Post-Quar Fine Dining in Miami

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Huh? What are those pointy things glaring back at me? That’s SO February 2020! No more chancletas? Do I still know how to walk in those? It turns out I do, and I wore heels twice this weekend to visit two of my favorite newly-reopened restaurants. How did the experience compare to pre-quarantine fine dining? What safety measures did each restaurant take? Did I feel safe?

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami

They walked in unison towards our section to present the next course. I’d been anticipating that first bite of the famous beef and foie gras burger for a while. The two gentlemen paused and looked at each other. With a quick acknowledging nod, they swiftly presented the burger up and over the counter, placing the dish […]

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Let’s Talk Food!

I recently visited the 88.9 WDNA Radio studios in Miami to sit with journalist Linda Gassenheimer of Food, News, and Views and discuss the South Florida dining scene and the recent unveiling of my Top 15 Miami Restaurants Palette Awards.  Who made the list? How do I choose which restaurants to include? What happens when a chef leaves […]

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Top 15 Miami Restaurants of 2019: Palette Awards

The talent making up our Miami culinary scene continues to unapologetically redefine itself, cement its roots, and come out swinging. When compared to other cities, it’s obvious our food and beverage programs are newer and growing. Still, as they dance to the beat of their own drum, it’s hard to ignore the current rhythm and vibe output.

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Top 30 Bites: Miami 2019

Scroll at your own risk. Serious Miami foodporn ahead.

How to even begin to choose only 30 bites from the many dishes I had throughout the year? I love that it wasn’t easy, and that each photo brought back memories of each one. This means Miami continued making this exercise tough on me by once again upping the game. I researched, chose, changed my mind, chose again, and finally committed to a solid 30.

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Kilgore Culinary Knockout: Kaido, Ama, & Ember

I can’t think of a chef I’ve mentioned more on this blog than Bradley Kilgore. There’s a good reason for that. It’s impossible to talk about Miami’s current culinary sweet spot without mentioning his name. The mile-long list of accolades continues to mount as South Florida sits royally reaping the benefits of his class-act empire. His newest ventures follow the established Alter and Brava, and leave no stone unturned. From intricate interior design execution to, more importantly, bites of a lifetime, every restaurant exists at turnkey status.

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Cafe La Trova: Que Rico Vacilón

Who knew we needed yet another Cuban spot in Miami? I mean, aren’t we already synonymous with everything Cuba? Pero, parece que sí, and I’m drinking the Kool-Aid guarapo, señores y señoras!

Stationed perfectly en la Calle Ocho, Cafe La Trova brings sazón and a little refresher on the traditional Cuban fare. The reason? James Beard Award-winner Chef Michelle Bernstein. Unless you’ve been living under la saya de tu abuela, you already KNOW she’s South Florida royalty: Bernstein, not tu abuela. Google her si no sabes, porque I don’t have time to recap.

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Star Power at Fiola Miami

What’s that? Another restaurant has opened in Miami? Prices are high? Prime hours are blocked on OpenTable? Packed at all hours?  So? What else is new? Sounds just like another day in South Florida. Restaurateurs, chefs, investors and everyone in between continue flocking south, trying to sway their way into our hearts and stay for the long-haul. Ha! If it was only that simple. Curious and hungry (as usual), I made a reservation and have visited several times. Spoiler alert: I can now say I am swayed and impressed.

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