90. Mushroom-Crusted Grouper at the River Seafood & Oyster Bar

It's that time of year again when we count down to New Times' Best

of Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100

of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your

own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com.

90. Mushroom-Crusted Grouper at the River Seafood & Oyster Bar

We like the River for all sorts of reasons. Since opening downtown in 2003, it has become a neighborhood institution, a place where locals hang out at the bar over cocktails, craft draft beers, and any of some 250 wines. Creative small-plate snacks, fresh seafood dinners, and of course the eight-to-ten types of fresh oysters on hand are always a draw. How to pick a favorite dish at one of our favorite spots?

Easy: Take a bite of mushroom-crusted grouper in a truffled mushroom broth flecked with shiitake caps. The tall hunk of fish is flaky and moist, the earthy accompanying notes juxtaposed with sweet parsnip puree and flecks of thyme. It's a $28 bargain, and one of many things that keep The River overflowing with fans.

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98. The Elena Ruth Sandwich at Sergio's

99. Chow Fun at Chow Down Grill

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