You may be surprised to find that a number of Miami’s most buzzed-about eateries are helmed by dynamic duos who happen to be significant others. Here are the details on four of these locales, and the dishes you should order when you dine on Valentine’s Day.
Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth are the culinary power couple behind Sunny Side Up Hospitality, the restaurant group that operates the acclaimed New York City eatery Root & Bone, and its Rio Grande, Puerto Rico offshoot. Their latest venture is Sunset Harbour’s Stiltsville Fish Bar. The neighborhood haunt was inspired by the couple’s shared love of simply prepared seafood as well as their connection to fishing and boating. Here, patrons can expect to find a colorful lineup of locally sourced eats and refreshing Key West-style libations.
McInnis and Booth suggest you try their big fish for two, a crispy whole yellowtail snapper dusted with key lime and drizzled with lemon-basil salsa verde. It’s one of the eatery’s signature dishes, and sharing it with your sweetheart during a Miami Beach sunset would be both romantic and delicious. 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 786-353-0477
The brainchild of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen and his wife Shannon, Grown Miami is a healthy fast-casual eatery serving up farm-to-fork cuisine. At the Pinecrest outpost—which is host to dine-in service as well as a drive-thru window—you’ll often see the couple, as they each play a role in running the day-to-day operations of the restaurant.
On Valentine’s Day, the Allens suggest you make a stop at Grown’s drive-thru and order the organic grilled salmon, which is served with a nutritious array of grilled vegetables. That way, you can enjoy a wholesome meal from the comfort of your own home. “I can’t think of a better expression of love than making sure everything on your plate is made with the intention to nurture and see your loved one thrive," Shannon says. 8211 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami, 305-663-4769
Situated within the Sacred Space Miami wellness campus in Wynwood, Plant Miami is focused on offering plant-based, organic cuisine inspired by the tropical environs of South Florida. With the help of partner Paradise Farms in Homestead, the restaurant incorporates seasonal and local produce as well as over 50 varieties of edible flowers. Heading the kitchen are Rivadero, the executive chef, and his wife, Manolizi, who dreams up a vibrant register of desserts as the pastry chef.
According to Manolizi, the flavor profiles of the passion fruit flan remind her a bit of her own relationship: delicate, yet passionate and intense. “The elderberry flower gives the dessert a [floral] touch, the flan is soft and smooth, and the passion fruit kicks in with its sweet and tart flavors, working together to evoke a sense of happiness on your palate,” she says. 105 NE 24th St., Miami, 305-814-5365
Located in Miami’s MiMo district, Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold put their own spin on traditional Vietnamese cuisine with their flavorful and bold menu at Phuc Yea. Built in the former Sir Williams Hotel, the eatery is separated into three area including a lobby lounge, a speakeasy-esque dining room, and the Latern Garden, making it the perfect destination for every type of date night.
For Valentine’s Day, the couple suggests ordering their crab and pomelo salad, which features avocado, hearts of palm, and a soy ginger vinaigrette before moving onto entrées perfect for the romantic holiday such as a porterhouse for two with truffled ponzu, sweet potato chips, and fresh herbs or their PY noodles fancy including sous vide egg and caviar. 7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-494-0609