The List: Eating in Miami with Miguel Aguilar

Venezuelan-born, Philadelphia-raised and -trained chef Miguel Aguilar has been working the stoves at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar since 2011. When he’s not cooking up his killer ropa vieja empanadas and crispy bok choy, here’s where Aguilar’s eating with his family: 

1. Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Chicken Kebab with Orzo Pilaf and Maroulosalata. Delicious food in a beautiful setting.

4312 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-749-9140. 

2. Blue Collar

Brandon’s Breakfast (Pancakes, French Toast, Bacon, Sausage, Hash, Toast and Fruit Salad) with a Side of Eggs. 

6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-756-0366. 

3. Mi Rinconcito Mexicano

Chorizo Nachos and Chorizo Fundido. The best Mexican in Miami. 

1961 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-644-4015.

4. Kabobji

Falafel Sandwich with Extra Tahini and Hot Sauce. 

3055 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 305-354-8484.

5. Joe’s Stone Crab

Lobster Roll and Fried Chicken from Take-Away.

11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365.

6. Petit Rouge French Bistro

French Onion Soup and Caesar Salad: consistent every time.

12409 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami; 305-892-7676.

7. Macchialina

Anything, really, but the tasting menu is a great way to experience a lot of the menu. 

820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-2124.

8. Verde

Pancakes at brunch and any of the Pizzas at lunch. Beautiful setting and great for people-watching.

1103 Biscayne Blvd. (PAMM), Miami; 305-375-8282.

9. Zak the Baker

Daily Salad and Beet Za’atar Spread. A quick, easy lunch. 

405 NW 26th St., Miami.

10. Ricky’s Thai Bistro

Chicken Larp, Papaya Salad, Tom Yum Kai, Duck Curry. Great for take-out. 

1617 NE 123rd St., North Miami. 305-891-9292.