First Look: Tambourine Room by Tristan Brandt

“Does Papi Steak have a Michelin Star?” asked a friend recently while we were at dinner. If that doesn’t encapsulate half of Miami’s overall knowledge of fine dining, I don’t know what does. No, Papi Steak does not have a Michelin Star, my dearest friend. For those lucky not to know what I am referring […]

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Top Ten Michelin-Starred Dinners of 2022

If you have been following The Whet Palette for a while, you know I have always kept close tabs on the U.S. Michelin Guide rankings, especially Miami’s path to its own guide for the last ten years. So how do all the restaurants compare throughout the country and abroad? Well, that’s one of the top […]

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Top 50 Sips 2022 by Mr. Whet Palette

1 – Château Pavie, 2005 France This beauty has been the leader in my clubhouse for two straight years! It is no secret that I am much more attracted to the merlot-reliant right bank (Pomerol and Saint-Emilion) Bordeauxs than the left bank cabernet-reliant Bordeauxs.  Château Pavie is not only my favorite right banker but might […]

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Top 30 Bites: Miami 2022

Serious Miami Foodporn Ahead This annual list, now entering its seventh edition, is solely based on MY personal dining experience. Perhaps you saw these bites posted on the blog or my Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok accounts at some point this year. Some bites never left my list and made a return appearance. Others are captivating new entries I […]

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Top 22 Miami Restaurants of 2022: Palette Awards

IMPORTANT: I know you want to scroll down quickly and see the results. And you can. But please read the following intro now or later to understand the “why” behind this list. What is it? What is it not? What went into the naming and placement of each honoree?  You can also choose to LISTEN […]

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PODCAST S1 E21: Miami Chef Spotlight on Kojin’s Pedro Mederos (now The Chef’s Counter at Hachidori Ramen)

Listen in as I chat with Miami chef Pedro Mederos of Kojin (now The Chef’s Counter at Hachidori Ramen). From South Florida to California’s wine country and everything in between (culinary school, Taco Bell, love, SingleThread, Alter, dumplings, Miami diners, omakase, Michelin, D&D, Pokemon, and babies), we discuss it all. Phew! Got that?  Not on Apple? Click below to […]

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PODCAST S1 E19 Miami Chef Spotlight on Timon Balloo

Up close and personal with Miami Chef Timon Balloo. Listen in as we take a deep dive into all things Balloo. How did food shape his life, and guide his journey to where it is today? Take a look behind the curtains as he bares all during this candid, heartfelt, and spirited interview.  What exactly is […]

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