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Miami's Weirdest, Craziest, Most Extreme Meat Dishes

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In the era of bigger than life personalities and meals so indulgent they would make Paula Deen flinch with heartburn, it is hard for any dish to make an impression. But these outrageous meat creations stand out from the pack with their use offbeat proteins, distinctive presentation and unique twists on classic dishes. Read on for Miami's most over-the-top meat dishes and make sure you have those Tums handy — you just might need them.
—Olee Fowler


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1. Veal Brain at L'echon Brasserie

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6261 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
At the Pubbelly Boy's newest outpost, L'echon Brasserie, the brains are getting all the buzz. Literally. Its veal brain dish prepared in a classic French "Meunière" style is lightly seared and served with blue crab tartar sauce, herb salad and caper brown butter, giving it a unique, Pubbelly-twist on one brainy entree.

2. db Burger at db Bistro Moderne

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255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 421-8800
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This is the burger that started the gourmet, indulgent burger trend and for good reason. Created by chef legend Daniel Boulud, this burger is stuffed with braised short rib and foie gras, topped with slow roasted tomato confit, freshly grated horse radish and served on a homemade bun — making this bistro burger something both the French and Americans can drool over.

3. General Tso’s Florida Gator at Blackbrick Chinese

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3451 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-8886
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This classic Chinese-American recipe gets an modern update when prepared with Florida’s favorite reptile. For Blackbrick’s version of this dish, they tenderize alligator with a secret spice rub for 24 hours and then stir fry it to order with a house made sauce using fava bean chili paste, Sichuan chili oil and caramelized soy to give it a kick all of its own.

4. The Motherburger Burger & Beer Joint

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1766 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-3287
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The description doesn’t lie: this burger is really the mother of all burgers. This 10 pound (yes, you read correctly) premium Black Angus patty is served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles for $125. For an additional $25 you can add cheese, two toppings and one sauce. Price tag too high for you? Then hope you’re a quick eater, because if you finish the burger in under two hours it’s on the house.

5. Dino Short Ribs at Barley & Swine

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9059 SW 73 Court
Miami, FL 33156
There are short ribs and then there are “dinosaur” sized short ribs, which is exactly what this Latin-influenced gastropub serves up. B&S serves a decadent 24 oz Bone-In Dino Short Ribs braised in red wine for eight hours with a creamy potato puree, au jus dipping sauce, and roasted mushrooms to take the classic comfort dish back to the stone age.

6. Côte de Boeuf at Cypress Room

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3620 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 520-5197
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Looking to impress that special carnivore in your life? Then the côte de boeuf at the Cypress Room is the place to go. Its popular 34-ounce Angus ribeye spends 35 days dry aging before it hits the dining table. And unlike most cuts, its full yield fat cap and spinals are removed before serving meaning more meat for your buck.

7. Lamb Neck Vaca Frita at Eating House

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806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, FL 33134
(305) 448-6524
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Leave it to Eating House to put a unheard of spin on a food found all over the Magic City. For its version of Vaca Frita, lamb neck is prepared in the traditional Cuban style, and artfully presented with smoked plantains and burnt citrus.

8. Skirt Steak at Las Vacas Gordas

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933 Normandy Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 867-1717
What makes this skirt steak so over-the-top? For starters, it’s more than a pound and a half in weight and three feet in length. To fit on your plate, the restaurant literally has to roll up the steak to bring it to you. Served simply with some jalapeño chimichurri and a sprinkle of salt, this dish has been a mainstay on the restaurant’s menu for almost 20 years.

9. Bone-In Rib Eye at Zuma

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270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 577-0277
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As one of the most lavish restaurants in Miami, it is only appropriate that Zuma serves one of the most oppulent meat dishes in town and its Bone-In Rib Eye certainly fits the bill. This 24 ounce steak is prepared on the Robata grill over traditional Binchō-tan coals, sliced table side on a rustic Japanese platter and paired with truffle sauce, fresh grated wasabi root, rock salt, and freshly shaved black truffles.

1. Veal Brain at L'echon Brasserie

6261 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
At the Pubbelly Boy's newest outpost, L'echon Brasserie, the brains are getting all the buzz. Literally. Its veal brain dish prepared in a classic French "Meunière" style is lightly seared and served with blue crab tartar sauce, herb salad and caper brown butter, giving it a unique, Pubbelly-twist on one brainy entree.
6261 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

2. db Burger at db Bistro Moderne

255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
This is the burger that started the gourmet, indulgent burger trend and for good reason. Created by chef legend Daniel Boulud, this burger is stuffed with braised short rib and foie gras, topped with slow roasted tomato confit, freshly grated horse radish and served on a homemade bun — making this bistro burger something both the French and Americans can drool over.
255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

3. General Tso’s Florida Gator at Blackbrick Chinese

3451 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137
This classic Chinese-American recipe gets an modern update when prepared with Florida’s favorite reptile. For Blackbrick’s version of this dish, they tenderize alligator with a secret spice rub for 24 hours and then stir fry it to order with a house made sauce using fava bean chili paste, Sichuan chili oil and caramelized soy to give it a kick all of its own.
3451 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137

4. The Motherburger Burger & Beer Joint

1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The description doesn’t lie: this burger is really the mother of all burgers. This 10 pound (yes, you read correctly) premium Black Angus patty is served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles for $125. For an additional $25 you can add cheese, two toppings and one sauce. Price tag too high for you? Then hope you’re a quick eater, because if you finish the burger in under two hours it’s on the house.
1766 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Dino Short Ribs at Barley & Swine

9059 SW 73 Court, Miami, FL 33156
There are short ribs and then there are “dinosaur” sized short ribs, which is exactly what this Latin-influenced gastropub serves up. B&S serves a decadent 24 oz Bone-In Dino Short Ribs braised in red wine for eight hours with a creamy potato puree, au jus dipping sauce, and roasted mushrooms to take the classic comfort dish back to the stone age.
9059 SW 73 Court
Miami, FL 33156

6. Côte de Boeuf at Cypress Room

3620 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Looking to impress that special carnivore in your life? Then the côte de boeuf at the Cypress Room is the place to go. Its popular 34-ounce Angus ribeye spends 35 days dry aging before it hits the dining table. And unlike most cuts, its full yield fat cap and spinals are removed before serving meaning more meat for your buck.
3620 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

7. Lamb Neck Vaca Frita at Eating House

806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134, Miami, FL 33134
Leave it to Eating House to put a unheard of spin on a food found all over the Magic City. For its version of Vaca Frita, lamb neck is prepared in the traditional Cuban style, and artfully presented with smoked plantains and burnt citrus.
806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, FL 33134

8. Skirt Steak at Las Vacas Gordas

933 Normandy Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33141
What makes this skirt steak so over-the-top? For starters, it’s more than a pound and a half in weight and three feet in length. To fit on your plate, the restaurant literally has to roll up the steak to bring it to you. Served simply with some jalapeño chimichurri and a sprinkle of salt, this dish has been a mainstay on the restaurant’s menu for almost 20 years.
933 Normandy Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33141

9. Bone-In Rib Eye at Zuma

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131
As one of the most lavish restaurants in Miami, it is only appropriate that Zuma serves one of the most oppulent meat dishes in town and its Bone-In Rib Eye certainly fits the bill. This 24 ounce steak is prepared on the Robata grill over traditional Binchō-tan coals, sliced table side on a rustic Japanese platter and paired with truffle sauce, fresh grated wasabi root, rock salt, and freshly shaved black truffles.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

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