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Best Of The NBRHD: Brickell & Downtown Miami

Where To Order In Miami

February 22, 2021 Patricia Azze
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Brickell and Downtown Miami are some of the most densely populated areas in Miami, which means there are a lot of hungry people who live, work, and play in the area. You can find just about anything you can think of in this restaurant-laden part of the city – from casual eateries serving the daytime population to more elegant restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio

La Mar by Gaston Acurio, located inside the glam Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key, serves contemporary, high-end Peruvian cuisine with a heavy slant towards decadent seafood – and it’s all just steps away from sparkling Biscayne Bay. Whether you’re in the mood for something traditional or ready to experiment with a bit of fusion, this restaurant is a go-to for seasoned eaters with discretionary taste buds. For many, the Ceviche Bar is the preferred way to dive into the fresh seafood selection at La Mar as they offer more than fifteen different kinds of signature ceviches. The menu also extends into more Peruvian favorites and quality meat-focused dishes. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this Brickell staple.

Quinoa Caprese | Courtesy of La Mar by Gaston Acurio, photo by Michael Pisarri

Stanzione 87

This modern pizzeria is run by a very stylish young couple, both born and raised in Miami. But that doesn’t stop them from serving a menu of old-school Neopolitan classics. At this wood-fired pizzeria, each individually-sized pie is made right before your eyes in a disco ball-inspired oven. The pizza dough is fermented for 72 hours, adding flavor and texture to each pie, and the mozzarella is made by hand every morning. Regulars know that the chopped salad is a secret star on the menu and the perfect way to balance a pizza-centric meal. And not to be missed is their wine menu – over the past few years, they’ve curated one of the most exciting natural wine menus in the city.

Soya e Pomodoro

One of the most enchanting restaurants in all of Miami, the very romantic Soya e Pomodoro will transport you to Italy, not just by way of the ambiance as it’s located in a historic building, but with every bite you take of their food. The house-made pasta is a must-have, whether you’re in the mood for a bolognese made with sirloin beef ragu or a fresh pear and cheese stuffed pasta with baby shrimp in a ricotta sauce. Then, you can move onto the prime course and dig into an elegant plating of Italian mains. Enjoy the live music on-site or get it delivered and pair it with a playlist at home to set the mood.

Photo courtesy of Soya e Pomodoro

Almalibre Acai House

This health food joint, known for its acai bowls and smoothies, has a handful of locations spread around Spain (Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, and more). For their first stateside outpost, they chose Miami. Located right off the bay between the Frost Museum of Science and the Perez Art Museum Miami, this spot is the perfect place to load up on superfoods like acai bowls, wraps, and more while you museum hop. The menu features nutrient-dense ingredients like pumpkin seeds, acai, hemp seeds, and more that can be mixed together in a combination of your choice or you can go with one of their pre-crafted bowl mixes. For a more substantial meal, try their organic pizza or veggie burger. Gluten-free eaters will rejoice when they see the selection of pastas available with a range of sauces.

B Bistro + Bakery

If you have a sweet tooth, B Bistro + Bakery won’t let you down. Scratch your itch with something simple like a plain croissant, baked to flaky, buttery perfection, or try something new and let them surprise you with an experimental signature creation like a charcoal or strawberry and goat cheese croissant. Cakes, macaroons, and more confectionery delights are available depending on what inspires the kitchen that day. Pair your sugary treat with a soup, salad, sandwich, or tartine. Join them for breakfast, lunch, or a coffee break in their airy, sun-filled space or have your baked goods and more delivered right to you – either way, be sure to order a few extras for later, you’ll be glad you did.

Photo courtesy of B Bistro + Bakery

Gyu-Kaku

When it comes to cuisine, the Japanese are as skilled at BBQ as they are in the art of raw fish. At Gyu-Kaku, a Japanese spot in the center of Brickell, the specialty is Yakiniku (meaning “grilled meat”), a style of barbecue where customers grill their own meats at their tables, accompanied by delicious sides. If you aren’t feeling like getting hands-on with your meal, order from their menu by going down a list of proteins including Yaki-Shabu Beef, Harami skirt steak, pork belly, or shrimp, and then select your sides to round out your meal. Other specialties include gyoza, bowls, noodles, kids, and family meals.

Photo courtesy of Gyu-Kaku

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