Just more than a year after he helped open La Mar by Gastón Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Dr.) in Miami, executive chef Diego Oka has given his menu a big freshening-up. Here’s what is on his personal menu when he eats off the clock:
1. Proof Pizza & Pasta
Oxtail Pizza with Black Garlic.
3328 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-536-9562.
2. The Federal
Brunch is amazing. Buttermilk Biscuit with lots of butter.
5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-758-9559.
Housemade Tortillas with Rajas.
1506 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-748-6099.
Best Burger in Miami.
160 NW 26th St., Miami.
5. The Cypress Room
Frog Legs with Garlic.
3620 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-520-5197.
6. Drunken Dragon
KFC (Korean Fried Chicken).
1424 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-397-8556.
7. Chifa Du Kang
This is the place to find Chinese Peruvian food, Chifa. Try the Chi Hau Kay.
9899 SW 40th St., Miami; 786-953-7165.
8. Eating House
Heirloom Tomato Coconut Ice and Peanut Sauce is incredible.
804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-448-6524.
Anything from the sushi bar.
9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-864-8600.
10. El Mago de las Fritas
Fritas, of course!
5828 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-520-9605.