How much eating, boozing and partying can you handle in 28 hours? Miami’s ultimate foodie insider, Gio Gutierrez, takes us on a culinary crawl like no other.
Have you had breakfast yet? No? Perfect. Let’s pop over to All Day for a bite and a hit of caffeine—you’re going to need it. The “sammies” are epic. I’d go with the Runny & Everything—a yolky local egg on the most magnificent piece of bread known to man: a Zak the Baker everything brioche bun. This spot was voted the No. 1 coffee shop in Miami for good reason. Camila Ramos, a former competitive barista, serves the most potent cold brew in town.
Do like the locals and shimmy into some spandex because our next stop is Barry’s Bootcamp Midtown to get our sweat on with Gui, he of the amazing reggaeton playlist. All that moving will be rewarded with a post-workout smoothie, the Gui Is Nuts, made with almond butter, blueberries, almond milk, coconut flakes and cinnamon. One sip and you’ll be hooked. Oh, you didn’t realize we came to a gym to have breakfast dessert?
If you’ve lived in Miami for more than five minutes, you are an expert on the Cuban sandwich. There are hundreds of places to get one, but our current fave is Sanguich de Miami in Little Havana. Every ingredient, from the lechon (roast pork) to the pepinillos (pickles), is produced in-house. Before we go, let’s stop at la ventanita for an espresso with a thick coat of espumita. Don’t worry, you’ll pick up the lingo in no time.
The first artisanal doughnut shop in Miami is still the best artisanal doughnut shop in Miami. Salty Donut’s new location in South Miami couldn’t be more convenient. Let’s order the classics (brown butter and salt, guava and cheese) and also whatever seasonal flavors these fried-dough wizards have dreamed up. Then sit back and ask yourself: How many bites does it take to get to the center of a white chocolate tres leches doughnut?
Correct answer: It’s always happy hour in the Magic City. Now that we’ve had a quick siesta, we can sate those post-nap munchies at Ariete in Coconut Grove, where chef Michael Beltran serves up Cuban food gone rogue. And where happy hour technically begins... right now. Our go-to snacks are fritas and headcheese croquettes paired with a hand-shaken guava daiquiri. We could stay for dinner—Beltran’s short ribs are off the charts—but the sky is taking on that golden hue that tells us it’s time to catch the...
Hands down the best place to watch the sky turn all shades of pink at sunset is Amara at Paraiso. Wriggle your toes in the sand while indulging in some of the freshest seafood the Atlantic has to off er. The oysters, chilled shrimp with aji panca sauce and plantain chips with smoked fi sh dip are not to be missed. We’ll order two glasses of sparkling rosé, and before you know it you’ll have the perfect shot for the ’gram.
You are probably wondering why we came all the way up to Surfside. Once you step into Le Sirenuse Restaurant & Champagne Bar you’ll understand—and be happy you dressed to the nines. The outpost of the famed Amalfi Coast restaurant has the largest selection of Champagne and interiors that are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. It’s a fantasy world where the Cristal flows and the waiters look like models. Ready for dinner? We don’t have to go far.
The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller is perhaps the hardest reservation to score in town. And here we are at the prime dinner seating. For the next two hours, we will sink into a luxe velvet banquette, indulge in the best of high-end continental cuisine (oysters Rockefeller, beef Wellington, Dover sole meunière), and enjoy the soft tinkle of live music. Sit back and relax, because inside the Surf Club Restaurant there is quite possibly not a care in the world.
Did you think dinner was our last stop? Cute. You are in the city with arguably the best late-night scene. We are going dancing. First let’s pop over to Kaido, Brad Kilgore’s Japanese lounge in the Design District. Kilgore teamed up with cocktail guru Nico de Soto, whose drink menu pays homage to Japanese flavors and techniques. Think a shiso Negroni, jasmine gimlets and a full menu of hard-to-find Japanese whiskies.
The law of the land in South Beach is that you need to dance until 4 in the morning, so stop that yawning. All joking aside, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind burning a few calories. Our spots are Purdy Lounge, where the motto is “No attitude, no cover, no bullshit,” and Sweet Liberty, where the cocktails are insanely creative. Let’s order up two Dancing Queens (Absolut Elyx, Ancho Verde, pineapple) and a plate of cauliflower nachos for the table.
It wouldn’t be a Saturday night in Miami if we didn’t end up at a dive. Welcome to Gramps, the ultimate Wynwood watering hole. There is fun to be had in the main room, but we are going out to the patio for a late-night slice. That bright-yellow-and-red window is Pizza Tropical, where they serve the best Brooklyn-style slice south of Brooklyn. Try the Abuelita’s square pie, topped with homemade mozzarella, or La Hawaiiana, with char-grilled pineapple.
If you are in Miami on a Sunday, a decadent bottomless waterfront brunch is an absolute must. Our pick is a Brickell classic: The Edge, where they serve a killer Cubano Benedict with papitas fritas, succulent barbecue and the fluffiest ricotta pancakes. Trust us when we say that the food here can heal any headache. And if it doesn’t, order a frozen cocktail and grab a lounge chair in the shade. You’ll be ready to do this all again in no time.
Photography by: ALL DAY AND SANGUICH DE MIAMI PHOTOS BY GIO GUTIERREZ; BARRY’S BOOTCAMP PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY’S BOOTCAMP; THE SALTY DONUT PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SALTY DONUT; ARIETE PHOTO BY GIO GUTIERREZ; AMARA AT PARAISO PHOTO BY JACKIE SAYET; THE SURF CLUB PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SURF CLUB RESTAURANT; LE SIRENUSE PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FOUR SEASONS; KAIDO PHOTO BY GIO GUTIERREZ; SWEET LIBERTY PHOTOS COURTESY OF SWEET LIBERTY; GRAMPS PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAMPS; THE EDGE PHOTO BY GIO GUTIERREZ