Michael Schwartz, James Beard Award-winning chef

Chef Michael Schwartz has lived and worked in South Florida since the early 90s and owns five bustling Miami restaurants, including Cypress Tavern, Ella and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. “I think Miami is one of the most dynamic places to eat in the world,” Schwartz says. Here, brought to you by the makers of PEPCID®, helping food lovers explore great tastes without the fear of heartburn, he takes you on a local eating adventure that includes must-visit Cuban joints.

① 27 Restaurant & Bar

Built into a great, old remodeled house filled with vintage furniture and kitschy decor, the bar upstairs at 27 Restaurant has all the charm of old Florida (and a pool). Bar-Lab's Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta are my friends and nail it every time, especially when it comes to hospitality. Their innovative cocktail list, which includes drinks like Pear & Parm Bees Knees—a combo of Beefeater gin, a seared pear and Parmesan reduction and Florida citrus—has the perfect dose of nostalgia.

Photo: 27 Restaurant & Bar’s Hotel Freehand Miami

② Pita Hut

Don't be afraid: Walk back and load up your laffa with my favorite baba ghanoush and all the fixins at Pita Hut's legit Israeli salad bar of grilled and marinated vegetables like cabbage with za'atar. It’s not only delicious, but also mid-beach on the main artery, 41st Street, and a great deal.

Photo: Pita Hut

③ Joe’s Stone Crab

It might sound funny, but go here for the chicken! It’s the best fried chicken in Miami, and the best price. Joe's Take Away has your back when you have a hankering—or a hungry family waiting at home.

Photo: Joe's Stone Crab

④ Knaus Berry Farm

While the rest of the country deals with winter and snow, we have a growing season pretty much year-round. Knaus Berry Farm has been around for 60 years, but it makes my best-of list every time. From U-pick strawberries to their decadent strawberry milkshakes, you can't go wrong. Just remember to bring back cinnamon buns for your friends, or you will hear about it later.

Photo: Knaus Berry Farm
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⑤ Taquiza

This is where you will find the best tacos in Miami, thanks to freshly stone-ground blue masa tortillas. We buy them wholesale for the vegetable tacos at our restaurant in the Design District, Ella, but you can walk right up to the counter on Collins Avenue for a carnitas taco. You’ll also need an order of totopos (traditional Mexican tortilla chips) and guac.

Photo: Michael Schwartz

⑥ Panther Coffee

Panther Coffee brought high-quality coffee service to Miami. It's responsibly sourced from hardworking, passionate farmers across the globe, which they personally visit. With multiple locations around town, always in vibrant neighborhoods, this is where the locals gather to hang out and fuel up.

Photo: Panther Coffee

⑦ Zak the Baker

I have so much to say about Zak the Baker. Mr. Stern lives his trade, crafting some of the best artisan bread in town. (You can find his Jewish rye on our house-made pastrami sandwich at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink.) I'm looking forward to the opening of his new deli, as he transfers the bakery to a warehouse across the street.

Front photo: Zak The Baker
Back photo: Michael Schwartz

⑧ Soho House

Soho House is the place to be no matter what city you're in, and I love the particular charms of ours on Miami Beach. I've been a member for a few years now, but whether or not you're sipping a Vesper in the exclusive second-floor bar, which feels very 1940s Havana, or dining at Cecconi's outside under its string light-lined canopy, it's always a swanky good time.

Photo: Soho Beach House | Miami

⑨ True Loaf Bakery

True Loaf Bakery is at the forefront of Miami's baking renaissance and makes what the Magic City has been desperately needing for a very long time: the perfect plain croissant. Light, flaky, buttery and authentically French, this one is made by a Venezuelan born to a Czech father and American mother. Only in Miami!

Photo: Michael Schwartz

10  JoJo Teahouse

Tea is Mike Ortiz's temple, and he'll soon open his own, a tea house in Little Havana. You can't help but geek out on tea with this guy, from white to green, black to oolong. He even travels to China and Taiwan to meet with suppliers. Trust me—you will taste the difference.

Photo: Jojo Teahouse