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1. Bistro Cassis 118 Buena Vista Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

For a meal that is as authentic as it gets outside the country, hit up this place. Gruff French waiters take your order in an open, airy brassierie, and serve fresh bread before bringing you traditional dishes like coq au van, steak au poivre, and the house-made Boeff Borguignon with root vegetables, tagliatelle pasta and a red wine sauce.

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2. BTW 1439 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Brought to you by the team behind Yardbird and Swine, BTW stands for Burgers, Tacos, Whiskey -- and certainly delivers in these categories. Here you can get the legendary Swine burger, and also tacos with duroc pork belly or pollo mojo, and Crystal honey hot wings. Plus, the whole bar is devoted to small batch whiskey and local craft beers to wash it all down.

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3. Piripí 320 San Lorenzo Ave Ste 1315, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Chef Najat Kaanache, formerly of El Bulli, is doing something a little crazy in terms of Spanish food: offering actually-large plates. His chicken and lamb pallella will change the way you look at Basque food, but if you still want to get down with some tapas, the house cured meats are as good a happy hour snack as you'll find in Miami.

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4. Pi Pizzeria 124 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Finally bringing deep dish to Miami from St. Louis, Pi Pizzeria is located right next to Story nightclub. They've also got cornmeal-crusted thin crust and even a gluten-free variety for the health-conscious SoBe set, plus 14 local beers on tap including Concrete Beach MIA, Wynwood and Funky Buddha.

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5. Corsair 19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180

In Corsair, celebrity Chef Scott Conant has managed to construct what we imagine the bottom of the sea to look like (if illuminated by a giant flashlight and situated adjacent to a golf course). The geometric Mediterranean tiles closely resemble white and blue sea glass, and the fish (though motionless and plated) are bright and plump. The Turnberry Isle American-Mediterranean restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and after a day out in the Miami sun, you are encouraged to rejuvenate yourself with a refreshing tuna tartare with avocado wasabi, sweet soy, wontons, pickled root vegetables, and crispy rock shrimp. Progress to a crispy skin snapper whose mild flavor is augmented by lime rice and chayote squash, and conclude your meal with a macadamia nut-crusted Key lime tart.

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6. Tantalize 330 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tantalize offers a Pan Latin-inspired menu alongside its very own burlesque show, because South Beach can never have enough upscale cuisine or scantily clad women. So if you want to hit up the strip club but are also craving some ceviche, this is the obvious choice for you.

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7. STK 2311 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

STK Miami is just as swanky as its sibling locations in New York, Las Vegas, and LA. The restaurant offers "more than just steak, it’s an entire experience," and is host to all manner of gorgeous steak-eaters. Come dressed to impress and be apart of the scene.

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8. Primrose 1120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Located in the renovated Stiles Hotel, Primrose is French inspired but strong on the seafood, while the Kobe beef burger with a sunny side up egg and smoked bacon is a must-try. Start your night downstairs at their hidden lounge Gold Bar and then head up to the patio on Collins Ave, it's sure to be a great night for all.

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9. The Gang 3500 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Don't let the decor scare you, the Baseball Furies aren't going to ambush you in the bathroom. And the Asian-inspired food like curries, Indian gravy, and Thai beef salad are well worth the risk anyway.

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10. Freshii 1455 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33172

The Doral outpost of this health-conscious chain offers up fresh-pressed juices as well as wraps and bowls with fresh veggies in the Miami International Mall. Try the Warrior Bowl with brown rice, corn, red onions, tomatoes, carrots, black beans, cajun spices and ranch for a light lunch or hearty snack.

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11. New York Subs & Wings SW 6th St. and 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Usually parking right by the Broward County Courthouse, the New York Subs & Wings truck is serving up Buffalo sauce crafted by a chef straight from Buffalo, and steak subs overflowing with fresh-cut sirloin, so head on over there for lunch (hopefully not after a visit to the courthouse).

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12. Pazzo 2525 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33129

This spot brings a taste of northwest Italy to Miami, not the red-sauce-and-carb heavy stuff but a lighter variety that's heavy on meats dishes like a carpaccio called Harry's Bar with basil and arugual, or a filet mignon with tagliatelle al reggiano.

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13. Alter 223 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127

Chef Brad Kilgore prepares an inventive, fine dining experience in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Wynwood. To that end he's created a menu of locally-sourced ingredients with stuff like blue crab w/crispy taro,aji chili and cilantro.

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14. Kuro 1 Seminole Wy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

Located in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, Kuro is a true success. The fish is up there with any yacht-up restaurant on the Miami River that may or may not rhyme with "puma," and the decor is as opulent as you'd find in any international casino.

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15. Coya 999 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Entering Coya is like going back to the Latin America of old, with its high ceilings and rotating collection of 1900s photographs. Though they offer a members-only club experience as well, the main dining room is a great place to enjoy stuff like their red snapper cevice in shiitake mushroom and truffle leche de tigre.

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16. Fooq's 1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136

Fooq’s makes its patchwork menu seem effortless, seamlessly combining French, Italian, and Middle Eastern elements in a spectacular culinary experiment. The Persian salad of fennel, hard-boiled eggs, marbled potatoes, celery, olives, turmeric pickles, and Dijon lemon is the lightest entrance into the menu, which takes you to a bucatini amatriciana whose smoked pancetta permeates the dish and tints the sweet onions, San Marzano tomatoes, garlic chips, and chili flakes with a familiar taste that offsets the spice. The traditional Persian stew changes daily but always comes highly recommended, and with throw pillows and cookbook-covered coffee tables, the atmosphere at Fooq’s is just homey enough to push you to try something new.

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17. Adena Grill and Wine Bar 900 Silks Run #1740, Hallandale, FL 33009

An upscale steakhouse that serves grass-finished beef with a farm-to-fork take on menu items, Adena pleases with carnivorous selections like steak tartare served with capers and lemon zest, and housemade desserts like chocolate torte and New York style cheesecake.