As our search continued for some of the hottest places to dine in South Beach, we did not hesitate to head over to Lincoln Road when we heard about the latest place to shine in the spotlight; Miami Meat Market. If you are looking for a place that is a great combination of a place to be seen and a place for amazing steaks, then look no further.
The restaurant decor is an ultra-modern design, completely a South Beach vibe, and has a beautiful red tint throughout the interior of the restaurant. The lighting makes the intimate setting perfect for a romantic evening or just hanging with friends over cocktails. For a more casual evening, they have outdoor seating available on Lincoln Road.
For those who are looking for a change of just an okay cocktail selection at steakhouses, then Meat Market certainly gained our interest. Offered are their Signature and Forgotten Classics Cocktail menu. Packed with 13 tantalizing options, they all looked good, but we narrowed it down to four of what we think are the best options on the menu.
The Tangerine Dream was a must since we were in Florida, the citrus state, and is perfect combination of Nolets Gin, Proscecco and Fresh Citrus and a little Kiwi. The taste of freshness explodes when it hits your lips. The runner up for the best on the list behind the Tangerine Dream is the Blackberry Cobbler which is an amazing blend of Absolut Elyx, Blackberry, Fresh Citrus Sage and Bitters. This is one you have to be careful with as it very easy to sip on more than one. One last cocktail recommendation would be the Some Like It Hot which is a nice mix of Avion Reposado Tequila, Raspberry, Fresh Lime, Jalapeño Infused Agave Nectar, which proves spicy kick at the end. All of these cocktails are $16
If you are into raw bar style menu items, very few steakhouses can come as fresh with selections that match the six selections like the Tuna Tartare that is packed with flavor that takes away from the normal fish flavor of raw tuna you taste in sushi. The Avocado Smash and Mango mole combination made this one of the best stacks we have tried in a few years. It is also a very generous portion for sharing at $19. They also have some of the biggest Fresh Florida Stone Crab Claws we have seen in 15 years of Florida dining options. The crabs are Market Price and are limited supply.
For those who love Oysters, we have found an award winner in the Char Grilled Chimichurri Oysters. Whether you like raw or Rockefeller style, the char flavor on these is amazing. It is almost like mixing a steak and an oyster and eating it out of the shell. The Lemon, Roasted Peppers, Mixed Herbs, Garlic and Hollandaise sauce make this a delightful treat before the main course. Grab these quickly for $23.
One other suggestion came in the form of the Crab and Lobster Cake. An excellent-sized portion with cured pineapple, and a great idea for those not being able to choose from lobster or crab for $19.
Most steakhouses offer a couple soup and salad options, but the five different salad options including thick cuts of Buffalo Mozzarella, bright vine ripened tomatoes with the 12 year old Balsamic and Red Sea Salt made this one of the best salad selections we have tried in sometime, another great appetizer option for $18.
Now that we have heightened your interest, this is where the Meat Market gets high marks in steak selections and their creative sauce choices. We wanted to try a little different twist on steak so we opted for one of their Reserve Cuts that includes the 32-Ounce Center Cut Dry Aged Porterhouse from Creekstone Farm. Large enough to share, delicious enough to want to eat it all by yourself.
The 7-ounce A5 Kobe Filet Mignon is also a huge favorite of local patrons for $95 This Gold Label Kobe is pure delight and slices up like butter. The steaks are so juicy and flavorful, many patrons eat the steaks without any extra sauces however the Meat Market offers 11 different “creative sauces.” They are a must either on the side or on the steak, you will enjoy all of them. The Homemade MM A-100 is not your average sauce you find on the shelves, but does pack a little smokehouse punch with each bite. The Roasted Red Pepper Chimichurri is the most unique out of all of the sauces. Each sauce is available for $2.
Who likes surf? Well it is Miami, so we probably could be talking about the water, but we are talking about their fish options. While we didn’t go fishing this day, but once our fish was served it was clear that the Meat Market offers its clients the freshest fish. Options like the sea bass we sampled with Truffle Mashed Potatoes, wild mushrooms, sweet corn, tomato concasse and truffle nage simply makes this a wonderful meal, along with a terrific amount of fish served char grilled.
No steakhouse experience is complete without the Meat Market’s Signature Sides. We ordered the Brussels sprouts, which most recently have become an in-demand side at many restaurants. The bacon and almond added a lovely smoky and sweetness for ultimate perfection. We also ordered the assorted roasted beets with goat cheese which were also mouthwatering. The last side was the Mac n Cheese, which was rich and just oh so good. The noodles they pack the dish with size tremendous burst of cheese flavor. All of the sides are available for $10.
While you may be quite full from all of the main course options, you can’t leave Meat Market without trying one of their six dessert options. Our first option of the night was the The Meat Market Cube Trio of Chocolate Mousse, Panna Cotta and Salted Caramel Ice Cream and a little Berry Fluid Gel spread out over top. This is one amazing ending to a great night.
Keeping on the chocolate theme, your second best option on the menu is Chocolate Temptation. It will have you craving more of its gooey center and the Salted Caramel Ice Cream is a sugar seekers delight.
If you’re looking for a more upscale steakhouse around this part of town, or just looking for the best Brussels sprouts ever, this is the place to go. Point taken, there is a selection for everyone.
The Meat Market is located at
915 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
For reservations call (305) 532-0088 or visit their website at www.meatmarketmiami.com