On the Road: Miami Restaurants

Miami's reputation for dancing and music goes hand in hand with its spicy Latin cuisine. From Italian to Cuban to New American and Chinese, Miami casts a wide net to find the best, freshest flavors.

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Michael Symon and Scott Conant both loved the desserts at Michael’s Genuine (like homemade toaster pastries or the chocolate-packed Popcorn and Peanuts) on The Best Thing I Ever Ate. But for savory satisfaction, nothing quite compares to beloved brunch favorite the Roasted Double Yolk Egg with melted Gruyère.

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CVI.CHE 105

For the spicy side of Miami, Heat Seekers Aarón Sánchez and Roger Mooking headed to CVI.CHE 105 for Ceviche Anconero, a popular Peruvian dish made with corvina fish, octopus, calamari and a spicy blend of rocoto and chile peppers. 

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Tapas y Tintos

Rachael Ray's search for Miami nightlife led her to Tapas y Tintos, where diners revel in live music and flamenco dancing. For an authentic Spanish meal, order a small plate like shrimp sauteed in garlic or Rachael's pick of Tortilla Espanola, a traditional Spanish omelet made with potatoes and chorizo.

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Michy's

The bright colors inside Michy's serve as the perfect backdrop for Chef Michelle Bernstein's fresh take on New American and Peruvian cuisines. On Meat and Potatoes, Rahm Fama found a new favorite dish in Michy's short ribs that fall right off the bone. In the summer, locals swear by the fried chicken.

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11th Street Diner

Since 1992, locals looking for late-night food in South Beach have headed to the 11th Street Diner for specials like Argentinian steak. But Guy couldn't get enough of the flavor-packed pork chops with apples and raisins, calling the dish one of Triple D's greatest chops.

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Ola Restaurant

After discovering Ola's Fire and Ice Ceviche, Curtis Stone went back to eat it three more times. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, he gushed over the sliced cobia fish and Asian pear granita. Equally craveworthy? The lobster empanadas made with an unusual ingredient: squid ink.

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Area 31 at Epic Hotel

Area 31, set inside the eco-minded Epic Hotel, gets its name from the sustainable fishing area in Florida where Rachael witnessed a sea-to-table meal firsthand. One recent menu included everything from shrimp ceviche to swordfish crudo.

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Aunt I's

For a bite of Jamaican heat, Aarón Sánchez and Roger Mooking trekked to Aunt I's, named by the owner's late mother, who knew "how to make a wicked jerk chicken." The recipe uses fiery Scotch bonnet peppers and allspice rub in every crevice. But the key to the popular oxtail stew remains a secret.

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Icebox Café

It's hard to choose a treat at this popular sweet shop. On $40 a Day, Rachael satisfied her sweet tooth with the peanut butter chocolate ice cream cake from Icebox. The Chocolate Delight (formerly The Bomb) has been called Oprah's absolute favorite. But for a true Floridian bite, locals know it's all about the creamy, deep-dish Key lime pie.

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Joe's Stone Crab

Since 1913, Joe's has delivered stone crab claws with a simple yet oh-so-tasty chilled mustard sauce. They're so good that Bobby called them his obsession on The Best Thing I Ever Ate. For a tangy finale, try Joe's Original Homemade Key Lime Pie.

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La Camaronera Restaurant & Fish Market

Since 1976, La Camaronera has served and sold fresh seafood the Little Havana way. On Triple D, Guy learned that means that every lobster, shrimp and green plantain gets coated in golden batter and fried. For the best fish fry, locals order the signature Pan con Minuta snapper sandwich.

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Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant

A trip to Haiti inspired filmmaker Katherine Kean to open Tap Tap, a Haitian eatery with bright, colorful murals. On Triple D, Guy devoured Chef Gary Sanon-Jules' tender Kurobuta pork griot and the malanga fritters with the not-so-Haitian watercress sauce.

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