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Must-try dishes in Miami - Hiyakawa

Must-Try Dishes at Miami’s Top Restaurants [Part 2]

Want to know what to order at your favorite restaurants? Read on to find out which dishes are worth your while at seven local hotspots. Don’t forget to check out part one of our must-try dishes roundup here. Thirsty? Take a look at this roundup of must-try drinks at four South Beach hotspots. 

Casa Isola

Casa Isola is one of the hottest tickets in town thanks to its delectable Italian cuisine. Everything on the menu is delicious, but if you had to narrow it down, these selections should make your shortlist: the Isola arancini, the rigatoni alla vodka, and the veal chop parm. That last one is a monster and can last a few days – it’s a tremendous value.

Casa Isola is located at 1418 20th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website

CJ’s Crab Shack

As you can probably guess from the name, crab is the star of the show at this iconic Ocean Drive restaurant. CJ’s Crab Shack offers it in spades: Alaskan king crab, snow crab, crab cakes… You name it. You can’t leave without trying the snow crab dinner with its one-and-a-half pounds of tasty meat seasoned with Old Bay – it’s a classic. Non-crab highlights include the fried shrimp, fish ane chips, and seafood pasta. 

CJ’s Crab Shack is located at 600 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website

Hiyakawa

For an unforgettable upscale dining experience, Hiyakawa is a must. There’s no one dish that you should try – you should try it all. One of the easiest ways to do that is to opt for the restaurant’s signature tastings, which provide guests with a little bit of everything. It’s not cheap, but this is one of the few spots in Miami that’s worth splurging on. 

Hiyakawa is located at 2700 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website.

Khaosan Road

If you like spicy food, Khaosan Road is the place for you. The Coral Gables Thai eatery serves up delicious food with a kick; they definitely don’t hold back in the spice department. No meal is complete unless it includes an order of the restaurant’s beloved Angel Wings—some of the best chicken wings in town. 

The red curry, the volcano shrimp, and the pad Thai should also be on your radar. Can’t make it for dine in? It’s just as good for takeout, but consider placing your order through their website for a discount. 

Khaosan Road is located at 157 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. For more information, visit their official website

Lobster Shack

Like its sister restaurant CJ’s Crab Shack, Lobster Shack is predominantly focused on one protein – in this case, lobster. With two convenient locations on Miami Beach, you’re never too far away from the eatery’s signature lobster roll. If it’s your first time here, the traditional roll should be top of mind. But if you’ve been here a few times, then venture out of your comfort zone with variations like the cajun lobster roll or claw lobster roll. Make sure to try the clam chowder, too. 

Lobster Shack has two locations on Miami Beach. For more information, visit their official website.

Rosie’s

Overtown favorite Rosie’s recently moved to new digs in Allapattah, but guests can still expect the same high-quality Southern cuisine at the larger space. The fried chicken, fish and grits, and pastrami hash are all highlights on a menu full of flavor and value. And to help you wash everything down, Rosie’s now sells beer and wine. You’ll never want to leave.

Rosie’s is located at 1957 NW 7th Avenue, Unit 190, Miami, FL 33166. For more information, visit their official website

The Wagyu Bar

When you’re looking for high-quality steak, The Wagyu Bar will hit the spot. The unassuming Coral Gables establishment boasts a mouthwatering menu of cuts for all sorts of palates. You can never go wrong with ribeye and picanha here, and the dry-aged selections are something special if you feel like being adventurous; we’re partial to the Kansas steak. The menu can seem a little overwhelming, but the friendly staff will happily help you find your ideal steak. 

The Wagyu Bar is located at 2257 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145. For more information, visit their official website.  

While indeed some restaurants listed on our website are in paid partnership with Dish Miami, not all are. Read more about how we choose the restaurants we write about here.

Geoffrey Anderson
Geoffrey Anderson Jr. is a contributing/staff writer for Dish Miami. For over six years, he has covered the South Florida dining scene with his wife for the award-winning local food blog Miami Food Pug. When he's not writing about food, he's eating it—or attending rock concerts and traveling.

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