Miami's Top Five Gastropubs

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The first gastropub is generally considered to have been The Eagle, in London. Michael Belben and David Eyre launched it in 1991, and it was simply a pub with unexpectedly good food and a catchy label. The label, of course, went on...and on and on. April Bloomfield is credited for opening America's first gastropub, New York City's Spotted Pig. This, too, served pub fare, but like at The Eagle it was ambitious pub fare. And that's sort of what a gastropub is: A place with quality informal foods -- dare we say "chef-driven"? --and distinctive and varied beers and wines. And it is usually, but not always, situated in a comfy neighborhood space that attempts to capture the spirit of a traditional pub.

Except sometimes the line between a gastropub and not-a-gastropub can be thin and near invisible.

A place like Clarke's, for example, serves good fare with viable beverages, but it's really just a pub with good food. Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant serves decent fare and distinctive beer, but it's a brewery & restaurant. Elwood's Gastro Pub has the name pat, but the menu is not much different than at T.G.I.F. Sra. Martinez proffers small plates of chef-driven fare with select beers and wines, but it's a tapas joint -- which is sort of like a Spanish-style gastropub but it still doesn't count. Primo Pizza makes pizza, which has nothing at all to do with this except I'm feeling hungry and gastropubs, it might be noted, do not as a rule deliver.

So now that I've cleared things up, let's take a gander at Miami's five finest gastropubs:

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