Soul food, a form of African-American cuisine that originated in the South, is a staple in Miami. These four restaurants specialize in its American and/or Caribbean forms.
Bar One – Set on the marina, this restaurant promises two things: stunning water views and a menu filled with impressive meat and seafood entrees reminiscent of the Caribbean. Its menu of oxtails, lobster, and lamb chops reflects Miami’s eclectic vibe. Owned by Peter Bailey, the ex-husband of Cynthia Bailey, an alumna of the Real Housewives of Atlantathe establishment is known to attract a few reality TV stars and artists.
Watch celebrities while you order Caribbean favorites like Oxtail Meatball Stew; ATL Habanero Mango Wingsor Grouper bites (accompanied by white truffle, black caviar and marinara sauce). After your dinner (or brunch), sip a specialty cocktail, then smoke a Bar One cigar. Call 305-763-8323 for details. Location: 520 West Avenue, Unit 1, Miami, FL 33139
Prime 112 – Tucked away inside Brown’s Hotel, this is where you dine when you’re hoping to see a professional basketball player. And it’s no surprise – owner Myles Chefetz of Myles Restaurant Group wanted it that way. Regular clients include Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard. After one look at the menu, it’s no wonder celebrities flock to the joint. The steakhouse is perfect for comfort food, serving dishes like premium meats (like Kobe beef), fresh seafood, steak tenderloins, lamb, and more. Call for more menu offerings at 305-532-8112. Location: 112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Red Rooster Overtown – Eat traditional Southern comfort food in the historically black neighborhood of Overtown. Chef Marcus Samuelsson celebrates the roots of American cuisine with classics such as ribs (served with cornbread) and shrimp (accompanied with grits). You’ve probably seen Samuelsson before. The celebrity chef has been featured in Top Chef Family Style, The Feed, Iron Chef America, Top Chef Masters, Chopped, and inner leader. Samuelsson’s unique menu has made a fan of rapper Rick Ross and Dwayne Wade.
Try it Seafood tour– loaded with oysters, prawns, ceviche mercado (add: stone crab claw and caviar, for maximum luxury) – if you want to impress your friends. Fried garden bird, grilled whole fish, pork and plantain are highly recommended. Call 305-640-9880 for menu details. Location: 920 NW 2nd Avenue, Overtown, FL 33136
World Famous House of Mac – You never know who you might run into when you stop by. Concrete case, Virgin Atlantic owner Richard Branson, Rihanna and ASAP Rocky are all fans who can’t get enough of home cooking. If you can’t eat soul food without a side of baked or (creamy) mac and cheese, stop by the only restaurant that offers customers 15 different options. The local favorite is the Fried mac and cheese balls, a crispy concoction drizzled with white truffle oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Dip them in marinara sauce for an unexpected taste.
Don’t forget to try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and French Vanilla Waffles, a delicious starter served with maple syrup and hot sauce. The restaurant also serves salads, sandwiches and burgers. Wash down your meal with rum cocktails, wine, beer or choose from 12 different fruity mimosas. You can even choose from 5 different locally sourced craft beers by Funky Buddha and Wynwood Brewery. The fried chicken wings seasoned with lemon peppers and mango and warm honey are highly recommended. It is sprinkled with Parmesan cheese to balance out the sweetness. Call 786-636-6967 to place an order. Location: 2055 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 and 13521 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach, FL 33181
Yardbird Table & Bar – If you’re looking for a southern touch to your meal, this staple named James Beard is perfect for you. This place has all the fixings: Classic buttermilk cookies, deviled eggsand Skillet Cornbread which go very well with chicken, seafood or beef. Braised ribs with sweet tea is highly recommended. Call 305-538-5220 for pricing and to place an order. Location: 1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139