Miami Beach restaurants have one thing in common: They all serve seafood. And while it’s hard to ever get enough fresh ceviche and seared octopus to satisfy the palate, everyone can use a little variety sometimes. Luckily, some Miami Beach restaurants are dishing out eats as unique as the many cultures that call South Florida home. Here are three hot restaurants that go beyond seafood, offering Israeli-Latin, Southern, and modern Asian cuisines.
It’s easy to forget that Florida, with its diverse melting pot of flavors, is located within the southern United States. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar honors that geographical reality and offers elevated takes on regional classics such as grits and cornbread (both stuffed with Vermont cheddar cheese) and butter-honey biscuits topped with smoked brisket, tomato jam, and house-made BBQ sauce. The decor is country chic, so expect to see lamps made out of Mason jars, hand-written chalkboard signs, and even reclaimed barnyard wood used throughout the rustic restaurant. After ending your meal with mandatory deep-fried Oreos, you’ll definitely leave Yardbird whistling “Dixie.”
Gastropubs are usually known for greasy fish and chips, but Pubbelly takes gastropub cuisine to a whole other level—a level on par with some of the most inventive, modern Asian-inspired cuisine this side of the Pacific. Belly up to the friendly bar and let Chef Jose Mendin, a two-time James Beard Award nominee, take you on a journey. Sample cross-cultural dishes like shortrib gyozas (dumplings) with black truffle, white corn soy, and Parmesan—or duck confit ravioli with pumpkin foam, almonds, and soy brown butter. You’ll want to try everything, so save yourself the heartache and bring along lots of friends who can help you handle the menu…and finish that big slab of yuzu key lime pie you ordered.
Eating at 27, the Freehand Hostel’s restaurant, is like pulling a chair up to your bubbie’s kitchen table—if your bubbie were a gourmet chef, that is. This Israeli-Latin fusion restaurant is located in a historic home across from the hip hostel’s swimming pool. Sit at one of the communal tables and start your meal with a refreshing kale salad. The leaves are massaged with a yogurt-tahini dressing and topped with crispy chickpeas. Keep the crunch going with an order of latkes, which come with classic sour cream and modern pickled apple relish. For your main, don’t pass on Israel’s signature dish, shakshuka: two eggs are baked in a spicy tomato sauce and served alongside crusty bread for dipping. Wash everything down with a craft take on time-honored Kosher wine—Elad’s Manischewitz is a frothy concoction made with malbec, sherry, blackberry shrub, black walnut bitters, and egg whites. L’chaim!