Ahhh, Spring. That time of year when we walk out into the balmy, 82-degree air, look up at the cloudless sky, reminisce about all the sweet stuff we've done so far this year -- like brazenly stare at the scantily clad women of Ultra -- and wonder how things could get any better. Two ways: if Summer never gets here, or if someone assembles you a list of the 10 best new Miami restaurants. Guess which we did...
The top 10 new Miami restaurants that opened this Spring
1. Beauty and The Feast601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
2. Uvaggio70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
3. La Mar by Gaston Acurio500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami
4. KUSH Wynwood2003 N Miami Ave, Miami
5. Orange Blossom Restaurant2000 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
6. Tsukuro Asian Inspired Eatery225 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
7. Traymore Restaurant and Bar2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
8. Earls Kitchen and Bar7535 N Kendall Dr., Miami
9. Beer 36018090 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles
10. 1826 Restaurant & Lounge1826 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
At this Fort Lauderdale eatery, in addition to the extensive menu of gourmet small plates, pizzas, and slow-roasted meats, you'll get “feast plates” where you get your own cart topped with a bowl of pasta, fixins, or GIANT suckling pig, complete with knife stuck in his head.
Michael Porter, a 20-year sommelier -- along with Top Chef alum Bret Pelaggi -- took his favorite bottles and created an entire menu of stuff to pair with them at this Coral Gables hot spot. Try the veal sweetbreads with gnocchi, beech mushrooms and gremolata with the J.L. Chave Mon Coeur 2010 Côtes du Rhône. Pair with any of their 20+ wines by the three or 6oz glass, or one of their 100+ by the bottle.
Peruvian culinary mastermind Maestro Gaston Acurio's plating up the best South American bites you'll find in Miami, like the cuasas -- whipped potatoes served in a mini-boat under stuff like tuna tartare and grilled octopus. Or if you want more meat while you sit bayside at the Mandarin Oriental, grab some Wagyu beef anticuchos.
From the folks who brought you Lokal and with a mission to bring seriously high quality craft brews to SoFla, Kush has 18 speciality suds on tap and a limited-edition menu featuring made-from-scratch items like chicken and waffles.
In their wood-lined dining room, Orange Blossom offers up eats like like pepper crusted organic salmon, scallop tiradito in lemongrass ginger sauce, and mint-rosemary crusted lamb racks with their charming South Beach ambiance.
Tsukuro classes up the 'hood with its interior full of blues, oranges and violets, a sushi menu as good as any, and meaty food items like Chinese roast duck, oxtail spring rolls and -- in a sandwich destined to confuse every Jewish person who ever walks in -- pulled pork on a challah roll.
When you meet a bar with 40 different gins, a gin and tonic is not just a gin and tonic. That's what you're going to find at this restaurant and bar in the Metropolitan by COMO hotel. With its art deco decor and seafood menu, plus creations from the master chocolatiers, you're sure to find something you'll like, but let us not forget: 40 different gins.
This Canadian stalwart is serving up North-of-the-border classics and gargantuan burgers, plus craft cocktails and beers in Dadeland's new wing with a cool outdoor terrace.
This Brazilian steak palace is serving up picanha by the ounce, other steaks by the not-ounce, and dozens of different sausages that you can smoke right at your table in personal brick furnaces, all while sipping on one of 360 different craft brews, 40 that’re on draft.
Michelin-starred Chef Danny Grant (also 2012's Food & Wine's Best New Chef!) brings Miami Beach this combo restaurant and lounge, serving up creative dishes like their wild salmon tartare with White Sturgeon Caviar, citrus, and pumpernickel, out of his ultra-modern Collins Ave digs.