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.
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.
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.
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.