And other surprisingly basic needs remain: fish markets, meat markets, farmers' markets comparable to those of other regions, and a great vegetarian restaurant. (Though the Cheese Course in midtown, along with our gourmet markets, proffers enough types of fromage to satisfy this particular gourmand craving.)

It's probably too much to ask that we get all of the above, and much, much more, under one enormous roof in a super-duper market like Mario Batali's Eataly in New York, or San Francisco's Ferry Building. But then again, it's ambitious, forward-thinking projects like those that separate the wheat from the chaff. Miami needs to begin generating its own creative ideas that other cities imitate and import. Just to throw one out: an arepa shop that makes an ideal version along with innovative variations.

What's strikingly different about composing a wish list now as opposed to a few years ago, though, is that there's reason to believe our wants will indeed be met in the foreseeable future. Because that's what top-tier food cities do: make citizens' gastronomic dreams come true.

Haven's Todd Erickson makes the list of locally notable chefs.
Haven's Todd Erickson makes the list of locally notable chefs.

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Haven

1237 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: South Beach

The Cheese Course

3451 NE First Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > Gourmet

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

DB Bistro Moderne

255 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: Downtown/Overtown

Makoto

9700 Collins Ave., 107
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: North Dade

Tudor House Restaurant

1111 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

The Dutch

2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

3250 NE 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Category: Restaurant > Continental

Region: Key Biscayne

Sakaya Kitchen

3401 N. Miami Ave., #125
Miami, FL 33127

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 Lenox Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Sustain Restaurant + Bar

3252 NE 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

The Villa by Barton G.

1116 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: South Beach

Pubbelly Sushi

1424 20th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Barceloneta Spanish Bistro & Mercat

1400 20th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: South Beach

The Local Craft Food & Drink

150 Giralda Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

The Dining Room

413 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Crumb on Parchment

3930 Northeast 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Naoe

661 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Brickell

Morgans

1787 Purdy Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Chow Down Grill

920 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant >

Region: South Beach

Rosa Mexicano

1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: South Beach

5 Napkin Grill

455 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Harry's Pizzeria

3918 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127

Category: Restaurant > Pizza

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

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6 comments
gie hufana
gie hufana

Miami is the best best for me. Not only that Miami has a stunning beach, it has a lot a restaurant you can choose w/ a variety of dishes you can choose from. It has almost all of the cuisine in the world, it's just up to you to discover w/c restaurant offer the cuisine that you want. Cheap Flights

beach vacations
beach vacations

In popular culture, the mass production of food, specifically meats such as chicken and beef, has come under fire from various documentaries, most recently Food, Inc, documenting the mass slaughter and poor treatment of animals, often for easier revenues from large corporations.

Jennyg
Jennyg

Have you tried Essensia at The Palms lately? I have eaten there several times since they got their new chef- the food is REALLY good, and super clean. Lots of local ingredients, grass fed beef, clean flavors. I am surprised they are not listed here.

loretta78
loretta78

I love to say otherwise, but Atlanta still beats Miami in terms of quality and variety of restaurants. Can we please ditch the upscale-burger-joint trend and replace it with something more interesting? Korean fried chicken, anyone? Make it happen people!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Korean fried chicken can be obtained in Miami at two locations and in excellent form. Sakaya Kitchen and Pubbelly. Seriously, Atlanta? You are delusional.

Frank
Frank

Agree that Atlanta is better, probably Houston as well.

 
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