Carlos Miller
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1. Beauty and The Feast 601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (Fort Lauderdale)

American comfort food comes in all shapes and sizes at Fort Lauderdale’s Beauty and the Feast. The menu features small plates, large plates, “Feast Plates,” and “Accessories,” -- assuring diners that all types of appetites will be sated -- and highlights include skirt steak with rainbow chard, Florida cab bisque with orange-infused sherry cream, double-cut pork chop, and cedar plank wild salmon. Complement your main dishes with cream of corn or roasted sun chokes, and wash them down with zesty cocktails like the Rock, Flirt, Feast, or Scheme.

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2. Uvaggio 70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

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.

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3. La Mar by Gaston Acurio 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

Peruvian culinary maestro Gaston Acurio is mixing Andean and Asian flavors into a bold menu that highlights his home country at this chic restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental. The menu includes made-to-order ceviche; tiraditos, or Peruvian-style sashimi; and causas, a traditional dish of potatoes whipped with seafood, avocado, tobiko, tomato, and egg. The drink selection is equally quintessential Peru, offering various takes on the pisco sour.

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4. KUSH Wynwood 2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

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. Menu highlights include a frita burger, which blends guava jelly, melted Gruyere, potato stix, and crispy bacon, as well as the Johnny Utah, topped with hot pastrami, cheese, and special sauce.

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5. Orange Blossom Restaurant 2000 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

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.

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6. Tsukuro Asian Inspired Eatery 225 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (Fort Lauderdale)

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.

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7. Traymore Restaurant and Bar 2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

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.

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8. Earls Kitchen and Bar 7535 N Kendall Dr., Miami, FL 33156 (South Miami)

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.

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9. Beer 360 18090 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160 (Aventura)

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.

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10. 1826 Restaurant & Lounge 1826 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

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.



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