If you haven’t noticed, we go out to eat a lot. It’s sometimes hard to keep track of the best spots we’ve visited each month (and week and day). That’s why we’ve decided to put together a monthly list of our top picks. You can expect restaurants both young and old on this list — we’re always discovering new spots on our foodie adventures.
Here are our top picks for September 2018.
Ghee Indian Kitchen
Ghee Indian Kitchen has been on our “must-visit” list for a while now, but for whatever reason(s), it took us almost a year to eat there. We finally made it out to the Dadeland outpost for lunch, and it lives up the hype. Ghee offers a tiffin lunch, which consists of three to four courses that come in stainless steel containers. The menu changes daily but there’s always a soup or salad course, naan, rice and a vegetarian or non-vegetarian option. During our Wednesday visit, we were treated to grilled ribs and an additional course of chicken tikka masala — we’ve never encountered food so fragrant and packed with flavor. Make a reservation yesterday; we can’t wait to go back for dinner.
Nothing can keep the team behind Sanguich down. After dirty politics forced our favorite Cuban sandwich shop to shut down, the concept is back and better than ever. The biggest difference: It’s no longer a shipping container. This new and larger brick-and-mortar space gives the Sanguich gang more room to create even more delicious selections.
The Sanguich Cubano is a no brainer, but make sure to throw in an order of chicharrones with your meal — these crunchy bites are heaven in a basket. Not a fan of pork? Steak and turkey are other affordable options that will satisfy your taste buds and turn this place into your favorite lunch spot.
Do not count calories at Silverlake Bistro unless you want to hate yourself. Diets have no place here. With that disclaimer out of the way, order to your heart’s desire off this California-inspired menu created by the team behind Hialeah’s La Fresa Francesa. The cozy Normandy Isle restaurant is home to vibrant, rich flavors that keep your taste buds on their toes.
Two items immediately stand out: the massive burger and the mac and cheese. Both dishes wallop your taste buds from start to finish; even though you won’t have room for anything else after eating them, you’ll still be tempted to order a second round. Don’t sleep on the vegetables either: The carrots and okra may sound tame compared to other dishes, but take our word that they aren’t.
Full disclosure: Jaguar Sun has been open a week, and we’ve been there almost every day since it started operating. Why are we so taken by this restaurant and bar inside Downtown’s X Miami? For starters, the drinks — bartender Will Thompson has crafted an exquisite menu of libations that are affordable and push your palate; this is not the place to order a vodka soda (although you can).
A highlight: the Green Ghoul, a tequila and mezcal concoction with a kick; it’s so tasty that it’s dangerous. The food here is the other draw, as Chef Carey Hynes cooks up pasta and other bar bites like ‘nduja toast that complement the cocktails perfectly. Happy hour starts at 5 p.m., so get there early.