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33 Iconic Meat Dishes in Miami, And a Little Beyond

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Being the multi-culti city that it is, Miami's iconic meat dishes are as varied as its inhabitants. We've found vieja ropa, a Cuban shredded beef dish (which is not-so-appetizingly translated as "old clothes," but is delicious), to be as iconically Miami as the a Supermoon Perro, a Colombian hot dog topped with loads of crushed chips, mayo, ketchup, pineapple sauce and other things that shouldn't work, but do. Then again, Haitian meat dishes also reign supreme, as do Southern ones and many, many more. So, without too much ado, here are Miami's most iconic meat dishes, a melting pot of wonderfully carnivorous options that would totally bewilder anyone who didn't live in the Magic City, in no particular order.

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1. Chicharron at El Palacio de los Jugos

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721 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 262-0070
Opened over 20 years ago, El Palacio de los Jugos dishes out some of the best Cuban food in Miami (not to mention some of the cheapest). The pork rinds are a must.

2. Frita at El Mago de las Fritas

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5828 SW 8th St.
West Miami, FL 33144
(305) 520-9605
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Known to some as the Cuban hamburger, the frita is one of Miami's most well-known Cuban classics. And El Mago, whose skills can summon even president Obama, cooks up some mean and irresistible varieties.

3. New York Strip at BLT Steak

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1440 Ocean Dr.
Miami, FL 33139
(305) 673-0044
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Located at The Betsy hotel, BLT serves nothing but USDA Prime or Certified Angus beef (otherwise known as nothing but the best). Meats here are aged, then seared to perfection at a specific 1700 degrees, and served topped with herb butter. Plus that 16 oz steak includes chicken patê and artisan bread, pickled veggies and enormous popovers.

4. Aussie Lamb at Edge, Steak & Bar

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1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 381-3015
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Here's a modern steakhouse where you can safely go for more than the classic NY strip, without breaking the bank. Try one of their signature dishes, fire roasted lamb chops, served with greek yogurt.

5. The Corben Blue Collar

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6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 756-0366
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Named in honor of Billy Corben, this Blue Collar creation is "a nice brisket sandwich by a nice Jewish boy from Miami named after another nice Jewish boy from Miami," in the words of chef/owner Danny Serfer. It's served on a Portuguese bun and comes with latkes.

6. Supermoon Perro at La Moon

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645 NW 20th St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-0780
This Colombian hot dog isn't only famous in Miami, it's even gotten its 15 minutes on Man vs. Food. Yes, it's topped with an odd combo of potato chips, sauces (like pink sauce aka ketchup and mayo), cheese, sausage, bacon pineapple sauce and quail eggs, and yes, it's wonderful.

7. Prime Bone-In Rib-Eye Steak The Palm

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9650 East Bay Harbor Drive
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
Bay Harbour Islands' The Palm was originally opened back in 1929 in New York where it quickly made a reputation for itself as an Italian steakhouse. Still operated by members of the original founding families, The Palm continues to offer always-on-point, classic items like the 24 oz prime bone-in rib-eye steak.

8. Housemade Charcuterie at Big City Tavern

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609 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 727-0307
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Chef Louie Bossi (aka "The Hogfather") gets a whole hog every single week and breaks it down into a variety of charcuterie. That's dedication.

9. The Meatballs at Macaluso's

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1747 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 604-1811
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Hands down some of the best out there, Macaluso's meatballs are made with veal, served in a tomato sauce and topped with heaps of ricotta — a recipe that's been in the owners family for generations.

10. Slow Roasted Beef Short Rib at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
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Slow roasted beef short rib with cipollini onions and romesco sauce at Michael's Genuine — enough said.

11. Filet Mignon at Bourbon Steak

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19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180
(786) 279-6600
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Chef Michael Mina's Aventura restaurant undoubtedly serves up the area's best steak. But of all their options, Bourbon's 10 oz American Wagyu Florida grass fed filet mignon, a Mina favorite, kills it.

12. Cuban Sandwich at Versailles Restaurant

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3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 244-0240
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Some may argue that the Cuban sandwich here isn't the best of them all, but it's certainly the most iconic. And it's definitely pretty damn good. Here's everything you could ever want to know about it.

13. Porterhouse at Prime One Twelve

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112 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-8112
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You might have to wait an hour to sit down and eat the 48 oz Porterhouse steak here, but it's Prime 112 and it must be done.

14. 29 oz Certified Angus Beef Prime Dry Aged Tomahawk at Red, The Steakhouse

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One of Miami's most iconic steakhouses, and their most requested, and only, dry aged steak. Worth a visit.

15. Sirloinburger at Le Tub Saloon

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1100 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 921-9425
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A 13 oz drool-inducing, ground sirloin patty between two buns (possibly with cheese). That's all you need to know. But also: Chili, barbecue pork and barbecue ribs. Just putting it out there.

16. The Jewban at Josh's Delicatessen & Appetizing

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9517 Harding Ave
Surfside, FL
Food critic Evan Benn recently dubbed this roasted pork-meets-pastrami concoction "an epiphany." And now there is nothing left to say.

17. Bowl 'O Burnt Ends at Pride And Joy

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2800 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 456-9548
Burnt ends or barbecue heaven — call them what you will. These guys serve a whole bowl of 'em.

18. Honey Orange Baby Back Ribs at Sakaya Kitchen

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3401 N Miami Ave. #125
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-8096
Chef Richard Hales' puts an Asian spin on the 1/2 rack of ribs at Sakaya Kitchen. They're meant to be shared, and, like most things on the menu, can do no wrong.

19. Pig Wings at The Federal Food Drink & Provisions

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5132 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 758-9559
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The team at The Fed can be seen outside smoking and grilling many different dishes, all of which change regularly. What doesn't change though, and what's been on their menu since their very first day open, are pig wings. Magical pig wings, topped with pickled carrots and celery; served with blue cheese mousse. [Photo Credit: Gary James]

20. Ropa Vieja at Little Havana Restaurant

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12727 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami, FL 33181
(305) 899-9069
Go here for the Ropa Vieja, which literally translates to "old clothes," but is actually just amazingly tasty shredded beef.

21. Croquetas de Jamon at Islas Canarias

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Wherever you are, however far you need to travel, it's probably worth your time to venture to Islas Canarias for their rightly famed croquetas. Also available with cheese or fish, but go for the ham, 5 Days of Meat and all.

22. Pan Con Bistec at Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

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2830 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-4681
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Most items on Enriqueta's menu will probably leave you salivating for more, but the pan con bistec is really something else. And at under $10, the pressed steak sandwich is a steal.

23. Feijoada at Fogo De Chão

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836 SE 1st Street
South Beach, FL
A traditional Brazilian stew made with beans, pork and beef, the Feijoada at this steakhouse is one of its most requested items. But, if it's not your thing, they've also got over 10 Brazilian-style, succulent cuts (like beef ancho and picanha).

24. Gator Tail at Tarks Of Dania Beach

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1317 South Federal Highway
Dania Beach, FL 33004
(954) 925-8275
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In South Florida, we're a little different. We eat things like ... alligator. Tarks, a tiny spot in Hollywood where belting out your order is the only way to do it, serves it marinated, deep fried and just right.

25. The Empanizado at Sergio's

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9300 NW 77th Ave
Miami Lakes, FL 33016
Opened in the 70s, family owned Sergio's serves up authentic Cuban cuisine, and while you can't go wrong with any of its traditional dishes, the "Empanizado" really stands out. Go for the fried, breaded steak version; you can also order it "a la Milanesa," topped with tomato sauce, ham and swiss cheese.

26. Ribs at Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill

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9857 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 207-7427
It's nothing fancy, but it certainly is a ridiculously popular place for ribs.

27. Jerked Double Pork Chop at Ortanique on the Mile

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278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 446-7710
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What started as a hole in the wall off Lincoln Road eventually grew into the Caribbean powerhouse that is Ortanique. Their popular jerked pork chop makes use of familiar island flavors with guava spiced rum sauce, rice, black beans, raisins and fruit flambe.

28. Stewed Oxtail at Tap Tap

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819 5th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-2898
For a real deal Haitian meal in Miami, head over to Tap Tap in Miami Beach. The restaurant serves up a great stewed oxtail (think of oxtail as pork's Haitian cousin in Miami) that comes with rice and fried plantains. [Photo Credit: freehand.com]

29. Buffalo Tenderloin at Meat Market

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915 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-0088
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Since it opened on Lincoln Road, the trendy Meat Market's been selling Durham Ranch’s buffalo tenderloin steaks like crazy. They're made with chili and espresso rub and topped with chocolate more butter. [Photo Courtesy of Andrew Meade]

30. Pork Belly at Pubbelly

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1418 20th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-7555
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Pubbelly boys' original offspring, Pubbelly, opened up in 2010 and has since been serving up playful, meaty dishes galore. Their kick-ass pork belly (served with kabocha squash, butterscotch miso and corn powder) is only one of the main attractions. [Photo Credit: Pubbelly Media Group]

31. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 369-0353
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Since opening back in 2010, Sugarcane has garnered a great following (and some sweet reviews) for its multicultural dishes. Among them: a Bone Marrow as tasty as it looks, served with veal cheek marmalade.

32. Vaca Frita at Molina's Ranch Restaurant

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4100 E 8th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33013
(305) 687-0008
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Vaca Frita (or "fried cow") just like your abuela would make it. Shredded steak with rice and beans, and about as Cuban as this dish can get in Miami.

33. Llewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

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1600 Lenox Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-5220
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First popularized while former chef Jeff McInnis was around, Yardbird's fried chicken dish is still a staple Miami item. A family recipe passed down from owner John Kunkel's grandmother, the dish has been featured in multiple publications (local and national) and touted as the best fried chicken in Florida.

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1. Chicharron at El Palacio de los Jugos

721 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130
Opened over 20 years ago, El Palacio de los Jugos dishes out some of the best Cuban food in Miami (not to mention some of the cheapest). The pork rinds are a must.
721 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

2. Frita at El Mago de las Fritas

5828 SW 8th St., West Miami, FL 33144
Known to some as the Cuban hamburger, the frita is one of Miami's most well-known Cuban classics. And El Mago, whose skills can summon even president Obama, cooks up some mean and irresistible varieties.
5828 SW 8th St.
West Miami, FL 33144

3. New York Strip at BLT Steak

1440 Ocean Dr., Miami, FL 33139
Located at The Betsy hotel, BLT serves nothing but USDA Prime or Certified Angus beef (otherwise known as nothing but the best). Meats here are aged, then seared to perfection at a specific 1700 degrees, and served topped with herb butter. Plus that 16 oz steak includes chicken patê and artisan bread, pickled veggies and enormous popovers.
1440 Ocean Dr.
Miami, FL 33139

4. Aussie Lamb at Edge, Steak & Bar

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
Here's a modern steakhouse where you can safely go for more than the classic NY strip, without breaking the bank. Try one of their signature dishes, fire roasted lamb chops, served with greek yogurt.
1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131

5. The Corben Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Named in honor of Billy Corben, this Blue Collar creation is "a nice brisket sandwich by a nice Jewish boy from Miami named after another nice Jewish boy from Miami," in the words of chef/owner Danny Serfer. It's served on a Portuguese bun and comes with latkes.
6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

6. Supermoon Perro at La Moon

645 NW 20th St, Miami, FL 33127
This Colombian hot dog isn't only famous in Miami, it's even gotten its 15 minutes on Man vs. Food. Yes, it's topped with an odd combo of potato chips, sauces (like pink sauce aka ketchup and mayo), cheese, sausage, bacon pineapple sauce and quail eggs, and yes, it's wonderful.
645 NW 20th St
Miami, FL 33127

7. Prime Bone-In Rib-Eye Steak The Palm

9650 East Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
Bay Harbour Islands' The Palm was originally opened back in 1929 in New York where it quickly made a reputation for itself as an Italian steakhouse. Still operated by members of the original founding families, The Palm continues to offer always-on-point, classic items like the 24 oz prime bone-in rib-eye steak.
9650 East Bay Harbor Drive
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154

8. Housemade Charcuterie at Big City Tavern

609 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Chef Louie Bossi (aka "The Hogfather") gets a whole hog every single week and breaks it down into a variety of charcuterie. That's dedication.
609 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

9. The Meatballs at Macaluso's

1747 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hands down some of the best out there, Macaluso's meatballs are made with veal, served in a tomato sauce and topped with heaps of ricotta — a recipe that's been in the owners family for generations.
1747 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Slow Roasted Beef Short Rib at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
Slow roasted beef short rib with cipollini onions and romesco sauce at Michael's Genuine — enough said.
130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137

11. Filet Mignon at Bourbon Steak

19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180
Chef Michael Mina's Aventura restaurant undoubtedly serves up the area's best steak. But of all their options, Bourbon's 10 oz American Wagyu Florida grass fed filet mignon, a Mina favorite, kills it.
19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

12. Cuban Sandwich at Versailles Restaurant

3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135