Part seafood grill, part fish market, Don Camaron Seafood Grill Restaurant is completely dedicated to fresh fish. At the market, the knowledgeable staff assists guests with selections of domestic fish and crustaceans such as grouper, red snapper, and, when in season, Florida lobster and stone crabs. Likewise, the grill's chefs prepare a wide range of seafood-oriented dishes, ranging from shrimp alfredo to ceviche to salmon. For its presence at the Miami Marlins' stadium, Don Camaron's fruit of the sea has even been spotlighted by Forbes, the first fish to be lauded by the financial magazine since Jaws made $470 million at the box office.
The family-owned La Rosa Restaurant has been treating diners to upscale Cuban fare for more than four decades. House specialties run the gamut from stuffed beef tenderloin to Valencian paella, and the menu offers more than a dozen fresh seafood dishes, including crab-stuffed snapper, lobster Creole, and mahi mahi in savory garlic sauce. Meat-lovers can fill up on pork churrasco, baby filet mignon, or rack of lamb, while Cuban-style sandwiches and croquettes make for lighter options. To accompany these savory dishes, the staff prepares mango pie and cream cheese custard and fills glasses with Spanish, Italian, and Australian wines.
Some may overlook Salmon and Salmon Restaurant, given its strip mall location and proximity to the always-bustling airport, but it is one of the best places for an authentic Peruvian meal. With cozy quarters and seats for only about 30 people, it is likely that customers will find a wait, but the bread and dipping sauce – a slightly spicy green concoction known as aji – that are served to patrons as soon as they sit down make it easy to forget about the time spent in line. The restaurant is known for its whole fish served either fried or poached with fresh vegetables, and its fish with salsa. It is open for lunch and dinner and does a hefty takeout business.
The delicate scent of lemongrass and galangal wafts from a bowl of jumbo shrimp, whose coconut-milk broth belies the fiery undercurrent of jalapeño chilies. Nuanced dishes such as these have earned Chef Johnson Teh's Yuga Restaurant its status as Best Japanese Restaurant in 2011. His pan-Asian dishes were heralded in a New Times article as “subtle yet stunning, a dainty but daring calibration of sweet, tart, salty, and spicy that ignites into singular bursts of exquisite taste.” Not content to linger in the kitchen, Chef Teh further deepens the public's appreciation of Asian traditions by hosting themed dinners whose topics have included macrobiotic cooking, Filipino comfort food, and tips for discerning cryptic fortune cookies.
Chef Willy Hernandez is an international man through and through—and the evidence can be tasted at Zielo Restaurant. His Dominican Republic heritage presents itself in the Caribbean-steeped trio ceviche, with shrimp, whitefish, and coconut-ginger tuna, or the ahi tuna tartare, served over a plantain nest. But influences from Asia, Italy, and France weave their way into the dinner entrees, resulting in such dishes as truffle-infused risotto. And the time Chef Hernandez spent in New York while training in the William's Culinary Institute also gets some face time with the cowboy ribeye and rack of lamb dressed in mustard sauce.
Guests pair this culinary voyage with sips of wines curated by general manager Ervin Machado, a sommelier and wine judge. The deep red of a Louis Martini cabernet sauvignon or Charles Krug pinot noir pops amid the predominantly ivory color scheme, joining the russet tones of the leather-bound volumes upon backlit bookshelves. Calculated swathes of cobalt add another dimension throughout the restaurant, resurfacing on water glasses, lampshades, the front of the bar, and the faces of those competing in breath-holding competitions.
Though it's one of the more popular menu items at Catch of the Day, the only constant on the Catch's fish sandwich is a layer of grilled onions. Otherwise, its contents shift based on the kitchen's supply of fresh fish and the guest's preparation preference: grilled, blackened, or fried. This unpredictable dish sits beside shrimp wraps and Black Angus burgers on the seafood restaurant's expansive menu. The pages also gather shellfish, fillets, pastas, steaks, and housemade soups along with internationally inspired dishes such as paella and ceviche.
At both locations, Catch of the Day's atmosphere matches its oceanic eats. Nautical decor spread throughout the space includes underwater murals, hanging lifesavers, Captain Nemo, and suspended models of swimming fish. Happy hour unleashes a slew of specials at the bar, and live entertainment frequently sets meals against a musical backdrop.