Swine Owner John Kunkel Lists His Favorite Miami Restaurants

Chefs and restaurant owners spend their days dedicated to the fryer, the office, and the dining room. Which means that when they have time to dine out, they stick to the places they love.

John Kunkel has opened three successful restaurants in the past two years: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Khong River House, and Swine Southern Table & Bar. So, sure, he's a busy guy. But he also knows how to eat. Here, in his own words, are his favorite restaurants in town.

1. Michy's or Crumb on Parchment or really anything Michelle Bernstein is doing. Both of her places are close to the office and always good. Michelle has been great for the Miami dining scene and generous to many young cooks.

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Location Info



6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: North Dade

Crumb on Parchment

3930 Northeast 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

3250 NE 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Eating House

804 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Sakaya Kitchen

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

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd., 130
Miami, FL 33138

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Upper Eastside/Miami Shores/Biscayne Park

2. Tropical Chinese: Though it feels like I am driving to another state when I go there, I love authentic Asian food of any kind. And this is currently the best Chinese in Miami, but I might be changing that in the future with a new place.

3. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill: The owners are great folks, and Timon Balloo is a talented chef who I am happy to support. Can't wait to try their new Italian place in midtown.

4. Eating House: Our new neighbor in the Gables, Giorgio Rapicavoli and his crew do a great job. Can't wait to see what's next for him.

5. Last is a tie among our pals at Sakaya Kitchen, the Federal Food Drink & Provisions, and Blue Collar — all hard-working folks putting out good food every day and helping Miami grow.

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