When traveling to Florida, there are a number of cities to see. However, Miami is among the top places to go for tourists who enjoy being able to walk up and down the beaches with the waters of the Atlantic Ocean coming up to shore. Because Miami has a large influx of Mexican, Cuban, and other Latin cultures influencing the city, one would expect most of the big restaurants to feature Latin flavors.
But Miami is just as eclectic of a city as some of the other metropolitans around the United States. The following is a list of some of the best places to eat in Miami.
Crust – 668 NW 5th Street
Every city has good pizza places, but this casual restaurant is one of the highest rated restaurants overall with a combination of Italian and Mediterranean flavors that have attracted fine diners that range from regular locals to tourists who mark this pizzeria on their itinerary. It’s considered a very well-priced attraction, with most of the menu items falling within $8 and $22.
Among the specialty pizzas on the menu, they have a truffle pizza that features arugula, lemon juice, and a sprinkling of white truffle oil. They also have a pizza that features figs, prosciutto, and crumbles of blue cheese for the namesake “crust” pizza. They also serve pasta, sandwiches, and chicken parmesan that tastes so good.
Old Lisbon Restaurant – Multiple locations
In a city that features a large Latin American influence, one of the top restaurants in Miami features some Portuguese flair at the Old Lisbon Restaurants, which have two locations along the waterfront. These restaurants offer some of the best seafood that can be found not only in the city, but throughout the southern portion of the state of Florida.
While there are a number of meals based on land, the highlights come from under the sea with several unique dishes, including the feijoada de mariscos that features a mixture of clams, mussels, shrimp, and squid that is combined with sausage in a white bean and rice stew. Another unique dish is the bacalhau com natas that features shredded codfish served with potatoes and topped with cheese and a very savory cream sauce that features garlic and onion flavors.
El Pollo Inka Miami – 7285 NW 36th Street
While there are several restaurants that try to attract people with colorful décor to match their dishes, this Peruvian restaurant is one that looks simple when walking into the building and provides some amazing meals found inside the West Airport Shopping Center. It is a family-based restaurant that provides plenty of flavor.
One signature meal is the pollo a la brasa, which provides customers with a quarter, half, or whole rotisserie chicken with two side dishes to choose from – either fries, salad, rice, or beans. Another one is the cau, which is a beef stew mixed with diced potatoes, white rice, and some vegetables.
Texas de Brazil – 300 Alton Road, Suite 200
Sure, it’s a chain restaurant with multiple locations in Miami and other cities, but this specific location does provide some amazing views from Miami’s Fisher Island. While the price is a little bit higher than some of the earlier mentioned restaurants, many people feel it is worth the price paid for a good meal that provides several choices from salads to bread, soups, entrees, and desserts.
Lunches and dinners are served with various cuts of meat that will make your mouth water – ranging from lamb chops and pork ribs to having a chicken breast wrapped in bacon. Desserts are also an eye-catcher with a Brazilian cheesecake and a bananas foster pie to finish the meal off on a high and sweet note.
Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill – 3252 NE 1st Ave
This one is one of the most eclectic restaurants in the city that features a combination of various ethnicities on one menu, ranging from traditional Japanese sushi to Spanish cuisines to market towards a more diverse group of diners. The raw bar features king crab legs straight from Alaska, lobster from Maine, and a simple shrimp cocktail.
There are various sushi rolls that include the spicy Hamachi ponzu that features avocado, daikon, and mango with the oshinko. There are also rolls the feature lobster, snow crab, and yellowtail flavors to hit a wide variety of palates.