2014 is coming to a close so I wanted to take the time to reflect back on all of the wonderful meals I enjoyed this year and formulate a solid Best of Miami list. The goal of my list is to give proper and deserved credit to the chefs and restaurants that are doing things the right way and exceeding expectations.
Unfortunately, three of my favorite chefs are casualties from my last ranking. Michelle Bernstein and her beloved Michy's "temporarily" closed over the summer and has yet to re-open. Rising superstar, Bradley Kilgore recently departed from J&G Grill so they will have to work their way back into the rankings despite the continued presence of pastry czar, Antonio Bachour. And my favorite Nemesis, Micah Edelstein is sadly closing too.
Anyway, I wanted to update my Best Restaurants in Miami list now because several new spots have recently opened and more are opening soon. The new spots all have strong reputations and obvious potential. Thus, I anticipate that they will make this list even tougher to earn a spot on and calculating my rankings even harder than it already is.
Watch out for Morimoto, Matador Room, Seagrape, Cleo, 27, Corsair, Proof Pizza, Izzy's and Alter to name a few.
This list is chef and food driven. But beverage/wine programs, service, management, ambiance, value and overall experience all play significant roles.
20. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
19. Toscana Divino
17. db Bistro Moderne
16. La Mar
14. Tongue & Cheek
13. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
12. The Cypress Room
11. Joe's Stone Crab
7. The Bazaar
6. Edge Steak & Bar
4. The Dutch
2. Bourbon Steak
Not considered because I haven't been but may be worthy of a spot - Zuma, The Setai, Palme d'or. Lure.