MORE OFTEN THAN WE THINK, READERS, FRIENDS AND FOOD LOVERS HAVE ONE QUESTION: WHERE SHOULD I EAT RIGHT NOW? AND WHILE THE “EATER 38” IS A FAMOUS RESOURCE COVERING TRADITIONAL SPOTS AND NEIGHBORHOOD ESSENTIALS ACROSS THE CITY, IT’S NOT A GUIDE OF THE ‘IT’ PLACES OF THE MOMENT. SO, WE OFFER THIS RESTAURANT GUIDE, WHICH WILL CHANGE CONTINUALLY TO ALWAYS HIGHLIGHT WHERE THE FOODIE CROWDS ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME.
Via Alice Morais
The qualification for this guide is that the restaurant is serving up some cuisine that has the city buzzing. The restaurants are listed in alphabetical order.
Ariete has given Coconut Grove the restaurant it so desperately needed. With the kitchen led by former Cypress Room sous chef, Michael Beltran, it serves up excellent American cuisine – grilled oysters topped with bone marrow butter and short ribs — in a relaxed, friendly environment that makes you want to sit down and stay for a while.
When pastry chef Antonio Bachour is creating the goods, you know this won’t be an average bakery. For his namesake bistro and bakery, Bachour has teamed up with Henry Hané to create a menu that shows his famous jaw-dropping sweets, but also savory dishes like truffle-filled breakfast sandwiches, black grouper corn bisque and smoked salmon tartines.
This bar and eatery features a globally inspired menu by chef Brian Nasajon. Dishes like shrimp and chorizo churros, grilled oxtail and risotto and an impressive beverage program, headed by Broken Shaker and Ben Potts, attract people to Beaker & Gray.
Doral isn’t exactly famous for serving authentic Japanese food, but that’s all changing with new Dragon-fly. Located in the new Downtown Doral complex the restaurant features a main dining room and a traditional fish market. On the menu a variety of new and old-school Japanese dishes like sushi rolls, robata options, Japanese seafood pancakes, garlic blue crab fried rice, etc. For drinks expect an elaborate cocktail program and all the great sake you can handle.
Helmed by Eating House’s chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, Glass & Vine is a 200 seat, garden-inspired spot in the old Coconut Grove Library space right in the middle of Peacock Park. The menu is divided into three different sections — Garden, Sea and Land — filled with a variety of local products and Rapicavoli’s signature creativity.
The guy behind mega-club LIV, David Grutman, and the man behind places such as China Grill, Jeffrey Chodorow, teamed up to offer the city a buzz worthy restaurant. It is the case with Ko- modo, Brickell’s new three-story Asian newcomer serving up a variety of duck, dim sum with a side of celeb sightings.
Asian eateries are really popular in this town lately, but KYU stands out from the pack. The project of two former Zuma pupils, it features Asian food with a barbecue twist, like brisket lettuce wraps and duck “burnt ends,” that perfectly reflects its hip Wynwood setting.
Chef Bee is at it again. The man best known for running the kitchens at Oishi Thai and Khong River House has finally opened up his expected NaiYaRa in Sunset Harbour. On the menu a mix of Thai street fare along with plenty of Japanese specialties plus drinks created by longtime bartender Tibor Vecsesi.
The Pubbelly Boys have taken their talents off Miami Beach for their latest restaurant creation. Located inside the new Langford Hotel, the theme for this eatery is Americana, which in Pubbelly language means twists on classic American dishes like wagyu filet mignon with foie butter, short rib steak with red beet romesco and Thai lobster sausage.
105 NE 24th Street
Miami, FL 33137
Miami’s first high-end vegan restaurant comes from chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney, who is best known for his vegan and raw creations. Expect plenty of vegan versions of classic restaurant dishes such as a “flora”cheeseboard, zucchini lasagna, banana leaf tamales and coconut “ceviche” tacos.
Classic Southern fare from Yardbird, served in a fast-casual setting: that’s Spring Chicken, the newest creation from the 50 Eggs team. Serving up dishes like fried chicken biscuits and blue plate specials, it’s already creating a buzz as the new quick bite spot.
The latest concept from the folks behind Miami Beach mainstay, Juvia, it features traditional and not-so-traditonal Japanese fare housed inside a space that once was a garage.