"Floribbean" is the catchphrase for Miami's dominant style of cuisine, which combines flavors and ingredients from Latin America, the Caribbean and the American South. Miami's proximity to the sea means you'll find fresh seafood on many menus, and its large Cuban community makes this perhaps the best city in the U.S. to find classic dishes like arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), ropa vieja (shredded beef) and, of course, Cuban sandwiches. And don't forget the mojitos!
Cena by Michy is the second coming of former Food Network host chef Michelle Bernstein's Miami restaurant (formerly known as Michy's). Now with a revamped dining room and menu, the restaurant offers a bevy of inventive but not overly fancy dishes such as goat cheese cavatelli, sweetbread tacos and seared octopus.
For all-day casual fare and plenty of prime people watching, head to the News Cafe in Miami Beach. There's a little bit of everything on the menu at this sidewalk cafe, including pasta, pizza, paninis, salads, seafood and even Middle Eastern dishes.
Located right next to Wynwood Walls' colorful murals, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar serves up a delicious Latin menu that includes dishes such as ceviche, vaca frita and 48-hour crispy pork with cheddar chipotle grits.
For some of the best Cuban food in town, head to Morro Castle; described by some as the epitome of a hole in the wall restaurant, it nevertheless gets rave reviews for its food and affordable prices.
A bit against the grain of typically glitzy South Beach, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is rural American South kitsch, with reclaimed-wood ceiling beams, Mason jar lamps and the like. Enjoy snacks (from deviled eggs to watermelon and cheese), salads (from iceberg wedge to smoked brisket), free-range chicken and fresh seafood specialties. Plus, choose from a wide selection of bourbons lining the shelf above the bar.
Serving up mid-priced comfort food like burgers, buckets of fries and all-day breakfast, Big Pink is a ticky-tacky Miami Beach institution. It's also a great option for families.
City Hall feels different depending on when you come -- clubby and political during weekday lunch, when many of Miami's movers and shakers come to make deals; fun and lively in the evenings; and spiritual during Sunday brunch, usually accompanied by a live gospel singer. The menu features plenty of seafood and comfort food.