Nothing will make you feel more like a baller at a Miami restaurant than browsing the menu and setting it aside thoughtfully. And placing an order for something that only a select few are aware of. At least those who have read this post, as we have collected a list of the things you won’t find listed on the chef’s specials or the daily menu. Here are Miami‘s top hidden menu items. These are foods that are only made for a select few people upon special request. These are the things that will help you quickly turn into a total baller or at least have the impression of being one.
Secret menu items at Miami restaurants
1. Foreman burger at Pincho Factory
The Foreman, a typical Pincho burger (lettuce, tomato, secret sauce) between two grilled cheese sandwiches, was introduced to the chalkboard specials. When South Miami’s well-known burger business Pincho Factory initially debuted. The decadent dish was swiftly discontinued and never again advertised. But regulars with a voracious appetite know to request it specifically.
2. Aglio e olio from Macchialina
Macchialina is a welcome change in an era when South Beach is peppered with flashy Italian restaurants run by well-known chefs. Here, pomp is replaced by hominess, and the food is all just simply well-prepared renditions of classics. Few recipes are a better illustration of it than this straightforward dish. Which consists primarily of pasta, garlic, and olive oil. Just damn delicious, nothing fancy.
3. The Nashville fried chicken bucket at Benh Mi
There is no disputing that the fried chicken at Benh Mi is the crispiest in all of the country. Ask for it Nashville style; although it’s not on the menu, they’ll add “crack spice” and “crack sauce” (so named because it’s so addicting you might sell everything and drown yourself in it). Of course, you can buy a bucket of Nashville style, but what if you want something completely off the menu? Ask to have it packed into a banh mi, my friend.
4. Orno burger at Orno
From a chef nominated for a James Beard Award, a luscious, drippy burger? If you know how to ask for it, it’s available. During weekday happy hour, Chef Niven Patel’s Orno offers a very limited-time secret version of its eponymous burger (Tue–Sun 5:30–6:30 pm). Request the wagyu burger from your waitress to go with your half-priced glass (or bottle!) of wine.
5. The Berry Berry Mimosa at Peacock Garden Cafe
Until the eatery killed it, the brunch at Peacock Garden was popular because of its exquisite appearance. The berry mimosa, a concoction of orange juice, creme de cassis, berries (of course), and bubbly, was one of the brunch menu’s most popular drinks. The Peacock will still mix up one of these numbers for anyone smart enough to inquire even though brunch is no longer served here.
6. Sendai A5 Wagyu at Cote Miami
The 45-day dry-aged beef, which patrons can see from behind the glass of the red light dry-aging room, is what made the Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse famous. However, the majority of customers are unaware that Cote also offers a superb Wagyu as an off-menu special. The unusual diet of Sendai cows, who eat the rice stalks that produce Japan’s best sushi rice, results in a tasty, melt-in-your-mouth fatty cut. Ask for it the next time you eat out because it costs $52 an ounce and is rarely served. You won’t be let down.
7. Burger Beast’s signature burger at Cracker’s Southern Dining
It only seems logical that crackers would add Burger Beast’s famous burger to their secret menu. Smashed patties, American cheese, pickles, griddled onions, and guava sriracha ketchup on a fluffy potato roll. As created by the foremost authority in all things burger—are the marriage of a stick-to-your-ribs Southern dish with an item meant to conjure everything good about a burger.
8. Pan con tomate y boquerones at Pinch Kitchen
At Pinch, you may order a variety of Spanish appetizers, including as ceviche and marinated olives. The well-known pan con tomato from Catalonia which consists of house-made focaccia topped with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, and sliced speck, is also offered. Do you prefer fish to ham? Request that yours be made with boquerones from the server.
9. Sausages from Salumeria 104
Italian sausages are often made by chef Angelo Masarin in-house and added to a dish as one of many ingredients. However, the crispy-skinned links are also available as an entrée (although, inexplicably, not always). They’re a little spicy, loaded with fennel and herbs, and frequently served with polenta, a hearty dish that tastes as if it came directly from Tuscany.
10. Spicy edamame at Makoto
Most likely, the tuna crispy rice is why you visited Stephen Starr’s Japanese eatery at the Bal Harbour Shops. But first, order some of the renowned spicy edamame, which are pea pods that have been stir-fried in a Szechuan sauce and then garnished with chili threads and flaky sea salt.