This past May, CNN aired a new episode of Parts Unknown, where badass chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain traipses around a city eating and talking with local celebrities about food, rock ‘n roll, politics and whatever else he feels like. This particular episode took place in Miami, our neighbor city across the causeway. From classic Cuban cuisine to quintessential South Florida stone crab, Bourdain touched on some of the city’s finest culinary establishments. For our guests who are adventurous and hungry, here’s where Anthony Bourdain ate in Miami.
Bourdain began his flavor travels with a stop at one of Miami’s favorite over-the-counter Cuban joints—Islas Canarias. Bourdain and his people at CNN must have been well informed, because they ordered a cafe cubano and the restaurant’s best dish, a medianoche, which is essentially a Cuban sandwich. Thick, buttery bread, tender pork and a sweet, sugary espresso—now that’s how to start the day.
Galaxy Shopping Center
285 NW 27th Ave # 1
Miami, FL 33125
Captain Jim’s Seafood Restaurant
Bourdain then went on to Jim’s Seafood Restaurant to nibble on stone crab claws and discuss the city’s notorious drug history with the documentarians behind the film Cocaine Cowboys. A straight sea-to-table establishment, Captain Jim’s is one of the area’s best stone crab and seafood establishments. (For something similar, guests of the Blue Moon can try the historic Joe’s Stone Crab here in Miami Beach).
12950 W Dixie Hwy
North Miami, FL 33161
In quintessential Bourdain form, the next stop was a small unknown minimarket in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. B&M Market impressed the chef with its grocery store and four seat cafe by serving him some phenomenal jerk chicken along with a bowl of curried goat and cow foot soup. B&M’s local reputation and now national recognition solidify it as home to some of the best Jamaican food in town.
219 NE 79th St
Miami, FL 33138
To wrap things up, Bourdain delved into soul food, a part of the Miami culinary scene that is highly developed, but less talked about than Cuban cuisine or seafood. The wandering chef ate chicken and waffles, grilled fish, and grits at MLK Restaurant in the city’s Liberty City neighborhood. The laid back restaurant is a must for anyone craving soul food.
2467 NW 62nd St
Miami, FL 33147 Cover image via flickr creative commons.