Seven Best New Restaurants of 2012 In Miami

Agnolotti del plin at Macchialina Taverna Rustica
Agnolotti del plin at Macchialina Taverna Rustica

If you were to look back at the restaurants openings of 2012 in Miami, you might notice a bit of a trend. Our epicurean vista has evolved and diversified.

We are now home to more mid-priced, chef-driven eateries: Surfside gained a deli; South Beach has a ceviche joint run by a James Beard nominee; and the Upper Eastside debuted an eatery serving pig wings and duck in a jar. Design District and Midtown continued on the culinary ascent, with recent additions like Oak Tavern and MC Kitchen, and Wynwood's nightlife scene exploded with late-2011 newbies like Wood Tavern.

Yet not every eatery was a charmer. Miami still has an unrelenting obsession with the small-plate concept. (Which by now just means forking over $15 for Brussels sprouts with bacon and "fusion" raw plates with pretty things doused in ponzu or soy sauce.)

But that just makes me appreciate the good eateries even more. So, here's the list of the 7 best new restaurant of 2012 in Miami. These are the places that I love for their character, good pricing-to-quality ratio, and just simple, delicious eats.

See also:

- 12 Uppers and Downers in the Miami food scene in 2012

Fancy eats at J&G Grill in Bal Harbour
Fancy eats at J&G Grill in Bal Harbour

7. J&G Grill

One long name, three words, one hyphen: Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In early 2012, powerhouse restauranteur Jean-Georges opened the first Miami outpost of his international empire. (His restaurants are located in New York, Shanghai, Paris, St Barths, and beyond.) This Bal Harbour joint has already won love from New Times; it was prized with 2012's Best Outdoor Dining. But J&G Grill is also a symbol of what the Magic City has become. With big names coming in, Miami's epicurean prospects are definitely on the rise.

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