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Places to Eat in Miami: 30+ Hidden Food Gems Where Locals Love to Eat in Miami

by Roslie L.
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Cuban food pork rice beans and sweet plantains on blue plate

Foodies, this one is for you! If you think Miami’s nightlife scene is exciting, wait until you get a taste of the culinary scene! Whether you’re a local or just passing through on vacation, we’ve got the inside scoop on where to find the best places to eat in Miami. Our guide will take you from funky cafes in Little Havana to upscale hotel eateries in Coral Gables to hidden food gems in South Beach for the best food in Miami.

But with so many options, we’ve compiled a list of local places to eat in Miami to help make your decision a little easier.

Here are some of the best local restaurants in Miami—most of which you won’t find near a traditional tourist guide—to eat like a local in Miami.

The following recommendations are based on our personal experiences. We are not sponsored or endorsed by, nor did we receive compensation from any of the establishments below.

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Restaurants in Miami Where to Dine Like a Local

Food in Miami is reflective of its diverse culture. If you are looking for essential places to eat in Miami, then look no further! Explore Miami’s neighborhoods to discover some of the best restaurants in Miami that locals have supported for decades, and newcomers become loyal fans with each bite.

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Local Favorite Restaurants in Miami Where to Eat Cuban Food

Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop for the best place to eat Cuban food in Wynwood

Cuban sandwich on red basket

While the surrounding Edgewater and Wynwood districts continue to spring up with high-rise condos and international shopping brands, long-time locals still have a familiar place to get their daily eats at Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop. And while the breakfast menu is delicious in its own right, lunchtime is when you’ll see the real crowd who remain loyal to one of the best local favorite restaurants in Miami.

If you are looking for great authentic, no-fuss Cuban food in Miami, Enriquetas is the place to go. Diagonally sliced sandwiched reveal flavor-rich ingredients sitting elegantly between toasted croqueta bread. Try their take on the signature Cubano (Cuban sandwich) or favorites like the media noche and bistec sandwiches.

And be sure to take note of the old-school flair with dine-in sandwiches served in red baskets and take-out waiting deliciously in unassuming cartons.

Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop is located at 186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137

Arahi’s Bakery for the best Cuban breakfast in Little Havana

Tucked away in Little Havana, this small café and bakery is relaxed and unpretentious. Okay, the ambiance could use some work, but their service is warm and friendly, and you’ll find some of the best Cuban breakfast and lunch specials here.

You can’t go wrong with the eggs, bacon or ham, fries, and Cuban toast breakfast combo, with the cafe con leche. But, watch out for that heavily buttered Cuban bread; it’s excessive for most.

On the go? Grab a Cuban coffee or some traditional guava pastries, ham croquettes, empanadas, sandwiches, or a dessert. It is Miami and even more Little Havana; English isn’t widely spoken here, but nothing a little pointing and heading shaking can’t solve.

Arahi’s Bakery is located at 745 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130

Little Havana Restaurant for local favorite Cuban food in North Miami

It takes true guts to claim to serve authentic Cuban food in a city with more than a quarter of its population born or descending from the island. Still, the Little Havana Restaurant in North Miami earned its way into the hearts of locals looking for some of the best Cuban food in Miami.

Whether it’s the Spanish-style architecture reminiscent of Havana’s city center or the family-owned atmosphere with recipes passed down for generations, you’ll feel like you’re in Cuba. And the best part is the food! Little Havana restaurant is famous for lamb shank. Order the taste of Havana appetizer or pick from an entire menu section devoted to lunch specials.

Little Havana Restaurant is located at 12727 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181

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Pack Supermarket for the best fried chicken in Little Haiti, Miami

chicken rice plate

Don’t let the name fool you; this isn’t a supermarket or your typical neighborhood eatery. If you’re looking for a traditional restaurant setting, this isn’t the place for you, but if you want some damn good fried chicken, this is one of the best places to eat in Miami’s Little Haiti. Upon approach, you’ll probably be a little skittish of the surroundings, but give it a chance, and you’ll be happy you did.

A local institution three decades strong, Pack Supermarket operates cafeteria-style, with a pick-up window for those choosing not to go inside. You can take home a styrofoam container filled with chicken drumsticks, fried plantains (a starchy banana), and a pile of steaming rice for a few dollars.

Although famous for its fried chicken, other Haitian classics, including griot (fried pork chunks), lambi (conch), and legume (vegetable stew), can also be found here. Just don’t forget to ask for the spicy vinegar-based cabbage-and-carrot slaw, known as pikliz, to top off your chicken or griot.

Cash is king, and the only currency accepted here.

While in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by the Little Haiti Caribbean Marketplace for a taste of Miami’s authentic island culture.

Pack Supermarket is located at 8235 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138

La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market for the must-have “pan con minuta

La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market pan con minuta fish sandwich and plantains

Look out for the glowing neon sign to La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market when riding down Flagler street to point you towards a local hot spot for fresh fish. You’ll enter into a setting ripe with the smell of the sea and diners packed like sardines at the tables as you squeeze your way to the counter to place your order.

The Garcia Brothers, founders of the restaurant, know their seafood and have created a menu of deep-fried specialties like fried calamari, shrimp empanadas, and the local favorite “pan con minuta,” the fried snapper sandwich.

You’ll hear the sounds of fish frying and patrons crunching on their food, which makes you feel like you’re dining in the middle of a Cuban fish fry.

La Camaronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market is located at 1952 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135

El Bajareque for classic Puerto Rican food in Wynwood, Miami

white plate on table with monfongo, pigeon peas and rice and chicken chunks

The fresh ingredients used to make the menu favorites El Bajareque taste like they were shipped over from Puerto Rico the same day. But it’s part of the secret that leads to the authentic flavors the restaurant has built its reputation on from family recipes passed down for decades.

Long-time locals can attest how the vibrant Little San Juan neighborhood transformed into the present-day Wynwood. However, El Bajareque is one of the last remnants of the former Puerto Rican neighborhood and remains a staple thanks to its fresh island flavors. Large plates topped with mofongo, alcapurrias, and chicharrones de pollo give locals a taste of their Caribbean Island heritage.

El Bajareque is located at 278 NW 36th St, Miami, FL 33127

Yambo for casual Nicaraguan take-out food in Miami

Carne Asada with Queso Frito-Charbroiled marinated beef steak with coleslaw, pinto rice with fried cheese on styrofoam plate

The lights are always on at Yambo because there’s never a bad time to stuff your belly with one of the hearty Nicaraguan meals served here. So, whether you want to dine in the family-friendly daytime setting or bump shoulders with the after-party crowd out for a late-night meal, it’s a 24-hour Miami restaurant to satisfy your hunger at any hour.

Grab hunger by the horns in this rustic cowboy atmosphere, given a splash of color by the vibrant farm animal statues outside. The grill is always sizzling as you order one of the menu favorites—charbroiled marinated beef steak with a side of yuca and beer.

Yambo Restaurant is located at 1643 SW 1st St, Miami, FL 33135

Sanpocho Restaurant for Colombian food in Little Havana, Miami

You’ll get a chance to see if those Spanish lessons paid off when stopping by the family-run Sanpocho restaurant in Little Havana, serving traditional Colombian fare.

Because between the Spanish menu and the accents of the Colombian servers, the only thing a translator won’t be able to help with is interpreting how this Calle Ocho restaurant achieves such authentic flavors from Colombia.

Rhythmic Spanish music sets the atmosphere as you admire the walls filled with Colombian art and artisanal-style souvenirs while waiting in line to place your order.

The kitchen stays fired up on the weekends when it’s busiest with locals (Colombian and not) enjoying the desayuno sanpocho con huevos for breakfast or chicharrones con arroz y frijoles paired with the signature sangria Sanpocho during happy hour.

It’s a lovely no-frills spot for authentic Columbian food in Miami, with sizeable portions and outstanding service.

San Pocho Restaurant is located at 901 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130

Piman Bouk Bakery for traditional Haitian patties and baked goods

Haitian beef patty on white plate

The essence of Miami’s Little Haiti culminates in the Piman Bouk Bakery. This small bakery gives the locals a feeling of home where patrons can always look forward to delicious Haitian goodies baked daily.

Try favorites, including the pain Kreyol, the signature Haitian bread baked in-house every day, or classic desserts like, “pain pate,” the sweet potato pie, or the Haitian cornmeal drink, akasan.

Of course, you can’t walk out of the Piman Bouk Bakery without one of its signature Haitian patties with the juicy beef or tasty cod fish nearly bursting from the insides. An insider tip is to reach the bottom of your brown paper bag to scoop up all the flaky crumbs from the patty.

Piman Bouk Bakery is located at 46 NW 62nd St, Miami, FL 33138

Local Favorite Miami Places to Eat Mexican Food

Mi Rinconcito Mexicano in Little Havana, Miami

Mexican food combination platter with tacos, quesadilla, and flautas

We can’t seem to get enough of Mi Rinconcito Mexicano. Due to its’ Calle Ocho (Little Havana) location, parking can be challenging, but the hunt for this authentic Mexican restaurant in Miami is worth it!

Service isn’t exactly steadfast, but no matter the time of day, there is always a — primarily local — crowd. And there’s a reason for that: it’s simple, authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices. Service can range from attentive and pleasant, to attentively nonchalant. Don’t expect the servers to pretend to be your best friend, and you’ll be fine. The savory food is more than worth it!

Local Tip: Be sure to stop by the Panadería in the back, and pick up some freshly made bread and pastries to go. The combination platters are huge (pretty much samplers) and more than enough to share.

Mi Rinconcito Mexicano is located at 1961 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

El Rancho Grande Cocina Mexicana in North Beach

hot chicken fajita cast iron plate with red peppers and onions and other food on table

“Que rico!” “Delicioso!” Exclamations you’ll likely here coming from neighboring tables inside El Rancho Grande as you get a real-life Spanish lesson for what to say by the time your food arrives. This Mexican restaurant in Miami Beach has been a neighborhood staple since 1992 and has perfected everything on the menu.

The casual dining room will be filled with families, workers from nearby, or beachgoers ending their day at the beach, located only a block away.

Sip on refreshing margaritas while waiting on your food made-to-order. You will find authentic sweet elote, platanos, and tamales that warm your belly. Or stick to the classics like nachos and burritos.

El Rancho Grande Cocina Mexicana is located at 314 72nd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33141

Local Places to Eat in Miami: Where to Eat Peruvian Food

Salmon & Salmon for casual Peruvian food in Little Havana, Miami

Peruvian chicharron de pescado fried fish chunks with salsa criolla

Tucked away in West Flagler Salmon y Salmon, is a local Peruvian gem you won’t find in a tourist guide. It’s a cozy (less than ten tables), mom-and-pop style space with laid-back ambiance and décor, with a curb appeal leaving much to be desired. Service is extremely attentive, wait staff treats you as typical Latin abuelas (grandmas) do, making sure you’re well-fed and taken care of.

Known for its ceviches, the menu also includes lomo saltado, arroz chaufa, tacu tacu, and our personal favorites, the tomato base parihuela soup and chicharron de pescado (fried fish chunks).

It’s among the best Peruvian food in Miami: consistent, nice-sized portions, fresh and delicious. Be ready to wait outside for a table, especially during lunch, but the few minutes spent standing in the Miami Heat is certainly worth it for this spot.

Salmon & Salmon Restaurant is located at 2907 NW 7th St, Miami, FL 33125

Chalan on the Beach for the local favorite restaurant in Miami Beach for Peruvian food

Peruvian Chaufa rice on white place with chop sticks

Cozy and casual, this is a great spot to hit for some homemade Peruvian cuisine. It is a bit kitschy on the outside, but the service is exactly what you’d expect from a family-owned place: friendly, warm and attentive.

Their Latin fare is delicious and home-cooked. As you might expect, the menu is pretty meat-heavy, but they offer some delicious seafood options, as well as traditional Peruvian side dishes, such as fried cassava.

Walk to the beach and enjoy a stroll along the shore afterward to help digest your undoubtedly hearty meal.

Chalan on the Beach is located at 1580 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Miami Places to Eat Spanish Food

El Carajo International Tapas & Wine for tantalizing Spanish food & wine

Food and glass of red wine on a restaurant table

Check out this humble gas station ‘mini-mart’ for a glass of wine because you’ll be amazed once you’ve stepped inside El Carajo International Tapas & Wine.

What feels like walking into the BP storefront transforms into an oasis for wine-lovers with its vintage wood flooring, exposed wood beam roof, and shelves lined with wine creating one of the coolest restaurants in Miami.

What was once a humble gas station has since blossomed into a one-stop shop for international wines and tantalizing tapas.

Friendly sommeliers gladly share their favorite picks of more than 2,000 wines with inquiring visitors. Pair your favorite champagne, white wine, or red wines with tasty meat tapas or freshly baked bread from the bakery.

 Come for either lunch or dinner and enjoy their authentic Spanish fair.

El Carajo International Tapas and Wines is located at 2465 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33145

Madrid Tapas y Vinos for traditional Spanish tapas & live performances

various Spanish tapas food on table

Established by restauranteurs imported from Spain, Madrid Tapas y Vinos bring authentic flavors from the old country to Little Havana. But while the locals remember the former tapa restaurant on the same site, you’ll arrive at the revitalized location that brings in vibrant-colored flair reminiscent of the lively Spanish culture and a tasty menu coercing you to try it all.

The Spanish flag waves proudly outside the restaurant as you step into a contemporary space likely full of patrons set at tables large enough to fit multiple tapas dishes or a paella centerpiece. Enjoy evenings of live Spanish music while sampling favorite tapa dishes like calamari ink aioli, artesian-style Pan payes con tomate, and Spanish chistorra sausage paired with your choice of 100+ Spanish wines.

Madrid Tapas y Vinos is located at 525 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126

Essential Asian Food Experiences in Miami 

Sang’s Chinese Food & Dim Sum where locals go for dim sum in North Miami Beach

Dim Sum buns in two bamboo steamers

Send your taste buds on a journey to the Far East when you dine at Sang’s restaurant in North Miami Beach. Parking is abundant at the strip mall, housing the restaurant and plenty of tables to host its hungry patrons.

As if the menu full of dumpling options like pan-fried and steamed spinach, steamed pork buns, and sui mai don’t convince you that you’re getting some of the best Chinese food in Miami, perhaps it’s the golden dragons and decorative Chinese characters on the wall that might convince you that even the local Asian population can vouch for its authenticity.

Sim sum service is 11 am-4 pm on weekdays and 10:30 am-4 pm on the weekends.

Sang’s Chinese Food and Dim Sum is located at 1925 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33162

Panya Thai Restaurant for local favorite Thai food in North Miami Beach

Lobster dish on white plate with two sides of white rice

The white plates perfectly exhibit the myriad colors from the steaming food at Panya Thai restaurant—bronze peanut sauce-drenched chicken, green veggies, orange carrots, and yellow mini corn. The iconic Thai street food gets served right to you at this North Miami Beach restaurant.

Sitting in the dim-lit restaurant provides an intimate dining experience of Southeast Asia as multiple dishes cover the tabletop. Start with a papaya salad before reaching across the table to dip your crispy duck in the sweet sauce, then wash it all down with a refreshing glass of Thai iced tea.

Panya Thai Restaurant is located at 520 NE 167th St, Miami, FL 33162

Fun Places to Eat in Miami

Europa Café for the best gas station sandwiches in Miami

Sandwiches in case ready for order

Like most people, the first time pulling into Europa Café and Car Wash might be to fill up your gas tank at the Chevron or give your ride a new shine to cruise down Biscayne Blvd. But it’s time to eat like a local in Miami at the onsite café getting all the attention thanks to sandwich offerings served for any meal.

Step inside the updated café while waiting on your car to browse sandwich options presented as if an exhibition in the display case. Each mealtime gives a range of choices, like a ham and cheese croissant for breakfast, an oven-roasted turkey sandwich for lunch, and freshly-brewed coffee.

Europa Café is located at 6075 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

O’Munaciello for the best specialty pizza in Miami

Mama mia, the pizza is tasty at O’Munaciello! Forget about your corner pizza shop because this is one of the best pizza places to eat in Miami with its updated dine-in setting and brick-oven baked delights.

With the success of the original O’Munaciello in Florence, Italy, this Miami location is the second to open. It maintains the same flavors to save you a trip to Italy by importing specialty ingredients you won’t find in Florida.

A statue of a life-sized angel hovers overhead in the dining room, letting you know that the food is heavenly. Pizzas topped with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes sliced the same day, and the rich marinara sauce gives each bite a celebration of Italian heritage.

O’Munaciello is located at 6425 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

Clive’s Café for Jamaican food in Miami

Caribbean food on Styrofoam plates

Although it relocated from its original location in Wynwood, we can attest that the new Little Haiti location of Clive’s Café still delivers the same flavorful recipes that transport your tastebuds to Jamrock.

The pure white building housing Clive’s Café is nearly as white as the sandy shores in Jamaica. However, inside, you’ll be met with a burst of color that allude to the vibrant flavors you’re about to enjoy.

Thick-Jamaican accent workers take your order as you sip on a refreshing red stripe beer that locals know and love from their beloved island. It can be hard to choose between the tender goat curry, perfectly seasoned jerk chicken, succulent oxtails, and savory beef stew, but the kitchen is open till 11 pm if you’re craving seconds.

Clive’s Cafe is located at 5890 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

George’s Restaurant and Lounge for intimate Italian dining in North Beach

It’s pretty obvious how patrons walking into George’s restaurant and Lounge can greet the owner by his first name. However, the amazing part is that he returns the gesture with theirs! And with food as good as you’ll taste in his family-owned business, George’s restaurant is where to dine in Miami to feel like part of the family.

Since 2000, George’s Restaurant and Lounge has provided an intimate setting for getting a taste of Italy. Dine plein air on the curbside patio for homemade favorites, including ravioli di aragosta, carpaccio, and pollo Milanese panini, or grab a seat at the full bar to indulge in glasses of wine.

George’s Restaurant and Lounge is located at 300 72nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33141

WHISK Gourmet for food southern comfort soul food in South Miami

Whisk Gourmet restaurant in South Miami, Florida ribs on white plate

Forget about homestyle cooking because Whisk Gourmet turns southern classics into a gourmet dining experience. It’s not everywhere where you can find fried chicken and watermelon served in an upscale dining setting, and it’s only one of the many soul food comfort dishes you’ll find at this establishment.

As one of the essential food experiences in Miami, every plate brought over to your table is elegantly arranged—from juicy ribeye cooked-to-order shrimp and grits to pulled pork sandwiches perfectly stacked between the toasted buns. If the ‘itus’ hasn’t set in by the end of your meal, finish it with a slice of key lime pie.

WHISK Gourmet Food & Catering is located at 7382 SW 56th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143

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Awash Ethiopian Restaurant for a sampling of Ethiopian cuisine in Miami Gardens

Dining in at Awash in Miami Gardens is one of the best restaurants for groups in Miami. It introduces the traditional shared plate culture from Ethiopia to Miami as the only restaurant of its kind.

Awash opened to Miami’s culinary scene in 2017 with family recipes from founder Eka Wassel that have sparked a buzz for the African horn cuisines. It’s where you can eat, knowing that you’re tasting traditional Ethiopian spices that will indeed have you dancing in your seat to the traditional Ethiopian music playing over the restaurant speakers. And the best part is that each of its dishes is health-conscious, with vegan menu options available.

Awash Ethiopian Restaurant is located at 19934 NW 2nd Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33169

Kabobji for Middle Eastern cuisine in Miami

Middle Eastern steak bulgur wheat and onion on white plate

Looking for some authentic Middle Eastern cuisine while you’re in Miami? Kabobji, nestled in North Miami Beach, has you covered. We love the relaxed Lebanese dining style and the smell of fresh-baked bread that greets you as soon as you walk in the door.

They have numerous sharing platters, as is common with Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as classic dishes like lamb shawarma and chicken Tawouk, all slow-cooked to perfection and served with fluffy garlic paste. Not to mention, lots of delicious vegan and vegetarian options.

Every time we dine here we feel like we are at a friend’s house eating a homemade meal. Hands down one of the best Middle Eastern-style food in the area!

Kabobji is located at 3055 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Shiver’s BBQ for smoked barbecue in Homestead, Florida

The aromatic hickory-smoked scent hits your nostrils once you fling open the doors to Shiver’s BBQ in Homestead. But, don’t let the signature slow-smoked cooking style fool you because they get started way before you arrive so that its premium meats are cooked to perfection for fast service.

Since 1950, Shiver’s BBQ has been where to eat in Miami for the best barbecue. Its rustic interior is complete with long wooden tables that feel like an indoor picnic.

The metal plates are the only thing sturdy enough to hold the large meals of brisket, baby back ribs, pork, and other quality BBQ. Then, when you’re finished stuffing your face and licking your fingers, wash it all down with one of the choice draft beers.

Shiver’s BBQ is located at 28001 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL 33033

Caribbean Delite Restaurant for traditional Trinidadian roti

Trinidadian Roti in white parchment paper

Your take-out bag from the Caribbean Delite restaurant will be filled to capacity with food. It’s best to save this Trinidadian restaurant in Miami until you’re starving because you won’t want to miss a bite of the authentic Caribbean specialties prepared in this unassuming kitchen.

It takes true expertise to perfect the Trinidadian-style roti, and this restaurant provides the traditional paratha and dhalpourie options.

If the sounds of the reggae music and Caribbean-style shops surrounding the restaurant aren’t a hint that you’re in the right place, let your nose lead the way to the counter inside Caribbean Delite Restaurant to place your order.

Caribbean Delite Restaurant is located at 9491 SW 160th St, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Lagniappe Wine bar in Miami for a casual night out

Wine, food, and live jazz in a rustic, New Orleans-style hideaway? Sign us up. We love Lagniappe’s lively nights out, and I’m sure you will too. Most of the seating is outside, in an outdoor (mismatched furniture) backyard setting with a few tables inside. Immediately inside the front door is an impressive wine collection and a cooler featuring various meats and cheeses.

You pick your wine, customize your charcuterie tray, and they’ll prepare it, and bring it to your backyard table. There’s also a selection of barbecue fare if you’re in the mood for something a bit heartier. With a different live music selection every night and a relaxed vibe, it’s an ideal spot for friendly group gatherings.

Lagniappe is located at 3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Bonus: Best Places to Eat in Miami Brunch Spots

Biltmore Hotel for luxury brunch in Coral Gables

Biltmore Hotel Courtyard, Coral Gables, Florida

The Biltmore’s Sunday Brunch is worth the splurge, and it’s rated South Florida’s #1 brunch for a reason. Served in a lush outdoor setting fringed by palms and art deco fountains, the menu offers decadent fare, including caviar, smoked salmon, sushi, and an omelet bar.

Their pastries are house-made by their executive chef and are extremely addictive. Bottomless champagne and live music top of the experience and make the steep $120 per adult ($55 per child age 5-11) ticket worth it. Hands down one of the best places to eat in Miami!

Biltmore Hotel is located at 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Toro Toro for brunch in Downtown, Miami

Buffet brunch setup with various food on display

This downtown Miami restaurant is known for its sensuous atmosphere and top-notch Latin cuisine, but its Sunday bottomless brunch buffet is on another level.

The Toro Toro brunch offers a mind-boggling array of dishes, from classic Latin meat dishes cooked on a wood-fired grill, to fun brunch options like waffle pops and breakfast quesadillas.

It’s located inside the Intercontinental Hotel, with attentive service matching the upscale atmosphere.

For even more recommendations, check out our complete downtown Miami guide.

Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL

Pisco y Nazca for bottomless Brunch in Doral

tostones with pulled pork topped with avocado, salsa criolla, ají amarillo mojo on green plate

Named after two distinct cities in Peru, Pisco y Nazca brings its traditional flavors into a contemporary dining experience in downtown Doral. It’s a hotspot for locals on the weekends arriving to take advantage of the bottomless mimosas and curated 3-course prix fixe brunch that will keep anyone’s spirits high.

Enjoy the lovely Miami weather while dining on the outdoor patio, or eat indoors to peer into the open kitchen to see the magic cooking up right before your eyes. Grab a hand-made pisco sour at the bar and await your ceviche mixto to arrive to taste succulent octopus, calamari, shrimp, and fish.

Pisco y Nazca is located at 8551 NW 53 Street #A101, Doral, FL 33166

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Miami’s diversity offers a melting pot of restaurants across the city, serving authentic cultural dishes, fusion creations, and other specialties.

It’s hard to believe that such an eclectic mix of cultures can produce so many flavors, but it does!

Both locals and visitors in Miami will find themselves spoilt for choice when it comes to local food gems at some of the best places to eat in Miami.

From the Cuban cafeterias in Little Havana to Spanish wine, tacos bursting with juicy flavor, and fresh seafood in Miami Beach, if you’ve got a craving for something, you’re sure to find it in Miami.

Your turn! Don’t see your favorite local restaurants in Miami on the list? We’ll update this list regularly and are always looking for local hidden gem restaurants in Miami. So, share some of your essential places to eat in Miami with us in the comment section below.

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Stephen February 15, 2019 - 9:05 pm

These places are great. I love coyo taco and they deliver. You need to put bodega down! It has great tacos and a good scene back.

Coastlines to Skylines February 16, 2019 - 12:29 am

Thanks for reading. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! I love Bodega – great food and scene! The spots on this list are primarily inland locales, stay tuned for the other side of the Causeway edition. Now you’ll just have to come back to see if Bodega makes the Beach edition.?

Discover Bradenton September 3, 2019 - 9:15 pm

Wow! These places all look amazing. Can’t wait to head back down that way and check some of these hot spots out! Thank you for sharing.

Coastlines to Skylines September 4, 2019 - 10:24 pm

Thanks for reading! Scooping out local eateries is one of my favorite things to do in this city. I’d love to hear your feedback after trying one or two out.

Sharon May 30, 2023 - 5:16 pm

This is exactly the information I was looking for! Thanks!! We were visiting and love cuban cuisine. Heck we love cuisine. :). I want to try a couple of places if possible even though we are only here for a couple of days! Wish me luck!

Coastlines to Skylines June 7, 2023 - 11:25 pm

Hi Sharon, thank you for the feedback. We’re delighted you find the post helpful. There’s no shortage of new and familiar tastes to explore in Miami. We would love to hear about some of your favorite finds from your visit.


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