3. The Dutch
Andrew Carmellini's Miami restaurant combines a bistro feel with some wonderful hearty dishes made with local ingredients. Spice starters include chicken liver pate with clarified bone marrow, homemade pickles, and grilled country bread and chilled corn soup with fire-roasted corn, piquillo pepper, crispy tortilla, and ancho chili. Main courses include smoked ricotta agnolotti, Key West pink shrimp, or BBQ smoked ribs. There are other desserts, too, but have the warm pecan pie. Because...pecan pie!
Michelle Bernstein's restaurant consistently serves up wonderful, soulful meals. Her Spice menu includes carpaccio of beef or grilled octopus for starters, followed by roasted wild salmon, chimi marinated skirt steak, or curried butternut tagliatelle. All the desserts sound wonderful, but the maple peach parfait with cinnamon chiffon, bacon oat crumble, and spiced caramel chantilly sounds like perfection.