Chef Alex Guarnaschelli recently opened her first South Florida restaurant: Driftwood Room at the Nautilus in South Beach. Here’s where the Chopped judge likes to eat when she’s in town:
1. Keg South
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Wings. Everything is very tasty, simple and low-key. I also really enjoy the fish dip, although I’m not typically a fish dip gal.
10417 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest; 305-284-9296
2. Shiver’s Bar-B-Q
Burnt Ends and Baby-Back Ribs. They are saucy and tasty. This place is a family joint. The food just tastes better at family-operated BBQ joints.
28001 S. Dixie Hwy., Homestead; 305-248-2272
3. Izzy’s Fish and Oyster
Lobster Roll. While the food is simple, it feels wonderfully cheffy. I like the fun ambiance and the drinks, too.
423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-397-8843
4. Versailles Restaurant
Ceviche, Yellow Rice and Plantains. An authentic experience.
3555 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-444-0240
5. True Loaf Bakery
Almond Croissant, Empanada. Have you been to this little joint? I could make a meal out of it because it is bursting with flavor.
1894 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-216-7207
6. Joe’s Stone Crab
I don’t think I can make a list without acknowledging how much I love Joe’s Stone Crab. I love the crabs (and the secret sauce they serve alongside it) but I also love the classics like creamed spinach and potato cakes. Even the smaller side dishes are done right.
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365
Prawn and Black Cod Dumplings, Ribeye Steak. The food speaks for itself.
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-577-0277
8. Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Black-Eyed Pea Salad and Pulled Lamb. I also love sipping Turkish coffee at this place.
4312 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-6066
9. GreenStreet Café
It’s the brunch fare and addictive Bloody Mary that keep me coming back for more. I am the type to sip one Bloody Mary through an entire brunch, but one isn’t enough when I am at GreenStreet.
3468 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-444-0244
10. La Sandwicherie
There is something about this place that makes me feel like I’m sitting in a tropical version of Paris, Miami-style. I love that I can have meat on a baguette with a fruit smoothie. It’s bizarre and totally effective.
229 14th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-8934