Top 100 Bites: Miami 2020

Serious Miami foodporn ahead.

This is NOT a roundup of photos by others found online or a sponsored post. It’s also NOT meant to represent ALL of Miami. Started in 2016, this list is based on MY personal dining experience. I actually photographed, ate, and paid for every single dish listed. Perhaps you saw them posted on the blog, or on my FacebookTwitteror Instagram accounts at some point this year, and you will probably see them again in 2021. Some dishes seem to never leave my list and made a return appearance. I like what I like, #sorrynotsorry. Others are new, and made quite an impression.

We know what kind of year this has been. I won’t rehash it further. By now, I would have already released my Top Miami 2020 Restaurants list. Sadly, I decided to cancel it and, hopefully, bring it back next year. How can I choose and rank restaurants after all the hardships they have endured? Some, not even reopened yet and others gone altogether.

Instead, I chose to expand my annual Top 30 Bites list to 100. Do I even have that many memorable bites to feature? Turns out, I do! I wasn’t so sure at first, given the limited dining opportunities we’ve had. I tried my hardest to support as many restaurants as I could these last nine months. I love that it wasn’t easy, and that each photo brought back memories of each visit. You might notice that I experienced some of the highlighted bites as takeout…#because2020. Despite the bumpy road, Miami continued making this exercise tough on me by once again providing the best eats, EVEN in 2020. After much debate over which bites impacted me the most, I have finally committed to a solid 100.

Here we go…

100-76

  1. KYU Avocado Salad
  2. LEKU Cracker de Tomate y Albahaca
  3. Finka Table & Tap Croquetas
  4. Cacio e Pepe
  5. Fiola “Watermelon on the Rocks”
  6. KYU Japanese Sweet Potato
  7. Stubborn Seed Raw Shaved Florida Cobia
  8. Amara at Paraiso Smoked Fish Dip
  9. Orilla Beef Empanadas
  10. Li’s Dim Sum experience
  11. Finka Table & Tap Croqueta Pizza
  12. Phuc Yea Biscuits
  13. Boia De Crispy Polenta
  14. Stubborn Seed BLT Florida Clam Toast
  15. Polo Norte Guayaba y Queso Cuban Pizza
  16. Balloo Roasted Curry Calabaza
  17. Ariete Mashed Yucca
  18. Naiyara Tuna Pizza
  19. Ariete Kati’s Birthday Cake 
  20. The Taurus Pepperoni Pan Pizza
  21. Nobu Lobster Uni Noodles
  22. Stubborn Seed Aged Cheddar and Jalapeño Biscuits
  23. Chug’s Diner PB&J Pastelito
  24. Boia De La Pollita Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich
  25. Nave Buttermilk Fried Chicken

75-51

  1. Nobu Sashimi Tacos
  2. La Mar El Achupado
  3. Arson Jamón Ibérico & Roast Beef Flatbread
  4. Perry’s Steakhouse Pork Chop
  5. Finka Table & Tap Korean Fried Chicken
  6. L’ Atelier de Joël Robuchon Le Langoustine
  7. Ariete Crema de Malanga
  8. Silverlake Bistro Mussels
  9. Amara at Paraiso Arroz Verde
  10. Stubborn Seed Koji Beef Tenderloin
  11. Silverlake Bistro Butterscotch Pot de Crème
  12. Ariete Sprouted Coconut Cake
  13. Fiola White Chocolate Cheesecake
  14. Boia De Tagliolini al Nero
  15. Fiola Chocolate Marchesi
  16. Chug’s American Frita
  17. L’ Atelier de Joël Robuchon Mashed Potatoes
  18. Stubborn Seed Spiced Foie Gras and Pumpkin
  19. Nave Maine Lobster Spaghetti
  20. L’ Atelier de Joël Robuchon Bread Basket
  21. KYU Korean Fried Chicken
  22. Bourbon Steak NY Strip
  23. Los Fuegos Dulce de Leche Flan
  24. Ariete Beef Tongue Tartine
  25. La Fresa Francesa Foie Torchon

50-26

50. Bourbon Steak Foie Gras
49. Silverlake Bistro Pork Chop
48. Silverlake Bistro Roasted Chicken
47. Osaka Uni Taco
46. Stubborn Seed Crispy Duck
45. Balloo Trini-Spiced Oxtail
44. La Fresa Francesa Salted Butter Crepe
43. Phuc Yea Crispy Imperial Roll
42. Silverlake Bistro Mac & Cheese Gnocchi
41. Ariete Foie and Eel
40. L’ Atelier de Joël Robuchon Foie Gras Royale
39. Hutong Dim Sum
38. ITAMAE Pulpo al Olivo
37. Lido Restaurant Upside Down Peanut Butter Cheesecake
36. Ariete Candy Cap Mushroom Flan
35. Silverlake Bistro Burger
34. La Fresa Francesa Croque Madame
33. Silverlake Bistro Truffle Grilled Cheese
32. La Fresa Francesa Croquetas
31. Leku Basque Cheese Tart
30. Phuc Yea PY Noodles
29. Boia De Beef Tartare
28. LEKU Chocolate Soufflé
27. Ariete Foie Gras & Plantain Pave
26. Osaka Nikku Tartare

25-1

25. Fiola Shell Pasta Cacio e Pepe

24. Palmar Burger 

23. Osaka Tuna Foie

22. Osaka PATO MOCHERO

21. Ariete Duck

20. Nave Snapper Milanese

19. Ariete Tamal en Cazuela

18. Nave Caviar Pana Cotta

17. LEKU Ibérico Pork Tartare

16. Nave Chocolate Bar

15. L’ Atelier de Joël Robuchon Le Chocolat Sensation

14. KYU Coconut Cake

13. The Surf Club Chocolate Cake

12. Fiola Grand Chocolate Cake

11. Lido Restaurant Brioche & Anchovies

10. Ariete Foie Chocolate

9. Hutong Wagyu Beef Millefeuille

8. Fiola Lobster Ravioli

7. Lido Restaurant Truffle Pasta

6. Ariete Smoked Short Rib

5. Phuc Yea Smoked Short Rib

4. Ariete Rabbit Pithivier

3. Lido Restaurant Tartufo Nero Pizza

2. Bourbon Steak Caviar Parfait

1. The Surf Club Prime Beef Short Rib Wellington

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