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Maty's in Miami Named One of the Best Restaurants in the U.S.

The dishes prepared by Valerie Chang at her restaurant Maty's have won over the hearts and tastebuds of critics and judges across the country.
A dish from Maty's by chef Valerie Chang
A dish from Maty's by chef Valerie Chang Photo by Isa Zapata
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Maty's in Miami is one of the best restaurants in the United States, according to Food & Wine.

The Midtown restaurant, which has won numerous accolades since opening in 2023, is ranked number 15 on Food & Wine's 2024 list of 20 "Global Tastemakers Best Restaurants in the U.S." The Peruvian restaurant was ranked number 15 out of 20 restaurants.

"Finding Latin food in Miami isn't particularly difficult. But what chef Valerie Chang is doing with Peruvian cuisine in Midtown is truly one-of-a-kind largely because the food here is inspired by her grandmother's cooking. (The restaurant is named after her!)," Food & Wine effuses.

The article praises specific dishes, including "grilled grouper tail crowning a shallow plate of beurre blanc, a bowl of lomo saltado with tender oxtail, and tuna taradito like never before."
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Chef Valerie Chang opened Maty's in 2023 to wide acclaim.
Photo by Isa Zapata
In 2023, Chang was selected as one of Food & Wine's "Best New Chefs of 2023." Days later, Bon Appétit named her then-six-month-old tribute to her grandmother one of the best new restaurants in the nation, earning it the added honor of being the only Florida restaurant to make the list. Months later, it made the New York Times' newly minted "Restaurant List."

Chang told New Times in 2023, "I'm extremely proud of my team, as we've worked tremendously hard to shape the restaurant into what it is today."

Chang explained that her original vision was to create a neighborhood restaurant where patrons could find traditional Peruvian cooking with generous portions and a primary focus on meat-based dishes.

Food & Wine's 2024 Global Tastemakers were selected by a panel of judges who ranked each category's winners from a list of restaurants, bars, bakeries, markets, cities, hotels, airports, airlines, and cruises nominated by food and travel journalists worldwide.

Maty's. 3255 NE First Ave., Miami; matysmiami.com.
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