The Required: Miami

The Required: Miami

A definitive guide to Miami's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 18, 2020
The Required: Miami

The Required: Miami

A definitive guide to Miami's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 18, 2020

Miami welcome to the Required Club. 

The Required is our expert version of a "best list," comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 5,000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more — no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip — or just to be sure you've checked all the boxes on your home turf. 

Mignonette

The Story: Expert/Chef Daniel Serfer is a Miami native known for his ability to oscillate between casual American comfort food and fine dining elegance. Located in the Edgewater neighborhood, Mignonette focuses on raw oysters and fabulous seafood dishes.  

What to Eat: Mignonette's menu plays with the concepts "plain" and "fancy" -  if you're feeling low key order the “plain”  Blue Collar Seafood Tower, which includes a dozen oysters, six clams, shrimp and crab cocktail for $70. For $100 you can be “fancy” and have all of the above plus half a Maine lobster and a half-pound of King Crab Legs - our Experts call the latter a seafood tower “for a boss.” Dishes like Crispy Boudin Blanc Balls, and a Double Thick Porkchop with Dirty Rice show some major New Orleans love. 

What to Drink: Craft beer and imported and domestic wine varietals. 

The Vibe: Located in a converted 1930’s gas station, the atmosphere is Old Florida meets New Orleans. In other words: heaven. 

When to Go: If you’re feeling “plain” make sure to check out their Happy Hour deals at the bar Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. If you’re feeling “fancy” go ahead and make a dinner, lunch, or weekend brunch reservation.

Mignonette
Hot Spot
Edgewater, Miami
$$$, Happy Hour, Seafood
6 Recommendations

Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill

The Story: Located on the border of two of Miami's hottest neighborhoods– the Design District and the Wynwood– Sugarcane Raw Bar is a Miami hotspot for good reason: Expert/Chef Tim Balloo draws his inspiration from a mash-up of the Latin, Caribbean, and Asian cultures that help make Miami’s culture so vibrant. 

What to Eat: Expert/Chef Aaron Brooks raves about the Grilled Octopus with Ají Pancha: “ I’m a sucker for octopus, but it has to be done well. Timon nails it. I like my spice, especially Peruvian anticucho, and this dish has all that: perfectly braised, grilled octopus off the robata, topped with a phenomenal red pepper sauce. The balance of salty and sour with heat and barbecue make this dish an absolute winner." Chef/Expert Sean Brasel is all about the Roasted Bone Marrow: “Timon combines oxtail marmalade and bone marrow to make a complete heaven of richness, between the fat in the bone marrow and the tang from the marmalade, this is truly a palate pleaser." Don’t forget to check out the raw bar aspects of the menu with ceviches, crudos, and oysters on the half shell. 

What to Drink: You’ll rarely be in such close proximity to so many truly fine rums in the United States as you will be while in Miami. Go for one of Sugarcane’s rum tasting flights, or their Negroni Boulevard featuring Diplomatico Mantuano rum. 

The Vibe: A hip, high ceilinged bistro with an irresistibly inviting back patio, Sugarcane is a great spot to kick it with friends or go on a casual yet impressive date. 

When to Go: Open daily, brunch through dinner, check their hours on the day you want to go, and keep in mind that reservations are always a good idea.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill
Hot Spot
Wynwood Art, Miami
$$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Full Bar, South American, New American, Asian
5 Recommendations

MC Kitchen

The Story: Located in Miami’s Little Haiti, and boasting hot takes on Italian classics, Expert/Chef Dena Marino of MC Kitchen’s refined touch comes in part from her three years spent under the tutelage of acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Michael Chiarello. 

What to Eat: Their menu changes with what’s best of the season, and you can always expect expertly made housemade pasta, oven-roasted fish, generous cuts of meat, as well as a litany of seasonal vegetable sides. Dishes like Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, Bucatini Cacio E Pepe with Toasted Garlic, Black Kale, Lemon, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, and the Whole Butterflied Branzino Al Forno, have our Experts coming back for “antipasti, primi, e segundi” time and again. 

What to Drink: They’ve got just about every offering in the eccentric and creative Dogfish Head microbrewery’s line up on draught, as well as a refreshing craft cocktail menu. They also have an excellent selection of Italian imports and domestic favorites in their wine cellar. 

The Vibe: A white linen service Italian restaurant, with clean, modern décor. This place is perfect for a business dinner or celebratory gathering. 

When to Go: Open lunch through dinner daily from noon on, you’ll want to check their website for their varied closing times, and while you’re at it, make reservations, especially for dinner.

MC Kitchen
Hot Spot
Little Haiti, Miami
$$$, Italian
6 Recommendations
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