Michelin Guide -- Miami
Let's have fun making one.
Vote using the Michelin Star system...
Ortanique on the Mile
Hiro's Yakko San
Even though I like the SoFla dining scene just fine, I really question whether any local place would crack 1 star. I only say that because Michelin attributes so much to service and ambiance, not just quality of food. Michy's is too crowded, Michael's too informal (which is not a shortcoming to me, but is to Michelin). I enjoy Chef Allen's, but once had a glass of water dumped in my lap (the Michelin man would be non plussed, though I was more amiable). Finally, Michelin is very Franco-centric (giving fusion and ethnic establishments a handicap).
So here would be my guess:
3 stars: none (hey, remember that NYC had very very few when it happened)
2 stars: Palme d'Or (remember, franco-centric)
1 star: many from the above.
I was thinking about this very issue when I was trying to figure out where to dine for a 10th anniversary (end of August). I was thinking "what local place could match europe, Alinea in Chicago, Jean Georges, Thomas Keller, etc." and the conclusion I came to was that we should fly out of town to celebrate. That wasn't realistic, so I'm going to try Boubon Steak (being somewhere so new on such a special occasion is a little foolhardy), which I think has the potential to be 1-star or maybe even 2-star if the service and surroundings are as good as some here have said (Michelin doesn't care about price, except when it comes to the fork-ratings).
To conclude, I wouldn't mind being in a NO-michelin town, as long as there were lots of 4-fork and 3-fork restaurants delivering good food in a casual atmosphere at a good value, but on those rare every 10 year occasions when you really want to high-roll, we don't suffer from too much choice.
re: non sequitur
of course i agree that we don't have michelin level restaurants in miami, but i wanted to have fun ranking the miami restaurants in a similar manner, with the scale of 3 stars at least to the most deserving restaurants for miami level of dining
was looking more for a relative ranking opinion, since the same restaurants usually are all on the same listing when discussing miami "fine" dining
Our family went to Por Fin for a special occasion on Sunday afternoon. Nice decor and good service. Terrible food. I had the seafood stew on the Miami Spice menu and it was filled with potatoes. Someone had a foie gras appetizer and said it was the worst he had ever had. Chocolate mousse was ordinary. I have eaten in two star Michelin restaurants in France and Por Fin would not have been mentioned in the book. I had read the review in the New Times and was hopeful. I will not return.