We asked Shareef Malnik, owner of iconic Miami Beach steakhouse The Forge, for his top 10 Miami restaurants (other than his own) and what he likes to order:
The pizza and the meatballs: It’s a slice of Brooklyn.
1930 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 305-695-4441.
The big, red carabineros shrimp served with a shot of sherry.
730 First St., Miami Beach; 305-604-6800.
3. Soho Beach House
Spicy chicken. I love sitting outside on the second floor.
4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-507-7900.
Pan-seared salmon and fennel; the crunchiest skin in town.
4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-507-7902.
5. La Piaggia
Tuna and salmon tartare. It’s my favorite Sunday lunch to have with the whole family.
1000 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach; 305-674-0647.
6. Mint Leaf
My fiancée’s father is Indian, so she always orders spicy.
276 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables; 305-443-3739.
7. Seasalt and Pepper
Octopus is exquisite. Sit by the water.
422 NW North River Dr., Miami; 305-440-4200.
8. Joe’s Take-Away
Grilled, blackened fish and veggies. Always fun to see [co-owner] Steve Sawitz working the floor.
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365.
Chef Mike Pirolo’s beet ravioli is insane.
820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-2124.
10. BLT Steak
Popovers stuffed with eggs and chicken sausage. We sit outside and people-watch.
1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-0044.