Since school is out and summer is in full swing, we can’t help but daydream about the nostalgic treats that we enjoyed during childhood. In honor of the season, we’ve rounded up six dishes that will bring you back bite after bite.
Any day off from school deserves a celebration, and this summer, Executive Chef Julia Doyne is baking an off-the-menu delight that’s reminiscent of funfetti cake with frosting. Once you dig into this decadent dessert, you’ll be transported back to all of the birthday parties of the past, complete with piñatas, candy, and pin the tail on the donkey. 432 41st St., Miami Beach, 305-538-8533
Billed as Miami’s premier vegetarian gastropub, Soul Tavern is serving up plant-based comfort foods as well as cold pressed juices and Chinese herbal elixirs in a super chic setting within Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood. In lieu of conventional French fries, the menu offers pan fried yucca and spicy green tomato with banana ketchup, which tastes just as good as it sounds. 1801 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-925-0799
The quintessential dish that every kid craves is macaroni and cheese, hands down. Although this childhood favorite traditionally comes from a box, the version that Brickell’s American Social offers is a bit more refined, as it’s made with Vermont cheddar and gruyere, and topped with bread crumbs. You can take things a step further by adding braised chicken, shrimp, or short rib. 690 SW 1st Ct., Miami, 305-570-4468
The saccharine taste of cotton candy is one that is difficult to forget. Most often accompanied by too many rides on the ferris wheel (and just as many cavities), it’s something that most adults have not enjoyed in years. The cocktail connoisseurs at French-Mediterranean haunt Villa Azur have dreamed up a St. Germain-based concoction that is topped with the fluffy treat. Both Instagrammable and delectable, this beverage is something you don’t see every day. 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, 305-763-8688
Although you may question its ingredients today, protein-packed beef jerky was usually the sole gas station treat that you could convince your parents to buy. Thai comfort food hot spot, NaiYaRa, has upped the ante on the salty snack by adding coriander, nahm jim jao dipping sauce, and a side of Burmese sticky rice. As an appetizer or a side dish, it’s a must-order. 1854 Bay Road, Miami Beach, 786-275-6005
If you took a poll to discern the preferred sandwich among children, the probable favorite would be grilled cheese. For some, the simplicity of perfectly toasted bread and cheese is enough, and for others, grilled cheese is just the ideal counterpart to tomato soup. Regardless, Downtown Miami’s OTL is crafting sandwiches fit for anyone who adores the classic combination. Made with Zak the Baker sourdough bread and date preserves, this new take on the original comes with crunchy plantain chips for a Miami twist. 160 NE 40th St., Miami, 786-953-7620