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