Top 12 Miami Restaurants of 2018

And exhale.

What a year of exceptional culinary growth and panache for our feisty Magic City! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much enthusiasm by local diners, tourists, and the industry alike. I’m not saying it was a smooth ride, but even the heated discussions arrived fueled by passion and pride. Ahora si! Full steam ahead, Miami!

Before we kick off 2019 with tremendas ganas, I’d like to list my Top 12 Restaurants for 2018.

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The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller

The Surf Club Restaurant brings classic dishes and stellar service to South Florida. It’s not a void that needed to be filled, but rather an addition to our growing collection of brilliant chef-driven concepts. Already sailing smoothly and only in its first week, the forecast looks promising.

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THREE WYNWOOD

Hidden within the Wynwood Arcade complex, and surrounded by an area saturated with art, inquisitive visitors, and a touch of free-spirited chaos, this new empire sits quietly. . . and regally. The restaurant, edgy rooftop outdoor-lounge, and upcoming cooking school make up an ambitious and exciting trilogy by one of our very own: Floridian, New World Cuisine founding father, author, and chef-in-the-know Norman Van Aken.

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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 […]

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Miami Spice Photo Diaries 2017

Find all of my past Miami Spice coverage  HERE. This Photo Diaries page is a quick reference guide to my Miami Spice dinners, updated as they happen, and consolidated into one post. FEATURED: Bourbon Steak Scarpetta Milos by Costas Spiliadis db Bistro Phuc Yea Chef Adrianne’s Zuma Zest The Forge Byblos October 1st, 2017 Byblos 1545 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139 […]

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Byblos

Located in the beautiful space formerly used by Catch (by Season 3’s  Top Chef winner Chef Hung Huynh, who is no longer with the company) and within the Shorecrest building, Byblos delivered an impeccable experience I’m eager to repeat. I had every intention of solely trying their Miami Spice Menu. And I did. Sort of. After being cheerfully greeted by the hostesses, our […]

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Miami Spice Photo Diaries 2016

Last year I introduced the Photo Diaries as a quick reference guide to my Miami Spice dinners, updated as they happened, and consolidated into one post. All of my past Miami Spice coverage can be found HERE. This 2016 post features Stripsteak/ Le Zoo/ Byblos/ Ariete/ Blue Collar/ Tuyo/ Caffe Vialetto/ BLT Prime/ Timo/ Toro Toro/ Pied à Terre/ Macchialina/ Los Fuegos/ db Bistro/ Bourbon Steak September 30th, 2016 Stripsteak Inside the Fontainebleau Hotel 4441 Collins […]

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Pisco y Nazca

Pisco y Nazca sits amidst a buzzing Town & Country Mall in its surrounding Kendall suburbia. I’m not sure, but I think the last time I was in the area might have been when I visited Cafe Iguana. In college. In the 90s. Kidding. I think. I am happy to report that it looks completely different now. […]

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