By any measure, the past year has been a rough one — and particularly so for Miami's hospitality industry. And yet, the worst of the coronavirus pandemic brought out the best in Miami restaurateurs. Chefs donated time and money to feed first responders and those who'd lost their jobs. A renewed sense of community emerged as we broke bread in new ways.
It is in that same spirit that we offer "Required Eating: Our 100 Favorite Miami Restaurants of 2021,” a New Times guide to our favorite places to eat.
Doubtless, our concept of "dining out" has been altered — perhaps in ways that will outlast the pandemic. But whether you're diving back into (appropriately ventilated and socially distanced) indoor settings or resolved to limit your forays to outdoor patios, takeout, delivery, and the occasional Zoom pizza party, each and every one of the establishments on this list exists to do what restaurants have always done: to nourish our bellies and our souls, through good times and bad.
Editor's note: For additional details about how local restaurants are serving customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, explore New Times' Miami Restaurant Directory: A Consumer Guide to Takeout, Delivery and Dining In.
"Required Eating" is written by Laine Doss, Zachary Fagenson, Clarissa Buch, Juliana Accioly, Chelsea Olson, and Nicole Danna.