The List: Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's 10 must-have Miami foods

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Driftwood Room at Nautilus in South Beach, a Sixty Hotel.
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Driftwood Room at Nautilus in South Beach, a Sixty Hotel.

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

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

7. Zuma

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 

Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: @EvanBenn