Wine n Dine Co-Founder Josh Stern Shares His Miami Guide
Discover an insider’s guide to Miami where you can find all the details on where to go for every occasion by Josh Stern, founder of Wine N Dine.
Paying by phone is now even easier – and delicious! Wine n Dine, a technology restaurant company, has just rolled out its contactless payment to full service Miami restaurants! Customers use the QR code provided by the restaurant at the bottom of their check and can choose between various mobile payments such as Apple Pay, Google Pay or credit card. Not only is this payment option a secure way to check out, but it’s also much faster and easier. An expert in the field, Josh Stern, Co-Founder and CEO of Wine N Dine, gave us his gourmet guide to eating in Miami, including some of his favorite cocktails, date nights, and more!
Favorite Italian places:
49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach / website
Stern’s menu options include cult favorites, spicy Rigatoni vodka, Caesar alla ZZ salad, and eggplant and zucchini scapece starters.
2530 Ponce de Leon, Coral Gables / website
“One way to know how good an Italian place is is to see if Italians dine there. There are a lot of Italian customers in Portosole, ”explains Stern. He finds the place as authentic as in Miami and says the Tonnarelli al Cacio e Pepe is a must!
335 S Biscayne Blvd., Biscayne Bay / Website
Stern’s insider tip is to order the pasta sampler, because three are always better than one! Pasta samplers are usually not an everyday menu item. Take this opportunity to treat yourself to something.
820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach / website
1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach / website
Favorite sushi spots:
252 NW 25th St, Wynwood / Website
163 SE 1st St., Downtown Miami / Website
2700 N Miami Ave., Wynwood / website
The cave in Azabu
161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach / website
Blue ribbon sushi
336 21st St., Miami Beach / website
Favorite places based on plants:
850 Commerce St., Miami Beach / website
According to Stern, the plant-based Spicy Tuna Sushi Roll with Spicy Ahi Watermelon beats any crispy fish-based rice roll! He also mentions that you can’t forget to order the Torched and Pressed roll with avocado miso truffle icing.
7289 NW 2nd Ave., Little River / Website
Though not entirely vegetable, Stern says all pizzas are a must, and you can’t forget the tomato platter topped with kumato, citrus, and tarragon.
959 West Ave., Miami Beach / website
With a mostly plant-based menu, Pura Vida is the perfect place for healthy nuts or if you are looking for a healthy alternative with salads, sandwiches, bowls, smoothies and much more.
112 Madruga Ave., Coral Gables / website
Stern’s insider tip is to arrive there before 2 p.m., before the delicious oat bowls are sold out!
Market at EDITION
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach / Web site
Favorite date night spots:
35 NE 26th St., Edgewater / Website
1300 Brickell Bay Dr., Brickell / website
Forte dei Marmi
150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach / website
Call me Gaby
22 Washington Ave., Miami Beach / website
Bellini at MR C Coconut Grove
2988 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove / Web site
Favorite cocktail spots:
3500 Collins Ave., Miami Beach / Web site
1636 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach / Website
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami / website
Baia Beach Club
1100 West Ave., Miami Beach / Website
All-round favorite places:
Mandolin Aegan Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave., Design District / Website
Stern is one of the best desserts in Miami and recommends the baklava.
251 NW 25th St., Wynwood / Web site
Stern’s must is the Japanese sweet potato with white miso and black sugar.
Photography by: Portrait shot: Avi Gill
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