Miami native and classically trained sushi chef Abe Ng is the founder, president and CEO of Miami-based Sushi Maki, which now has 16 locations throughout South Florida. Here is where he likes to eat around town:
1. Strada in the Grove
Branzino all Griglia or Funghi Risotto. “Maurizio [Farinelli] is, in my view, one of the best restaurateurs in our town.”
3176 Commodore Plz., Coconut Grove; 305-444-1312.
Creamy Shrimp Sauce is a kids’ favorite. “A favorite of mine when I was growing up and the place that my kids ask for … even ahead of Sushi Maki!”
8717 SW 136th St., Miami; 305-238-2131.
3. Joe’s Stone Crab
Stone Crabs and Fried Chicken. “Never gets old.”
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365.
4. Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ
Kalbitang (Shortrib Soup with Radish). “Korean’s hard to find in South Florida, but we like this simple, family-friendly shop.”
1944 Weston Rd., Weston; 954-349-7337.
5. Canton Chinese Restaurant
Ginger Lobster. “Or ask my father, Pappa Allan, to order for you. He’s almost always there.”
2614 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-448-3736.
El Green-Go or Saca Lo. “For when I’m on a clean-eating kick and anything green makes me feel healthy.”
1430 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables; 786-472-2552.
7. Captain’s Tavern Restaurant
Blackened Pompano. “Old-school seafood. No windows. Need we say more?”
9625 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest; 305-666-5979.
8. Joey’s Italian Café
Salmone e Lenticchie (Salmon with Lentils). “The intersection of cutting-edge cool and honest Italian eating.”
2506 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-438-0488.
9. Versailles Restaurant
Ventanita for Cafecito. “A must-go for visitors and locals alike. Soak up authentic Miami vibes.”
3555 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-444-0240.
10. Harry’s Pizzeria
Shortrib Pizza and a Michael’s Genuine Home Brew. “Can’t wait till Michael opens in Coconut Grove.”
3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-275-4963.