The 38 Essential Miami Restaurants, Winter 2018

The 38 Essential Miami Restaurants, Winter 2018

The essential Miami spots

by Olee Fowler@oleefowler Updated Jan 9, 2018, 10:30am EST

We now present an updated version of Miami’s Eater 38 for winter of 2018, which can answer any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group, which is listed in geographical order, was created by a panel of experts and covers the entire city; spans myriad cuisines, histories, locations; and, collectively, satisfies any and all restaurant needs, save for those of people who are never happy.

Every couple of months we update the list, adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (which means they’ve been open for more than six months — but usually closer to a year), or have stepped up their game.

After much reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, Cake Thai Kitchen and El Mago de las Fritas leave the list. The good news is that newcomers Fooq’s and La Petite Maison have taken their place.

Think something has been missed? Temper tantrum not necessary — just nominate the restaurant in the comments section or drop us a line at Pop-up restaurants, however, do not qualify.

1 Makoto

A Stephen Starr restaurant in Bal Harbour Shops where what’s on the plate is more important than who’s sitting in front of it sounds almost as implausible as a half-off sale at Gucci, but thanks to chef Makoto Okuwa, former head sushi chef at Morimoto New York and Philadelphia, it’s the real deal. In addition to the raw stuff, Makoto’s modern Japanese dishes and bincho charcoal robatahave hungry shoppers continually coming back for more.

9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL
(305) 864-8600


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