Aussie-born Aaron Brooks is the man behind the stove at Edge Steak and Bar in the Four Seasons Miami, where he oversees a modern-steakhouse menu and one of South Florida’s most impressive Sunday brunches. Here’s where he eats when he’s not cooking:
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Polenta with Sausage Ragu — a must-do!
820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-2124.
2. Stanzione 87
Classic Margherita or White Mushroom with Truffles.
87 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786-360-1852.
3. La Sandwicherie
Can’t beat the Veggie Sub on Whole-Wheat Baguette.
4. My Ceviche
5. Threefold Café
The Smashed Avo is my go-to. Get a side of Vegemite and Toast.
141 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 305-704-8007.
6. HuaHua’s Taqueria
Anything chef Todd Erickson puts in a tortilla is magic.
1211 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-8226.
7. La Casita
A friend introduced me to Rabo Encendido here. I was a changed man.
3805 SW Eighth St., Coral Gables; 305-448-8224.
8. Ricky Thai Bistro
Love me some Larp followed by a Green Chicken Curry.
1617 NE 123rd St., North Miami; 305-891-9292.
Duroc Pork Belly. I can taste its awesomeness.
1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555.
10. The Cypress Room
Chef Roel Alcudia treats every ingredient he touches with respect and restraint.
3620 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-520-5197.
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