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. 

Sakaya Kitchen

The Story: You may recognize Sakaya Kitchen from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Recommended by Guy Fieri and our Experts, this Asian Funk Fusion spot is innovative and fun. Everything is made in house, from the cured meats to the pickled vegetables. 

What to Eat: Our Experts say to go for the  Korean Fried Chicken Wings or the K-Dog: a Nathan's All Beef Hotdog smothered in House-Made Kimchi Slaw, House-Made Mustard and Crispy Tater Tots. Upgrade the classic tots to the Korean Spicy version and add a side of Ginger Brussels Sprouts (hey, as with most things in life, it’s all about balance.) They also have a great selection of vegan and vegetarian options. 

What to Drink: Asian and domestic beer and wine. 

The Vibe: A chill Korean hang spot, great for a snack or full meal before or during a night on the town, or after your mid morning jog. 

When to Go: They’re open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Sakaya Kitchen
Hot Spot
Wynwood, Miami
$$, Outdoor Seating, Asian
3 Recommendations

Beaker & Gray

The Story: Another excellent Wynwood eatery, Beaker & Gray is a collaboration between Expert/Chef Brian Nasajon and Expert/Bar Manager Ben Potts. The half bar, half restaurant is known for their internationally inspired small and large plates and their elaborate cocktail program.

What to Eat: The Wagyu Cheeseburger Croquettes with Ají Amarillo and Bacon, Green Papaya Salad with Coconut Crunch and Spiced Peanuts, and Paella with Saffron Butter, Chorizo, and Key West Pink Shrimp all get high marks from our Experts. 

What to Drink: Their clever take on the Miami classic Cuba Libre, called the “Woke-a-Cola” with Santa Teresa 1796 Rum, Banks 7 Golden Age Rum, Amaro di Angostura, House Cola Syrup and Blackstrap Bitters is a must try. 

The Vibe: An intimate cocktail lounge and eatery, perfect for date night or a casual yet hip dinner with clients. 

When to Go: Open daily from noon to 2 a.m. Monday though Friday, and Brunch starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and Happy Hour with $7 cocktails and small plates Monday to Friday from 4 - 7 p.m. and Sunday to Thursday from 11 p.m. - 2 a.m., you should have plenty of opportunity to swing by Beaker and Grey while in Miami. 

Beaker & Gray
Hot Spot
Wynwood, Miami
$$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Modern, Full Bar, New American, Cocktail
3 Recommendations

Blue Collar

The Story: In keeping with his “Fancy/Plain” concept at Mignonette, Expert/Chef Daniel Serfer brings classic American Diner food into the 21st Century with his popular breakfast, brunch and dinner spot Blue Collar. 

What to Eat: Choose from one of their daily specials in the Ribs, Braise, and Parm category. They are also surprisingly vegetarian friendly, making sure to feature plenty of locally sourced produce on their menu with a litany of veggie sides. Our Experts particularly love Blue Collar for Saturday and Sunday Brunch, where The Breakfast “Sandwich”- Two Eggs Over Easy, with Bacon, Cheddar, and Garlic Aioli sandwiched between two Potato Latkes is the reigning Queen of their hearts. 

What to Drink: Domestic Beer and Wine. 

The Vibe: A contemporary, casual diner with blackboard specials and an open kitchen. 

When to Go: Brunch on Saturday and Sunday runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Breakfast and Lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Dinner nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. They don’t take reservations, but we’re told the line, when there is one moves fast, in true diner style. 

Blue Collar
Hot Spot
Upper East Side, Miami
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Modern, American
3 Recommendations
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