PB Station (Closed)
121 S.E. 1st St., Downtown
Miami Beach restaurateurs the Pubbelly Boys opened PB Station inside a historic Beaux Arts building, once the site of the Miami National Bank and now also home to the Langford, a luxury boutique hotel. Executive chef Jose Mendin’s menu takes New American pub food to the next level with a raw bar, steaks, seafood, braised short ribs, and a sublime house burger topped with truffle mushroom ragu, caramelized onions, and Emmental cheese—all with considered pairings of wine, beer, and cocktails.
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Downtown
Zuma is the Miami outpost of chef Rainer Becker's internationally acclaimed, modernized adaptation of Japanese izakaya-style cuisine (there are other Zuma restaurants in London, Hong Kong, New York, Dubai, Istanbul, and Bangkok), and it features a stunning, pristine modern interior design to match the menu. (Note: While traditional izakayas are informal, Zuma requires a smart casual dress code—no shorts or beachwear allowed.) From the sushi bar to the robata grill, the dishes on offer are not your average teriyaki-smothered fare; rather, you’ll find kurobuta pork belly skewers with yuzu mustard miso, a roster of tempura-fried snackables, plus exquisite signature dishes with elaborate flavor profiles like roasted lobster with shiso-ponzu butter and black cod marinated in saikyo miso with homemade hajikame. Keeping with at least one element of the izakaya tradition, most of the signature dishes are designed to be shared.
Bachour Bakery + Bistro
600 Brickell Ave., Downtown
This idyllic breakfast and lunch spot is the marriage of two star chefs: Antonio Bachour on sweets and pastries, and Henry Hané on savory dishes (his CV includes Spain’s two-Michelin-star restaurant Miramar and Giorgio Rapicavoli's Eating House in Miami). Their brilliant culinary mashups include a pepperoni pizza toast, decadent tartines with ahi tuna and avocado, and a croissant patty melt—yes, that’s a cheeseburger on a fresh, flaky croissant. Mornings, the place is wafting with tantalizing smells of fresh-baked treats; for later, take home some of the chocolates, bonbons, macarons, petit gateaux, and tarts, or order a specialty cake for an event—they are immaculately, sublimely beautiful. Through lunchtime, chef Hané’s rotating menu features rich, veggie-based dishes, like leafy salads, grain bowls, and stuffed veggies prepared sous-vide, plus hot soups to accompany them.
1000 S. Miami Ave., Downtown
Mister O1 (formerly Visa O1, named for the US visa given to people with extraordinary ability or achievement in their fields), serves Neapolitan-style, thin-crust pies at their popular South Beach location. Small, cozy, and usually packed, they're known for a pie with a photogenic star-shaped crust topped with San Marzano sauce, ricotta, Calabrese salami, and fresh basil. Pretty much any pizza off their varied menu is sure to please, though—if you prefer, you can opt for vegan cheese, and there are plenty of salads to choose from for the gluten-averse. There's a location in South Beach, too.
1111 S.W. 1st Ave., Downtown
Coyo is the place to go for straightforward Mexican street food. The focus is on tacos, but you can get any of the meats as a burrito, bowl, or quesadilla (plus, there are excellent sides, like corn on the cob with cojita and chipotle aioli). The uncomplicated menu makes it a great place to come with the kids in tow, though the Wynwood location can get rowdy later in the evenings as people make their way to the secret bar in the back, where they serve super fresh margaritas and a crazy-long list of tequilas and mezcals. The Brickell location has a slightly expanded menu and the notable addition of Spanish tortas.
1111 S.W. 1st Ave., Downtown
This Mediterranean restaurant is a classic neighborhood joint. From the creators of the award-winning restaurant Bâoli Miami, Marion is also a part of the Mr. Hospitality group, which owns and operates some of the best restaurants and nightlife destinations in Florida. At Marion, you'll find fresh cuisine from artisanal cheesemakers, local fisherman, and farmers, including pan-seared Florida prawns and free-range rotisserie chicken. The interior is bright and tropical, and features a stunning cocktail bar lined with outlets so you can charge up while you drink up.