With its outdoor bar and deck filled with colorful chairs, Hola Arepa could easily fit into Miami's Design District or Venice Beach—really, any place with palm trees. Matching the aesthetic: The Aviso, a fizzy, slightly herbaceous cocktail made with gin, sparkling wine, Alpine genepy, and house-made mango-tonka-bean bitters. In 2018, watch for Hai Hai, a Southeast Asian spot from owners Birk Stefan Grudem and Christina Nguyen that will also highlight Grudem's drinks. —By Megan Krigbaum
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This food truck turned restaurant, both of which are painted in their signature turquoise color, delights with their twist on the Venezuelan arepa, a mini sandwich of messy goodness. Corn cakes are griddled and stuffed with a mix of flavorful meat like slow-roasted pork or chorizo sausage, black beans, veggies, cheese and salsa. To top it off, they’re served with a side of thick and creamy yuca fries.