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Barceloneta

Critics' pick
© Gabriel Pedre
South Beach

There’s a reason why this Spanish tapas joint is sandwiched next to two members of the Pubbelly family of restaurants: she’s their little sister. Opened in 2011, small plates of well-balanced Catalan classics are the specialty here, and they’re served up by an impressive staff of true hospitality professionals (after 24 hours in Miami, you’ll understand why this is so noteworthy). Carnivores will appreciate flavorful dishes of tempranillo-braised oxtail with creamy polenta and rabbit rillettes with a cherry brandy compote, while veggie-lovers will want seconds of crispy patatas bravas, spicy shishito peppers (topped with a decadent valdeón cheese) and a rich potato and onion omelette. If nothing on the extensive wine list strikes your fancy, opt for an exotic specialty martini (the Cardamomo, made with tequila, lime juice, fresh pineapple and cardamom pods, complements much of the menu).

Venue name: Barceloneta
Address: 1400 20th Street
at Purdy Avenue
Miami

Venue phone: 305 538 9299
Website: http://www.barcelonetarestaurant.com
Opening hours: 6pm-midnight Mon—Sat; noon–4pm, 6–11pm Sun
Transport: Bus 117, 123
Price: Main courses $5–$22
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