Crispy “Shicken” Sandwich
This lunch-only sandwich at Michelin-starred and James Beard Award–nominated Korean steak house Cote Miami in the Design District adds a clever seafood spin to the Korean fried chicken craze. Minced sweet shrimp is combined with thinly pounded organic chicken to create a savory patty that is breaded, fried, and then covered in American cheese and tartar sauce and served on a La Provence Bakery bun.
1-800-Lucky in Wynwood feeds our appetite for Asian street market flavors. Among the pan-Asian greatness, try this twist on a fried chicken classic at Jeepney, a Filipino haunt by New York City restaurateur Nicole Ponseca. Breaded and fried white meat tenders are tossed in banana ketchup, stuffed into a locally made brioche bun, garnished with atchara pickles (shredded green papaya, carrots, and bell peppers pickled for 48 hours in a classic Filipino vinegar brine), and finally drizzled with Jeepney barbecue sauce and Kewpie aioli.
The all-American Sloppy Joe gets a Cuban makeover at Lost Boy Dry Goods in Downtown Miami, where a thick potato roll overflows with Cuban picadillo, a hearty ground meat stew with tomatoes, bell peppers, green olives, and more.
Love Life Burger
Plant-based eatery Love Life Café in Wynwood is home to many of Miami’s top vegan delights, but the savory signature burger ranks among the best of the best. With a homemade superfood patty at its core (made from black beans, sweet potato, chickpeas, beets, and oats), the burger is blanketed in plant-based cheddar and layered with homemade guacamole, a marinated kale and cilantro aioli, and pickles. It’s accompanied by a side of sweet potato herb fries.
At his upscale Fort Lauderdale beachfront steak house, Steak 954, Stephen Starr merges his Philadelphia roots with South Florida extravagance to deliver the ultimate Philly cheesesteak, featuring slices of American Wagyu, caramelized onions, truffled cheese whiz, and flakes of black truffle on a freshly baked 12-inch brioche roll. Served on the side is a cold glass of Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne, which helps justify the $85 price tag.