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The Hottest New Restaurants in Miami, October 2021

Which restaurants to check out this month

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? And while the restaurant industry certainly looks different now, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a bevy of new restaurants have persevered and have managed to open their doors over the past few months to new customers. Here are 16 of the best this month.

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Editor’s Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. La Traila Barbecue

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8030 NW 154th St
Miami Lakes, FL 33016
(786) 703-6197
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Founded by Austin native and pit master Mel Rodriguez and Miami native and Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, the restaurant originally debuted as a pop-up in the summer of 2020 and quickly grew a following. The counter-service style space serves up items like the Brisket Sundae made with a mac and cheese base then layered with baked beans and cream corn then topped with smoked brisket, cotija cheese, crema and house sauce; platters and meat by the pound like smoked pulled pork, smoked sausage, pork spare ribs and Texas style brisket; and for some Miami and Texas fusion: brisket y queso empanadas and smoked pork rib croquettes.

2. Paradis Books & Bread

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12831 W Dixie Hwy
North Miami, FL 33161

Natural wine is certainly having a moment in the Magic City, and the latest to enter the market is Paradis Books & Bread, which is part natural wine store, part restaurant, and part book shop. The restaurant’s concise menu is centered around dishes made with sourdough like pizzas by the slice or bread served with items like feta, pork terrine, and tins filled with various proteins and fermented vegetables. The wine list is filled with natural selections by the glass and by the bottle from producers throughout the world, and for real oenophiles, it even offers a wine club.

3. Mimi's

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2501 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137

This new all-day Edgewater restaurant gives an update to the traditional American cafe menu with a twist on classic dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast items like the drippy egg sandwich and herb cured lox are offered, while at lunch heartier dishes like a smash burger and crispy skin branzino can be found. Its happy hour runs into dinner with dishes like pan con tomate; steak and eggs; or the decadent chicken and eggs with creme fraiche, farro miso toast, and fried chicken.

4. The Oasis

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2335 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood’s latest hotspot is a hybrid food hall, concert venue, bar, and lounge all rolled up into one, from the team that brought the Magic City Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky. Food choices include Instagram favorite Prince Street Pizza; acclaimed Italian sandwich shop Alidoro; Los Buenos, serving tacos on hand-pressed tortillas; fried chicken sandwich focused CHIKIN; gyoza and dumplings from Buya Dumplings + Buns; and an outpost of the Mediterranean focused Mr. Mandolin.

5. Casa Mariano

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8200 NW 27th St Suite 106
Doral, FL 33122
(305) 392-0507
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After shuttering his popular namesake Doral restaurant Mariano’s Cuisine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, chef and restauranteur Mariano Araya has returned to the neighborhood with his latest creation: Casa Mariano. The vast menu at this new restaurant ranges from everything from lavender crusted lamb chops. to cacio e pepe flatbread, to lobster thermaidor, served in a space filled with a Mediterranean-inspired palette of blues, whites, tans, and browns. 

6. Casa Isola Osteria

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1418 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 558-5787
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Jose Mendin’s latest creation is Italian in focus, taking over the former Pubbelly space in Sunset Harbour. For this new venture, Mendin has partnered with Santo Agnello, who has spent the past seven years at perpetual hotspot Lucali. The menu features plenty of dishes that come from Angello’s childhood with that trademark Pubbelly twist like prosciutto bread with parmesan butter; veal chop parmigiana; Milanesa carpaccio with wagyu beef, balsamic, black truffle, heirloom tomatoes; and raviolini ai funghi with porcini mushrooms and pine nut gremolata.

7. Benh Mi

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1436 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Benh Mi started off selling through Instagram during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to great fanfare, and that success has parlayed into a permanent location for the restaurant off Espanola Way. The star of the menu is the classic Vietnamese sandwich, the banh mi, which is served in various protein styles from lemongrass meatball to herb and roasted pork; along with dishes like the extra crunchy spicy chicken tenders; vegetable spring rolls; beef salad with skirt steak; and green papaya salad with mangos.

8. Como Como

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915 Collins Ct
Miami, FL 33139
(305) 423-8004
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This sleek and sexy newcomer on the ground floor of the Moxy South Beach showcases popular high-end Mexican flavors with a heavy seafood slant. Don’t miss the Pescado a la Talla made with snapper that is butterflied, grilled, and topped with two marinades: green on one side and red on the other; the carnitas de Pescado made with octopus and completed with all the best taco toppings; and raw bar items have a Mexican twist like oysters served with a pineapple-vinegar mignonette and hand-chopped Tartar de Pescado, made tableside.

9. Meet Dalia

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640 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 206-3881
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From the team behind South Beach staple Byblos comes their latest creation Meet Dalia. Boasting modern Mediterranean cuisine like baba ghanoush, octopus, roasted cauliflower, lamb dumplings, branzino en croute, short-rib moussaka, and chocolate baklava. The stunning space gets its decor cues from the Mediterranean with a nod to the buildings Art Deco roots with plenty of pastel and jewel-toned seating, Turkish rugs throughout, over-the-top lighting fixtures, wooden details, and floral murals.

10. Strawberry Moon

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601 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 745-8050
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The dynamic duo that is Pharrell Williams and David Grutman have debuted their latest restaurant in Miami, Strawberry Moon, which boasts an outdoor pool area by day and a restaurant and lounge by night. The whimsical, pastel colored space features a Mediterranean-inspired menu with a variety of mezzes, small plates, Turkish pizzas, kebabs, and more, with a side of celebrity spotting.

11. Margot Natural Wine Bar

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21 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33131

From the team behind Miami bar staple the Broken Shaker comes Margot Natural Wine Bar, a hip new Downtown Miami wine bar boasting a “70’s Scandinavian meets 80’s Italian aesthetic.”  Featuring a natural wine list of more than 75 options in whites, reds, and roses, skin-contact, and beyond, the menu also includes low ABV cocktails, and a rotation of dishes like pinto gild made with anchovy, olives, and piparra peppers; swordfish crudo; tuna tiradito; and fondue all of which is meant to pair with the wines on hand.

12. Abbale Telavivian Kitchen

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864 Commerce St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 902-3477
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This cozy and laidback Israeli and Mediterranean cafe from the guys who brought Miami favorites like My Ceviche and Pura Vida has quickly become the go-to spot in the South of Fifth neighborhood. For breakfast it serves up items like za-atar-lemon croissants, tahini walnut banana bread, and Israeli Shakshuka; while at lunchtime guests can find items like Fattoush, pitas stuffed with falafel and lamb kofta, and fire roasted whole branzino, all of which can be paired with a large selection of Israeli wines.

13. Oche Miami Beach

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200 South Pointe Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(240) 421-1977
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Show off that competitive side at this new dart and food restaurant. Named for the line players stand behind when throwing darts, Oche features 13 dart booths that guests can rent for 85 minute sessions at $25 a person. Along with games, food is taken up a notch with dishes like bacon wrapped maduros (plantains), spicy tuna cones, wagyu sliders, chicken thigh skewers, crab cakes, and a variety of pizzas like the piccante topped with spicy sausage, burrata, and spring onion, or the rock shrimp pizza topped with manchego, scallions, cilantro, and lemon.

14. Ch’i

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701 S Miami Ave #339a
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 257-8726
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This massive four-in-one space inside Brickell City Center offers a variety of Chinese food with Latin twists, drinks, and music.  The space is divided into four sections: the garden, the Mercado, the lounge, and the main dining room, offering everything from casual fare, patio dining, to a full-service restaurant, and even a hidden late-night lounge.

15. Zitz Sum

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396 Alhambra Cir Suite 155
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(786) 409-6920
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After becoming a runaway favorite last year during the COVID-19 shutdown through social media, “Asian-ish” eatery Zitz Sum has opened its permanent outpost in Coral Gables. Offering a much larger menu than its original creative dumpling offerings, diners can feast on dishes like cucumber salad, charred cabbage, grilled pork chops, and hanger steak — but don’t worry, the dumplings also make the menu. To wash the bites back, guests can sip on a large selection of natural wines, sake, beer, and more.

16. Cebada Rooftop

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124 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(786) 409-2287
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Rooftop dining and Coral Gables doesn’t typically go hand-in-hand, but Cebada Rooftop is looking to change that. The restaurant from the team behind Kendall favorite Abi Maria has created a menu focused on seafood and Cuban-influenced dishes with plenty of cheekily named cocktails thrown into the mix. Guests can order from a wide selection of raw bar dishes, including $2 oysters at happy hour, alongside lobster rolls, roast chicken with tostones, bone marrow, crispy corn ribs, and sausage rolls housed in medianoche buns and topped with caviar. Drinks run the gamut from the Tom de la Cruz, made with mezcal and rosemary, to the frozen Shut Up Karen made with pumpkin, coffee, rum, and vodka, which are easily sipped on its expansive patio with views overlooking the neighborhood.

17. Forte by Chef Adrianne

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45 Miracle Mile
Miami, FL 33134
(305) 517-6181
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Chef Adrianne Calvo continues to expand her culinary footprint on Miami, with her latest restaurant Forte by Chef Adrianne debuting in the former Cibo Wine Bar space in Coral Gables. Expect Italian classics like cacio e pepe, tagliatelle bolognese, carbonara, braised lamb shank, veal chop Florentine, along with a variety of wood-fired pizzas and even a burrata bar.

18. Los Felix Miami

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3413 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 640-5013
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Heirloom corn-filled dishes and ingredients using milpa farming techniques, a sustainable farming practice used throughout Mexico and South America, are at the heart of the menu at Coconut Grove newcomer Los Felix. The casual menu is filled with items like tacos, quesadillas, arepas, totopos, tostadas, and tamales. It also houses a natural wine bar that boasts an extensive by-the-glass and bottle program featuring orange and amber wines, chilled reds, and sparkling wines alongside a variety of programming each week including a weekly vinyl DJ music program with an analog sound system every Friday and Saturday that is paired with a late-night menu to snack on.

19. Chug's Diner

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3444 Main Hwy Suite 21
Miami, FL 33133
(786) 353-2940
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Cuban diner Chug’s has gotten a major facelift after a months long closure. The diner, which was once a small pop-up, is now a permanent and expanded full-service diner and modern day ventanita. The restaurant now occupies the same space it once did, all 677 square feet of it, but expanded outward to a total of 4,500-square-feet of indoor-outdoor dining, bar, and cafe space. Chug’s is now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with favorites like the cast-iron skillet, Chug’s burger, pan con minuta, and more making a return on the menu. And unlike most diners, Chug’s features a full bar, too.

1. La Traila Barbecue

8030 NW 154th St, Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Founded by Austin native and pit master Mel Rodriguez and Miami native and Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, the restaurant originally debuted as a pop-up in the summer of 2020 and quickly grew a following. The counter-service style space serves up items like the Brisket Sundae made with a mac and cheese base then layered with baked beans and cream corn then topped with smoked brisket, cotija cheese, crema and house sauce; platters and meat by the pound like smoked pulled pork, smoked sausage, pork spare ribs and Texas style brisket; and for some Miami and Texas fusion: brisket y queso empanadas and smoked pork rib croquettes.

8030 NW 154th St
Miami Lakes, FL 33016

2. Paradis Books & Bread

12831 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami, FL 33161

Natural wine is certainly having a moment in the Magic City, and the latest to enter the market is Paradis Books & Bread, which is part natural wine store, part restaurant, and part book shop. The restaurant’s concise menu is centered around dishes made with sourdough like pizzas by the slice or bread served with items like feta, pork terrine, and tins filled with various proteins and fermented vegetables. The wine list is filled with natural selections by the glass and by the bottle from producers throughout the world, and for real oenophiles, it even offers a wine club.

12831 W Dixie Hwy
North Miami, FL 33161

3. Mimi's

2501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

This new all-day Edgewater restaurant gives an update to the traditional American cafe menu with a twist on classic dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast items like the drippy egg sandwich and herb cured lox are offered, while at lunch heartier dishes like a smash burger and crispy skin branzino can be found. Its happy hour runs into dinner with dishes like pan con tomate; steak and eggs; or the decadent chicken and eggs with creme fraiche, farro miso toast, and fried chicken.

2501 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137

4. The Oasis

2335 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood’s latest hotspot is a hybrid food hall, concert venue, bar, and lounge all rolled up into one, from the team that brought the Magic City Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky. Food choices include Instagram favorite Prince Street Pizza; acclaimed Italian sandwich shop Alidoro; Los Buenos, serving tacos on hand-pressed tortillas; fried chicken sandwich focused CHIKIN; gyoza and dumplings from Buya Dumplings + Buns; and an outpost of the Mediterranean focused Mr. Mandolin.

2335 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

5. Casa Mariano

8200 NW 27th St Suite 106, Doral, FL 33122

After shuttering his popular namesake Doral restaurant Mariano’s Cuisine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, chef and restauranteur Mariano Araya has returned to the neighborhood with his latest creation: Casa Mariano. The vast menu at this new restaurant ranges from everything from lavender crusted lamb chops. to cacio e pepe flatbread, to lobster thermaidor, served in a space filled with a Mediterranean-inspired palette of blues, whites, tans, and browns. 

8200 NW 27th St Suite 106
Doral, FL 33122

6. Casa Isola Osteria

1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Jose Mendin’s latest creation is Italian in focus, taking over the former Pubbelly space in Sunset Harbour. For this new venture, Mendin has partnered with Santo Agnello, who has spent the past seven years at perpetual hotspot Lucali. The menu features plenty of dishes that come from Angello’s childhood with that trademark Pubbelly twist like prosciutto bread with parmesan butter; veal chop parmigiana; Milanesa carpaccio with wagyu beef, balsamic, black truffle, heirloom tomatoes; and raviolini ai funghi with porcini mushrooms and pine nut gremolata.

1418 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Benh Mi

1436 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Benh Mi started off selling through Instagram during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to great fanfare, and that success has parlayed into a permanent location for the restaurant off Espanola Way. The star of the menu is the classic Vietnamese sandwich, the banh mi, which is served in various protein styles from lemongrass meatball to herb and roasted pork; along with dishes like the extra crunchy spicy chicken tenders; vegetable spring rolls; beef salad with skirt steak; and green papaya salad with mangos.

1436 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Como Como

915 Collins Ct, Miami, FL 33139

This sleek and sexy newcomer on the ground floor of the Moxy South Beach showcases popular high-end Mexican flavors with a heavy seafood slant. Don’t miss the Pescado a la Talla made with snapper that is butterflied, grilled, and topped with two marinades: green on one side and red on the other; the carnitas de Pescado made with octopus and completed with all the best taco toppings; and raw bar items have a Mexican twist like oysters served with a pineapple-vinegar mignonette and hand-chopped Tartar de Pescado, made tableside.

915 Collins Ct
Miami, FL 33139

9. Meet Dalia

640 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

From the team behind South Beach staple Byblos comes their latest creation Meet Dalia. Boasting modern Mediterranean cuisine like baba ghanoush, octopus, roasted cauliflower, lamb dumplings, branzino en croute, short-rib moussaka, and chocolate baklava. The stunning space gets its decor cues from the Mediterranean with a nod to the buildings Art Deco roots with plenty of pastel and jewel-toned seating, Turkish rugs throughout, over-the-top lighting fixtures, wooden details, and floral murals.

640 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Strawberry Moon

601 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The dynamic duo that is Pharrell Williams and David Grutman have debuted their latest restaurant in Miami, Strawberry Moon, which boasts an outdoor pool area by day and a restaurant and lounge by night. The whimsical, pastel colored space features a Mediterranean-inspired menu with a variety of mezzes, small plates, Turkish pizzas, kebabs, and more, with a side of celebrity spotting.

601 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Margot Natural Wine Bar

21 SE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33131

From the team behind Miami bar staple the Broken Shaker comes Margot Natural Wine Bar, a hip new Downtown Miami wine bar boasting a “70’s Scandinavian meets 80’s Italian aesthetic.”  Featuring a natural wine list of more than 75 options in whites, reds, and roses, skin-contact, and beyond, the menu also includes low ABV cocktails, and a rotation of dishes like pinto gild made with anchovy, olives, and piparra peppers; swordfish crudo; tuna tiradito; and fondue all of which is meant to pair with the wines on hand.

21 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33131

12. Abbale Telavivian Kitchen

864 Commerce St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This cozy and laidback Israeli and Mediterranean cafe from the guys who brought Miami favorites like My Ceviche and Pura Vida has quickly become the go-to spot in the South of Fifth neighborhood. For breakfast it serves up items like za-atar-lemon croissants, tahini walnut banana bread, and Israeli Shakshuka; while at lunchtime guests can find items like Fattoush, pitas stuffed with falafel and lamb kofta, and fire roasted whole branzino, all of which can be paired with a large selection of Israeli wines.

864 Commerce St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Oche Miami Beach

200 South Pointe Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Show off that competitive side at this new dart and food restaurant. Named for the line players stand behind when throwing darts, Oche features 13 dart booths that guests can rent for 85 minute sessions at $25 a person. Along with games, food is taken up a notch with dishes like bacon wrapped maduros (plantains), spicy tuna cones, wagyu sliders, chicken thigh skewers, crab cakes, and a variety of pizzas like the piccante topped with spicy sausage, burrata, and spring onion, or the rock shrimp pizza topped with manchego, scallions, cilantro, and lemon.

200 South Pointe Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

14. Ch’i

701 S Miami Ave #339a, Miami, FL 33131

This massive four-in-one space inside Brickell City Center offers a variety of Chinese food with Latin twists, drinks, and music.  The space is divided into four sections: the garden, the Mercado, the lounge, and the main dining room, offering everything from casual fare, patio dining, to a full-service restaurant, and even a hidden late-night lounge.

701 S Miami Ave #339a
Miami, FL 33131

15. Zitz Sum

396 Alhambra Cir Suite 155, Coral Gables, FL 33134

After becoming a runaway favorite last year during the COVID-19 shutdown through social media, “Asian-ish” eatery Zitz Sum has opened its permanent outpost in Coral Gables. Offering a much larger menu than its original creative dumpling offerings, diners can feast on dishes like cucumber salad, charred cabbage, grilled pork chops, and hanger steak — but don’t worry, the dumplings also make the menu. To wash the bites back, guests can sip on a large selection of natural wines, sake, beer, and more.

396 Alhambra Cir Suite 155
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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16. Cebada Rooftop

124 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Rooftop dining and Coral Gables doesn’t typically go hand-in-hand, but Cebada Rooftop is looking to change that. The restaurant from the team behind Kendall favorite Abi Maria has created a menu focused on seafood and Cuban-influenced dishes with plenty of cheekily named cocktails thrown into the mix. Guests can order from a wide selection of raw bar dishes, including $2 oysters at happy hour, alongside lobster rolls, roast chicken with tostones, bone marrow, crispy corn ribs, and sausage rolls housed in medianoche buns and topped with caviar. Drinks run the gamut from the Tom de la Cruz, made with mezcal and rosemary, to the frozen Shut Up Karen made with pumpkin, coffee, rum, and vodka, which are easily sipped on its expansive patio with views overlooking the neighborhood.

124 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

17. Forte by Chef Adrianne

45 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134

Chef Adrianne Calvo continues to expand her culinary footprint on Miami, with her latest restaurant Forte by Chef Adrianne debuting in the former Cibo Wine Bar space in Coral Gables. Expect Italian classics like cacio e pepe, tagliatelle bolognese, carbonara, braised lamb shank, veal chop Florentine, along with a variety of wood-fired pizzas and even a burrata bar.

45 Miracle Mile
Miami, FL 33134

18. Los Felix Miami

3413 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Heirloom corn-filled dishes and ingredients using milpa farming techniques, a sustainable farming practice used throughout Mexico and South America, are at the heart of the menu at Coconut Grove newcomer Los Felix. The casual menu is filled with items like tacos, quesadillas, arepas, totopos, tostadas, and tamales. It also houses a natural wine bar that boasts an extensive by-the-glass and bottle program featuring orange and amber wines, chilled reds, and sparkling wines alongside a variety of programming each week including a weekly vinyl DJ music program with an analog sound system every Friday and Saturday that is paired with a late-night menu to snack on.

3413 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133

19. Chug's Diner

3444 Main Hwy Suite 21, Miami, FL 33133

Cuban diner Chug’s has gotten a major facelift after a months long closure. The diner, which was once a small pop-up, is now a permanent and expanded full-service diner and modern day ventanita. The restaurant now occupies the same space it once did, all 677 square feet of it, but expanded outward to a total of 4,500-square-feet of indoor-outdoor dining, bar, and cafe space. Chug’s is now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with favorites like the cast-iron skillet, Chug’s burger, pan con minuta, and more making a return on the menu. And unlike most diners, Chug’s features a full bar, too.

3444 Main Hwy Suite 21
Miami, FL 33133

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