Chef William Crandall’s soigné food at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental can be a world away from the tacos and empanadas he eats in his off time. Here are his favorite bites around town:
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Rajas and Huitlacoche Tacos. Best tortillas in Miami.
1506 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-748-6099.
2. Panya Thai
Chili-Paste Beef, Green Curry Chicken. If you are brave, ask for “authentic spicy.”
520 NE 167th St., North Miami Beach; 305-945-8566.
The Burger, my favorite in Miami, beautiful in its simplicity.
160 NW 26th St., Miami; gastropodmiami.com.
Kimchi Fried Rice can’t be missed.
1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555.
5. Sushi Deli
Ebi (Sweet Shrimp) is delicious. Get there early before they sell out.
1412 79th Street Cswy., Miami Beach; 305-861-0143.
Classic Pie with Extra Garlic. You won’t regret it.
1930 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 305-695-4441.
7. La Quebradita
Pork Pambaso (torta soaked in achiote).
702 N. Krome Ave., Homestead; 305-245-4586.
8. Cypress Room
Lunch Degustation Menu. Changes daily, always delicious.
3620 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-520-5197.
9. Joe’s Stone Crab
Claws (of course) and Fried Green Tomatoes.
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365.
Cheese and Bacon Empanada. You can’t have just one.
2200 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-452-1439.