This bistro turns out an impressive array of southern French dishes that make liberal use of seafood, olive oil, and a bounty of vegetables like eggplant and sweet bell peppers that have become adored with the rest of Mediterranean cuisine. Here, beignets are paired with delicate tempura squash blossoms and stuffed anchovies, and a thick, bone-in section of turbot ($38) is washed in a fragrant olive oil and white wine sauce and served with braised wedges of fennel and sweet cherry tomato. This white-tablecloth restaurant also offers classics such as Niçoise salad, bluefin tuna tartare and Ossetra caviar, and escargots with garlic butter and fresh herbs.

Mister O1

1000 S. Miami Ave., Miami

Mister O1's masterworks are star pizzas that come flecked with spicy salami and a vegetarian iteration layered with paper-thin shreds of eggplant and zucchini. The crusts are folded and filled with milky ricotta that leeches onto the pie as it crisps in an imported Cuppone oven. Besides the flagship South Beach location, Mister O1 has pie shops in Wynwood, Brickell, and Naples, Florida. If you really love the pizza, there are franchise opportunities, offering potential to make some (pizza) dough.

Momi Ramen

5 SW 11th St., Miami

Momi's bowls filled with rich, glossy, almost sticky tonkotsu (broth) remain the best in Miami. Just remember: Sometimes Momi is cash only, and sometimes your credit card will be accepted. Sometimes there's only char siu pork and pork belly, and sometimes there's oxtail and pork innards. You never know what you'll find.


661 Brickell Key Dr., Miami

One evening at Naoe, chef Kevin Cory proudly held up a jewel-like orange-red sack of salmon roe. "Only available for two weeks every year when the salmon are spawning," he said. Other than that, Cory didn't boast about the fish that's flown in daily from Tokyo's Tsukiji Market. He speaks softly and wears a paper cap that seems a nod to sushi's past as Japanese street food. Naoe's subtlety and precision are what make it stand out not only in Brickell but also in all of Miami. It doesn't have to tell you it's the city's best restaurant. It knows it.

Obra Kitchen Table

1331 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami

Before coming to Miami, Carlos Garcia was best known for his Caracas restaurant, Alto, which holds a spot on Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants. Obra is a Brickell favorite thanks to its inventive takes on Venezuelan cuisine that include classic arepas ($14) and hamachi tiradito with rum leche de tigre and crispy kale ($18).

The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

650 S. Miami Ave., Miami

Like erstwhile neighbor Tobacco Road, the River seems to have little time left since a Colombian investor purchased the property in 2012. Nevertheless, the smart Brickell office workers shield their faces and march past the dusty construction to reach David Bracha's daily oyster offerings and whole-fish entrées. The secret here is the bar menu, with small bites such as clams casino, steamed Chinese duck buns, and oyster po'boy sliders for less than ten bucks each.