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Let’s not sugarcoat it: summer sucks. But the silver linings—plentiful reservations, mangoes galore, and a built-in excuse to always wear breathable shorts—are there. Our highly specific Summer 25 is here to help you find them.

Let’s not sugarcoat it: summer sucks. But the silver linings—plentiful reservations, mangoes galore, and a built-in excuse to always wear breathable shorts—are there. Our highly specific Summer 25 is here to help you find them.

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The four-day work week may not be a reality, but mentally checking out at 12:45pm on a Friday remains a proud tradition under American capitalism. Next time you want to partake, set your Slack status to something cryptic and have one of the best sushi omakase meals under $100 in the Design District. - Ryan Pfeffer

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We’re not calling for an end to the smashburger craze (exactly), but it’s nice to have options. So when you’re tired of beef smashed so hard you’ll think it insulted the chef’s mother, try Coney Burger. The Little Havana spot’s champ burger has a big wagyu patty, thick tomato slice, and taking a bite requires the jaw flexibility of a python. - Ryan Pfeffer

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Who wants to spend a day at the zoo that’ll surely end in a tantrum? Bring the rugrats to Aguacate instead. This outdoor animal sanctuary has a juice bar and shaded cafe that serves great vegan food. Their petting zoo is every kid’s dream—you can let them run around with silkie chickens and wild bunnies until they're exhausted. - Virginia Otazo

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The wet look is making a comeback, but if you’re not interested in dining like a soaked hamster because you had to sprint two blocks through a thunderstorm, go to Walrus Rodeo. The (free) parking is feet from the door, so you can enjoy dinner while dry, sitting next to the people who missed their Boia De Resy notifications, and watching oven flames produce delicious pizza after delicious pizza. - Virginia Otazo

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Cold beverages become as essential as car insurance during Miami summers. And our top spot for a phenomenal chilly beverage is Hotline Boba. The little boba counter makes excellent Korean milk drinks and is also inside a great Asian market in case you need dumpling wrappers or frozen tteokbokki. - Ryan Pfeffer

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Up until now, Miami didn't have a ramen worth ruining your shoes in the rain. Dumplings Mi Amor’s silky shoyu ramen changed that. Everything in the steaming bowl is the antithesis of whatever is going on outside. It’s so good you’ll forget about those shoes. - Virginia Otazo

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So you’ve made a summer boat friend, but they’d rather fish than hang at the sandbar. Fine. Just ask them to dock at Black Point (if they actually catch something). The Cutler Bay spot still does the dying art of catch and cook. They’ll blacken, grill, fry, or sautee your snapper as long as it’s cleaned and fileted. - Virginia Otazo

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There’s no actual line at Apocalypse BBQ. It’s more like clumps of people meandering outside. They’re on a waitlist to eat one of the best burgers in town alongside other Miami-inspired barbecue like spare ribs slathered in cafecito rub. It’s all worth getting sweaty outside a rundown caddie shack in the middle of a Kendall golf course. - Virginia Otazo

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We all pictured ourselves sipping martinis and slicing hanger steak at the freshly reopened Sunny’s this summer. But the hellish gridlock of Miami construction had other plans, so let’s just have fun and eat big proteins at The New Schnitzel House, one of our favorite openings of the year. - Ryan Pfeffer

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It’s mango season, and Ghee makes use of its farm-grown mangoes via spicy mango habanero sauce, mango lassi, and multiple mango desserts. But if you see the mango cheesecake on the menu, order one for yourself, and (like that neighbor who put a fence around their mango tree) don’t share. - Virginia Otazo

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“Goddamn it’s cold in here today,” is an actual quote we heard from the manager at Fox’s. It’s exactly 68.2 degrees (we brought a thermometer). Turns out the darkest restaurant in Miami is also one of the coldest. So hide from the sun during Happy Hour, when the stiff martinis are $7 (and close the door before that beautiful AC escapes). - Virginia Otazo

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Key West is farther than you think. So satisfy the annual Floridian urge to escape to The Keys without getting stuck in hours of traffic by going to Alabama Jack's, a waterfront dive just barely in Key Largo. The beer is cheap, the conch fritters are massive, and the chance of spotting a manatee or gator is always there. - Ryan Pfeffer

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No disrespect to the beach sandwich, but we're a beach ceviche city (we’re trademarking the term beach-viche). And not only is Ceviches Peru Beach literally as close as possible to North Beach—but their ceviche mixto is packed with shrimp, mussels, octopus, fish, and a tart leche de tigre. It’ll make you thankful for the ocean you’re about to jump into. - Ryan Pfeffer

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The six extra months it took Tam Tam to open felt like getting stuck at a Brickell drawbridge during rush hour—multiplied by 500. But even though we got a taste of Tam Tam as a pop-up, their fish sauce caramel wings are so much better now that we can eat them after singing “My Neck, My Back” in the karaoke bathroom. - Virginia Otazo

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Perhaps you’ve given up hope of ever eating Boia De’s agnolotti. But now (actually, four days from now when that Resy notification dings) is your time to change that. Hit "reserve" within 12 seconds to claim the only table on August 18th at 5:45pm. The New Yorkers are gone, and you’re going to Boia De, damnit. - Virginia Otazo

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It's not that a bathing suit isn't acceptable in Miami's dreadful day clubs—but who wants to be there? So instead, embrace our sauna of a city by wearing a literal bathing suit to our greatest outdoor bar. Everyone at the Key Biscayne spot will just assume you've recently disembarked from a boat you don't actually own. - Ryan Pfeffer

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Emulate the otter, and try balancing one of Poke OG’s omakase takeout boxes on your belly while you eat it on a pool float. The box is secure and segmented, so your plump shrimp nigiri won't sink to the bottom of your dad’s pool. Makes us wonder—what else have otters been right about this whole time? - Ryan Pfeffer

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Do you know how good a restaurant has to be to get us to West Palm Beach? The city we’ve historically only traveled to for beloved grandmothers now has what just might be the best barbecue in the entire state. And their perfect little burger, gator sausage, and phenomenal cornbread are so worth spending quality time with I-95. - Ryan Pfeffer

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No matter how profusely you're sweating, the fine regulars at Shore To Door, the last holdout of hippie-era Coconut Grove, couldn’t care less. Come here to eat some of Miami’s best fried seafood while you embrace the sweat stain forming on your shirt that kind of looks like a smiley face. - Ryan Pfeffer

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Every year, Mandolin ups its shade game. That—combined with fans and big trees—create a canopy that even the rainforest would respect. So this quintessential Miami outdoor situation remains one of the most tolerable places to eat while the sun is out. - Ryan Pfeffer

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Most hotel pools have a level of security that rivals the secret service. But at the Freehand, no one will ever ask for a room number if you take a dip. The property also happens to be home to Miami Beach’s best dinner and drinks one-two-punch: Broken Shaker and 27. - Ryan Pfeffer

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At Kaiju, you can pretend it’s a rainy day in Tokyo instead of just another shitty one in Miami. The cocktail bar’s glowing space is like a bird’s nest, an ideal place to feel warm and protected. Each cocktail is named after a monster, so you can pretend the thunderstorm rumbling outside is Godzilla while you drink the cocktail named after him. - Ryan Pfeffer

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All cute wine bar moments must move inside while Lagniappe’s perpetually-slammed backyard is soggy. So have that date or lowkey birthday bottle at NIU Wine instead. It’s tiny, but they take reservations, have a roof, and an atmosphere that screams, “Look at me, I’m drinking wine!” to your followers every bit as effectively. - Ryan Pfeffer

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If you need a dessert that can numb your entire face, drive to this little Sweetwater stripmall for the Nicaraguan classic known as raspados. Ask for the relleno, and they will hand you a tall cup full of crunchy shaved ice with layers of pound cake and dulce de leche. - Ryan Pfeffer

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The reason you go to Joe’s is in the name. And although you can still get (frozen) stone crabs in the summer, the next best order between May 1 and October 15 is the fried chicken that’ll only set you back $8. Pair it with our two favorite Joe’s sides: lobster mac and grilled tomatoes. - Virginia Otazo

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