Best of Miami 2021: According to Me

Weather isn’t everything here, but it’s ahead of whatever’s in second place. When the weather report chases everyone into the closet for boots, jackets, and hoodies to enjoy an upcoming cold front, we do what we do: sit outside and judge things. So here is a random, opinionated 2021 breakdown. Local Treasures: La Sandwicherie Miami Beach, Sweat Records, Books & Books Coral Gables, The Biltmore, Joe’s Stone Crab, Versailles, Enriqueta’s, Tropical Chinese, El Carajo, Islas Canarias, Sergio’s Coral Way, French Bakery Delices De France, Bodega, Panther, Farm Store, Happy Wine Calle Ocho, Art Basel satellites, Aguacate Sanctuary of Love, lllPointsBest Neighborhoods: The Grove, Sunset HarborBest Neighborhood to Live Near: South MiamiWeird Places: Downtown Doral, South Dixie Highway toward Homestead, West West West Kendall at rush hourLandmark Oddities: the Bacardi Building, Cape Florida Lighthouse, That Thing at Shark Valley, The Coppertone Girl, Freedom Tower, The Biltmore Hotel, Venetian Pool, Opa-Locka City Hall, Earth n Us, the BoomboxBeautiful Drinking: Broken Shaker, Amara, Vista, Heartland, RedfishVegan: Aguacate, Love Life, Minty Z, Vegan Cuban Food, PlantaGreat View + Huge Portions: RedfishCinema: Tower, Olympia, Coral Gables Art CinemaStood the Test of Time: Puerto Sagua, Versailles, Islas Canarias, 94th Aero Squadron, Whip n Dip, Walter’s Coffee Shop, Coral Bagels, La Carreta, Casola’sBest Supermarket: Milam’s PinecrestBest Asian Market: Kimchi MartBest Italian Market: Origini Italian MarketBest Farmers/Flea Market: Redland Market VillageVarious Degrees of Seriously Pretty: Heartland, Aguacate Sanctuary of Love, Casa Tua, Zak the Baker, Redfish, Amara, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Matheson HammockFunky: Lagniappe, Wynwood Brewery, Gramps, Zak the Baker, Shorty’s, Soya e Pomodoro, Caribbean Roti, Maxwell Brothers, CoyoRooftops for Deep Pockets: Sugar, Juvia, Area 31, SerenaNormal Rooftops: Cebada, Casa Florida, Terras24/7 Pretentious: BrickellDelicious: Bachour, La Social, La Latina, Havana Harry’s, Matsuri, Finka, Empanada Harry’s, Zak’s Sam & CheeseBest Serious Bakers: Zak the Baker, Bachour, French Bakery, Fireman Derek’s, Salty Donut, Rosetta, Atelier Monnier, Sullivan StreetBest Cheap Bakers: Macita’s, Pinecrest, Party Cake, Ricky, Vicky, CAOBest Food Writers: Carlos Frías, Ryan PfefferBest Weather Forecaster: Luke DorrisMost Pleasant Local News Anchor: Jenise FernandezRadio Person Most Missed: HOT 105 DJ Freddie CruzBest Miami Group that Still Sounds Great: KC and the Sunshine BandBest Miami Musician You Never Hear Of: Willie Hale AKA Little BeaverBest Record Store: Sweat RecordsBest Independent Publisher: Jitney Books David RollandBest Mechanic and Cleanest Shop in Repair History: Trevor King at Car Care InternationalOld School/Retro: Books & Books, Lagniappe, Casa FloridaSee and Be Seen: Greenstreet, Friends Market and Bistro, Bachour, AmaraBest and Worst at the Same Time: Miami sports teams, Wynwood, Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road, Downtown, Art Basel