Best TV Show to Highlight Miami Restaurants

Best New Restaurant

Miami is a great city for beaches, clubbing, and a bit of debauchery. But when people think of fine-dining, thoughts usually turn to New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. However, the Bravo series Best New Restaurant may have forever secured the Magic City a place in the rankings of fine eats. The series' first season, which featured celebrity chef and James Beard Award winner Tom Colicchio as both host and executive producer, set out to find America's best new restaurant. Of the 16 restaurants featured, five (R House, the Federal Food Drink & Provisions, Buns & Buns, Tongue & Cheek, and Dolce Italian) were from the 305. The restaurants showed skill, talent, and determination, making Miami proud. In the end, South Beach's Dolce Italian beat the pants off Manhattan's L'Apicio to bring the title home. New York City may have the Empire State Building, but Miami has amazing food — and palm trees.

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Dangerous as it may be, you can endlessly swipe through social media in Miami traffic jams. It's enough to make your thumb cramp. But then you stop on some photos from Peru's Astrid & Gastón. I'd like that, you think. Same for that plethora of arepas. God, those saved me from a wicked hangover last weekend. #QuesoAManoPorVida. Ooooh, medianoches with extra mustard? All of this can be found on Javier Ramirez's Instagram, where he goes by the handle gourmandj. He seems to consume the same number of meals per day as Dwayne Johnson (seven) without any of the flexing. He's also involved in restaurants with Jean-Georges alums Brad Kilgore (Alter in Wynwood) and Antonio Bachour (Bachour Bakery & Bistro in Brickell), so in addition to peeping all of the hedonism, you can also catch glimpses into two of Miami's most anticipated spots.

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VeganAroma

Despite good intentions and an abundance of Pinterest recipes, cooking for yourself can feel like an insurmountable task. If you're clueless in the kitchen, the convenience of Papa John's online ordering and Pollo Tropical on the corner will always win. That's why Sabina Torrieri (nutrition coach and VeganAroma owner) and Graciela Augier (vegan chef) will change your life. The two host intimate cooking classes at Torrieri's cozy Coral Gables eatery. Each course features a specific menu — all vegan, gluten-free, and organic — often with a seasonal or holiday twist. The teachers demonstrate the entire process and school students on the various benefits of garden-grown, whole foods. The afternoon culminates with a vegan feast (so no one has to stop at Taco Bell on the way home). Classes usually run $70 per person or $65 if you bring a friend, so that's extra incentive to get your buds on board.

Best Of Miami®

Best Of Miami®