Last year was the first time I’d ever been to Miami-a city most noted for it’s array of palm trees and summertime heat. Much more than a pretty backdrop to a primetime TV show, the Miami area is a place that is deeply rooted in it’s surrounding culture and heritage.
With 34% of the population Cuban, 15% sharing a Central American origin, and 4% Puerto Rican and Dominican, Miami has the highest population of foreign-born residents. The city of Miami is a place where local dining intimately represents the numerous cultural backgrounds which reside.
Think of Miami as the southern equivalent of New York. Both cities widely know for their diversity and great food have so much in common. I love it.
When dining in Miami it’s so important to practice variety to ensure the integrity of your cultural dining experience. Included in my criteria of Miami’s restaurant hot-spots was the quality of food, dining experience, and if it had a cool factor to it.
Nobu Miami Beach
Located in South Beach, Nobu Matsuhisa’s international chain of restaurants resides in the valet-friendly Miami’s Shore Club. Most known for their Japanese-Peruvian style dishes, Nobu Miami Beach’s classic interior is a perfect compliment. In addition to their sushi menu, their menu of organic food such as the Black miso cod and artichoke salad are perfect for the health conscious. Highly recommend Nobu Miami Beach’s Premium Sake. 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, 305-695-3232
For those who love a taste of the latin, South Beach’s OLA is a sure bet. In the heart of Miami’s Sanctuary Hotel, OLA’s serves classic Pan-Latin dishes such as the Salmon ceviche and crispy rock shrimp. OLA is a great Miami hot-spot for night out as OLA’s offers an extensive wine list, even salsa dancing classes! 1745 James Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, 305-695-9125
A small, yet very tasty and authentic Italian eatery would be a place like Macaluso’s. Complete with all the usual Italian dishes we love, Macaluso’s creates spontaneity as the restaurant has no written menu since every day the staff selects the menu for the day! So, if you want to know the price of what you’re ordering, just ask the staff before you order. This place fills up quickly, so I recommend arriving early as this is a very popular Italian eatery in South Beach and has no reservation services. 1747 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, 305-604-1811
Serving what are typically called by locals as to die for steaks, The Palm’s top list of wines is what makes The Palm a memorable steakhouse in Miami’s Bay Harbor Islands. What separates the Palm from other steakhouses is simply the wonderful service. The whole dining experience is like being invited to one’s home for a glass of wine and a steak dinner. The Palm offers an expense account, full bar, private dining rooms, and also valet parking. 9650 East Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida 33154, 305-868-7256
This family-owned Jamaican restaurant in Miami is perfect when you’re in the mood for a home-cooked Jamaican meal! From their much talked about Oxtail Stew to their Jerk Chicken and rice, the Jamaica Kitchen has all the local favorites we love! As soon as you walk in the door, you are greeted like family. Their wall of self serve fridges has all the authentic Jamaican juices one could want, even coconut water! This place is perfect for those in Miami who need of a taste of the exotic. 8736 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33173, 305- 596-2585