My Top Restaurant Choices – 2014

With so many incredible dining options, narrowing my favorite restaurants down always proves to be a difficult task. This list of favorites is different than last month’s Miami Michelin Guide Selections post (where I chose what I think are South Florida’s BEST restaurants, worthy of a Michelin nod). The criteria for the following list is more straightforward; if a restaurant is mentioned, you can most likely find me dining there on any given day. The restaurants I listed here are my personal, day-to-day favorites. In an effort to keep it simple and to the point, I did not separate the restaurants by price range, food type, location, or ambiance. Instead, I have listed them in preference order.

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Miami-Dade County

16. Verde

15. Bourbon Steak 

14. Sugarcane

13. Macchialina

12. J&G Grill Up to November 2014 when Chef Kilgore left. 

11. Michael’s Genuine

10. db Bistro Moderne

9. Siena Tavern Barely two months old, but I had to add them to my list. 

8. Khong River House 

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7. Scarpetta 

6. Hakkasan

5. Zuma

4. La Mar

3. 1826 Restaurant & Lounge Up to November 2014 when Chef Grant left.

2. MC Kitchen

1. Shikany New and in charge. With a record 12 visits by me since April, Shikany’s has easily swept me off my feet and is my number one choice!

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11. Serafina Trattoria Italiana

10. Lobster Bar & Sea Grille

9. Valentino

8. 3030 Ocean

7. Mustard Seed Bistro

6. Thai Spice

5. Eduardo de San Angel

4. S3

3. Ireland’s Steakhouse

2. Casa D’ Angelo

1. Steak 954

I would like to take a moment to formally say goodbye to some old favorites that closed this year: SAIA, Catch Miami, PB Steak, Escopazzo, and Mister Collins.  

Did your favorites make my list? Which restaurant are you eager to try this upcoming year?

Until then, keep those palettes colorful. Thank you for reading, posting, and sharing.

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Cheers to 2015!

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Miss last year’s list? How does this list compare to 2013’s? Check it out HERE.

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