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The summer season may almost be over, but mango season in tropical South Florida is in full swing. Though incredibly delicious when enjoyed straight from the tree, our city’s top chefs and barkeeps have mastered their own unique preparations of South Florida’s prized stone fruit. We’ve rounded up the best mango dishes and cocktails in Miami for your fruit-loving epicurean adventures.

Hakkasan {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.538.2000}

The upscale Chinese eatery at the Fontainebleau incorporates this Miami staple into The Golden Buddha made with Cazadores Reposado tequila, agave syrup, lime juice, mango juice, and muddled chili.

The Golden Buddha

Jaya at The Setai {2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 855.923.7899}

A cathedral of Asian and Indian dining at The Setai is Jaya helmed by Chef Viijay Veena. He incorporates this tangy fruit into the Yellowtail Mango Roll made with yellowtail, scallions, local neighborhood mango, and sushi rice.

Yellowtail Mango Roll

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann {3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.655.5600}

Argentine super chef Francis Mallmann is the mastermind behind this gaucho-inspired restaurant at the posh Faena Miami Beach. As such, expect rustic Argentine and Patagonian specialties like Oxtail Croquettes and Tortilla de Papa for appetizers. But it’s the desserts that keep things tropical with the vanilla profiterole with grilled mango.

26 Sushi & Tapas {9487 Harding Avenue, Surfside; 305.570.2626}

Since 2014, 26 Sushi & Tapas has remained one of the Miami dining scene’s best kept secrets. The Latin-Asian fusion eatery is a 100 percent certified kosher restaurant serving the vibrant, flavorful Japanese-Peruvian cuisine known as Nikkei. But those in the know—kosher or otherwise—have embraced the restaurant for its casually chic ambience, wallet-friendly pricing, and delicious cuisine. Now, in celebration of Miami’s everlasting summer, the restaurant unveils a refreshed menu featuring creative additions to abundant offerings perfect for the season. The Sushi Sandwich, meant to be eaten with the hands, consists of salmon, mango, avocado, scallion, and dynamite sauce, layered between “slices” of pressed rice, served with guava dipping sauce.

The Sushi Sandwich

By Sara Liss, contributing writer