Sometimes you eat a meal so good that it makes you want to hug random strangers on the street. Or at least plop down on the couch for a sweet, peaceful nap filled with pleasant dreams and secret farts.
Miami has plenty of restaurants that will leave you feeling that way, but North Miami especially has it going on.
1. Pinch Kitchen
This eclectic restaurant serves “New American cuisine” along with craft beer and fine wines. Their sharing menu features small plates served as they’re ready. They also offer full-sized meals including seafood, steak and sandwiches.
Address: 8601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
Hours: Closed Mon, Tue-Sat 11:30am-4:30pm & 6-11pm, Sun 10:30am-4:30pm & 6-10pm
Photos courtesy Pinch Kitchen
2. Blue Collar
Casual, award-winning eatery offering a modern take on comfort food. Think jalapeno cornbread and duck confit quesadillas. Served in a relaxed atmosphere with outdoor seating available.
Address: 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
Hours: Sun-Thu 11:30am-3:30pm & 6pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-3:30pm & 6-11pm
Photos courtesy Blue Collar
3. Little Havana Restaurant
Family-owned eatery with a large menu filled with traditional Cuban fare. The décor could use updating, but the food hits the spot. Daily specials include dishes like plantain soup, ropa vieja and picadillo.
Address: 12727 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL
Hours: 11:30am-11pm every day
Photos courtesy Little Havana Restaurant
4. Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Inspired by Aegean coastal tavernas, Mandolin offers refined Greek and Turkish cuisine. The focus is on fresh, healthy ingredients, many of which are grown in the restaurant’s edible garden. The Mediterranean dishes are served in a 1930s-era house with outdoor seating.
Address: 4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL
Hours: 12-11pm every day
Photos courtesy Mandolin Aegean Bistro
5. House of Food Porn
Serves up “Shushi,” classic Cuban dishes rolled into maki sushi. Created by chef Francisco Antonio Blanco after his Cuban mother refused to try traditional Japanese sushi. Reservation only.
Address: 197 NW 62nd St, Miami, FL
Hours: Sun, Wed & Thu 6-10pm, Fri & Sat 6-11pm, Closed Mon & Tue
Photos courtesy House of Food Porn
Nothing goes with stuffing your face like shopping till you drop. If you’re not too full, head over to Wynwood for some of the coolest stores in Miami.