The home of the Miami Heat plies visitors with a handful of decent concessions like burgers, Cuban sandwiches and Mojo Donuts, but hungry fans (or those prone to angrily throwing concessions at every stupid call) should seek out a real meal somewhere before or after the game. With so many great restaurants nearby, it would be a shame to forego a pre or post-game dinner -- but maybe still hit Mojo Donuts for a courtside dessert.
You can’t get much closer to dining with the Heat than this eatery inside AA Arena. Ticket holders can access the two-floor restaurant (with lovely views out on to Biscayne Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows) 90 minutes before tip-off or swing by after the final buzzer. Options include classic stadium foods done up with elegant twists like roasted corn and crab dip, as well as Miami specialties like a Cuban sandwich and Pubbelly Sushi. But let’s face it, you’re really here for the self-serve craft beer wall.
601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
The Fooq’s menu proudly proclaims the restaurant “honors Persian tradition” by serving food family style, but menu options actually range across the globe. There’s a burger (made with a blend of brisket, skirt steak and short rib) and bucatini with pork belly, along with Persian classics like khoresh aloo and tahdig. With a decent wine list (and an especially robust bubbly section) and industrial-chic vibe, Fooq’s is a total crowd pleaser.
1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136
This pan-Latin eatery sits inside the InterContinental Hotel, making it a great option for anyone flying into town for a Heat game or locals meeting up with visiting friends. The fire of the wood-burning grill and live music infuse the entire restaurant with energy, making Toro Toro feel like a party whether you’re seated at the bar for happy hour (for $5 smoked wings and chorizo croquettes) or a massive meaty feast complete with tableside carving.
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131
Ceviche (or tiradito) is the order of the day at CVI.CHE. The Peruvian mini chain offers a sprawling menu of raw fish dishes, each with a range of sauces from slightly creamy to dry and spicy. Portions are substantial but won’t leave you feeling heavy -- unless you double down on Peruvian specialties like lomo saltado or frejoles con seco.
105 NE 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
What would a list like this be without a decent sports bar? Black Market themes itself after ‘80s-era Miami, or as the website puts it, “A time when cash reigned as king of a lawless city, the Orange Bowl served as holy ground, and the rest of country labeled us a ‘Paradise Lost.’” There are a ton of TVs, a lot of Miamians pregaming for the Heat, and a serious lineup of sandwiches and burgers to soak up all the beer you’ll inevitably down.
168 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131