Ten Best Miami Restaurants to Bite the Dust
Chef Allen Susser works the line at his now-shuttered restaurant.
Photo by Jacob Katel
It's difficult to believe, but the holidays are almost upon us.
This is the time of year to get nostalgic about some of the restaurants we've loved and lost. Some of them had been around since we were kids, some came and went like a flash of lightning, but all captured our hearts. One thing is certain: Each of these restaurants served a combination of good food, great ambiance, and everlasting memories.
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10. Pacific Time
When Jonathan Eismann opened Pacific Time on Lincoln Road, the pedestrian mall, once a marvel of MiMo design and consumerism, had fallen on hard times. But the talented chef changed all of that with both his exquisite pan-Asian cuisine and his ability to see the potential in South Beach. For 14 years, Pacific Time was one of the finest places to dine in Miami Beach, and Eismann saw Lincoln Road thrive around the restaurant. He moved Pacific Time to another up-and-coming neighborhood: Miami's Design District. He then opened Fin, Q, and Pizza Volante, only to close all of them in rapid succession.
Photo by Michael McElroy
9. Blue Door
Blue Door at the Delano was one of the first restaurants to put Miami Beach on the culinary map. Both the hotel and the restaurant were to become the turning point for South Beach, long thought of as a past-its-prime place for the elderly to retire to. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian was tapped to open Blue Door in 1995, and the combination of a gorgeous refurbishment and a world-class restaurant immediately sent the message that South Beach was, once again, a vibrant place to vacation and possibly live. In 2010, after many chef changes, Blue Door reopened as Blue Door Fish. A year later, it closed permanently.Next Page
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