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. 

Zak the Baker

The Story: What first started as a hobby and then an obsession with perfecting the art of rustic bread making, Expert/Baker Zak Stern opened his first brick and mortar spot, Zak the Baker in 2014 in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. His friends, neighbors, and fans, who used to have to line up bright and early at the Miami Farmer’s market for a chance at one of Zak’s sourdough, olive and Zaatar, cranberry and walnut, or Jewish Rye loaves, still do so happily at this community institution which employs a culturally diverse, and decidedly youthful staff of over 56 people who are fantastic representation of Miami’s vibrant food and arts scene. In 2017 the Zak’s became a certified Kosher deli, serving dishes that belie Zak’s Ashkenazi roots, feeling that Miami already has plenty of excellent Sephardic representation in its culinary scene: “For non-religious Jews, food is how we communicate.” 

What to Eat: Our Experts rave about Zak’s Kosher Corned Beef served on Corn Rye, the Salmon Reuben, and pastries like the glossy, flaky hand-formed croissants and beautifully marbled chocolate Babka. 

What to Drink: Espresso Drinks, Matcha Lattes, and Iced Tea. 

The Vibe: A vibrant neighborhood bakery where you’d feel comfortable bringing both the eldest and youngest in your crew and are likely to make new friends. You get the sense that people truly love working here and with each other, and that joyousness spills over into the atmosphere at Zak the Baker’s, making it a fabulous place to hang. 

When to Go: Open Sunday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., even after six years of operation the lines forming at Zak the Baker’s show no sign of slowing during peak hours, so for you Morning Birds, post up a bit early and make nice with your neighbors. 

Zak the Baker
Hot Spot
Wynwood, Miami
$$, Bakery, Breakfast
4 Recommendations

Momi Ramen

The Story: Momi gets shout outs again and again from our Experts as being the go-to spot for excellent ramen in Miami. Located in the Brickell neighborhood, their menu is short but sweet, with a few starters like the excellent BBQ Pork Belly Bao, seven varieties of soup like Beef Oxtail, Pig ear and Dumplings, or the Tan Dan Mian topped with Ground Pork Belly and a Soft Boiled Egg, and a nice selection of sides. 

What to Eat: Chef Aaron Brooks took the words right out of our mouths (but luckily not the ramen): “Good ramen is a tough find in Miami, and if you need a fix of super tasty broth with all the fixings, check out Momi. The menu is small but what they do, they do well. My favorite would have to be the pork belly ramen. The broth and noodles are on point, not too salty and with a fantastic depth of flavor. The pork belly melts in your mouth. If your appetite can manage a side, the mustard greens and bone marrow are two great choices.”

What to Drink: They have over 21 selections of Sake to choose from, ask your server what’s good. 

The Vibe: A contemporary, hip, and casual Ramen joint with communal seating and enthusiastic crowds. 

When to Go: Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., Momi Ramen is cash only and doesn’t take reservations, so plan accordingly. We recommend hitting them up either before or after a night of partying on the town, or when you’ve arrived to Miami late night and want a proper meal.

Momi Ramen
Hot Spot
Downtown Miami, Miami
$$, Outdoor Seating, Japanese
4 Recommendations

Fi'lia

The Story: Expert/Chef Michael Schwartz makes our Miami Required list yet again with, Fi'lia, located in the SLS Brickell hotel. Fi’lia serves classic Italian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with farm-to-table ingredients, handmade pasta, Caesar salads tossed tableside and wood-oven fired pizzas. 

What to Eat: For breakfast: go for their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote. For Lunch: The Charred Eggplant Spread with Toasted Ciabatta and a Tableside Caesar Salad. For Dinner: A Whole Wood Fire Oven Roasted Fish with Olive Salad and Lemon (serves two) and the Wood-Fired Beef Carpaccio Pizza with Sunchokes, Garlic Cream, and Mustard Vinaigrette. Or try the best of all menus during their Saturday and Sunday Brunches, and don’t forget the bottomless Bellini and Bloody Marys for $25. 

What to Drink: Italian imported varietal wines and craft cocktails. 

The Vibe: An upscale casual Italian eatery with an open kitchen. 

When to Go: They’re open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner service Monday through Thursday, until Midnight on Friday and Saturday, with Saturday and Sunday brunch. 

Fi'lia
Hot Spot
Downtown Miami, Miami
$$$$, Modern, Breakfast, Italian
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