The List: Miami's best food with Sushi Maki's Abe Ng

Abe Ng, founder of Sushi Maki.

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.

2. Samurai

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. 

6. Jugofresh

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.