Destinations outside South Beach
A couple of my favorites:
Design District / Midtown: Michael's Genuine, Harry's Pizzeria, Sugarcane, Sakaya Kitchen, Salumeria 104, Acme Bakery, Mandolin Aegean Bistro.
North Beach: Sazon Cuban Cuisine, Moises Bakery, El Rey del Chivito, La Perrada de Edgar, Buenos Aires Bakery, Las Vacas Gordas.
I have recently caught up with a 1972 back issue of the New Yorker and concluded South Beach and not New York is in fact, the center of the universe, so I am not sure why you would ever want to leave, but just in case...here are some others Frod did not mention, in no particular order...
El Mago de Las Fritas
Papo Llega y Pon
Michy's - expensive
Makoto - expensive
Not sure why Frod didn't mention Momi Ramen -- I have never been but he likes it a lot
MC Kitchen - expensive
River Oyster Bar (I heard good things about Oak Tavern Too)
Buena Vista Bistro and Buena Vista Deli,
In the fountainbleu Scarpetta and Hakkasan are both very expensive but very good.
Bourbon Steak -- Kind of far, expensive
Edge Steak Bar - expensive
Tuyo - expensive
1500 Degrees - expensive
Naoe - expensive
Db Bistro - expensive
Here is another list you can refer to. I think it is pretty good except Eating House is wildly overrated.
I was just thinking general destinations / neighborhoods when I said "favorites" rather than particular restaurants.
But that is a very good list, even if it isn't organized geographically in any useful manner (that must be what happens to your brain when you spend too much time on South Beach). ;-)
To try to get a little more organized and add a few more destinations, duplicating many of the places TP mentioned:
Downtown / Brickell: River Oyster Bar, Edge Steak, Momi Ramen, Nemesis, Tuyo, Sakaya Kitchen (downtown location), Naoe, DB Bistro Moderne, Zuma.
Coral Gables: Eating House ("wildly overrated" is an overstatement), The Local (not as good since Alberto Cabrera left), Bread & Butter (Cabrera's new place, just had my first lunch there, has promise), Graziano's, Francesco, Chu's Taiwan Kitchen.
Aventura / Sunny Isles / North Miami Beach: Bourbon Steak, Hiro's Yakko-San, Chef Philip Ho, Panya Thai, Cheen Huaye, I hear good things about King Palace Chinese BBQ.
Biscayne Corridor: The Federal, Michy's, Blue Collar, Ouzo's (f/k/a Anise Taverna), Ni.Do Caffe (I didn't like this quite as much as others and have heard there was a chef change), swing around the corner down 79th St. to Schnitzel Haus. RIP Red Light.
Bal Harbour / Surfside: Makoto, Josh's Deli, J&G Grill.