Miami’s Ten Best Spring Dishes

Miami might not seem like it has four seasons, but the calendar still says it’s spring. That means eating lighter items made with seasonal produce. The results are plates that are colorful and inviting.

The Magic City’s best chefs are welcoming spring with fresh dishes, so head to these restaurants to try what’s new.

PAIGE ROSENTHAL | APRIL 12, 2018 | 10:30AM

1. Stiltsville Fish Bar.

Springtime addition the hammock salad ($15) sounds like a beach-day bite just by its name. The ingredients — grapefruit, local hearts of palm, avocado, local tomatoes, and butter crunch lettuce — are fresh and bright. For a spicier dive, the Cajun oysters ($15), also new for spring, are served with a grilled spicy andouille sausage, rémoulade, and creole squash slaw. 787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477;

Moroccan shakshouka
Moroccan shakshouka Photo courtesy of Boulud Sud

2. Boulud Sud.

The shakshouka ($16), a dish commonly made for breakfast in Morocco, is a fresh lunch item made with goat cheese, kale, and a soft-poached egg over a chunky tomato sauce. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-421-8800;

Salmon tartare and green apple
Salmon tartare and green apple Photo courtesy of El Cielo

3. El Cielo.

Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos’ El Cielo offers incredible tasting experiences. The restaurant’s new tasting menu, “The Visit” ($65), includes a dish that plays with the bright flavors of spring, with salmon tartare, apple fettuccine, and pomegranate seeds. 31 SE Fifth St., Miami; 305-755-8840;

Duffy's poke
Duffy’s poke by Laine Doss

4. Duffy’s Sports Grill.

The beloved sports bar and grill has introduced fresh, healthy items to lighten up its menu of sports-bar favorites. The orange ginger mahi ($16) starts with mahi-mahi brushed with an orange ginger glaze; served over stir-fried soba noodles with broccoli, red bell peppers, and onion; and finished with pineapple salsa.  The ahi tuna stack ($10) is flavored with Duffy’s own poke sauce.

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Cover Photo: The hammock salad Photo courtesy of Stiltsville Fish Bar

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