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Fideos with Clams and Chorizo from Tigertail & Mary
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Eater Miami Contributors Share Their Favorite Dishes of 2019

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Fideos with Clams and Chorizo from Tigertail & Mary
| Jackie Sayet/Tigertail & Mary

Curious what dishes were standouts to the Eater Miami team this year? From pizza covered fries, to decadent desserts, and even a vegan burger, below are the top picks from the Eater Miami team.

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1. Tagliolini Nero at Boia De

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5205 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 967-8866
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The Tagliolini Al Nero is served cold served with stone crabs and vin jaune (yellow wine), topped with truffles. An incredible twist on a pasta dish that screams Miami. — Giovanny Gutierrez

2. Tofu Stir Fry at Palmar

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180 NW 29th St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 573-5682
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I have never been a fan of tofu because, quite honestly, it has no flavor. However, this particular tofu stir fry was so tasty that it had me considering becoming a vegan or vegetarian, albeit temporarily. — Stacy Moya 

Tofu stir fry
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3. Rigatoni at Jaguar Sun

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230 NE 4th St
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 860-2422
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It’s such a comforting dish and I find myself unable to visit without ordering it even if I’ve just come from dinner somewhere else. The use of fish sauce in the ragu rounds out the flavor and even though the spice might be too much for some, it’s absolutely perfect in my eyes. — Amber Love Bond

4. Burnt Cabbage at Balloo Restaurant

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19 SE 2nd Ave Suite #4
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 534-2768
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Don’t let the title of this dish fool you, it’s much more complex and tasty than your average bowl of veggies. The tender cabbage, which is cooked until it almost melts-in-your mouth, boasts burnt-just-right charred edges and swims in a sea of crispy yet hearty pork chunks. The dish is then topped with peanuts and fresh herbs, which offer a nice counterbalance to the rich pork and cabbage. I’m pretty sure I attempted to lick that bowl that night, that’s how much I enjoyed it. — Olee Fowler

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5. All the Desserts and Pastries from Bachour

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2020 Salzedo St
Miami, FL 33134
(305) 203-0552
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Should Coral Gables somehow pry itself away from the Florida peninsula and float off into the Atlantic, you’ll probably find me stranded inside Bachour scarfing down raspberry mascarpone croissants, gianduja cake, and pains au chocolat. — Faiyaz Kara

6. Fideos with Clams and Chorizo at Tigertail + Mary

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3321 Mary St
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 722-5688
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This dish packs a love punch with rich, smoky flavors (courtesy of the chorizo) and fresh, briny sweetness of the clams. There’s also a hint of heat and, of course, the always-satisfying embrace of fideos. — Alona Martinez 

7. Vegan Burger at the Saturday Coconut Grove Organic Market

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3300 Grand Ave
Miami, FL 33133

I stumbled upon this burger at the Plant B kiosk by accident one Saturday while exploring the Farmer’s Market in Coconut Grove, and hot damn, it’s just as good as the real thing. The patty has a meat-like texture and smokey notes, the cheese and special ‘sauce’ (akin to a Thousand Island dressing) are indistinguishable from their animal product based counterparts, and the bun boasts just the right amount of density. While I’m not vegan — nor do I think I’ll ever be — options like this makes me confident that delicious items sans meat are truly becoming a reality. — Olee Fowler

Vegan burger
Olee Fowler

8. Cast Iron Pancakes at Chug's

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3444 Main Hwy Suite 21
Miami, FL 33133
(786) 534-8722
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The trifecta of comfort food: custardy rich inside, perfect light crisp on the outside, and expected to consume with tons of syrup. — Alona Martinez 

9. Beef ‘n Cheddar at Johnnies Pit BBQ at Taurus Beer and Whisk(e)y House

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3540 Main Hwy C103
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 529-6523
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The thinly sliced pit beef, housemade melted cheese (called veroveeta after chef Veronica Valdivia), white onion and pickled horseradish on a cornmeal kaiser roll is full of flavor and reminiscent of my childhood favorite fast food sandwich at Arby’s, except this is so much better. — Amber Love Bond

10. Monk Fish Encendido at Ariete

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3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 640-5862
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Beltrán prepared a Monk Fish that tasted like Rabo Encendido (Cuban Oxtail Stew) by braising the meaty fish with shellfish and beef jus that blew my mind. — Giovanny Gutierrez

11. Truffled Pepperoni Pizza Fries at Cracked by Chef Adrianne

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7400 SW 57th Ct Suite 101
South Miami, FL 33143
(305) 665-5820
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When two of my most favorite food guilty pleasures collided, I knew this would be a memorable dish. It starts with crispy French fries which are then topped with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, truffle and seasonings, and then baked to melted perfection. — Stacy Moya

1. Tagliolini Nero at Boia De

5205 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

The Tagliolini Al Nero is served cold served with stone crabs and vin jaune (yellow wine), topped with truffles. An incredible twist on a pasta dish that screams Miami. — Giovanny Gutierrez

5205 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

2. Tofu Stir Fry at Palmar

180 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127
Tofu stir fry
Stacy Moya

I have never been a fan of tofu because, quite honestly, it has no flavor. However, this particular tofu stir fry was so tasty that it had me considering becoming a vegan or vegetarian, albeit temporarily. — Stacy Moya 

180 NW 29th St
Miami, FL 33127

3. Rigatoni at Jaguar Sun

230 NE 4th St, Miami, FL 33132

It’s such a comforting dish and I find myself unable to visit without ordering it even if I’ve just come from dinner somewhere else. The use of fish sauce in the ragu rounds out the flavor and even though the spice might be too much for some, it’s absolutely perfect in my eyes. — Amber Love Bond

230 NE 4th St
Miami, FL 33132

4. Burnt Cabbage at Balloo Restaurant

19 SE 2nd Ave Suite #4, Miami, FL 33131
Olee Fowler

Don’t let the title of this dish fool you, it’s much more complex and tasty than your average bowl of veggies. The tender cabbage, which is cooked until it almost melts-in-your mouth, boasts burnt-just-right charred edges and swims in a sea of crispy yet hearty pork chunks. The dish is then topped with peanuts and fresh herbs, which offer a nice counterbalance to the rich pork and cabbage. I’m pretty sure I attempted to lick that bowl that night, that’s how much I enjoyed it. — Olee Fowler

19 SE 2nd Ave Suite #4
Miami, FL 33131

5. All the Desserts and Pastries from Bachour

2020 Salzedo St, Miami, FL 33134

Should Coral Gables somehow pry itself away from the Florida peninsula and float off into the Atlantic, you’ll probably find me stranded inside Bachour scarfing down raspberry mascarpone croissants, gianduja cake, and pains au chocolat. — Faiyaz Kara

2020 Salzedo St
Miami, FL 33134

6. Fideos with Clams and Chorizo at Tigertail + Mary

3321 Mary St, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

This dish packs a love punch with rich, smoky flavors (courtesy of the chorizo) and fresh, briny sweetness of the clams. There’s also a hint of heat and, of course, the always-satisfying embrace of fideos. — Alona Martinez 

3321 Mary St
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

7. Vegan Burger at the Saturday Coconut Grove Organic Market

3300 Grand Ave, Miami, FL 33133
Vegan burger
Olee Fowler

I stumbled upon this burger at the Plant B kiosk by accident one Saturday while exploring the Farmer’s Market in Coconut Grove, and hot damn, it’s just as good as the real thing. The patty has a meat-like texture and smokey notes, the cheese and special ‘sauce’ (akin to a Thousand Island dressing) are indistinguishable from their animal product based counterparts, and the bun boasts just the right amount of density. While I’m not vegan — nor do I think I’ll ever be — options like this makes me confident that delicious items sans meat are truly becoming a reality. — Olee Fowler

3300 Grand Ave
Miami, FL 33133

8. Cast Iron Pancakes at Chug's

3444 Main Hwy Suite 21, Miami, FL 33133

The trifecta of comfort food: custardy rich inside, perfect light crisp on the outside, and expected to consume with tons of syrup. — Alona Martinez 

3444 Main Hwy Suite 21
Miami, FL 33133

9. Beef ‘n Cheddar at Johnnies Pit BBQ at Taurus Beer and Whisk(e)y House

3540 Main Hwy C103, Miami, FL 33133

The thinly sliced pit beef, housemade melted cheese (called veroveeta after chef Veronica Valdivia), white onion and pickled horseradish on a cornmeal kaiser roll is full of flavor and reminiscent of my childhood favorite fast food sandwich at Arby’s, except this is so much better. — Amber Love Bond

3540 Main Hwy C103
Miami, FL 33133

10. Monk Fish Encendido at Ariete

3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Beltrán prepared a Monk Fish that tasted like Rabo Encendido (Cuban Oxtail Stew) by braising the meaty fish with shellfish and beef jus that blew my mind. — Giovanny Gutierrez

3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

11. Truffled Pepperoni Pizza Fries at Cracked by Chef Adrianne

7400 SW 57th Ct Suite 101, South Miami, FL 33143

When two of my most favorite food guilty pleasures collided, I knew this would be a memorable dish. It starts with crispy French fries which are then topped with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, truffle and seasonings, and then baked to melted perfection. — Stacy Moya

7400 SW 57th Ct Suite 101
South Miami, FL 33143

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