If you were to look back at the restaurants openings of 2012 in Miami, you might notice a bit of a trend. Our epicurean vista has evolved and diversified.
We are now home to more mid-priced, chef-driven eateries: Surfside gained a deli; South Beach has a ceviche joint run by a James Beard nominee; and the Upper Eastside debuted an eatery serving pig wings and duck in a jar. Design District and Midtown continued on the culinary ascent, with recent additions like Oak Tavern and MC Kitchen, and Wynwood's nightlife scene exploded with late-2011 newbies like Wood Tavern.
Yet not every eatery was a charmer. Miami still has an unrelenting obsession with the small-plate concept. (Which by now just means forking over $15 for Brussels sprouts with bacon and "fusion" raw plates with pretty things doused in ponzu or soy sauce.)
But that just makes me appreciate the good eateries even more. So, here's the list of the 7 best new restaurant of 2012 in Miami. These are the places that I love for their character, good pricing-to-quality ratio, and just simple, delicious eats.