South Beach Wine & Food Festival

SoBeWFF Culinary Captains Dish Why Their Neighborhoods Are Best

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Michael Shikany

Restaurant: Shikany (now closed)

Neighborhood: Wynwood

Dish: "Crispy Kumamoto oyster Wagyu tenderloin tartare slider made from cayenne apple chutney, pickled mung bean, red onion relish, shiso chili oil powder, and white truffle sesame aioli."

Why the best 'hood?: "I wouldn't say we're the best dining neighborhood, but we're starting to get there; we're definitely the most up-and-coming. It's similar to an area like the Meatpacking District in New York that's just growing and going nowhere but up."

Brad Kilgore

Restaurant: Alter

Neighborhood: Wynwood

Dish: "I'll be combining my style of paying respects to classics using Floridian products like Key West local pink shrimp with whipped key lime and throwing a twist like green curry and nam pla butterscotch to help balance out the coconut."

Why the best 'hood?: "As a newcomer to Wynwood, it means a lot to represent what we want to bring to the neighborhood. It's an artistic forward-from-scratch area, and that's the way we're going to be doing it at Alter and at the festival. People truly believe in what they're doing over here, and I'm just glad to be a part of that."

Tim Andriola

Restaurant: Basil Park

Neighborhood: Sunny Isles Beach

Dish: "We're going to do one of our signature dishes that customers really seem to enjoy: a pan-roasted scallop with raw corn salad and purée of butternut squash."

Why the best 'hood?: "I don't know if we've got the best hood or not; that's a good question. We have a lot of high-end and good restaurants coming up in the area, like Corsair that just opened at Turnberry Isle. If you look at Sunny Isles ten years ago, it was nothing of what it is now. North Miami is really starting to explode and be a little more cutting-edge than ever before."

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.