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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NAOE MIAMI: Kingdom of Cory

One of South Florida’s most well-respected restaurants hides behind a nondescript single door, and a sheer white curtain. NAOE, a natural Japanese cuisine hideaway, continues to receive high rankings and accolades without any signs of slowing down. And yet, “Where is that?” is still a question I often get. Two words, Miami: Brickell Key.

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Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Miami

Hear this well: As of May 2018, Miami still does not have a Michelin Guide. A restaurant cannot have a Michelin star, or two, or three without a guide to award them.

Do we need a guide? Of course not. We dance to the beat of our own drum. However, like it or not, having our own guide and/or placing on this list would put an official and prestigious stamp on what we already know: we rock.

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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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Top Ten Restaurants of 2015

It’s December and you know what that means: lists, lists, and more lists. What a difference a year makes! South Florida saw way too many restaurant closures this year. Only now does it seem like the tide is starting to turn and new restaurants are popping up everywhere you look. This list (different than my […]

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Miami Michelin Guide Selections

November 2014 Part 1  New York City has them. The San Francisco and Wine Country area has them. Chicago has them. Miami does not. Well, why not? How much longer do we have to wait? Miami restaurants are ready. Bring them on! I am, of course, talking about the much coveted Michelin stars given out […]

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My Top Restaurant Choices – 2013

“What is your favorite restaurant?” Why is that such a hard question for me to answer?  It’s the one question I receive time and time again, and it is almost impossible for me to answer on the spot. There are many variables I always consider before answering. I suppose I could compose several basic lists […]

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