Best New Restaurant Miami 2014 - The District Miami
There are lots of restaurants in the Magic City that dazzle with bright lights, designer table linens, guest DJs, and chefs with acting resumés. But sometimes a place shines so brilliantly that it needs none of that fancy footwork. The District Miami is such a spot. This place claims to offer "contemporary pan-American cuisine," but it's really a melting pot of favorites you probably grew up with — slow-braised pork shoulder, tacos, and meatballs — except reworked by a masterful chef. Under Horacio Rivadero's care, meatballs are made with foie gras ($15), tacos are graced with sweet lobster meat ($18), and tartare is prepared with young Colorado lamb ($14). The work pays off, because Chef Rivadero was named a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Best Chef-South award this year. Better make reservations now.