Miami: 5 of the Best Places to Eat

We need a holiday. We bet you do too. March has arrived and with it the promise of spring and warmer days to come. But we’re impatient gals here at THL and we need some serious sunshine stat. So where would we go if we had the time off and the air miles? The sunshine state obviously! Sandy beaches, art deco vibes and cerulean skies. Just a few of the things we love about Miami. Whether you’re heading to Wynwood to check out the art galleries, or making your way to Aventura for some retail therapy make sure you make time for some good eats. Here are 5 of our top Miami eateries: Zuma If you feel like splashing out head down to Brickell and the Epic hotel. Housed inside is the modern Japanese restaurant Zuma. Yes it’s pricey, and sure the clientele can sometimes be a little ‘affected’, but you’re not coming here to gaze at leggy models. You’ve come for crisp tempura grouper spiked with fresh chilli and robata grilled nuggets of sweetcorn drenched in shiso butter. The signature black cod in miso is meltingly good and we could wax lyrical about the quality of the sushi; the spicy yellowtail roll with serrano pepper and wasabi mayo is a must. You can’t leave without dessert; that would be rude, so we recommend the key lime pie. A Floridian specialty, the refreshingly tart sour cream ice-cream cuts through the rich lime custard. image1 copy image2 Mandolin This Design District eaterie is one of our absolute favourites. On a balmy Miami evening there are few places we’d rather be than the back garden setting of Mandolin sipping a chilled white and noshing on humous and pitta. Its super casual setting puts you at ease and you feel like you’re dining with family and friends. The food isn’t bad either. We always kick-off with the Greek sampler of cool tzatziki, coral-tinged tarma and smooth eggplant. Little paper bags of piping hot bread accompany the dips so you can scoop out every last bit. You can’t go wrong with their lamb chops or shrimp with feta & tomato, and if you’re really craving comfort food then tuck into the village pasta. image4 copy image3 image1 Houstons Part of the Hillstones group, Houstons is a north Miami beach staple. Long waiting times aren’t uncommon on weekends and over the holidays and that’s in large part due to the consistently great food. If you do find yourself in a queue grab a space at the bar and order their famous spinach and cheese dip to tide you over. The menu isn’t vast but it includes crowd favourites like the seriously savoury Hawaiian glazed rib-eye, seared tuna, and one of the best cheeseburgers we’ve ever eaten. The dessert menu features a hot fudge sundae with a jug, yes a jug, of hot fudge. We’d stand in an hour-long queue just for that. image2 copy image3 copy The Palm You can’t come to the States and not head to a traditional steak house. The Palm is about as traditional as you get, with waiters in starched whites advising on the merits of a rib-eye over a sirloin and big carby baskets of fresh bread. This is not where you go for uber modern fusion fare or sleek surroundings – it’s where you head for jumbo shrimp cocktail with fiery horseradish, chicken parm blanketed in melted cheese, or a bone-in rib-eye with a wedge salad on the side. Because we all need our greens. image2 copy 2 Jaxsons Dessert’s always been our favourite meal of the day, and when we need a frozen fix we head to the best old-fashioned ice cream parlour around! Whether it’s a parfait, milkshake, float or sundae Jaxson’s has you covered. If you’re feeling particularly bullish you could take on the kitchen sink; infinite mounds of ice-cream drenched in endless toppings and served in an actual kitchen sink. Or, like us, you could stick with the hot fudge sundae. Sometimes the simple things are the best. Happy eating! Jodie Large-2

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