Though Shelley’s predominantly serves seafood, it’s actually named for its historic building in South Miami. Executive chef Cleo Hethington, pictured, has quite an impressive résumé, having cooked at the Optimist, Ford Fry’s ode to seafood in Atlanta, and James Beard semifinalist Brad Kilgore’s Alter here. But his Gulf Coast upbringing and time in the Navy are really behind Southern specialties like fried catfish and grits and a fried chicken sandwich with yuzu pickles. There’s even a fried mushroom—hen of the woods, which rarely appears on Miami menus. To get in the nautical mood, diners are engulfed by Old Florida décor depicting marine critters. He welcomes Miamians with new twists, whether cane butter and sweet chili garlic to jazz up mofongo fritters, or a Knaus Berry Farm-inspired sticky bun.
5845 Sunset Drive; 786.534.7830; shelleysmiami.com