Ten Best Hidden Gems in South Beach

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Taste this magic under the mango tree.
South Beach is showy, but beyond the bars and restaurants in the spotlight are some places that require a search. Because the Beach is about to celebrate its centennial, it's time to highlight those special eateries off the beaten path.

These are places for locals only, spots in back alleys with no signage, and even a special locale with a porta-potty portal.

Here are our top ten picks for the best hidden spots to eat and drink in South Beach.

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Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants

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Pull up on your yacht.
Miami always sets the tone for romance: steamy weather, ocean and bay views, year-round outdoor seating, and mouthwatering cuisine.

The delicate dance with romantic restaurants is that you need something to fuel the fire of passion while leaving you feeling light and fresh. The food can't be too heavy or laden with ingredients that cause bad breath or gas. That's a lot of pressure, so here are the top restaurants in Miami to help you seal the deal.

See also: Miami Valentine's Day 2015 Dinner Guide

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Ten Best Tacos in Miami

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Viva los tacos.
Tacos are the perfect food. No utensil or plate is necessary, and they are small enough that you can easily eat more to sate your hunger level. As we said in our best taco award post: "One is a snack, two make a satisfying lunch, and three or four are a substantial supper."

Though Miami's streets may not be lined with taco trucks and dollar tacos, the city's pricier tacos make up for it with flavor, creativity, exciting ingredients, and some solid abuela-style cooking techniques.

It seems a new taqueria opens every month. So we sorted through the new batch and took stock of the tried-and-true to present you with the ten best tacos in Miami.

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Ten Best Milkshakes in Miami

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Miami mamey milkshake.
It's a new year, so we considered compiling a list of the ten best juice cleanses or healthful smoothies, but what fun is that?

Forget your "no dairy" and "no sugar" resolutions and make your friends and family up North jealous that you can slurp milkshakes in the wintertime. Miami milkshakes bring all the foodies to the fruit stand, and your life is better than theirs!

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Top Five Miami Food Trend Predictions for 2015

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Mo' Middle Eastern flavors.
Each year brings its own food trends, and because the people at the forefront are our city's chefs and restaurateurs, we went straight to the trendsetters.

Who would have thought 2014 would be the year of oyster bars in Miami? We asked Mignonette's Danny Serfer about this trend, and his answer was simple: "That one was really all Ryan [Roman, food writer and Mignoette co-owner]. My prediction is that I will continue to follow Ryan's predictions about trends."

In that spirit, we went to the experts as we compiled our food trend predictions for Miami in 2015.

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Miami's Top Five Vegetable Cocktails: Healthy Vodka, Gin and More

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There's kale in there.

Think beyond the fruit-forward tropical drinks and the tomato in your Bloody Mary. There are a variety of vegetable-based cocktails to sip on in Miami.

Forget juicing and get more creative (and boozy!) on how to get more vegetables in your diet for 2015.

See also: Hold the Sugar: Savory Cocktails to Try in Miami

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Ten Best Burgers in Miami

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Beautiful burger.

Somewhere between the buns and beef, the magic of a burger happens. Bite in and you have a complete meal and a piece of Americana between your fingertips.

Miami has all kinds of crazy patty varieties, with salmon, turkey, and shroom burgers. And like everyone else, we have named the best ones before, but it has been almost three years, and this list is so much richer. A gift for the holidays, here are the Magic City's ten best classic burgers.

See also: Miami's Five Most Outrageous Burgers

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Ten Best Miami Restaurants to Bite the Dust

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Chef Allen Susser works the line at his now-shuttered restaurant.
It's difficult to believe, but the holidays are almost upon us.

This is the time of year to get nostalgic about some of the restaurants we've loved and lost. Some of them had been around since we were kids, some came and went like a flash of lightning, but all captured our hearts. One thing is certain: Each of these restaurants served a combination of good food, great ambiance, and everlasting memories.

See also: A Look Back at Tobacco Road (Video)

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Ten Best Hotel Restaurants in Miami

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'Petta pasta.
As tourist season heats up, things in the kitchens of our favorite hotels get even hotter. Most of our city's best chefs are involved in hotel restaurants: Michael Schwartz has one at the Raleigh in South Beach, and Michelle Bernstein will soon open Seagrape at the Thompson in North Beach. On top of that, Miami imports the world's best restaurants and restaurateurs to its hotels, and the game is always changing.

Favorites like J&G Grill are in flux, while the Vagabond Restaurant is previewing its menu while getting ready to open its doors.

Here are the ten best hotel restaurants where you can get a great dinner and stay the night. These eateries can do for your stomach what magic fingers in a cheap motel can do for your back.

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Miami's Ten Best Pumpkin Dishes

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Pumpkin stuffed.
The pumpkins are carved, the lattes are pumpkin-spiced, and the pumpkin pies are topped with whipped cream. The round, ribbed orange squash is serving its seasonal duties.

However, Miami restaurants are pushing the envelope with pumpkin this season. Here are the ten best dishes to try, ranging from savory to sweet and from Haitian to Jamaican and from Vietnamese to Italian.

See also: Ten Best Mac 'n' Cheese Dishes in Miami

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