Rijsttafel at Bali Cafe

With the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival upon us, the city will soon be brimming with tourists hungry for a taste of Miami’s savory, sweet and spicy offerings. But what about the smaller, less obvious eateries—the hidden gems that serve mouthwatering specialties better than your abuela could make? No worries, we’ve laid out a cornucopia of delights.


Bali Cafe 
Cuisine: Indonesian
What you’ll eat: Noodles and curries
Known for: Attracting an Indonesian and Filipino population from the visiting cruise ships
Cost: $10 to $20 per person
Ideal meal: Jasmine iced tea and rijsttafel (a variety of Indonesian dishes ideal for first timers)
Why it’s still under wraps: It’s behind a virtually hidden storefront in the NoBri district
109 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-358-5751

Clive’s Cafe
Cuisine: Jamaican
What you’ll eat: Traditional Caribbean comfort food
Known for: Being a local landmark
What you should know before you go: It’s cash only
Cost: $10 to $15 per person
Ideal meal: Curry shrimp, jerk chicken, rice and peas, plantains and Ting soda
Why it’s still under wraps: Food aficionados now just discovering its northern Wynwood nabe
2818 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-576-0277; clivescafe.com

Fratelli Milano
Cuisine: Italian
What you’ll eat: Food that’ll remind you of a traditional trattoria in Milan
Known for: Hearty Italian fare, great hospitality and unbelievably low prices
What you should know before you go: The space is small, so make reservations, go early or be patient. It’s worth the wait
Cost: $15 to $25 per person
Ideal meal: Fiocchi di pera e Taleggio (pasta stuffed with pear and Taleggio cheese) and tiramisu
Why it’s still under wraps: It’s located amid downtown’s newly developing residential scene
213 SE First St., 305-373-2300, Miami; ristorantefratellimilano.com

The Alibi 
Cuisine: Americana between two slices of bread
What you’ll eat: Comfort food
Known for: Hours until 5 AM and some of the best classic sandwiches in town
What you should know before you go: It’s hidden inside Lost Weekend, a large bar in the middle of South Beach
Cost: $10 per person
Ideal meal: Philly cheese steak, shrimp po-boy or Southern Star (pulled pork) sandwich with a side of fries topped with sea salt and Cheez Whiz
Why it’s still under wraps: Few would expect a Culinary Institute of America trained chef inside a bar serving up sumptuous guilty pleasures until dawn
218 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 305-674-3448; alibi.me

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