Top Ten Restaurants 2017

Choosing just ten restaurants for this list was almost an impossible task. How do I leave this one out? And that other one? Maybe I should make the list longer? What to do? But, what an outstanding problem to have. More importantly, what an outstanding year!

If I listed it here, then it means the restaurant offered a well-rounded, exceptional dining experience: food and service must have been on point! As an added plus, though not needed for my criteria, you can be sure they all rocked an inviting ambiance as well. The newcomers impressed, and the veterans achieved the hardest job of all. . . consistency!

Miami-Dade County Top Ten Restaurants

10. Bourbon Steak

9. Le Sirenuse *

8. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

7. Forte dei Marmi *

6. Pao by Paul Qui

5. Los Fuegos

4. TIE: Bazaar Mar* & The Bazaar by José Andrés

3. Stubborn Seed*  


1. Alter

Past Results 2016   2015   2014   2013

* New to the list

Broward County Top Ten Restaurants

Broward, not going to lie, I’m still disappointed with your lack of interesting, quality, and well-rounded dining options. Yes, I know you have great hidden gems here and there, but where are the comparables to the Miami list? The ones diners travel for and locals worship? You can do better. The restaurants listed below remain solid options for the area, but we need more.

10. Cafe Seville

9. Cafe Vico

8. Eduardo de San Angel

7. Burlock Coast

6. 3030 Ocean 

5. Tavolino della Notté

4. Monkitail *

3. Steak 954

2. Casa D’ Angelo

1. Kuro

Past Results 2016   2015   2014   2013

* New to the list


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