From upmarket eateries to authentic street food, Miami is a dream destination for foodies, no matter what your budget. With a large Hispanic population living in the area, South American cuisine is on many menus, and the restaurant scene is truly international, with something to suit all tastes. It’s hard to pick favourite restaurants in the city because there are just so many, but here are a few choices to suit different budgets.
Most Miami restaurants are pretty laidback and casual, and even the fine dining establishments are friendly and unpretentious. If you’re looking for upmarket restaurants, then Miami Beach is generally the area to visit, especially the eateries in South Beach that overlook the ocean. LT Steak & Seafood comes highly recommended, serving the catch of the day in an upmarket restaurant attached to a hotel. If you want the best outdoor tables, you need to book in advance, so if you’re looking for a Miami holiday in 2018, make sure you reserve your table. f you’re staying away from the ocean, then Downtown Miami also has some excellent steakhouses such as The Capital Grille, which specialises in steak and seafood, and has a classic, cosy dining room.
The vast majority of Miami restaurants are welcoming to younger guests, and most casual restaurants have their own kids’ menus. Peruvian restaurant Pollos & Jarras in the Downtown area is popular with families, serving roasted chicken and chips, and other kid-friendly meals in a relaxed environment. Another popular spot is Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour in the Dania Beach area, which is just a dream destination for kids. This retro ice cream parlour serves American classics, from burgers to hot dogs, but it’s the desserts that most people come for. These consist of huge, old-fashioned style sundaes, topped with whipped cream and sometimes fireworks, so make sure you save room for pudding.
If you want a pleasant meal without breaking the bank, then Miami has loads of mid-range restaurants with endless cuisine choices. Texas De Brazil is an all you can eat Chimichurri restaurant where you can enjoy a wide selection of meat and salad for a fixed price, and sample some traditional Brazilian dishes such as picanha skewers and caramelised bananas. The cosy, rustic Vero Italian Restaurant also comes highly recommended, serving authentic cuisine in a laidback environment. If you want to enjoy some of the city’s best seafood, then visit Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latin Grill, which specialises in ceviche and other great Latin American dishes. It’s set in the bohemian neighbourhood of Coconut Grove, which is generally a great spot for international cuisine at affordable prices.
Miami isn’t the cheapest of cities to visit, but if you’re on a budget then there are lots of places to eat that are cheap and atmospheric. Head to the Little Havana area and you’ll find South American restaurants such as Taqueria El Mexicano, which serves cheap Mexican food, and La Carreta which serves Cuban and Spanish favourites in a casual, rustic dining room. The street food scene is also huge in Miami, and you’ll find lots of hole in the wall restaurants and trucks selling tacos, falafels, and kebabs all around the city.
Wherever you decide to stay in Miami, you certainly won’t go hungry, and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you opt for some locally caught seafood, try a classic American steakhouse, or go on the hunt for the city’s best Mexican food, you’ll no doubt discover some amazing eateries.