Miami's Ten Best Restaurants
Your buddies just don't understand.
Codik Housemade s'mores. They do exist.
You had an earth-shattering rossejat at the Bazaar. You loved the place -- that is, until you heard some tragic news. Your pal once had a bad bao con lechón there. Now that guy's never going back.
Disgruntled patrons rarely forget a dinner done wrong. Strokes of luck -- and, yes, misfortune -- often determine how Magic City restaurants are assessed.
New Times' Best of Miami issue arrives June 13 and, in honor of the forthcoming awards, I've compiled a list of our town's prime dining spots. These restaurants are great. But be warned: These are personal picks. So don't tell me about about your burnt-croqueta-this, and your scorched-snapper-that. Because, more likely than not, those were flukes.
These places, no matter the haters, are good.
10. Momi Ramen
Momi Ramen via Facebook Char siu ramen at Brickell's enigmatic Momi Ramen
If you were to tell a friend about Momi Ramen, always begin with the pork. Talk about its pungent scent, an aroma that rises from bubbling kettles full of bones. Brief your buds on the décor. Describe the preserved pork belly that glistens like a shrine in the middle of the teeny dining room. And the sake. Don't forget the sake. The noodle house's walls are lined with tons of the stuff. End your story with this: Momi Ramen is quiet. Dine there and hear nothing but slurps. Because, when you're eating Miami's best ramen, there's no need for words.
billwisserphoto.com Order a salad at Yakko-San. Get this.
Something wonderful happens when you order a salad at Yakko-San, the Japanese restaurant in North Miami Beach. You get some vegetables: sliced cherry tomatoes, radishes, and watercress. But you also get deep-fried morsels of pork. These bits are crisp, smothered in a top-secret homemade soy-based sauce. It's a delicious salad ($7.50). The menu here is extensive, and hours are long. So the best approach to Yakko-San is to visit often. Whenever you go, get the salad. Oh, and try the bok choy. It's fried, too.
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