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Miami/Miami Beach - how's my list?

TeacherFoodie Sep 28, 2013 10:54 AM

Here is my list from researching Chowhound and Yelp. Please let me know if anything should be added or deleted. The restaurants with stars beside are the ones that I saw mentioned more often so I would think they are the best choices. Please let me know if I have any errors!



Alta Mare
Barceloneta ****
Bazaar ***
BLT steak (brunch)
Blue Collar
Bourbon Steak
Buenos Aires Bakery - good baked goods; their churros are much better than Manolo down the street
captain's tavern
El Rey del Chivito - Uruguayan chivito sandwiches are their specialty
Etzel Itzik (don't get bourek, get lemon slushy)
Hakkasan (Dim Sum)
J&G Grill
Josh's Deli *
Las Vacas Gordas - Argentine parrillada (a bit pricey, and sometimes somewhat surly service, but still good)
Lucali (lunch friday and saturday only) *
Macchialina ****
Makoto * - sit at the sushi bar thurs afternoon-sunday and go omakase
Meat Market
Michael’s Genuine *****
Michy's ***
Milos - very expensive
Mixtura - Peruvian, one of the nicer-looking restaurants in this area, and pretty good food.
Moises Bakery - very good Venezuelan and Argentine baked goods (tequeños, cachitos, empanadas); more of a take-out place
My Ceviche **
naoe (best sushi in Miami)
Nemesis *
PB steak ****** good for brunch too - Maine lobster taquitos, steak tartare slider, pumpkin pie pancakes, and bacon confit
Pubbelly Sushi ***
Puerto Sagua *
Red the Steakhouse *
Restaurant Michael Schwartz *
River Oyster Bar *
Sabores Chilenos (pastel de choclo, arepas - domino)
Sardinia **
Sazon Cuban Cuisine - reasonably good Cuban food; if you liked Puerto Sagua you'll like Sazon.
the cypress room
The Dutch ****** (rib-eye for 2)
Tongue and Cheek ** (good for brunch too)
Tuyo **
V & S (subs - Boca) **

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    autumm Oct 1, 2013 09:14 PM

    3 words: Joe's Stone Crab. I HATE mustard, but their mustard dip for crab changed my opinion in a big way. Go for lunch, less of a wait.

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      tpigeon Sep 29, 2013 10:25 PM

      Very ambitious list
      Alta Mare lost its chef...have not been since that happened...

      Lucali serves lunch on sunday too -- 1pm friday-sunday

      pb steak -- the ceviche taquitos are actually superior to the maine lobster ones if you choose one choose ceviche taquitos - bacon confit if you are going brunch is not as good as the pork belly benedict -- bacon confit is on the dinner menu as well though..., I would get foie mousse on the pumpkin pie pancakes...

      I would add taco belly - lunch only m-f 12-3pm
      Graziano's - I would do this over vacas gordas (bird rd location is best btw...)
      El Mago de las Fritas
      Papo Llega y Pon
      La Camaronera
      Db Bistro - expensive but best charcuterie in miami

      The dutch - besides the ribeye, oysters and oyster sliders are great too so is sheeps milk ricotta -- save room for their desserts, particularly the boston cream pie.

      Makoto - make a reservation if you want omakase.

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      1. re: tpigeon
        tpigeon Sep 30, 2013 06:27 AM

        You are missing Joe's Stone Crabs - Opens the 15th.

        1. re: tpigeon
          TeacherFoodie Oct 1, 2013 05:36 PM

          Thanks! What would you list as your top 5?

          1. re: TeacherFoodie
            tpigeon Oct 1, 2013 06:41 PM

            Favorite or best?

            1. re: tpigeon
              tpigeon Oct 1, 2013 08:57 PM

              By best I mean best food.

              1. re: tpigeon
                TeacherFoodie Oct 2, 2013 03:22 PM

                Best food is what I'm looking for. Not necessarily the most expensive but just somewhere where the food keeps you wanting to go back. Also trying to hit the Miami specialties. Service should be good to great. Thanks!

                1. re: TeacherFoodie
                  tpigeon Oct 2, 2013 07:52 PM

                  Db Bistro

                  There are many others that it hurt me to leave out. I hate it that these places are all expensive but at the end of the day they have the most memorable stuff.

                  1. re: tpigeon
                    TeacherFoodie Oct 3, 2013 02:50 PM

                    Thanks tpigeon!

                  2. re: TeacherFoodie
                    bouncepass Oct 15, 2013 10:16 PM

                    As a frequent visitor, these are the places that I return to:

                    Michael's Genuine
                    Joe's Stone Crab
                    My Ceviche

                    Naoe is very high quality but lacks somewhat in value. If money is no object, it makes the top 5, bumping My Ceviche.

                    And two not on your list that I'm a big fan of:

                    El Palacio de Los Jugos for chicharrones and a fresh juice (guava, mango, watermelon...). Some people like the tostones there too.

                    El Rincon Asturiano for rather traditional Spanish tapas (none of the modern fancy-pants stuff here). Don't get the paella, get the jamon iberico plate (great deal for being outside Spain... it's even properly sliced) and otherwise stick mainly to seafood dishes and you'll do very nicely.

          2. CFByrne Sep 29, 2013 05:08 AM

            If you are looking for some sort of Top 25 type list you should not miss...

            I would put a ton of weight on the suggestions in these lists:




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            1. re: CFByrne
              TeacherFoodie Sep 29, 2013 03:21 PM

              Thanks for the help!

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              grdns Sep 29, 2013 04:40 AM

              Sounds like a "bucket list" for gourmonds!

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