Where to Eat in Miami, According to a Local
The south Florida city is a hub of Art Deco design, nightlife hot spots, and Cuban flavor, so it’s no wonder so many songs have been written about it. Andrew Kaplan, Miami local and Rach’s director of special projects, unpacks his favorite sights.
"You can't leave Miami without some local jet fuel," says Kaplan. This small-batch coffee roaster (above) is the city's most notable java brand.
"I used to visit Miami for my Burger Bash event, and it opened my eyes to the city's culture, the food, the music. It's a world-class city that feels like a cozy hometown."—Rach
The best sandwich in town isn't Cuban—it's French, says Kaplan. Since 1988, this chainlet (above) has doled out sammies such as saucisson and brie as well as country pâté. "Don't forget to ask for French vinaigrette on your sandwich—trust me!" he says.
Ball & Chain
Go to this Calle Ocho bar for "drinks, dancing, and live music from a pineapple-shaped stage," says Kaplan. Expect Latin bites, like the ceviche (below), and a soundtrack of salsa and jazz—a nod to when Billie Holiday and Chet Baker would perform there in the '50s.
The totopos at this underground taqueria in North Beach are one of the best appetizers in Miami. "They're basically a fresh, hot, thick, crispy, and kind of chewy tortilla chip—thank me later," says Kaplan. The tacos (below) are excellent, too. If you're feeling muy adventurous, try some filled with adobo-seasoned grasshoppers.
What to Do
Wynwood Art District
Take advantage of food vendors, film festivals, and dance parties at the Wynwood Yard, an open-air space in the Wynwood Art District. Cap off the day with a stroll to the Wynwood Walls, an outdoor street-art museum.
Where to Stay
The Betsy Hotel
Right on Ocean Drive, this quintessentially Miami resort exudes retro glamour in its two wings: One is decorated in colonial-chic style (a columned portico, plantation shutters), while the other is Art Deco (all brass fixtures and mirrored features).