Best Thing We Ate

The 10 Best Things We Ate This Year (So Far) in Miami

By Carissa Chesanek  |  June 30, 2014

Since January, we've been on a serious mission to taste test all the new dishes the city has to offer, and so far, we've come across some real standouts. Here are 10 scrumptious dishes to try right now in Miami.

  • Hamachi Poppers at Michael Mina 74

    Restaurateur Michael Mina's latest social club swaps out the traditional raw tuna on these bite-sized, crispy rice balls, and instead tops them with fresh hamachi and a light ginger dressing that makes one order not nearly enough.

  • Kobe Pastrami Sliders at Red, the Steakhouse 

    This sexy steakhouse recently added a tapas menu alongside its classic dinner selection, featuring these little guys piled high with thinly sliced, housemade pastrami, aged fontina and Thousand Island aïoli. A messy bite, but worth every dribble.

  • Smoked Ham Hock Croquettes at Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant

    The bar (next to Downtown's E11even) offers plenty of go-to bites, including these addicting fried sticks, filled with warm, cheesy goodness and served with a Dijon aïoli dipping sauce.

  • Deluxe Shellfish Plateau at Lure Fishbar

    One of the finer chilled platters we've ever seen. Dive into littleneck clams, shrimp, mussels escabeche, Maryland lump crab and oysters in a pineapple salsa that puts standard mignonette to shame.

  • Pan-Roasted Scottish Salmon Salad at Meat Market

    Pretty much anything this Lincoln Road steakhouse shells out is solid, including this new lunch salad: kale topped with roasted salmon, plump cherry tomatoes and brioche croutons, tossed in a creamy Caesar dressing.

  • Housemade Pop-Tarts at Steak 954

    A recent brunch addition at Stephen Starr's oceanside steakhouse, these breakfast pastries aren't anything like we remembered. Stuffed with fresh apples and topped with a sweet cinnamon glaze, there's nothing artificial about them.

  • Grilled Short Rib at 1826 Restaurant & Lounge

    These grilled short ribs are not just pretty to look at, they're melt-in-your-mouth tender. The garnish (artichoke, Meyer lemon and Brussels sprouts) adds the perfect amount of flavor — not that it needs it.

  • Creamy Polenta at Bocce Bar

    It's hard not to ogle the perfectly plated, colorful ingredients on this dish, but after one bite of the poached egg and truffle masterpiece, we knew we wouldn't be staring at it for long. Bonus: the extra truffle shavings.

  • Meli Melo of Tartar at Seasalt and Pepper

    A stack of chopped seafood (tuna, salmon, scallops and crab) mixed with watercress pesto and topped with ultralight avocado cream, this ain't your average tartar. And the side of fried avocados puts it way over the top. 

  • Pork Rillettes Terrine at Uvaggio Wine Bar

    This upgraded pâté is incredibly tender and spreads easily on the crispy baguette. The addition of jalapeño jam and grain mustard kick up the taste to a whole other level.