8 Must-Visit Restaurants in Miami During BlogHer Food

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With foodies around the country gathering in Downtown Miami for BlogHer Food 2014, there is one thing on everyone's mind...well, aside from all of the learning and inspiration, of course! That thing? It's FOOD. Obviously. BlogHer Food is a short event but that doesn't mean that there isn't time to explore the culinary side of Miami during your stay! Check out any of these 8 Must-Visit Restaurants in Miami during BlogHer Food and you'll go home with a full belly and a smile on your face.

Narrowing the list down to ten restaurants wasn't easy, believe me! While Miami is mainly known for its Caribbean vibe and crazy nightlife, there's a fantastic foodie side of Miami that many never see because they don't wander too far from the sands of South Beach.

Miami loves to eat! You can't visit Miami without realizing that it's a cultural melting pot. With its international business opportunities and gorgeous weather, Miami draws people from all over the world, and they bring their cuisines with them. Whether it's authentic Italian or Ethiopian fare, you're likely to find a top notch restaurant or food truck serving it up in Miami.

8 Must-Visit Restaurants in Miami During BlogHer Food

8 Must-Visit Restaurants in Miami during BlogHer Food
Mojito cocktail photo via Shutterstock.

Rosa Mexicano in Downtown Miami

900 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33130

Rosa Mexicano is an upscale Mexican restaurant serving modern Mexican dishes with authentic flavor. Start your meal with the Nachos de Tres Quesos, enjoy Tacos de Mahi Mahi (my favorite) as your main course and don't forget the Plantaos! I know, I know, Platanos are traditionally Cuban, but you're in Miami! Platanos are the perfect side dish for every meal! If you're worried about dietary restrictions and allergies, don't worry! Rosa Mexicano has a gluten-free menu! (2 miles from the hotel.)

Rosa Mexicano also has a location in South Beach, located at 1111 LINCOLN RD, MIAMI, FL 33139.

Jaguar in Coconut Grove
3067 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Thirsty Thursday at the Ceviche Spoon Bar, Jaguar, is a Miami tradition. Just a short drive down US1, Jaguar is nestled among the trendy boutiques of Coconut Grove, so you can do a little Miami shopping before or after you dine! Jaguar is known for their ceviche in tiny spoons, rich and robust with Latin flavors. I recommend hitting Jaguar's for happy hour on Thursday and trying the ceviche with a mojito. You must have a mojito (or two) while in Miami! (7.2 miles from the hotel.)

Berries in the Grove
2884 SW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33133

Berries in the Grove isn't a trendy hot spot, but it has been a local's favorite for their fresh sandwiches, salads, and pizzas for over a decade. Berries in the Grove is the perfect place to sit and relax with your friends, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. My personal favorite? The Goat Cheese and Caramelized Apple Salad! (6.3 miles from the hotel.)

Tap Tap Restaurant
819 5th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Yes, it's a bit of a drive from Downtown Miami, but if you love exotic cuisine, you must go to Tap Tap Restaurant in Miami Beach! You wouldn't think that you'd find gourmet Haitian food in Miami, but that's the great thing about Miami: It's full of surprises! Whether it's Taso Kabrit (Goat Tidbits) or Pwason Neg (Grouper in Lime Sauce), you'll find that your meal at Tap Tap is full of Haitian flavors with a Miami twist. (4 miles from the hotel.)

Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill

3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill is one of those Miami establishments that makes you do a double take as you sit down. Centered around tapas and a tropical atmosphere, you might feel as though you've walked into a cafe in Madrid! Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill is known for their delicious tapas with a Latin American influence and a spacious, 4,200 square foot dining room. If the weather's nice, request a table on the terrace. I promise you won't be disappointed! (1.5 miles from the hotel.)

Havana Harry's Restaurant
4612 Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables, FL 33146

When you think Miami, you think Cuban food, right? Havana Harry's in Coral Gables is not your traditional Cuban Food; it's Cuban Food with a modern, Miami twist. That twist being a fusion that combines Cuban, Latin American, and Spanish flavors to create the ultimate delicious dining experience! Havana Harry's has been around since 1995, is Zagat Rated, and their Flan won the Miami New Times Best Flan award in 2009! Don't worry, the recipe is still mouthwatering! (8.1 miles from the hotel.)

Prime 112
112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

That's right, it's time to talk about steak. I know that you probably don't equate "steak" with "Miami," but I am here to challenge your preconceived notions. We can make a killer steak in Miami too! Chef Myles Chefetz opened Prime 112 in 2004 and has been delighting steak lovers in Miami ever since. Think dry-aged beef, lobster mac and cheese, and Kobe beef sliders in an upscale, eclectic atmosphere. What's not to love? (4.3 miles from the hotel.)

Perfecto Miami
1450 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL. 33131

Perfecto Miami is just that: the perfect blend of two Miami staples: Food and music. Chef Oscar Manresa's first restaurant in Miami brings us a hint of Barcelona's culinary scene with a laid back atmosphere, great music, and even better food. A gastro pub serving appetizers, tapas, entrees, and an impressive wine list, you can find everything from salmon tartare and freshly made pork rinds to fried eggs with fois gras to your classic lamb chops and filet mignon. Jump in a cab and head over to Perfecto Miami. I can't think of a better way to end BlogHer Food! (2.4 miles from the hotel.)

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Jenn Quillen is a Miami native with a sweet tooth and a major case of wanderlust. You can find Jenn's blog at TheRebelChick.com, as well as sharing photos from around Miami and her travels on Twitter and Instagram.

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