I recently started my Instagram account – username: miamimiamorblog – and as you can see, I’m a big time foodie. I love trying out new places and have been posting on my personal accounts for years. Friends always keep asking me for recommendations so I thought I’d write about some of my Miami Dade favorite restaurants.

1. Hillstone

One of my favorite restaurants in Miami. The veggie burger has this yummy soy glaze that makes you crave it after – even as a meat lover. I also love the Thai Tuna Roll with macadamia nuts and Coconut Shrimp Roll. The best sushi in town!

2. Mariposa

Mariposa is located inside Neiman Marcus in the beautiful outdoor mall Merrick Village. The first time we came here was for the Miami Spice lunch which I highly recommend. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth. For $23 you’re getting a 3-course meal. Normally, this price would only cover one dish or not even. Upfront they serve their delicious signature bread and a little broth to open your appetite. I had the baked avocado, salmon and Panna Cotta. Everything was yummy! But I do have to say that I sometimes envy my husband because he doesn’t care about calories at all. And let’s be honest, it’s mostly the fatty mcfat food that tastes great. He had the sweet potato tater tots, Croque Monsieur and Sundae with Cookies. His food was off the chain! And I strongly believe that calories don’t count if you eat them off your husband’s plate. We returned during regular lunch hour but I have to say the weekend menu is my favorite. I will definitely be back for that.

3. Sugarcane

“A table isn’t the best place to receive quick service, so the bar is where I go.”(sung in Ed Sheehan voice). I hadn’t been to Sugarcane in a while but we happened to be shopping in Midtown and decided to go for a spontaneous date night. They told us there would be a 35 minute wait so we went ahead and sat at the bar. That was the best decision we could have made. Our bartender Sean went above and beyond to make us happy. We had a few drinks: the Strawberry Balsamic, Spice of Love and Guayaba Dream Slush. Spice of Love was my favorite because I really like jalapeño drinks. The strawberry balsamic tastes different than I thought – I would have expected some spiked drinking vinegar but it was rather sweet. The latter seemed like a Seven Eleven slushie creation by a Cuban abuela. We had some wings, the dates wrapped in bacon (boy oh boy were they good!), ducks and waffles and the crunchy tuna roll. For dessert, we had the Nutella Sunday which was uh-mazing! It had ice-cream, little brownie pieces and Cracker Jack popcorn. Perfect mix! If it were for my hubby, he would give 1000 stars and come back right away. I deducted one because I wasn’t too impressed with the sushi but will sure come back and give those five stars a chance.

4. Makoto

Located right outside the beautiful Bay Harbor shops, Makoto is the perfect exclusive lunch spot! After I heard so many good things, I went first time for Miami Spice. But we all know that Miami Spice doesn’t fill you up so I went back. First and foremost: the Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice – ohhhmaahhgerd. So addicting! Serving sizes are fairly small but it’s definitely worth the price!

This are just a few of my favorites. I will be posting more. Keep following me on my blog and on instagram under miamimiamorblog!

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