Open any international publication and you'll see Miami's growth touted in the news. Long a draw for tourists and transplants in search of sultry days and cosmopolitan nights, the Magic City is the flavor of the month for real estate and crypto investors who flock here for the friendly business climate as well as the sun.
Miami's food scene has reflected our growth, with restaurants springing up courtesy of out-of-towners like Major Food Group (Carbone, Dirty French, Sadelle's) and Richard Caring (Sexy Fish), even as locals continue to thrive: Grove Bay Hospitality Group, Groot Hospitality, and Kush Hospitality have all debuted new ventures in 2022.
We're not the only ones to notice the explosion. This year, the first-ever Michelin Guide to Florida was published, shining a spotlight on the excellence of eateries in Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. In total, 65 Miami-area restaurants were recognized in the inaugural guide.
Though our economy continues to be driven mainly by visitors, our restaurant scene celebrates our uniquely diverse local culture. Whether you're treating yourself to a $10 Cuban sandwich or treating your date to a $500 omakase, it's Miami's singular and tantalizingly elusive flavor that you're after.
And it's in that same "only-in-Miami" spirit that New Times proudly presents "Required Eating 2023," our annual guide to Miami's Top 100 restaurants.
—Laine Doss, Miami New Times food editor