, coconut and dates). If you’re stopping by for lunch, make sure to try any of their tasty sandwiches, like the Manchego & Pear (frisee and onion jam on sourdough) and the Chicken Salad (curry, turmeric, currants, arugula, pickled frescos on ciabatta). Or you could opt for one of their healthy salads, like the Kale Salad (creamy cashew vinaigrette, radish, croutons) or the Baby Green & Citrus (pickled red onions and toasted pepitas topped with acovado dressing). Before you leave, treat yourself to a Banana Quinoa Muffin, or a Chocolate and Sea Salt or Oatmeal Almond Cookie.
Bakehouse Brasserie ($$)
808 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Attention breakfast lovers everywhere: this is one restaurant you need to try. Bakehouse Brasserie on South Beach serves breakfast all day, every day. And aside from serving everyone’s favorite meal all day long, Bakehouse gets its inspiration from traditional French foods and pastries. Open daily from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, stop by for brunch and order a Croissant French Toast (bananas foster and cream cheese glaze), French Omelet (three eggs, French ham, gruyère, watercress with mornay sauce) or their Bakehouse (wild boar sausage, caramelized onions and peppers with chipotle hollandaise and a multigrain muffin). And you can’t leave without trying one their tasty bakery options. From their Pain Au Chocolat Croissant to their Bacon-Maple Cinnamon Roll, all-day breakfast just got a little sweeter.