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.

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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.

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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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Ten Best Mac 'n' Cheese Dishes in Miami

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Bubbling with cheesy goodness.
Macaroni and cheese seems simple enough -- the ingredients are listed in the name of the dish. However, the varieties are endless.

Depending upon the pasta, cheese, and toppings, it can have a gourmet, Southern, Mexican, or French spin. The dish goes with everything from hot dogs to lobster and truffles. Even the crust can vary -- cornbread croutons or biscuit crumbs can add exciting flavors, as well as a textural crunch, to the cheesy goodness.

Before we bubble over, here are the ten best mac 'n' cheese dishes in Miami.

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Miami's Ten Best Underrated Restaurants

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Ratatouille is reinvented at Nemesis.
Like most people, Miamians are drawn to shiny, new restaurants. Sure, there are gems in obvious places, but we're here to highlight the lesser-known spots -- the places without big-name publicists and trendy menus. They simply serve great food.

Here are the ten best restaurants that consistently serve the tastiest eats in town that you've probably overlooked.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Hidden Gems

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Ten Best Sandwiches in Miami

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Crabby melt.
Something about meat and condiments shoved between two pillowy slices of bread does it every time. Sandwiches are worthy of love sonnets and dying words. They can even unite the world.

"All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich," says our favorite fictional foodie, Liz Lemon. We hold that notion as our core universal unifier, and in the spirit of the late, great Warren Zevon, "Enjoy every sandwich."

Without further ado -- soft French roll, please -- we present the ten best sandwiches in Miami.

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Ten Best Falafel Places in Miami

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Green balls > blue balls.
Falafel is at its best when it has the yin and the yang -- crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

These meatless wonders show the depth of rich flavors that are possible in snackable form. You can dip them in a tahini or tzatziki bath, stuff them into a pita, or display them on a platter with hummus and tabbouleh. Regardless, they are the stars of the show.

From kosher and traditional to wacky and green with peas and fava beans, what follows are the top falafel balls in Miami.

See also: Ten Best Meatballs in Miami

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Ten Best $5 Lunches in Miami

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Is it me or does that chicken look like John Lennon?
After previously covering Top Ten Lunch Specials in Miami for Under $10 and Best Food Items in Miami for $1 it was time to find some middle ground with that midday meal. A $5 lunch should leave you just full enough and with the sweet satisfaction that you got a good deal.

The following meals don't skimp with hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, falafels ,and soup dumplings all included. We have touched on many areas and cuisines of Miami, so you can freely explore without breaking the budget in the lunch hour and beyond.

See also: Ten Best Spicy Dishes in Miami

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Six Great Sauces and Condiments

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Sauce is the most pertinent part of most meals. Fernand Point, the father of modern French cuisine said it best: "It is the sauce that distinguishes a good chef. The Saucier is a soloist in the orchestra of a great kitchen."

A superb sauce balances diverse flavors, brings out ingredients, and can alleviate dryness. Sauces literally make or break meals. So here are six bottled sauces and condiments that you have probably never tried and will most certainly rock your saucy world.

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