When you think of Miami, I’m sure you think of the art deco buildings, the beautiful beaches lining South Beach, and of course, the city’s infamous night life scene, but what doesn’t seem to get enough credit is the food. Whether you’re looking for affordable happy hour deals, the best place for lunchtime tacos or the most delectable Italian meal in the city, my Miami Food & Drink Guide has got you covered. Read on to see where we ate, what we drank and how much it all cost.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila (Cost: $-$$) – From the outside, this looks like your typical grab and go taco shop, but through the secret porta potty door you’ll find an entrance to an indoor speakeasy serving up some great tequila and mezcal drinks. The best part? They have a daily happy hour from 6-8PM where specialty cocktails are a mere $6. I’ll take two please!
Cafe La Trova (Cost: $$$) – You can’t go to Miami without enjoying some traditional Cuban food and what better place to get it than Little Havana. From their homemade empanadas and croquettes to the tasty ceviche and Bananas Tres Leches, this is one meal that you won’t forget! I personally recommend the Sweet Corn & Chicken Empanada, the Seafood Ceviche, the Lechon Con Chicharrones and the Steamed Local Catch.
Drunken Dragon (Cost: $-$$) – This restaurant is completely unassuming from the outside and walking up we actually were concerned that we had just arrived at a traditional take out Asian restaurant, but were pleasantly surprised at what we encountered inside. We had luckily arrived just in time for happy hour from 5-7PM, so we cozied up to the lively bar for some Asian fusion tapas and tiki-themed cocktails. From the unique tiki drinks to the Crispy Bok Choy, Twice Fried Chicken, DD Fries and the Kale Salad , each dish that came out somehow ended up being better than the last.
La Sandwicherie (Cost: $) – The holy grail of sandwich shops, La Sandwicherie saved my life on more than one occasion this trip. Whether you’re looking for a hangover fix in the form of their Ham and Cheese Croissant Sandwich and fresh Rainbow Smoothie or some mid-day fuel from their Frenchie Sandwich, this grab and go sandwich stand is a hidden and super affordable gem on South Beach.
Macchialina (Cost: $$$) – The tastiest Italian restaurant in Miami (in my opinion), Macchialina is serving up traditional Italian dishes with flair. On top of the delicious food, the service is here top notch. Their reservations were running late the night we came in, but they made sure to keep us fully stocked up on complimentary wine while we waited. Our favorite dishes on the menu? The Creamy Polenta and the Short Rib Lasagna. Also, if you’re located in NYC, they have a sister restaurant – The Saint Austere located right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Miami Mojito Company (Cost: $) – A hidden tiki bar in the heart of Wynwood, the Miami Mojito Company mixes up some creative mojito drinks in a venue that transports you right to a tropical island. I highly recommend stopping by for their weekly happy hour (3-6PM) or a late night nightcap.
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company (Cost: $) – Another gem of a happy hour spot, because who can resist a $6 cocktail? This trendy bar located in Collins Park has a great happy hour vibe and looks like the kind of place that really turns up once the sun goes down.
Swizzle (Cost: $-$$) – So good we had to go twice, Swizzle is a unique speakeasy-style rum bar and drinkery located on Miami Beach. With an extensive cocktail list, intimate bar setting and a selection of bar bites, this is the ideal place to enjoy a rum drink, or just about any drink for that matter. Plus, they also have a great happy hour menu that brings their traditionally $12-15 cocktails to only $7. For drinks this good, that’s quite a steal!
Taquiza (Cost: $) – A traditional mexican taco spot, Taquiza was recommended to us by almost everyone that we encountered, and man were they right. Not only did the Camaron and Carnitas tacos hit the spot but the Topotos hand-torn blue masa chips with Queso really won us over. Taquiza is the perfect place to take a break from the sun and enjoy some tasty tacos on South Beach.
What spots are on your Miami Food & Drink Guide? Let me know in the comments!2