The question was posed to me in an email from some food television media type for an unspecified project:
What is the best restaurant street in Miami? Think in terms of diversity or history or kitchen talent -- whatever quality makes it interesting and worth eating one's way from one end of the street to the other.
I gave it quite a bit of thought and came up with three roads that I think are our best for dining. I list them after the jump, with my reasoning. But you might want to add your two cents to the issue. What street would you choose? And why?
3. Biscayne MiMo Corridor
Michelle Bernstein's Michy's. Kris Wessel's Red Light. The cool Blue Collar, the Greek Anise Waterfront Taverna, Dogma Grill for hot dogs, Moonchine Asian Bistro, Balans, Uva Restaurant & Lounge, the Who burger spot where Kingdom used to be... lots of talent, lots of diversity.
2. Northeast First Avenue in Midtown Miami
This street has New York ethnic eats by way of Primo Pizza and Brooklyn Bagels. It contains our only/best cheese shop/cafe, The Cheese Course, and our only/best salumeria, Salumeria 104. Then there's the big three: Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Sustain Restaurant + Bar, and Mercadito (and Mercadito's taqueria next door). Not much history here, but there sure is cooking talent and diversity.
1. Washington Avenue South of Fifth Street in South Beach
This is a somewhat unconventional selection, but think about it: We've got SoBe's most famous gastronomic landmark there and our most famous modern landmark: Joe's Stone Crab (plus Joe's Takeaway, which is also excellent), and if you hurry, you can catch China Grill before it moves out. In between these iconic bookends is one of our finest steakhouses, Red the Steakhouse. Plus a couple of quaint cafes with outdoor seating: La Locanda and The Dining Room. The latter is one of Miami's best intimate restaurants. Fratelli La Bufala makes great pizza and other items, and the street now has a Beard-nominated chef, Sam Gorenstein, putting out fresh ceviche and seafood at My Ceviche. Diversity, history, cooking talent? You have it all on this street.
I'm fairly certain I've got the correct three streets listed as our finest. I'm assuming you all agree?
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.