Best of Miami 2021: According to Me

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Weather isn’t everything here, but it’s ahead of whatever’s in second place. When the weather report chases everyone into the closet for boots, jackets, and hoodies to enjoy an upcoming cold front, we do what we do: sit outside and judge things. So here is a random, opinionated 2021 breakdown. 

Local Treasures: La Sandwicherie Miami Beach, Sweat Records, Books & Books Coral Gables, The Biltmore, Joe’s Stone Crab, Versailles, Enriqueta’s, Tropical Chinese, El Carajo, Islas Canarias, Sergio’s Coral Way, French Bakery Delices De France, Bodega, Panther, Farm Store, Happy Wine Calle Ocho, Art Basel satellites, Aguacate Sanctuary of Love, lllPoints

Best Neighborhoods: The Grove, Sunset Harbor 

Best Neighborhood to Live Near: South Miami

Weird Places: Downtown Doral, South Dixie Highway toward Homestead, West West West Kendall at rush hour

Aguacate Sanctuary of Love

Landmark Oddities: the Bacardi Building, Cape Florida Lighthouse, That Thing at Shark Valley, The Coppertone Girl, Freedom Tower, The Biltmore Hotel, Venetian Pool, Opa-Locka City Hall, Earth n Us, the Boombox

Beautiful Drinking: Broken Shaker, Amara, Vista, Heartland, Redfish

Vegan: Aguacate, Love Life, Minty Z, Vegan Cuban Food, Planta

Great View + Huge Portions: Redfish

Cinema: Tower, Olympia, Coral Gables Art Cinema

Stood the Test of Time: Puerto Sagua, Versailles, Islas Canarias, 94th Aero Squadron, Whip n Dip, Walter’s Coffee Shop, Coral Bagels, La Carreta, Casola’s

Best Supermarket: Milam’s Pinecrest

Best Asian Market: Kimchi Mart

Best Italian Market: Origini Italian Market

Best Farmers/Flea Market: Redland Market Village

Various Degrees of Seriously Pretty: Heartland, Aguacate Sanctuary of Love, Casa Tua, Zak the Baker, Redfish, Amara, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Matheson Hammock

Funky: Lagniappe, Wynwood Brewery, Gramps, Zak the Baker, Shorty’s, Soya e Pomodoro, Caribbean Roti, Maxwell Brothers, Coyo

Rooftops for Deep Pockets: Sugar, Juvia, Area 31, Serena

Normal Rooftops: Cebada, Casa Florida, Terras

24/7 Pretentious: Brickell

Delicious: Bachour, La Social, La Latina, Havana Harry’s, Matsuri, Finka, Empanada Harry’s, Zak’s Sam & Cheese

Best Serious Bakers: Zak the Baker, Bachour, French Bakery, Fireman Derek’s, Salty Donut, Rosetta, Atelier Monnier, Sullivan Street

Best Cheap Bakers: Macita’s, Pinecrest, Party Cake, Ricky, Vicky, CAO

The Boombox

Best Food Writers: Carlos Frías, Ryan Pfeffer

Best Weather Forecaster: Luke Dorris

Most Pleasant Local News Anchor: Jenise Fernandez

Radio Person Most Missed: HOT 105 DJ Freddie Cruz

Best Miami Group that Still Sounds Great: KC and the Sunshine Band

Best Miami Musician You Never Hear Of: Willie Hale AKA Little Beaver

Best Record Store: Sweat Records

Best Independent Publisher: Jitney Books David Rolland

Best Mechanic and Cleanest Shop in Repair History: Trevor King at Car Care International

Old School/Retro: Books & Books, Lagniappe, Casa Florida

See and Be Seen: Greenstreet, Friends Market and Bistro, Bachour, Amara

Best and Worst at the Same Time: Miami sports teams, Wynwood, Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road, Downtown, Art Basel

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