Although we haven’t yet enjoyed reprieve from the constant rain and humidity, summer has officially said farewell. To welcome the new season, we’ve rounded up a list of the best fall-inspired dishes to try at some of the Magic City’s best eateries.
Situated in the posh SLS Brickell hotel, Fi’lia is one of Michael Schwartz’ latest contributions to Miami’s dining scene. This Italian haunt offers comforting fare the likes of homemade pizzas, traditional chicken parmesan, and the ultimate cozy fall dish, a braised short rib crespelle. This decadent entrée is made with a French crepe-like base stuffed with short rib, and is topped with melted béchamel, tallegio, and fontina cheeses. Pro tip: visit on a Thursday or Friday, when you can head up to SAAM lounge after dinner for live jazz music. 1300 S. Miami Ave., 305-239-1350
Garnering its moniker from Merrick, as in George Merrick, who planned and built Coral Gables, M House is a welcome addition to the neighborhood’s culinary hotbed. The space, designed by Miami-based firm Sanchez+Coleman Studio, is a whimsical ode to the coastal European landscape for which the menu was inspired. While the eye-catching design details will impress you—think floating greenery, chic green-and-white flooring, and retro light fixtures—standout dishes such as the hearty grano arso tagliatelle will keep you coming back for more. 2524 S. Le Jeune Rd., 786-369-5155
Dedicated foodies and design fiends alike will be delighted upon visiting Three at Wynwood Arcade. The trio of outlets—beyond the restaurant, there’s a cooking school and a rooftop bar—was envisioned by chef Norman van Aken, who’s celebrated for fusing Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African, and American cuisines. This fall, the prix fixe tasting menu features grilled pompano a la Veracruzana and is served with chanterelle mushrooms and pork belly tamale. 50 NW 24th St. #101, 305-748-4540
If the lush garden wall enveloping Coral Gables’ Zucca restaurant doesn’t draw you in, the mouthwatering register of authentic Milanese cuisine is pretty much guaranteed to do the trick. Led by chef Simone Mua, who relocated stateside from Italy less than a decade ago, menu highlights include mushroom risotto, spaghetti alla carbonara, and the addictive fiori di zucca, made from lightly fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with mozzarella or ricotta cheese and lemon zest. 162 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables, 786-580-3731
Serving up an innovative take on Latin American eats and cocktails, simply put, Obra Kitchen Table is just what Brickell needed. With renowned Venezuelan chef Carlos Garcia at the helm—he’s often seen interacting with guests from his open-kitchen’s wrap-around counter— the menu is filled with dishes that are both artfully prepared and delicious. When you go, order the succulent roasted chicken, which is served atop yucca and thick cut bacon. 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-846-9363
Acclaimed for crafting some of the best Mexican eats in Miami, South Beach’s Lolo’s Surf Cantina just went next level with the inclusion of roasted heirloom cauliflower tacos to its already tantalizing menu. Topped with queso fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds, this dish is best served alongside an ice-cold cerveza. 161 Ocean Dr., 305-735-6973
Photography by: Photography courtesy Patrick Dolande