Top Five New Restaurants: Beyond Best of Miami

Niçoise salad at Tudor House.
Niçoise salad at Tudor House.
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​We recognized Zuma as Best New Restaurant in our most recent "Best of Miami" issue. Yet a number of other excellent dining establishments have come to town over the past year -- many since our "Best Of" issue was written. Here are five other newcomers for which we are grateful:

5. City Hall
There's a big-city feel to this boisterous, two-level restaurant. Chef Tom Azar (formerly of Emeril's) oversees a menu of popular American classics presented in an up-to-date fashion. A big slab of meat loaf, gravy, frizzy fried onions, green beans, and mac 'n' cheese boosted by chorizo and maple -- that's just one plate of food! Seafoods, steaks, pizzas, and old-school desserts such as chocolate banana pudding pie pile on the comfort. City Hall is fun, affordable, and culinarily satisfying. It's just what every neighborhood needs.

Serrano-wrapped scallops at The Dining Room.
Serrano-wrapped scallops at The Dining Room.
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4. The Dining Room
Twenty-four seats surround linen-draped tables in this petite SoFi charmer on Washington Avenue. Executive chef Horacio Rivadero and chef de cuisine Christian Alvarez create almost shockingly flavorful plates of food. Ubiquitous calamari gets reinvented with chili, citrus, cilantro, and kalamata olive purée. Duck confit is introduced to the New World by way of grilled apricots and kumquat vinaigrette. Even humble vegetarian butternut squash soup is electrified via green apple, celery sprouts, and vanilla. Entrées and desserts are equally inventive and delicious. Service is amiable and attentive, the room is intimate, the owners on hand.



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