132 // KITCHEN CON­FI­DEN­TIAL

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY CARLA TOR­RES

Some of Mi­ami’s most en­tic­ing dishes and cock­tails are kept un­der wraps and up the sleeves of the city’s best chefs and mixol­o­gists.

SOME OF MI­AMI’S MOST EN­TIC­ING DISHES AND

COCK­TAILS ARE KEPT UN­DER WRAPS AND UP THE

SLEEVES OF THE CITY’S BEST CHEFS AND MIXOL­O­GISTS.

How do you eat like a lo­cal in the know? By or­der­ing se­cret off-menu items—but you didn’t hear it from us.

PO’BOY PEARL: MIGNONETTE

DOWNTOWN Danny Ser­fer’s got a shuck­ing se­cret, and it comes in the form of a dou­ble-decker po’boy. That means your choice of bi­valves from the mar­quee, which chef de cui­sine Bobby Frank shucks and fries on the spot and adds to your conch or shrimp po’boy. It’s like find­ing a pearl in the ocean. 210 NE 18th St., Mi­ami, 305-3744635; mignonet­temi­ami.com PRINCE OF PIZZA: PAULIE GEE’S Don’t be fooled by the dozen-plus pies Paulie Gee is sling­ing; there’s more where those came from, namely the Re­turn to Prince Street pie with fra di­avolo sauce, spicy cupped pep­per­oni, fresh moz­zarella, and horse­rad­ish. Also: the best blis­ter­ing eggplant parm you’ve ever had. Insert eggplant emoji here. 8001 Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami, 786-558-8315; pauliegee.com

CHOCO­LATE WASTED: COYA In need of a drink that dou­bles as a pick-me-up? Whis­per the magic words “Al­gar­robina in the Trop­ics” to your bar­tender, and you shall re­ceive a pisco, egg white, Pan­ther cold brew, co­conut cream con­coc­tion gar­nished with shaved choco­late for sweet mea­sure. 999 Brick­ell Ave., Mi­ami, 305415-9990; co­yarestau­rant.com

TOP-SE­CRET BUNS:

PIN­CHO FAC­TORY The strug­gle of choos­ing be­tween the toston, fri­tanga, or que­sadilla burger at Pin­cho Fac­tory is real. Next time, in­quire about the fa­ther of the un­tra­di­tional burger— the Fore­man burger—with two grilled cheese sand­wiches as buns. Pro tip: Early birds on Sun­days get one of the baker’s dozen of pastelito burg­ers, which is ba­si­cally the same idea, but with guava pastelitos hold­ing your patty and cheese in­tact. 30 Gi­ralda Ave., Coral Gables, 305-4465666; pin­chofac­tory.com

MOON­LIGHT BRUNCH: FOOQ’S Reg­u­lars at Fooq’s al­ways or­der the bu­ca­tini am­a­tri­ciana. The en­light­ened, how­ever, know that the bu­ca­tini car­bonara from the brunch menu can also be had for sup­per. The more you know… 1035 N. Mi­ami Ave., Mi­ami, 786-5362749; fooqs­mi­ami.com

above, from left: The egg yolk-topped bu­ca­tini car­bonara at Fooq’s is a cult favorite; po’boy dou­ble-decker at Mignonette.

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