Top 30 Bites: MIAMI

What a year! The Miami culinary scene is booming.

Confession: I’m having the hardest time choosing the restaurants that will top my list as 2016’s best (for the annual Miami-Dade & Broward Top Restaurants List I always post). What a great problem to have! As I reviewed my photos for that project, I came across a ridiculous number of dishes I’d love to repeat. Therefore, I’ve decided to highlight the Top 30 BEST BITES I had this year.

This isn’t a list of the best places to eat or the best food I’ve ever had. It’s also not indicative of how I’ll place these restaurants on my Top Restaurants list next month. It’s simply a list of the single best dishes I had, just this year alone. Most are in Miami, but I did sneak in a few worthy Broward nominees. My criteria? These dishes have all stayed me long after I tried them (and no, I’m not talking about my hips. Although they’ve stayed there too). These are the ones I couldn’t stop telling everyone about. Some you most likely saw me post about on social media. I knew I was on the right track when I found myself oohing at each photo I uploaded for this post.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any hunger this post may cause. Ready? Here we go!

30. Cloud Nine Komodo

29. Cola Duck Phuc Yea

28. Pastelito y Café Bourbon Steak

27. Blackened Mahi Bourbon Steak

26. Braised Australian Lamb Shank La Fresa Francesa

25. Chilean Seabass Miso KURO

24. Guava Crepe La Fresa Francesa

23. Croquetas La Feria by Mercado San Miguel

22. Heritage Breed Poulet Rouge MC Kitchen

21. Baby Back Ribs Quality Meats

20. Braised Oxtail La Fresa Francesa

19. Orange Chicken Shokudo

18. Fried PB &J Tavolino della Notte

17. Napoleon Los Fuegos

16. Wagyu Beef Brisket KYU

15. Stone Pot Thai Pork Fried Rice KYU

14. Unicorn PAO

13. Coconut Cake TIMO

12. Pastrami Egg Roll Komodo

11. Risotto Cacio e Pepe Alter

10. Wagyu Short Rib Empanadas Tavolino della Notte

9. Corn Kakiage KURO

8. Filet Mignon Empanadas Los Fuegos

7. Soft Egg Alter

6. Korean Fried Chicken La Mar

5. Prime NY Strip & Rib Eye Cap and Foie Bourbon Steak (Special event by Cobaya Miami)

4. Foie Gras Ariete

3. Praline Black Truffle Pide Byblos

2. Mom’s Coconut Cake KYU

1. 12oz Australian Lamb Rack Los Fuegos