Food & Drinks

  • PERSONAL BEST

    Puerto Sagua

    Bill Nunn -- the grizzly bear of an actor who played Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (and has barreled through supporting parts in scores of other movies) -- takes a seat at the counter, simultaneously inhaling a croqueta and remarking about the lack of guava pastries which, because of the late hour, have run out for… More >>
  • PERSONAL BEST

    Marvin Woods of Restaurant MWoods

    Personal best Marvin Woods of restaurant mwoods Chef Marvin Woods hails from New York and New Jersey and has worked at the top of the food world, from the SeaGrill at Rockefeller Center in New York City to Restaurant Danzon in Buenos Aires to the National Hotel in Miami Beach. Now ensconced in his NoMi namesake restaurant, Woods is the… More >>
  • BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR

    Cold Stone Creamery

    "Hi! Have you been to Cold Stone before?" the chirpy server asks. If not, gear up for a delicious, frosty experience. You can go for the menu choices, predetermined confections of ice cream and candy with names like birthday cake remix, breathless Boston cream pie, mud pie mojo, cheesecake fantasy, and chocolate devotion, or you can forge your own yummy… More >>
  • BEST CHEF

    Norman Van Aken

    BEST CHEF Norman Van Aken With this new item comes a new rule that applies to it alone: no repeats. Therefore, this being something of an informal Hall of Fame, who could we possibly choose as initial inductee other than Mr. Van Aken? If he weren't the best chef, we'd feel pretty silly for having crowned his fine-dining emporium with… More >>
  • BEST PLACE FOR TEA AND SCONES

    Théine

    "Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? -- how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea," British clergyman, writer, and wit Sydney Smith gushed about the leafy brew. And he was certainly right. Nothing warms the belly and soothes the soul quite like a cup of tea. In a nation of… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT TO DIE IN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS

    BEST RESTAURANT TO DIE IN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS One Ninety Restaurants are like soldiers -- we often mourn their passing but are rarely surprised to hear about it. Soldiers, though, have a far better survival rate than restaurants. But One Ninety wasn't just another faceless statistic in the loss column. This bohemian bistro at NE Second Avenue and… More >>
  • BEST MEXICAN MARKET

    Everything you could want from a Mexican market -- dried and fresh peppers by the handful, salsa picante, cheap fresh produce, even mortar and pestle sets -- is for sale here. If you're English-only, bring a Spanish phrasebook in case you plan on any complicated transactions. Bring your appetite as well: Contemplating the salsa that could be produced by any… More >>
  • BEST PUERTO RICAN RESTAURANT

    Carmen the Restaurant

    BEST PUERTO RICAN RESTAURANT Carmen the Restaurant The David William Hotel 700 Biltmore Way Coral Gables 305-913-1944 Miami's better ethnic dining establishments present solid renditions of fan favorites, whether egg rolls, thin-crust pizza, Middle Eastern combos, or arroz con pollo. Rarely, however, do these places think outside the box. Carmen Gonzalez takes her native Puerto Rican cuisine out of its… More >>
  • BEST CHEESE

    Epicure Market

    A 1400-pound portion of cheese was delivered to President Andrew Jackson's inaugural reception in 1837. When the party was over, the 10,000 guests left the White House in shambles, and the cheese left an aroma that lingered for some time. Modern presidents have pursued a different brand of cheesiness, but thanks in part to the burgeoning popularity of wine, appreciation… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT IN COCONUT GROVE

    Le Bouchon du Grove

    BEST RESTAURANT IN COCONUT GROVE Le Bouchon du Grove 3430 Main Highway Coconut Grove 305-448-6060 This relaxed bistro has been around since only 1994 but nevertheless stands as one of the last vestiges-in-spirit to the bohemian Grove of the Seventies. The Parisian street-corner ambiance, with open floor-to-ceiling French doors, encourages patrons to casually sip glasses of Beaujolais or Burgundy at… More >>
  • BEST RAW BAR

    The River Oyster Bar

    BEST RAW BAR The River Oyster Bar 650 S. Miami Avenue Miami 305-530-1915 www.therivermiami.com The oyster selections at this urban-chic downtown seafood house vary seasonally, but their descriptions consistently read as though lifted from Wine Spectator. "Coromandel," from New Zealand, is "mildly salty from mineral-rich cold waters, smooth and sweet melon finish." "Deer Creek," from Puget Sound in Washington, is… More >>
  • BEST NICARAGUAN RESTAURANT

    El Chalesito

    BEST NICARAGUAN RESTAURANT El Chalesito 2115 W. Flagler Street Miami 305-541-8171 You won't find statues or paintings honoring Anastasio Somoza or Augusto Sandino at El Chalesito, but you will encounter Nicaraguan folklore to full effect. Miami's many transplanted Nicaraguans find refuge in this storefront cantina in the heart of Little Havana. Dressed in their best ranchero regalia, beer-guzzling, rum-swigging Nicas… More >>
  • BEST DOUGHNUTS

    Krispy Kreme

    BEST DOUGHNUTS Krispy Kreme 6290 S. Dixie Highway South Miami 305-669-1311 www.krispykreme.com Krispy Kreme has won this title a few times over the years, but when you are stoned at 3:00 a.m., is that mom-and-pop joint going to bake you fresh and HOT doughnuts to satisfy your munchies? The South Miami shop is the newest one to open in the… More >>
  • BEST UPSCALE MOM-AND-POP RESTAURANT

    Talula - CLOSED

    BEST UPSCALE MOM-AND-POP RESTAURANT Talula 210 23rd Street Miami Beach 305-672-0778 www.talulaonline.com Okay, we admit it: The mom-and-pop thing is just a cute way of recognizing Talula -- because how could we not acknowledge one of our very best restaurants? The matrimonial proprietor/chef team of Andrea Curto-Randazzo and Frank Randazzo (formerly and respectively of Wish and Gaucho Room) have… More >>
  • BEST CAFé CUBANO

    Puerto Sagua

    BEST CAFé CUBANO Puerto Sagua 700 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-673-1115 It's nearly impossible to get a bad café Cubano anywhere around here. The sugary jolt in a cup and its cousin the cortadito are essential to human life, thus generally prepared with care. The only thing that can make a café Cubano better is more café Cubano, so Puerto… More >>
  • BEST COFFEEHOUSE

    Segafredo Espresso

    BEST COFFEEHOUSE Segafredo Espresso 1040 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305-673-0047 www.segafredo.it Segafredo's charm lies in it being a European-style café, which is similar to what the pre-Starbucks American coffee shop used to be: It's not about the bean; it's about the scene. Partners Graziano Sbroggio (Tiramesu, Spris) and Mark Soyka (News Café, Van Dyke, Soyka) know plenty about scene. Nearly… More >>
  • BEST TACO

    Roberto's Taco Shop

    BEST TACO Roberto's Taco Shop Various locations in Miami-Dade County www.robertos.us The year 1962 was very bad for tacos. That's when Glen Bell opened the first Taco Bell in Downey, California. A good year for tacos was 1964. That's when Roberto and Dolores Robledo and family introduced their original Mexican Taco Shop in San Diego. Their mission statement then was… More >>
  • BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT

    Yakko-San

    BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT Yakko-San 17040 W. Dixie Highway North Miami Beach 305-947-0064 It's generally considered a prime sign of authentic excellence when an ethnic restaurant's clientele includes many people from the nation in question. That's true of Yakko-San, but even more impressive is what you'll find late at night: a lot of chefs. With no fanfare and no public-relations machine,… More >>
  • BEST HEALTHY FAST FOOD

    Pasha's - CLOSED

    BEST HEALTHY FAST FOOD Pasha's Various locations in Miami-Dade County www.pashas.com Fast food has always been about unhealthy choices. Still is for the most part, but nowadays McSalad chains such as Fresh Salads and Baja Fresh Mexican are yielding fresh profits from gullible dieters. Please pardon our skepticism over the notion of iceberg lettuce, white rice, and Snapple being salubrious.… More >>
  • BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

    Lung Gong Restaurant

    BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Lung Gong Restaurant 11920 SW Eighth Street West Miami-Dade 305-553-4644 If we dusted off our abacus and computed the percentage of South Florida's Chinese restaurants that are situated in strip malls, it would probably turn out to be a high figure. If we then pushed the beads around to determine those that served the sort of authentic… More >>
  • BEST BAKERY

    Delicias de España

    BEST BAKERY Delicias de España 4016 Red Road South Miami 305-669-4485 The espresso machine starts steaming up at 7:00 a.m., as sleepy-eyed patrons straggle in for any number of luscious Spanish breakfast pastries. Some head to the bakery counter and take their meal on the run; others settle in at one of 65 seats in the café and slowly savor… More >>
  • BEST RISING CHEF

    Jordi Vallés

    BEST RISING CHEF Jordi Vallés The first wave of boisterous Basque cuisine came ashore a couple of years ago by way of La Broche, which was quickly swept back out to sea before most people even had a chance to dip their toes in. The second wave was Mosaico, with executive chef Jordi Vallés riding atop the cresting foams and… More >>
  • BEST FRESH SEAFOOD

    Casablanca Seafood Market

    BEST FRESH SEAFOOD Casablanca Seafood Market 404 NW North River Drive Miami 305-371-4107 To get the freshest seafood, you've got to go to the source. No, not the local commercial fishing boats, they'll just shoo you away like the pelicans. We mean Casablanca Seafood Market, which is among the first stops for those boats. Once you're inside the store,… More >>
  • BEST SPANISH RESTAURANT

    Mosaico

    BEST SPANISH RESTAURANT Mosaico 1000 S. Miami Avenue Miami 305-371-3473 www.mosaicorestaurant.com Top ten reasons why Mosaico is better than your favorite Spanish restaurant: (10) Executive chef Jordi Vallés, from Barcelona, trained with three of Spain's Michelin-starred chefs, including a stint at the revolutionary El Bulli. (9) Maine lobster in golden tomato consommé, with avocado sorbet and a sprinkling of olive… More >>
  • BEST CROQUETAS

    Islas Canarias Restaurant

    The thing about croquetas is that every one is different. It's impossible to know exactly what you're biting into. They come in different colors, sizes, and stuffing. Some are crisp and others chewy. Admittedly we bit into some really nasty shit before we found a winner, but Islas Canarias's croquetas takes the prize because they are the plumpest and most… More >>
  • BEST BARBECUE

    Kyung Ju Restaurant

    BEST BARBECUE Kyung Ju Restaurant 400 NE 167th Street North Miami Beach 305-947-3838 People began barbecuing large pieces of meat over open fires some 27,000 years ago, which strongly suggests that Americans didn't invent the practice. (Warning: Do not repeat this in the presence of any Texan who is bigger than you.) Tip o' the cowboy hat to the Pit,… More >>
  • BEST GELATO

    Gelateria Parmalat

    BEST GELATO Gelateria Parmalat 670 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305-276-9475 www.gelateriaparmalat.net Once upon a time there was a traffic accident involving a Carvel truck, a Häagen-Dazs truck, and a Vinnie's Italian Ice truck. Moments later an unassuming man, who was fortuitously carrying an empty waffle cone in hand, passed by the messy scene and instinctively scooped up some of… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT FOR KIDS

    Barton G the Restaurant

    BEST RESTAURANT FOR KIDS Barton G the Restaurant 1427 West Avenue Miami Beach 305-672-8881 When it comes to choosing restaurants for kids, many people think of places that are clean, inexpensive, relatively cheery, and, above all, fast. Which means burger chains, pizza parlors, theme eateries like Rainforest Café, and dining venues that provide distractions by way of video games, thumping… More >>
  • BEST COLOMBIAN EMPANADAS

    Mi Colombia

    BEST COLOMBIAN EMPANADAS Mi Colombia 702 71st Street Miami Beach 305-867-1013 In contrast to the snacky little Argentine and Cuban empanadas one tends to find around town, the Colombian variety is more of a meat-and-potatoes, meal-in-itself phenomenon. Loosely translated, empanada means "breaded thing," and in much of Latin America that something (chicken? beef? pork? cheese?) is stuffed inside a wheat-flour… More >>
  • BEST OUTDOOR DINING

    BEST OUTDOOR DINING Blue Door Delano Hotel 1685 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-674-6400 www.chinagrillmgt.com Most diners hardly notice that the back wall of the Blue Door's outdoor veranda is covered end to end with a collection of wooden tribal masks. How can you not notice such a thing? Easy. Everyone is busy looking outward at the meticulously appointed and eclectically… More >>
  • BEST CURRY AT A PUB

    Churchill's Pub

    BEST CURRY AT A PUB Churchill's Pub 5501 NE Second Avenue Miami 305-757-1807 www.churchillspub.com It may be hard to believe, but one Wednesday evening recently we blindfolded Paris (Hilton) and Nicole (Ritchie), drove them to the other side of the tracks to this often gloomy, always gritty pub in Little Haiti, and they said, "This is definitely hot."… More >>
  • BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

    El Toro Taco

    BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT El Toro Taco 1 S. Krome Avenue Homestead 305-245-8182 People head toward South Miami-Dade County for all sorts of reasons -- some for a short visit on their way to the Keys, some to enjoy a day at Biscayne National Park or the produce-rich farm country, some to spend time in a detention center. We take the… More >>
  • BEST FRIED CHICKEN

    Restaurant MWoods

    BEST FRIED CHICKEN Restaurant MWoods 12953 Biscayne Boulevard North Miami 305-895-9962 www.mwoods.com Italy has its pollo fritto, Vietnam has its gá xaó, and Austrians cook up a mean wiener backbendl -- Southerners were not the first people to fry chicken, they just do it better than anyone else. There really aren't many authentic Southerners behind Miami's restaurant stoves, but luckily… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO DINE ALONE

    The café at Books & Books in Coral Gables

    BEST PLACE TO DINE ALONE The café at Books & Books in Coral Gables 265 Aragon Avenue Coral Gables 305-448-9599 www.booksandbooks.com You're not really alone when you're with a good book. At least that's what you can tell yourself when you're seated, alone, with a good book plucked from the shelves surrounding you at the Books & Books café. Honestly,… More >>
  • BEST FROZEN YOGURT

    Tasti D-Lite

    BEST FROZEN YOGURT Tasti D-Lite Various locations in Miami-Dade County www.tastidlite.com Calling it a culinary revolution may be a bit much, but for the Beach's waist-conscious, the arrival of the NYC-based Tasti D-Lite chain was earth-moving. Virtually fat-free yet creamier than any other yogurt on the market, it almost seems too, ahem, tasty and delightful to be truly low in… More >>
  • BEST EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL

    Crystal Café

    BEST EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL Crystal Café 726 Arthur Godfrey Road (41st Street) Miami Beach 305-673-8266 When Sal Dicembrino took over Crystal Café from Klime Kovaceski this past year, he didn't do a whole lot of tinkering with the restaurant's successful formula. In fact the décor, menu, recipes, kitchen crew, and waitstaff have hardly changed a whit. That's good news for Crystal's… More >>
  • BEST FISH SANDWICH

    Jumbo's Restaurant

    BEST FISH SANDWICH Jumbo's Restaurant 7501 NW Seventh Avenue Miami 305-751-1127 It's sweet that Jumbo's turned 50 this year, and noteworthy that it was one of the first Miami restaurants to integrate, but excuse us for being more impressed with the golden fried fish sandwich than any golden anniversary celebrations. This 24-hour Liberty City soul food diner fries up bountiful… More >>
  • BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

    Pacific Time

    BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Pacific Time 915 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305-534-5979 They are white, they are off-white, they are pink; some may be described as a pearly shade of gray. They come by boat from close by and are flown in from afar. More often than not they appear draped in fashionable Pacific Rim dress. They are always fresh but… More >>
  • BEST HOMEMADE PASTA

    Lucciano Pasta

    BEST HOMEMADE PASTA Lucciano Pasta 18288 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles 305-792-6940 It's time to bring in the lawyers and file a class action suit against Atkins. The case is simple: Any diet that requires the relinquishing of pasta constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. Wait -- not a good idea. We could never assemble a jury with impartial views toward pasta… More >>
  • BEST DIM SUM

    Jumbo Chinese Restaurant - CLOSED

    BEST DIM SUM Jumbo Chinese Restaurant 1242 NE 163rd Street North Miami Beach 305-956-5677 Kon Chau and Tropical Chinese Restaurant have dominated the dim sum awards for many a year, and rightly so. Both serve incontestably tasty and authentic dishes for almost minuscule amounts of money. Then again, so does Jumbo, and has done so since the Tang family, from… More >>
  • BEST HEALTH-FOOD STORE

    Whole Foods Market

    BEST HEALTH-FOOD STORE Whole Foods Market 21105 Biscayne Boulevard Aventura 305-933-1543 www.wholefoodsmarket.com Whole Foods Market doesn't just talk the talk, it walks the walk. For twenty years this national chain has been advocating and supporting organic agriculture, working with ranchers and producers to raise hormone and antibiotic-free animals, promoting products in reduced or reusable packaging, and encouraging shoppers to cut… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT FOR LUNCH

    Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market

    BEST RESTAURANT FOR LUNCH Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market 398 NW North River Drive Miami 305-375-0765 Grab a chair on the patio overlooking a particularly rickety stretch of the Miami River. We're talking about that old Miami River, scene of frequent drug busts during the Eighties and costar of the Miami Vice television series, the river that rolls by… More >>
  • BEST CAESAR SALAD

    Costa Mar

    BEST CAESAR SALAD Costa Mar 18250 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach 305-933-5900 The International Society of Epicures in Paris hailed caesar salad as "the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years," but was it named after Caesar Cardini, the Italian immigrant who created it, or Caesar's Palace, the locale at which he first served it? Due to… More >>
  • BEST EXPENSIVE ITALIAN RESTAURANT

    Escopazzo

    BEST EXPENSIVE ITALIAN RESTAURANT Escopazzo 1311 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305-674-9450 www.escopazzo.com We love our spaghetti and meatballs as much as the next diner, and we delight in a deftly grilled chicken breast dressed in balsamic-drizzled greens, but we'll leave those dishes for the plethora of little neighborhood pasta joints to produce. When we want our concepts of Italian… More >>
  • BEST CANDY

    The Fresh Market

    BEST CANDY The Fresh Market 18299 Biscayne Boulevard Aventura 305-466-1786 Maybe it's not so much the candy itself but the way it's displayed -- in a beckoning rainbow of glass jars -- or that you'd never expect to see such an impressive candy section in a "health food" market; or the elaborate holiday displays stocked with specialty sweets the store… More >>
  • BEST SERVICE IN A RESTAURANT

    The Forge

    BEST SERVICE IN A RESTAURANT The Forge 432 Arthur Godfrey Road (41st Street) Miami Beach 305-538-8533 www.theforge.com The crowning moment at the Forge is when tuxedo-clad waiters approach the table with silver-domed entrées, place them down in unison, and remove the lids with synchronized flair -- the way it would be done in a Busby Berkeley musical. If you remember… More >>
  • BEST CEVICHE

    Cacao - CLOSED

    BEST CEVICHE Cacao 141 Giralda Avenue Coral Gables 305-445-1001 In a town where good ceviche is seldom far enough away to require hopping in the car, and great ceviche is served in dozens of places (from humble neighborhood Latin joints to nationally known gourmet palaces like Ola), Cacao's creations nevertheless shine. Though young chef Edgar Leal is Venezuelan, his specialties… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT FOR A POWER LUNCH

    BEST RESTAURANT FOR A POWER LUNCH The Capital Grille 444 Brickell Avenue Miami 305-374-4500 www.thecapitalgrille.com Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and absolutely corrupt power tearing up 5-pound lobsters and ravaging through 24-ounce slabs of porterhouse is downright frightening. Yet it occurs daily come lunchtime at The Capital Grille. Located at the Brickell Avenue apex of Miami's financial center, the… More >>
  • BEST HOT DOG STAND

    Dogma Grill

    BEST HOT DOG STAND Dogma Grill 7030 Biscayne Boulevard Miami 305-759-3433 Hot dogs are eaten in 95 percent of American homes, consumption per person averaging out to 80 franks per year. Some like the boiled, porky type, and nobody makes the soft, pink pup better than Arbetter's Hot Dogs. Those who prefer Hebrew National 100 percent beef frankfurters, not boiled… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT IN SOUTH BEACH

    BEST RESTAURANT IN SOUTH BEACH Barton G the Restaurant 1427 West Avenue Miami Beach 305-672-8881 Barton G. Weiss made his name in catering grand events, and as such he understands that dining out is ultimately about more than great food and service, it's about having a great time -- which is just what people experience when they come to his… More >>
  • BEST CROISSANT

    La Provence

    BEST CROISSANT La Provence 1627 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-538-2406 Although he wouldn't reveal the exact recipe, the key to a good croissant, says La Provence owner David Thau, is the way the baker works with the dough, which should always be cold. Also, all the ingredients have to be fresh and the butter real. The result is a croissant… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO TAKE YOUR GRANDPARENTS TO DINNER

    La Paloma Restaurant

    BEST PLACE TO TAKE YOUR GRANDPARENTS TO DINNER La Paloma Restaurant 10999 Biscayne Boulevard North Miami 305-891-0505 La Paloma caters to an older crowd. That's their niche and they're sticking to it. It's evident in all the details. Early seating begins at 5:00 p.m. Complimentary valet service is offered from the (wheelchair accessible) main entrance. The décor harkens back… More >>
  • BEST CUBAN SANDWICH

    Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

    BEST CUBAN SANDWICH Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop 186 NE 29th Street Miami 305-573-4681 Abuelita is going to lay the smack down if she finds out about this guilty pleasure. It will most certainly break her frail heart to learn about the culinary adultery that will ensue once you bite into the orgasm-inducing pressed bread, ham, cheese, and pork this tiny shack… More >>
  • BEST SUSHI

    Siam River

    BEST SUSHI Siam River 3455 NE 163rd St North Miami Beach 305-945-8079 In a town where sushi is served everywhere, from normal Japanese restaurants to kosher tea rooms, it's hard to pick just one as the best. If it's fashionable elegance you're after, Bond Street and Nobu can't be beat. If you put your faith in native Japanese chefs, head… More >>
  • BEST PREPARED FOODS

    Joe's Take-Away

    BEST PREPARED FOODS Joe's Take-Away 11 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305-673-4611 www.joesstonecrab.com With lines perennially stretching outside of Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, Joe's Take-Away next door has become known simply as "Joe's Without the Wait." Same impeccably fresh stone crab claws of all prices and sizes are sold here by the piece, and they come with the same famous mustard… More >>
  • BEST BREAKFAST SPECIAL

    Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

    BEST BREAKFAST SPECIAL Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop 186 NE 29th Street Miami 305-573-4681 It's not just low prices that draw the morning crowd to Enriqueta's for breakfast each day, though $3.50 for fried or scrambled eggs, bacon or ham, Cuban toast, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and a kick-ass café con leche is pretty tempting by itself. Equally alluring is the cool, communal… More >>
  • BEST TAPAS

    Salero

    BEST TAPAS Salero 1000 S. Miami Avenue Miami 305-371-3473 www.mosaicorestaurant.com Contrary to popular belief, the word tapa does not translate to "small snack" or "little bite," but rather it means "lid." The story starts in the mid-Nineteenth Century, when barkeepers in Andalusia and other warm regions of Spain would protect slender glasses of poured sherry against dust and insects by… More >>
  • BEST NEW RESTAURANT

    North 110

    BEST NEW RESTAURANT North 110 11052 Biscayne Boulevard North Miami-Dade 305-893-4211 It's the nailing-down of a simple formula that makes North 110 better than the other notable new restaurants in town: great food plus great service. Chef Dewey LoSasso's New American cuisine is a clean presentation of local seasonal ingredients heightened with inspired and invigorating twists. The food can be… More >>
  • BEST U-PICK

    BEST U-PICK Grandma's Garden 18001 Krome Avenue South Miami-Dade 305-232-2823 Forty minutes southwest of Miami is the Redland, where secrets of the Tequesta and their Paleolithic forebears lie below massive layers of ancient oolitic rock, which itself is covered in red clay (thus the name). The diverse agricultural district was developed in anticipation of Henry Flagler's railroad, which never… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT FOR SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CHATTER

    Capri Restaurant

    BEST RESTAURANT FOR SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CHATTER Capri Restaurant 935 N. Krome Avenue Florida City 305-247-1542 www.the-capri.com Capri, opened by Richard Accursio and family in 1958, offers good, solid Italian-American fare, including various pastas, steak and prime rib, and a number of seafood dishes. Now run by son James, it's also a great listening post for the current affairs and intrigues… More >>
  • BEST BAGELS

    Mo's Bagel & Delicatessen

    BEST BAGELS Mo's Bagel & Delicatessen 2772 NE 187th Street Aventura 305-936-8555 If you're looking for authentic hand-rolled bagels New Yorkers are always raving about -- we're talking real bagels and not those dense, giant softball-like beasts other places sell -- then Mo's is the place to be. They've got fourteen golden-crusted and chewy varieties, with a nice mix… More >>
  • BEST WINE SELECTION IN A RESTAURANT

    The Captain's Tavern

    BEST WINE SELECTION IN A RESTAURANT The Captain's Tavern 9621 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305-666-5979 For very old and very expensive Bordeaux, you can go to The Forge. For big names from Old World and New, visit Norman's or Mark's South Beach. For an eclectic and sophisticated inventory arranged by taste, try North One 10. In fact at… More >>
  • BEST SMOKED FISH

    Captain Jim's Seafood

    BEST SMOKED FISH Captain Jim's Seafood 12950 W. Dixie Highway North Miami 305-892-2812 Captain Jim's will leave your stomach and your wallet full. And what Jim's lacks in location (a homely strip of shops in North Miami) and décor (fish nets, rudders, shells, and other nautical accessories) it makes up for with the menu. Manager Ryan Harper says that he… More >>
  • BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

    House of India - CLOSED

    BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT House of India 22 Merrick Way Coral Gables 305-444-2348 The décor may need updating and the place may be a bit too dark, but the air is redolent of fragrant spices, and the overall ambiance is pleasant. At lunchtime the first thing that catches your eye is the buffet table. Grab a warm plate and… More >>
  • BEST CARRY-OUT CHINESE

    Bamboo Garden II

    BEST CARRY-OUT CHINESE Bamboo Garden II 13195 Biscayne Boulevard North Miami 305-899-9902 Chinese take-out joints are like auto mechanics. It's one of the first things you look for when you move to a new town; you have to try a lot of duds before you find a good one; and once you find one you can trust, you're loyal… More >>
  • BEST DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT

    Bali Café

    BEST DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT Bali Café 111 NE Second Avenue Miami 305-358-5751 Before we know it, Biscayne Boulevard will cut a palm-tree-lined swath through a downtown canyon of tall, shiny buildings and chic outdoor cafés. At the moment, however, this area boasts more cranes than creditable lunch spots. Bali Café, with its fresh, beautiful, steamy-hot Indonesian cuisine, is an… More >>
  • BEST SMOOTHIE

    Latin America Cafeteria

    BEST SMOOTHIE Latin America Cafeteria Various locations in Miami-Dade County What's not to like about a smoothie? For one thing the word itself, which to pronounce in public is almost as embarrassing as admitting to being a "foodie" or "Trekkie." Then there's the tendency of smoothie joints (do you really want to be seen entering a "smoothie joint"?) to throw… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT WHEN YOU'RE PAYING

    Pilar

    BEST RESTAURANT WHEN YOU'RE PAYING Pilar Promenade Shops 20475 Biscayne Boulevard Aventura 305-937-2777 www.pilarrestaurant.com A feel-good farewell. Sentiment or too many drinks has caused words to pour off the tongue like vodka from a bottle. Before you realize it, you've extended a generous dinner invitation to business associates, or distant cousins, or your wife's Pilates classmates. Later, in a more… More >>
  • BEST KEY LIME PIE

    Knaus Berry Farm

    BEST KEY LIME PIE Knaus Berry Farm 15980 SW 248th Street Homestead 305-247-0668 Key lime pie inevitably involves a graham cracker crust, filling made of key lime juice and condensed milk, and topping of either whipped cream or meringue. So how can one be that much better than another? Cream cheese. That's right, the German Baptists at Homestead's half-century-old Knaus… More >>
  • BEST CUBAN RESTAURANT

    Casa Larios

    BEST CUBAN RESTAURANT Casa Larios 7705 W. Flagler Street Miami 305-266-5494 and 5859 SW 73rd Street South Miami 305-662-5656 While its claim to celebrity fame may be that the Estefans used to frequent the place (and it's where Gloria's career was launched), the real draw at Casa Larios is the close-to-homemade Cuban staples that bring in everybody else. The classic… More >>
  • BEST SALADS

    Grass Restaurant & Lounge

    BEST SALADS Grass Restaurant & Lounge 28 NE 40th Street Miami 305-573-3355 www.grasslounge.com The name of the restaurant, Grass, seems just right for eating salad. The tropical trappings reinforce the mood with French West Indian accents, Indonesian colonial slate floors, tiki hut booths, low-slung tables with flower petals strewn across them, and Buddha Bar and Stereo Sushi-like aural effects. The… More >>
  • BEST STEAK HOUSE

    Prime One Twelve

    BEST STEAK HOUSE Prime One Twelve 112 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305-532-8112 www.prime112.com Conventional wisdom suggests that when choosing a steak house, do so based on the quality of steak. We say throw conventional wisdom out the window along with the ketchup bottle. You can get a thick, juicy, dry-aged, inarguably delectable slab of meat at Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris,… More >>
  • BEST FARMERS' MARKET

    South Florida Farmers Market

    BEST FARMERS' MARKET South Florida Farmers Market 8287 SW 124th Street Pinecrest 305-255-2468 http://store.gardnersmarkets.com/farmersmarket.html From relatively exotic items to basic organic produce, this Pinecrest mainstay has fair prices and a staff of local growers and dreadlocked fakin' Jamaicans to tell you about your cruelty-free produce selections and Mother Earth. Berries, greens, tomatoes of all shapes, sizes, and colors, as… More >>
  • BEST ARGENTINE RESTAURANT

    The Knife

    BEST ARGENTINE RESTAURANT The Knife 602 E. Hallandale Beach Boulevard Hallandale 954-456-6822 "Best Argentine Restaurant" may as well be synonymous with "Best Argentine Steak House," because Argentine restaurants are almost always steak houses. And this year's pick is unquestionably a red-meat joint -- make no mistake about it. If you are a vegetarian, don't bother reading further. Certainly you wouldn't… More >>
  • BEST HAMBURGER

    Carmen the Restaurant

    BEST HAMBURGER Carmen the Restaurant 700 Biltmore Way Coral Gables 305-913-1944 Since her eponymous restaurant opened two years ago, chef Carmen Gonzalez has won so much national recognition for the upscale Nueva Puerto Rican-influenced fare in her venue's formal dining room that it's easy to forget half the place is a casual wine bar with its own menu of equally… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT FOR INTIMATE CONVERSATION

    BEST RESTAURANT FOR INTIMATE CONVERSATION Mark's South Beach Nash Hotel 1120 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-604-9050 www.chefmark.com You two lovebirds want a cozy nest for cooing to each other? Fly down to the Nash Hotel, site of Mark's South Beach. Choose your venue: a stylish indoor dining room with mahogany walls and upholstered booths (elegant but not stuffy or dull)… More >>
  • BEST CHOCOLATE

    Truly Scrumptious Chocolate

    Don't let the silly name stop you from sampling this damn good chocolate. Some of you are happy with just a Hershey bar, but true addicts who know good chocolate from the dregs are willing to drive for their fix. Whether you like the creamy white, the bitter dark, or the smooth milk chocolate, you will find a drool-inducing display… More >>
  • BEST NONVEGETARIAN RESTAURANT FOR VEGETARIANS

    BEST NONVEGETARIAN RESTAURANT FOR VEGETARIANS Guru Restaurant and Wine Bar 232 Twelfth Street Miami Beach 305-534-3996 Guru, like most Indian restaurants, offers a generous selection of vegetarian dishes. True, Guru isn't like most Indian restaurants. Proprietor Adish Jain offers an "international" menu that includes items such as Indonesian lemon fish, Argentine churrasco steak, and an American cheeseburger to go along… More >>
  • BEST CONCH FRITTER

    Captain's Tavern

    BEST CONCH FRITTER Captain's Tavern 9621 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305-666-5979 People can respectfully disagree about what the best thing is about Captain's Tavern. There are those who insist that the experience of Bill (the captain) and Audrey Bowers, who've helmed ship for more than 30 years, is what makes this beloved family fish house sail smoothly. (The paneled walls,… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT FOR GLUTTONS

    Texas de Brazil Churrascaria

    BEST RESTAURANT FOR GLUTTONS Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Dolphin Mall 11401 NW Twelfth Street West Miami-Dade 305-599-7729 www.texasdebrazil.com Everything about this churrascaria is grand in size. Cylindrical walls the color of bloody red meat rise to such lofty heights that an elevator brings patrons up and down. The 450 seats surround a salad bar in the room's center, with a… More >>
  • BEST FRENCH FRIES

    Dawg House Grill

    BEST FRENCH FRIES Dawg House Grill 1111 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-604-3647 Once upon a time the best French fries were the ones grandma made with her crinkle-cut slicer, deep fryer, and aged Crisco seasoned with assorted residues from the previous 21 days of high-temperature gurgling. But times, they a-changed, and tastes did too. Today, saturated with the latest… More >>
  • BEST FOOD COURT

    Bayside Marketplace

    BEST FOOD COURT Bayside Marketplace 401 Biscayne Boulevard Miami 305-577-3344 www.baysidemarketplace.com Don't be fooled by the bright colors, the guy with the parrots, the gambling ships and tour boats, the generic mall stores, the kiosks overflowing with Miami fun-in-the-sun gear. Bayside Marketplace is more than just a tourist trap. Locals who work downtown know this, and they come… More >>
  • BEST DELICATESSEN

    Mo's Bagel & Deli

    BEST DELICATESSEN Mo's Bagel & Deli 2780 NE 187th Street Aventura 305-936-8555 Ask Mo's fiercely faithful regulars about the roasted chicken, Roumanian steak, or stuffed cabbage, and their praise will be effusive. Inquire about the sizable sides of potato latkes and kasha varnishkas, and they'll weary you with glowing adjectives. Let the customers express themselves freely and you'll hear everything… More >>
  • BEST PIZZA

    Andiamo

    BEST PIZZA Andiamo 5600 Biscayne Boulevard Miami 305-762-5751 A couple on their first date, late-night at Andiamo: It's so nice sitting outside, watching cars roll down Biscayne. I think the fumes add a certain Manhattan authenticity to the taste. I love that they make the pies to order in that big brick oven. I mean they're the hottest, most… More >>
  • BEST CAFE CON LECHE

    Islas Canarias Restaurant

    You will be served a cup of hot hot hot steamed milk (pale yellow in color because it's made with homemade evaporated milk) along with a miniature metal canister's worth of sweet Bustelo espresso that packs the punch of caffeine on steroids. Pour the coffee into the cup, which will bring the milk right up to the rim. Careful, don't… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT TO ESCAPE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

    BEST RESTAURANT TO ESCAPE OUT-OF-TOWNERS Joe Allen 1787 Purdy Avenue Miami Beach 305-531-7007 www.joeallenrestaurant.com (Note to guests visiting our fair city: The following is of no interest to you. Really boring stuff. Please just skip on ahead to the next item, because reading this will surely be a waste of your precious vacation time.) It's not that Joe Allen… More >>
  • BEST FLAN

    Lila's Westchester Restaurant

    BEST FLAN Lila's Westchester Restaurant 8518 Coral Way West Miami-Dade 305-553-6061 There is a science to perfect flan: Look for holes in the texture. If flan is cooked at too high a heat, the mixture bubbles, leaving behind little holes with hardened edges. Flan with holes is not good flan. Lila's Restaurant in Westchester serves up a flan that is… More >>
  • BEST INEXPENSIVE ITALIAN RESTAURANT

    La Gastronomia

    BEST INEXPENSIVE ITALIAN RESTAURANT La Gastronomia 127 Giralda Avenue Coral Gables 305-448-8599 Inexpensive shouldn't imply indifference, and inexpensive Italian needn't restrict itself to fried calamari and manicotti. At the charming, homespun, cheerily hued La Gastronomia, husband/wife team Roberto and Elizabeth Fayad offer diners friendly service and exemplary renditions of typical budget Italian fare such as mussels sautéed in white wine,… More >>
  • BEST MICROBREWED BEER

    Titanic Restaurant & Brewery

    BEST MICROBREWED BEER Titanic Restaurant & Brewery 5813 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Coral Gables 305-667-2537 When he decided to dip his toe into the rapidly growing microbrewery pool, Kevin Rusk wasn't entirely sold on the concept. He took his time, did a ton of research, and was considering the ideal theme for such an establishment. At the time, his partner… More >>
  • BEST THAI RESTAURANT

    Tamarind Thai Restaurant

    BEST THAI RESTAURANT Tamarind Thai Restaurant 946 Normandy Drive Miami Beach 305-861-6222 It's astonishing that a Thai restaurant whose master chef is Vatcharin Bhumichtir (proprietor of several of London's top Thai eateries, and author of half a dozen of the world's most renowned Southeast Asian cookbooks) could have opened last year -- in a low-profile North Beach location, no less… More >>
  • BEST FALAFEL

    Pita Loca

    BEST FALAFEL Pita Loca 601 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-673-3388 www.pitaloca.8m.com Perhaps to no great surprise, Jews and Arabs argue about falafel. Palestinians charge that Israelis have stolen the fried chickpea fritter, a traditional Arab food, and passed it off as "Israel's National Snack." Jews claim that it's a biblical food, generically Middle Eastern. While we know for sure that… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT DéCOR

    China Grill - CLOSED

    BEST RESTAURANT DéCOR China Grill 404 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305-534-2211 www.chinagrillmgt.com There is certainly no shortage of stunning restaurants these days, but you always remember your first. For Miami diners that would be China Grill, which, when it burst upon the South Beach scene in 1996, instantly became the blueprint for grand contemporary dining rooms in the region. When… More >>
  • BEST BREAD

    Joe's Stone Crab

    BEST BREAD Joe's Stone Crab 11 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305-673-0365 www.joesstonecrab.com Miami has precious few bakeries, with most bread connoisseurs forced to loiter around the supermarkets or sample the occasional roll or two at a local restaurant. If it's the latter course you choose, may we suggest the rolls at Joe's Stone Crab? The waiters will bring you a… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT IN CORAL GABLES

    Pascal's on Ponce

    BEST RESTAURANT IN CORAL GABLES Pascal's on Ponce 2611 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Coral Gables 305-444-2024 www.pascalmiami.com If the Red Sox can beat the Yankees, isn't it time Pascal's on Ponce breaks the ten-year reign of Norman's as our anointed best restaurant in the Gables? Yes, you're right, that isn't a very good reason to crown Pascal Oudin's establishment. How… More >>
  • BEST BLACK BEAN SOUP

    Norman's - CLOSED

    BEST BLACK BEAN SOUP Norman's 21 Almeria Avenue Coral Gables 305-446-6767 If you've never ventured inside Norman Van Aken's signature restaurant in Coral Gables, the black bean soup alone is worth the sojourn into his exquisite location in the City Beautiful. This traditional Latin-American dish is a vision of oily, rich perfection with its foundation of bacon, bell peppers, garlic,… More >>
  • BEST NATURAL FOOD/VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

    The Honey Tree

    BEST NATURAL FOOD/VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT The Honey Tree 5138 Biscayne Boulevard Miami 305-759-1696 This natural-food store, vegetarian and vegan deli, juice bar, and organic-produce market is a one-stop shopping oasis for those who believe that eating well is a prerequisite for feeling well. Some drop in for an organic smoothie and quick browse of the books, music, vitamins, supplements, body-care items,… More >>
  • BEST GOURMET GROCERY

    Laurenzo's Italian Market

    BEST GOURMET GROCERY Laurenzo's Italian Market 16385 W. Dixie Highway North Miami Beach 305-945-6381 This cavernous Italian market is so respected a Miami institution and such a great place to shop that it's not a matter of whether or not it receives a Best Of, but in which category. Best wine selection? The wide array of Italian bottles and a… More >>
  • BEST DESSERTS

    Chef Allen's - CLOSED

    BEST DESSERTS Chef Allen's 19088 NE 29th Avenue Aventura 305-935-2900 www.chefallens.com Roasted banana. Brandied spiced apple. Cinnamon toffee crunch. Toasted almond amaretto. And those are just some of the sorbet and ice cream flavors. Chef Allen Susser is far more renowned for spinning gastronomic magic via his tropics-inspired palm-tree cuisine than for his ability to spin sugar, but pastry… More >>
  • BEST FAJITAS

    Guadalajara

    BEST FAJITAS Guadalajara 8461 SW 132nd Street Pinecrest 786-242-4444 According to Virginia B. Wood of the Austin Chronicle, in 1984, Homero Recio did a study on the shocking price increase of skirt steak, as part of his graduate studies in animal science at Texas A&M. He stumbled across anecdotal evidence that revealed that the cut of meat, the cooking style,… More >>
  • BEST KOSHER RESTAURANT

    Bissaleh Café

    BEST KOSHER RESTAURANT Bissaleh Café 17608 Collins Avenue Surfside 305-682-2224 The most appealing aspect of this kosher vegetarian Israeli dairy restaurant-pizzeria-juice-and-coffee bar may be that it boasts the boisterous ambiance of a bustling Tel Aviv café. Which isn't to say the food is chopped liver. It is anything but, the moo-themed menu pretty much devoted to dairy -- the Land… More >>
  • BEST ASIAN GROCERY

    Lucky Oriental Mart

    BEST ASIAN GROCERY Lucky Oriental Mart 8356 Bird Road Westchester 305-220-2838 The aroma hits you at the door, a kind of sour-sweet spice hanging low in the air. Looking around at Lucky's polished aisles, you suddenly feel you're not in Miami anymore. The customers are varied -- Asian families shop with purpose and confidence, whereas patrons of other ethnicities linger… More >>
  • BEST CHAIN RESTAURANT

    The Palm

    BEST CHAIN RESTAURANT The Palm 9650 E. Bay Harbor Drive Bay Harbor Islands 305-868-7256 and 4425 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Coral Gables 786-552-7256 www.thepalm.com McDonald's? KFC? Quizno's? Get your mind out of the gutter and onto a higher plane. "Chain" doesn't have to imply plain, plastic, and cheap, just that there are lots of restaurants with the same name… More >>
  • BEST CHICKEN WINGS

    Jumbo's Restaurant

    BEST CHICKEN WINGS Jumbo's Restaurant 7501 NW Seventh Avenue Miami 305-751-4267 For the most part, chickens aren't meant to be feared. They flutter, cluck, and aimlessly peck at the ground in search of food. But the chickens served up at Jumbo's Restaurant must have been a breed apart. These fowls have wings as pumped up and thick as Barry Bonds's… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT IN NORTH MIAMI-DADE

    Timó Restaurant

    BEST RESTAURANT IN NORTH MIAMI-DADE Timó Restaurant 17624 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach 305-936-1008 www.timorestaurant.com Timó's modern Mediterranean cuisine is so impressive you can take any one tantalizing dish from each menu category and put together a feast worthy of Babette. Begin with a hearty starter of slow-cooked tripe with bacon, onion, tomato, and Parmesan. No, wait, take that back.… More >>
  • BEST WATERFRONT DINING

    Café Sambal

    BEST WATERFRONT DINING Café Sambal Mandarin Oriental Hotel 500 Brickell Key Drive Miami 305-913-8251 Being a restaurant located directly beneath the nationally acclaimed kitchens of Azul is something like being Dolly Parton's shoes -- you get little recognition. Too bad, because few dining establishments boast as bedazzling a view of Biscayne Bay as Café Sambal, the waters practically slapping the… More >>
  • BEST BISTRO

    Brasserie Les Halles

    BEST BISTRO Brasserie Les Halles 2415 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Coral Gables 305-461-1099 www.leshalles.net Brasserie Les Halles isn't that much better than other bistros, just a whole lot more ambitious -- and we don't mean ambitious in a "let's try escargots, peaches, and truffles together" way. Rather owner Philippe Lajaunie is dedicated to reproducing what Chef Anthony Bourdain… More >>
  • BEST SOUL-FOOD RESTAURANT

    Jackson Soul Food

    BEST SOUL-FOOD RESTAURANT Jackson Soul Food 950 NW Third Avenue Miami 305-377-6710 Morning time is critical in a city that never quite sleeps but tosses fretfully in a haze of muggy weather, traffic hell, and inexplicable municipal politics. To triumph over yet another cycle, one needs the right fuel, something that will stick through the better part of the day.… More >>
  • BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING

    International House of Pancakes

    BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING International House of Pancakes 6928 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-866-8961 Not only is it open late at night, it's open all night. The price is right and the carbs are not disguised. The servers -- regulars include the gentle Yoselin, Michael of the perfect posture and lilting voice, and Dodi, who once worked as a bartender in… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS PAYING

    Nobu

    BEST RESTAURANT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS PAYING Nobu The Shore Club 1901 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-695-3232 www.noburestaurants.com If you want to let this someone else know you're in the know when it comes to hip hotels, great restaurants, and Japanese delicacies, you can do so in one fell swoop by taking them -- or should we say letting them… More >>
  • BEST GREEK RESTAURANT

    Mylos

    BEST GREEK RESTAURANT Mylos 1111 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Coral Gables 305-461-0403 Some Greek restaurants excel at throwing napkins in the air and smashing a lot of plates. You wouldn't want to do that at Mylos. They need those plates like a painter needs blank canvases. On what else would they serve their inimitable Greek salad? Or the whole fresh… More >>
  • BEST DINER

    Hannah's Gourmet Diner

    BEST DINER Hannah's Gourmet Diner 13951 Biscayne Boulevard North Miami Beach 305-947-2255 Judging from the exterior -- a stainless-steel, retro-American diner -- one might expect to walk inside and find the usual menu of meatloaf, milkshakes, burgers, and fries. Granted the neon letters spelling out "gourmet" before "diner" should hint that something a little different is going on inside. But… More >>
  • BEST SELECTION OF NONALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

    BEST SELECTION OF NONALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Icebox Café 1657 Michigan Avenue Miami Beach 305-538-8448 www.iceboxcafe.com When it comes to quenching a real sun-inspired South Florida thirst, you have to think inside the box -- as in Icebox Café, the sleek, stainless-steel-style restaurant and bakery that attracts a lively mix of locals and the few tourists who accidentally stray from Lincoln Road.… More >>
  • BEST BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT

    Texas de Brazil Churrascaria

    BEST BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Dolphin Mall 11401 NW Twelfth Street West Miami-Dade 305-599-7729 www.texasdebrazil.com What do Texas and Brazil have in common? Cowboys of course! But in Brazil's southernmost province, an important cattle-producing region called Rio Grande do Sul, they're known as gauchos. Their rodizio style of cooking, in which meats are slow-roasted over an open pit,… More >>
  • BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH

    Nemo

    BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH Nemo The Shore Club 100 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-532-4550 The portmanteau word brunch was first introduced to England in 1895, but the concept didn't catch on in this country until the Thirties, when it became a popular forum for weekend socializing among the upper class. It's this air of exclusivity that led humorist Heywood Broun… More >>
  • BEST JAMAICAN RESTAURANT

    Sango Jamaican and Chinese Restaurant

    BEST JAMAICAN RESTAURANT Sango Jamaican and Chinese Restaurant 9485 SW 160th Street Perrine 305-252-0279 Seems to us it would be entirely appropriate if Rosie Hollingshead decided to hang a sign in her petite Caribbean (forget the Chinese) take-out shop that reads: "It's the jerk, stupid." We wouldn't quibble with those who lean on the yellow Formica counter and request… More >>
  • BEST SANDWICH SHOP

    Frankie's Big City Grill

    BEST SANDWICH SHOP Frankie's Big City Grill 8601 Biscayne Boulevard Miami 305-762-5333 A sandwich is a sandwich is a sandwich -- two pieces of bread or a roll cut in half, with stuff in between. Two exceptions: The bread you choose happens to bear an image of the Virgin Mary, in which case it sells for oodles of money and… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT FOR DINING DURING A HURRICANE

    BEST RESTAURANT FOR DINING DURING A HURRICANE Palme d'Or Biltmore Hotel 1200 Anastasia Avenue Coral Gables 305-913-3201 www.biltmorehotel.com The first thing you might ask yourself in the event of being stuck somewhere with a savage, life-threatening hurricane raging outside is this: How are the rations? At Palme d'Or they're about as good as you're ever going to hope to get.… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT IN SOUTH MIAMI

    Two Chefs

    BEST RESTAURANT IN SOUTH MIAMI Two Chefs 8287 S. Dixie Highway South Miami 305-663-2100 Recognizing Two Chefs as the finest dining option in South Miami is like giving the New England Patriots an award for being the best football team in New England. Both are good enough to win outside such limited arenas. For eight years now… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT NAME

    Ortanique on the Mile

    BEST RESTAURANT NAME Ortanique on the Mile 278 Miracle Mile Coral Gables 305-446-7710 www.cindyhutsoncuisine.com Once we eliminated all one-word monikers owing to lack of distinctiveness (Acqua, Ago, Atrio, Azul, Balans, Baleen, Chispa, Ola, Spris, Talula, Tiramisu, Touch, Wish), we were pretty much down to Schnitzel Haus, Tap Tap, Pacific Time, and a few others. One great other: Ortanique on the… More >>
  • BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT

    Caribbean Delight

    BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT Caribbean Delight 236 NE First Avenue Miami 305-381-9254 Hey mon, we not goin' ta make believe we from ta island -- because nationality is irrelevant when it comes to savoring the home-cooked fare at Caribbean Delight. Sure, those who hail from the Caribbean will view the curry goat, jerk pork, oxtail, and steamed fish with okra through… More >>
  • BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

    BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS Chispa 225 Altara Avenue Coral Gables 305-648-2600 With its bright red and yellow colors, Bahamian shutters, and oversize star lamps hanging from the ceiling, Chispa's highly stylized décor screams, "You're not in Kansas anymore!" Those lights aren't the only stars here. Chef/proprietor Robbin Haas is one of our top culinary stars and a founding… More >>
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