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. 

El Palacio de Los Jugos

The Story: We all know Miami is a mecca for Cuban food, and El Palacio De Los Jugos is one of the OG places to get your fix. Established in 1977 by owners Reinaldo and Apolonia Bermudez, this open-air market and restaurant has since become a living legend, recognizable by its iconic red and yellow awning, and known for its perennially warm service. They take pride in preparing traditional, home-cooked Cuban recipes and of course, as the name implies, the freshest tropical juices. 

What to Eat: Expert/Chef Jarrod Verbiak sums it up nicely: “Chicharones at El Palacio de los Jugos are very crispy on one side, like over-cooked bacon, and tender on the other side. The taste is very salty and savory at the same time. They are excellent with frijoles negros and sweet maduros.” Their big variety of Cuban Sandwiches also get high marks from our Experts, especially “El Cubano” and “La Media Noche.” 

What to Drink: Freshly pressed tropical juices like Watermelon, Soursop, or Guava. 

The Vibe: Just like Miami, the restaurant is hot, colorful, and at peak times a bit crowded, but with its an open air structure and outdoor patio even on the most humid of days, you’ll still have room to breathe. 

When to Go: Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and until 8 p.m. on Sundays El Palacio De Los Jugos is the perfect place to fortify yourself before a day at the beach, or go for refreshment on your way back.  

Harry's Pizzeria

The Story: Harry's Pizzeria is Chef Michael Schwartz's neighborhood American pizzeria. First opened in 2011, Harry's serves up wood-fired Neopolitan style pizzas with an emphasis on seasonal produce and ethically raised meats. There’s two locations in Miami, one in Coconut Grove and another in the Design District, so you should have plenty of opportunities to swing by. 

What to Eat: Our Experts say that the Shortrib Pizza with Gruyere, Caramelized Onion, and Arugula has rightfully earned its place on many “best pizza in the country” lists. They also recommend the Rock Shrimp with Roasted Lemon, Manchego and Cilantro. The Polenta Fries, which come stacked like Jenga pieces, are also a tasty choice to share with your table. 

What to Drink: Craft domestic beers and imported Italian wine varietals. 

The Vibe: Casual and family-friendly, perfect for an afternoon snack or an informal meal out. 

When to Go: They’re open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and until Midnight Thursday through Saturday.

Harry's Pizzeria
Hot Spot
Little Haiti, Miami
$$, Outdoor Seating, Pizza
3 Recommendations

La Camaronera

The Story: La Camaronera, is an iconic little seafood market and eatery, offering fresh, delicious seafood that the locals have been flocking to for decades. This in and out, cash only, no frills spot is all thanks to the Garcia brothers, who were born into a family of fishermen in the province of Las Villas, Cuba. As the story goes, the 11 brothers helped their father by learning the trade of fishing - everything from catching to cleaning – in order to support their family. In 1964, with Cuba in the grips of Castro's Communist regime, and their business confiscated by the government, and the first of the brothers Garcia headed to Miami to start a new life. The others would eventually follow. As was the case for so many other Cuban exiles, their early years were lean years. Day and night, the brothers worked and fished for local companies with a single goal in mind: to save enough money to start their own seafood business in Miami. That dream became reality in 1966 when Garcia Brothers Seafood was established. Initially a fresh fish market, processing plant, and wholesaler, the Garcias saw their business thrive thanks to their fresh product, hard work, and dedication. In 1976, the brothers decided to equip their fish market with deep fryers and u-shaped counters so that they could serve their daily catch. 

What to Eat: Our Experts are all about the Battered and Fried Shrimp served with Tartar Sauce and a spicy Cuban Sauce. Or go for the Lobster Sandwich served on a soft Cuban style roll. 

What to Drink: Tropical soft drinks and craft beers on tap. 

The Vibe: A clean, slightly industrial fish shop, offering counter service and a casual atmosphere. 

When to Go: Open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m., and Sunday until 4 p.m. be sure to sneak a trip to La Camaronera in while in town. 

La Camaronera
Hot Spot
West Little Havana, Miami
$$, Seafood
4 Recommendations
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