Miami/Miami Beach - how's my list?
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!
BLT steak (brunch)
Buenos Aires Bakery - good baked goods; their churros are much better than Manolo down the street
El Rey del Chivito - Uruguayan chivito sandwiches are their specialty
Etzel Itzik (don't get bourek, get lemon slushy)
Hakkasan (Dim Sum)
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) *
Makoto * - sit at the sushi bar thurs afternoon-sunday and go omakase
Michael’s Genuine *****
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)
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)
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)
V & S (subs - Boca) **
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
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.
As a frequent visitor, these are the places that I return to:
Joe's Stone Crab
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.
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: