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Last-minute restaurant gift cards for food lovers

The food lovers in your life should be pretty easy to please this holiday season: Just think food.

As in, a gift card to one of the best restaurants in Miami. You'll be giving them an experience, something to talk about and maybe something to invite you along to. Plus, these gift cards are all available online, so your holiday shopping will be done in a few clicks.

StripSteak at the Fontainebleau, Miami Beach

Michael Mina's spin-off of his successful Las Vegas steakhouse, and the latest addition to his Fontainebleau culinary empire, is the talk of the town's meat lovers. Cover the cost of a dry-aged 32-ounce T-bone ($118) from the comfort of your home. Hey, recipients can also use this gift card toward a spa day!

Palme d'Or at The Biltmore, Coral Gables

Michelin-starred chef and James Beard Rising Star nominee Gregory Pugin's authentic fine dining French culinary experience is one of the most sought-after in town. Don't know how much to spend? Here's a suggestion: The chef's carefully executed seven-course tasting menu goes for $135 a person, not including tip and tax. Wink, wink.

Makoto, Bal Harbour

Before Morimoto landed in SoBe, his mentee was already bedazzling patrons with intricate Japanese fusion dishes at his namesake restaurant. The highlights of the menu, however, are the American Wagyu steaks, including an A5 strip ($150). It gets better: If you spend $500 on gift cards, you receive a $50 bonus along with every additional $250.

Shikany, Wynwood

Michael Shikany's personal dining utopia is the artsy neighborhood's fine dining dstination. Junglelike gardens and dim lighting set the mood for multicourse tasting menus featuring luxe ingredients like lobster claw and wild boar cheek. This experience will ensure a thank-you note (and maybe even an invitation along).

Meat Market, South Beach

The favorite destination in vibrant pedestrian mall Lincoln Road is perfect for even those who have been naughty. Besides offering a hefty mélange of meats from the wood-burning grill—including a selection of reserve cuts—the menu also has mind-altering cocktails from mixologist Ezra Pattek.

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink and The Cypress Room, Design District

The Genuine Hospitality Group knows a thing or two about spreading holiday cheer. Its gift card can be used at any of its restaurants, including its flagship Michael's, high-end spot The Cypress Room, and wood-oven pizzeria Harry's as well. Think of it as the gift card for anyone and everyone.

Bazaar by José Andrés, South Beach 

Nothing says happy holidays like a whimsical spread of molecular gastronomy tapas at Bazaar. Andrés's taco is probably the priciest taco in town: Jamón Iberico envelops a dollop of caviar, delivering Spain in a bite of blissful delight. And when you purchase $100 in gift cards, you get $25 for you. Caviar dreams, anyone?

Joe's Stone Crab, South Beach

Stone crabs are a tradition this time of year; this is why the Joe's gift card is a default crowd-pleaser. It can be used toward dinner at the restaurant or a large delivery of the colossal beauties at home. Since this gift may get you invited over again for a stone crab party, it's a win-win all around.