Miami's Top Ten Hidden Gems
These places aren't made for out-of-towners.
Jacob Katel Lunch in a Japanese market, anyone?
They're made for Miamians. And that's why we keep them a secret. We take our family, perhaps a friend or a date. But that's it. We don't want these places disrupted by rowdy crowds.
What follows are the top ten hidden gems in Miami.
10. Bali Café
Emily Codik All of this for 17 bucks.
At this downtown cash-only restaurant, you can indulge in delicious, inexpensive Indonesian fare. There are shrimp dumplings coated in peanut sauce; deep-fried egg rolls stuffed with chicken and cabbage; and por ayam -- chicken legs cooked in spiced coconut milk. Bali Café's best deal is its rijsttafel, an elaborate six-course tasting menu that costs only $17.45. Try the sambal goreng teri kacang, a spicy blend of anchovies, peanuts, and chili sauce. It is delicious.
9. Etzel Itzik Deli
Zachary Fagenson Come for the hummus. Stay for the sabich.
Etzel Itzik Deli in Aventura just might be the best Israeli spot in town. For breakfast, they serve shakshouka -- eggs poached in a fiery tomato sauce. For lunch, they've got hummus, labneh, and sandwiches crammed with egg, pickled mango, eggplant, and tahini called sabich. They're all great, but who are we kidding? Are you obsessed with the cookbook Jerusalem? Then you must go to Etzel Itzik and try the real deal.