Short Order Award winners

BEST RESTAURANT PLATE: Lechón asado (El Palacio de los Jugos). In a victory for common sense and the common man, roast pork served in a Styrofoam container has been deemed preferable to any swank dish from our plethora of white-tablecloth establishments. El Palacio de los Jugos' lechón asado fairly easily cruised to this populist win. Richard Hale's pork buns at Sakaya Kitchen came in second (82 votes to Palacio's 101); roast chicken with truffle potatoes at Sugarcane came in third (77). The Forge's lobster PB&J, Naoe's bento box, and Eos's smoked octopus salad rounded out the list. But the humble lechón asado, with crisp pig skin atop moist, mojo-marinated meat, proves that great food is great food regardless of cool or the value of the crockery. That the hefty portion of victorious pork plated with mounds of rice, beans, and yuca sells for less than $8 will serve notice to other restaurateurs: Tasty fare doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Lechón asado at El Palacio de los Jugos. View our View our El Palacio de los Jugos slide show.
Lechón asado at El Palacio de los Jugos. View our View our El Palacio de los Jugos slide show.

Location Info


El Palacio De Los Jugos

5721 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33144

Category: Restaurant > Cuban

Region: Sweetwater/Westchester/West Miami


6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: North Dade

Sra. Martinez

4000 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > Appetizers

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

3250 NE 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

The W Hotel South Beach

2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: South Beach


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Short Order Award winners: El Palacio de los Jugos, 5721 Flagler St., Miami; 305-262-0070. Michy's, 6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-759-2001; Sra. Martinez, 4000 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-573-5474; Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, 3252 NE First Ave., Miami; 786-369-0353; W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3000;

BEST MIXOLOGIST: Elad Zvi (Living Room at the W South Beach). In the closest of all contests, Zvi (94 votes) squeaked by Ally Plotkin of Mercadito (92) and David Ortiz of Club 50 at the Viceroy (89). Zvi might not be a household name, but folks sure know about him at the Living Room. The Israeli-born mixologist has lived and poured in the United States for more than a decade, along the way creating cocktail menus for the Gansevoort Miami Beach, Social Miami, O Asian Grill, and Domo Japones. He has been at the W since the development of the Living Room, where he also experiments with avant-garde concoctions at Bar Lab — a beverage consulting service he cofounded with Gabriel Orta. Zvi earned a reputation for crafting beautifully balanced cocktails using fresh ingredients, exotic herbs and spices, and intriguing infusions. He received a 2007 James Beard Award for his mixology talents, and now, no doubt representing the pinnacle of his career, Zvi takes home the Short Order Award for Best Mixologist.

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