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14 Holiday-Inspired Dishes to Make You Feel Like it's Winter in Miami

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Alright, so maybe in Miami we'll only ever dream of a white Christmas. Maybe the closest we'll get to walking in a Winter Wonderland is Santa's Enchanted Forest. And maybe we'll never roast those chestnuts over an open fire because, well, who owns a fireplace here anyways? We may not have a traditional holiday season per say, but it doesn't mean we can't get festive where it matters most- on our plates! There's a slew of restaurants that have taken traditional holiday dishes and flavors, only to add in their own tasty spins. And while some of these offerings are only available on Christmas Eve and Day (make your reservations stat!), many are menu regulars, so you can indulge even when you aren't wearing your hefty winter coat and treading through snow. Oh wait...

-Ashley Brozic


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 3030 Ocean

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3030 Holiday Dr
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 765-3030
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When Nat King Cole sang about chestnuts being roasted on an open fire, he clearly had never tried them in a soup. While 3030 Ocean is known for its decadent seafood, the Fort Lauderdale joint has added a roasted chestnut soup appetizer on their Christmas Eve and Day menu. Top it off with a custardy peppermint pots-de-crème and biscotti dessert and you’ll have quite the holiday meal.

2. Michael Mina 74

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4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 538-2000
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In Miami, a Noche Buena pig roast is about as traditional as it gets. Michael Mina 74 picked up on this Cuban Christmas Eve delicacy and added a gourmet spin to create their Tamworth ‘Caja China,’ which is made nightly. The pig is actually roasted in the 'Caja China' box and accompanied with a kumquat and chile relish, pigeon peas, annato rice, cilantro and mojo.

3. Eating House

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806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, FL 33134
(305) 448-6524
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When it comes to cooking traditional dishes, an Italian chef can do no wrong, especially when that chef is Giorgio Rapicavoli and that dish is panna cotta, albeit with a twist. His version of panna cotta is egg nog flavored, with pumpkin ice cream, pecan mousse and brown butter caramel.

4. Morro Castle

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2500 NW 7th St
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 642-4747 ‎
You can only get so creative with hot chocolate, but hey, this is Miami and we put our own spin on everything. When the thermostat dips below 75, every local knows to head over to Morro Castle for churros and hot chocolate, the only remedy for a blistering cold Miami day. It’s served year round. Hallelujah.

5. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
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What’s Christmas without a pecan pie? A disaster, that’s what. Luckily if you head to Michael’s Genuine, your holidays will be pie-filled if you order their miniature-sized maple pecan pie with a side of creme fraiche sherbert, which is conveniently on the menu during and after the holiday season.

6. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 369-0353
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Gingerbread, eggnog and ice cream are synonymous with dessert on Christmas, so naturally when you put them together magic happens. Timon Balloo has created the sandwich of all christmas sandwiches: two gingerbread cookies hugging a slab of egg nog ice cream with a winter spiced caramel drizzle. Indulge on December 24 and 25.

7. Bourbon Steak

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19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180
(786) 279-6600
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Pears are as Christmassy as Christmas gets (they wouldn’t make a song about a pear tree if it wasn’t, right?), so when Bourbon Steak pulls out a roasted pear bread pudding with maple ice cream and gingerbread, you know they’ve gotten into the holiday spirit. The best part is they currently have it on the menu, so you don’t have to wait until the night before Christmas to dig in.

8. The Local Craft Food and Drink

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150 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 648-5697
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Coquito is the Puerto Rican answer to eggnog, with hints of coconut sprinkled throughout. The Local has created a coquito flavored homemade ice cream, which will be available throughout the Christmas season. And if you aren’t there on the day this is served, then you can spoon into their homemade peppermint or eggnog ice cream as well.

9. Blue Collar Restaurant

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6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 756-0366
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Just because Chanukah is over, doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in Latkes. Blue Collar has Chanukah Latkes year round with homemade apple sauce, just like your bubbe used to make them. Latkas for breakfast. Latke for lunch. Latka for days.

10. Tongue & Cheek

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431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 704-2900
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If you dream of waking up on Christmas morning to the scent of pancakes, you’re not alone. Tongue and Cheek has added gingerbread pancakes with chestnut butter and peppermint to their brunch menu. Best of all, they’re available through Christmas! This is sure to give IHOP a run for its money.

11. The Federal Food Drink & Provisions

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5132 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 758-9559
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If you’re the gourmand in the family, then duck is as traditional for you as gingerbread is to the average American. The Federal’s Jar O’Duck is a mainstay on the menu, plus it’s accompanied by a candied sweet potato. Although it may be available year round, the holiday season seems like the most opportune time to dig in to this Federal classic.

12. Edge, Steak & Bar

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1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 381-3015
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Whether you like your pig “caja china” style or honey glazed, at Edge you’re in for a treat. For Christmas brunch, the joint is offering a tupelo honey glazed ham with spicy apple mustard as well as a full-on “Caja China” style pig roast. But if you’re more keen on guzzling down a turkey, they’re offering that on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with old-fashioned stuffing and traditional fixin's. Top it off with a milk chocolate yule log, eggnog brulee, cranberry sauce and vanilla bean ice cream, and you’ll unbutton that top button of your pants proudly.

13. SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables

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180 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 448-4990
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Tres leches is a beloved Hispanic cake soaked in three kinds of milks. SUSHISAMBA has put their own brazilian holiday spin on this to create an Eggnog Tres Leite cake, made of pisco, coconut, cranberry gelée, gingerbread tuile and vanilla bean ice cream. Soak it all in on Christmas Eve and Day.

14. PB Steak

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1787 Purdue Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-9550
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If you’re looking for a holiday brunch dish that will be served year round, then look no further than PB Steak’s decadent pumpkin pancakes. While pumpkin may be more reminiscent of fall than winter, in Miami anything associated with cold weather goes once a breeze comes in.

1. 3030 Ocean

3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
When Nat King Cole sang about chestnuts being roasted on an open fire, he clearly had never tried them in a soup. While 3030 Ocean is known for its decadent seafood, the Fort Lauderdale joint has added a roasted chestnut soup appetizer on their Christmas Eve and Day menu. Top it off with a custardy peppermint pots-de-crème and biscotti dessert and you’ll have quite the holiday meal.
3030 Holiday Dr
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

2. Michael Mina 74

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
In Miami, a Noche Buena pig roast is about as traditional as it gets. Michael Mina 74 picked up on this Cuban Christmas Eve delicacy and added a gourmet spin to create their Tamworth ‘Caja China,’ which is made nightly. The pig is actually roasted in the 'Caja China' box and accompanied with a kumquat and chile relish, pigeon peas, annato rice, cilantro and mojo.
4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

3. Eating House

806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134, Miami, FL 33134
When it comes to cooking traditional dishes, an Italian chef can do no wrong, especially when that chef is Giorgio Rapicavoli and that dish is panna cotta, albeit with a twist. His version of panna cotta is egg nog flavored, with pumpkin ice cream, pecan mousse and brown butter caramel.
806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, FL 33134

4. Morro Castle

2500 NW 7th St, Miami, FL 33125
You can only get so creative with hot chocolate, but hey, this is Miami and we put our own spin on everything. When the thermostat dips below 75, every local knows to head over to Morro Castle for churros and hot chocolate, the only remedy for a blistering cold Miami day. It’s served year round. Hallelujah.
2500 NW 7th St
Miami, FL 33125

5. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
What’s Christmas without a pecan pie? A disaster, that’s what. Luckily if you head to Michael’s Genuine, your holidays will be pie-filled if you order their miniature-sized maple pecan pie with a side of creme fraiche sherbert, which is conveniently on the menu during and after the holiday season.
130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137

6. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Gingerbread, eggnog and ice cream are synonymous with dessert on Christmas, so naturally when you put them together magic happens. Timon Balloo has created the sandwich of all christmas sandwiches: two gingerbread cookies hugging a slab of egg nog ice cream with a winter spiced caramel drizzle. Indulge on December 24 and 25.
3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137

7. Bourbon Steak

19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180
Pears are as Christmassy as Christmas gets (they wouldn’t make a song about a pear tree if it wasn’t, right?), so when Bourbon Steak pulls out a roasted pear bread pudding with maple ice cream and gingerbread, you know they’ve gotten into the holiday spirit. The best part is they currently have it on the menu, so you don’t have to wait until the night before Christmas to dig in.
19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

8. The Local Craft Food and Drink

150 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Coquito is the Puerto Rican answer to eggnog, with hints of coconut sprinkled throughout. The Local has created a coquito flavored homemade ice cream, which will be available throughout the Christmas season. And if you aren’t there on the day this is served, then you can spoon into their homemade peppermint or eggnog ice cream as well.
150 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

9. Blue Collar Restaurant

6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Just because Chanukah is over, doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in Latkes. Blue Collar has Chanukah Latkes year round with homemade apple sauce, just like your bubbe used to make them. Latkas for breakfast. Latke for lunch. Latka for days.
6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

10. Tongue & Cheek

431 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
If you dream of waking up on Christmas morning to the scent of pancakes, you’re not alone. Tongue and Cheek has added gingerbread pancakes with chestnut butter and peppermint to their brunch menu. Best of all, they’re available through Christmas! This is sure to give IHOP a run for its money.
431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. The Federal Food Drink & Provisions

5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
If you’re the gourmand in the family, then duck is as traditional for you as gingerbread is to the average American. The Federal’s Jar O’Duck is a mainstay on the menu, plus it’s accompanied by a candied sweet potato. Although it may be available year round, the holiday season seems like the most opportune time to dig in to this Federal classic.
5132 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137

12. Edge, Steak & Bar

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
Whether you like your pig “caja china” style or honey glazed, at Edge you’re in for a treat. For Christmas brunch, the joint is offering a tupelo honey glazed ham with spicy apple mustard as well as a full-on “Caja China” style pig roast. But if you’re more keen on guzzling down a turkey, they’re offering that on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with old-fashioned stuffing and traditional fixin's. Top it off with a milk chocolate yule log, eggnog brulee, cranberry sauce and vanilla bean ice cream, and you’ll unbutton that top button of your pants proudly.
1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131

13. SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables

180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Tres leches is a beloved Hispanic cake soaked in three kinds of milks. SUSHISAMBA has put their own brazilian holiday spin on this to create an Eggnog Tres Leite cake, made of pisco, coconut, cranberry gelée, gingerbread tuile and vanilla bean ice cream. Soak it all in on Christmas Eve and Day.
180 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

14. PB Steak

1787 Purdue Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
If you’re looking for a holiday brunch dish that will be served year round, then look no further than PB Steak’s decadent pumpkin pancakes. While pumpkin may be more reminiscent of fall than winter, in Miami anything associated with cold weather goes once a breeze comes in.
1787 Purdue Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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