For a quick trip across the Aegean, book a table at Mandolin. The Greek cooking doesn't disappoint, whether you're dining on sea bass grilled in lemon and olive oil, lamb kebabs with spicy yogurt or satisfying mezes such as smoked eggplant and grilled octopus.

It’s all Mediterranean whites and blues, colors that come to life under the strong Miami sun, especially if you sit in the back courtyard, shaded by the same trees that stretch over the surrounding Buena Vista neighborhood.