The List: Miami's 10 best bites with chef Diego Oka of La Mar

Diego Oka photo by Al Diaz, Miami Herald staff
Diego Oka photo by Al Diaz, Miami Herald staff

Just more than a year after he helped open La Mar by Gastón Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Dr.) in Miami, executive chef Diego Oka has given his menu a big freshening-up. Here’s what is on his personal menu when he eats off the clock: 

1. Proof Pizza & Pasta

Oxtail Pizza with Black Garlic. 

3328 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-536-9562.

2. The Federal

Brunch is amazing. Buttermilk Biscuit with lots of butter. 

5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-758-9559.

3. Taquiza

Housemade Tortillas with Rajas.

1506 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-748-6099.

4. Gastropod

Best Burger in Miami.

160 NW 26th St., Miami. 

5. The Cypress Room

Frog Legs with Garlic. 

3620 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-520-5197.

6. Drunken Dragon 

KFC (Korean Fried Chicken).

1424 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-397-8556.

7. Chifa Du Kang

This is the place to find Chinese Peruvian food, Chifa. Try the Chi Hau Kay. 

9899 SW 40th St., Miami; 786-953-7165.

8. Eating House

Heirloom Tomato Coconut Ice and Peanut Sauce is incredible.

804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-448-6524.

9. Makoto

Anything from the sushi bar.

9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-864-8600.

10. El Mago de las Fritas

Fritas, of course!

5828 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-520-9605.