The List: Finding Miami's best food with Quality Meats' Craig Koketsu

Craig Koketsu of Quality Meats.
Craig Koketsu of Quality Meats.

Chef-partner Craig Koketsu just earned a three-star review for his team’s new Quality Meats (1501 Collins Ave.) in Miami Beach. Here are Koketsu’s 10 top eats when he’s out and about: 

1. 27 Restaurant

Abuela’s Rabo Encendido. I love the homey feel and ambiance of the restaurant.

2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727.

2. Casa Tua

Nothing beats a bowl of Spaghetti with caviar.

1700 James Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1010.

3. Tap Tap

Whole fish in lime sauce. 

819 Fifth St., Miami Beach; 305-672-2898.

4. Cheeseburger, Baby!

My guilty pleasure — a cheeseburger, baby!

1505 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-7300.

5. Eating House

Two words: dirt cup!

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

6. True Loaf Bakery

Almond croissants. 

1894 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-216-7207.

7. Taquiza

Totopos with guacamole. They’re made fresh every day and have just the right amount of salt and crunch to them.

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

8. Smith & Wollensky 

There is nothing better than enjoying stone crabs here while watching the sunset and the cruise ships sail by.

One Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-2800.

9. Under the Mango Tree

When I need to pick up a quick lunch or feel like I need an extra serving of fruits and veggies, I like to order the Green Peace juice.

714 Sixth St., Miami Beach; 786-558-5103.

10. Macaluso’s

When I’m in the mood for something with just the right amount of kick, I come here for the Hot Shrimp.

1747 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-604-1811.