LA MAR
CARLOS MILLER
MATT MELTZER
Stripsteak
BASIL PARK
IL MULINO
MATT MELTZER
TOUCHE
FORK AND BALLS
DRUNKEN DRAGON
KUSH
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1. 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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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. Siena Tavern 404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

This casual, yet refined, Italian restaurant and tavern serves up some of the best dishes in Miami.

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4. Stripsteak 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

Michael Mina's Stripsteak inside the Fontainebleau packs a punch with daily caught seafood and top-of-the-line beef from an in-house butcher. The two-story venue features indoor and outdoor seating, and the open kitchen with a wood-burning oven adds a bit of culinary entertainment to your meal.

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5. Basil Park 17608 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles, FL 33280

Not that we’d EVER encourage healthy eating (hello, Fat Kid Friday), but if you ever feel the need to take a break from cheese- and bacon-covered everything, your new go-to spot is this Sunny Isles eatery. Here, the heavily-vegetarian menu is highlighted with food grown on chef Tim Andriola’s mini-farms in Broward. Meats are all free range, grazed and hormone free, and many condiments and sauces are made in-house with no processed or refined ingredients.

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6. Il Mulino 840 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This SoFo spot is cooking a lot of the food in the actual dining room at remote cooking stations and giving you bruschetta with mussels and fried zucchini before you even order. Be sure to try the Champagne truffle ravioli.

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7. Buns & Buns 5748 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143 (South Miami)

This South Miami yeast palace’ll gladly let you pick a deliciously grill-able item like this deckle with roasted pepper marissa and serrano ham chip, then lets you pair it with one of seven different fresh made buns, from steamed nan to pretzel rolls to buttery brioche, and finish it off with a handmade wine or sake cocktail.

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8. Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant 15 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132 (Downtown)

This gourmet restaurant resides on the roof of a strip club, offering a panoramic view of downtown from Touche’s outdoor lounge. The menu is predominately classic Italian, with a few curveballs (sushi, ceviche) thrown in.

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9. Fork and Balls 1301 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Fort Lauderdale)

This sweet meatball shop has -- in addition to... balls... of meat -- 12 wines on tap. Really, you can't go wrong here.

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10. Drunken Dragon 1424 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL (South Beach)

Despite being unmarked, this late night Korean BBQ spot draws consistent evening crowds. Diners grill their own steak, fish, chicken, or shrimp at a tableside grill... or if you’d rather have them prepare the food for you, there’s an extensive menu highlighted by the rice cakes w/ sesame, ssamjang & herbs that will change the way you look at rice cakes forever. The sides dishes (banchan) come gratis, so feel free to load up on the piquant kimchi.

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11. 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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