Chica is a pretty impressive restaurant if you’re in the mood for the exact opposite of that minimalist, exposed concrete aesthetic we see way too often around Miami. This place is big and has a ton of tables, an elegant bar all lit up with plants hanging over it, and an open wall facing Biscayne Boulevard. But the food - which features a lot of Miami classics like arepas, ceviche, and shrimp - is just okay. It’s also way too expensive. Maybe there’s a place where we’d happily pay $16 for three tiny empanadas, but this isn’t it.
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Cake Thai Kitchen
Cake Thai is a small Thai place in the Upper East Side that’s good for takeout or a quiet meal.
East Side Pizza
East Side Pizza is an outdoor pizzeria in the Upper East Side that's good for a late-night slice.
Go To Sushi
Go To Sushi is a very casual little Japanese spot in the Upper East Side with surprisingly good food.
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Sweet Dogs is where to go in Flagami for Miami-inspired hot dogs topped with everything from plantains to fried chow mein noodles.
Moises Bakery is a casual Latin bakery in North Beach where you’ll want to focus on the empanadas.
Terras at Life House Little Havana
Terras is a rooftop bar and restaurant on top of the Life House hotel in Little Havana. The drinks are great and so is the food.
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MiMo’s tiny Blue Collar is kind of like an upscale diner, serving a great cheeseburger, big sandwiches, and braised meats.
Cafe Roval on the Upper East Side has some of the prettiest outdoor seating in Miami and a slightly random Mediterranean menu.
La Placita is a bright Puerto Rican spot in MiMo serving classic dishes like mofongo and chicharrones de pollo.
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