You’ve arrived in South Florida for the annual Big Game. Some of you will be lucky enough to watch the game live at the Hard Rock Stadium; some of you just need to be close — close enough to feel the reverberations from the stadium. You are THAT big of a football fan. You flew down here to feel the excitement, to really experience the game firsthand, and to possibly run into JLO and Shakira. One thing is for sure, your football plans are set, but what’s happening beforehand?
Miami is your oyster for the weekend and we need to get you well-fed. Here’s your 48-hour guide to where to eat and drink in Miami when you’re not watching Sunday’s game.
9 PM: Dinner at Boia De
Neighborhood: Buena Vista
Address: 5205 NE 2nd Avenue
Cuisine: Italian American
What you need to know: Boia De is a very special place that recently opened its doors in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Buena Vista. It’s not your typical Miami restaurant with theatrics. Frankly, there really is no need because the food here truly speaks for itself. Chef duo Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer have cooked their way through renowned kitchens in New York including Scarpetta, The Nomad, and Carbone. Now in Miami, Giangrandi and Meyer are pushing Miami’s boundaries with a carefully crafted menu of dishes inspired by the Italian cucina. Don’t miss the Crispy Potato Skins with caviar and hardboiled egg and the Grilled Broccolini with ranch and bottarga. Pasta is a must-order here so try them all, especially the Pappardelle alla Lepre with rabbit sugo, tomato, and rosemary.
The Hungry Post Tip: We’d share this meal with 3 more, to try as many dishes as possible. Leave room for the Carrot Cake with mascarpone frosting and ginger ice cream and make sure to peruse their natural wine selections.
How to score a table: We highly encourage you to make a reservation in advance as this a fairly new, small and buzzed-about restaurant. Book your table via Resy. For more information on hours of operations and menu offerings click here.
11 PM: Drinks at The Sylvester
Address: 3456 N Miami Ave
What you need to know: After a day of traveling and airport anxieties, you’ll need a drink after dinner. Naturally, we’re taking you to a bar that is loved by locals with unique cocktails that are nostalgic for Miami during the Magic City era. Owners Ben Potts and Brian Nasajon have curated a menu of drinks such as the Ñooo Que Frio with Bacardi Cuatro, nitrogen-muddled mint, green apple, Strega, and sparkling wine.
The Hungry Post Tip: If you skipped dinner and headed straight to the bar no worries, they have food. Don’t miss the Arepa Grilled Cheese with Swiss cheese, yellow corn, tomato cream and the Pastrami Medianoche with house mustard and kirby cucumber.
How to score a table: Reservations are not required but if you’re planning on going with a big group you might want an area to sit back and relax. Book your table via Resy. For more information on hours of operations and menu offerings click here.
12 PM: Lunch at Sanguich de Miami
Neighborhood: Little Havana
Address: 2057 SW 8th Street
What you need to know: You can’t come to Miami and not drive around 8th Street (Calle Ocho) and have yourself a croquetica. Enter Sanguich de Miami for a modern take on Cuban food. Located in the heart of Calle Ocho, you’ll need to try their croquetas, mamey shake and one of their sandwiches. We’d go halfsies with a friend and share the Cubano with spiced city ham, pork, swiss cheese, homemade pickles and mustard on Cuban bread and the Pan Con Lechon with shredded Lechon, pickled mojo onions, and a signature garlic cilantro aioli.
The Hungry Post Tip: If you’re in a rush at least stop by for a cortadito at the window side counter, better known as la ventanita.
How to score a table: This casual eatery doesn’t offer nor require reservations. For more information on hours of operations and menu offerings click here.
8 PM: Dinner at Tigertail + Mary
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3321 Mary Street
Cuisine: Modern American
What you need to know: Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich leads the kitchen of the newest Michael Schwartz restaurant. Tigertail + Mary’s refined menu shows its love through veggie-centric dishes such as the Garganelli pasta with squash, fennel, pistachio, Calabrian chile, and breadcrumbs and the Brussels + Mushroom pizza with charred onion and pepper flakes. If you’re looking for some meat protein, try their juicy Roasted Chicken with curried yogurt, braised kale, chorizo, and cipollini onion. Your night should conclude at the bar here. Tomorrow is a big day and because the cocktail program was created by The BarLab team, Elad Zvi and Gabe Ortawidely, you won’t need to leave and get drinks elsewhere. They’re widely known for their award-winning Broken Shaker with locations in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York and have put their creative spin on Tigertail + Mary’s drinks.
The Hungry Post Tip: If you can’t make it for dinner, the folks at Tigertail + Mary also offer a delicious lunch menu.
11 AM: Breakfast at Point Royal inside The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
Address: 3555 S Ocean Drive
Cuisine: Coastal American
What you need to know: The big day is finally here and while some of you might be too stressed to eat, overall, we think you’ll need one big meal to hold you over for the day. What better meal to accomplish this than breakfast?! Inside The Diplomat Beach Resort’s Point Royal, chef Geoffrey Zakarian is offering a coastal American breakfast with indoor and outdoor seating. Don’t miss the French Toast Focaccia with chantilly, house-made berry jam and the Smoked Salmon Bagel with egg, capers, red onion, and a fine herbs cream cheese.
The Hungry Post Tip: If the weather permits and feels breezy ask for a table outside.