Miami was full of disappointments this year, most of which played in Little Havana and got sent to Toronto. But there were also some food-fails -- see what Miami's top culinary minds had to say about the biggest resto-related downers
Lee Schrager, Founder/Producer, South Beach Wine & Food Festival "The closing of Sra. Martinez.
Michelle Bernstein, Chef/Owner, Michy's and Crumb on Parchment "That no authentic Korean restaurants have opened in Miami! Please Gabose come down south!!
Sef Gonzalez ("Burger Beast"), Founder, BurgerBeast.com "That there wasn't a giant smoke extractor at The Grind: Miami's Burger Battle. It was going to be a killer event 'til it got smoked out.
Janie Campbell, Miami Editor, The Huffington Post "The changes The Light Group made to The Delano when they took over food and nightlife. I miss the charm of The Florida Room, and the Delano is so cold. There's no magic. What happened in Vegas should've stayed there. Also, Bazaar at the SLS. And I tried to watch the Heat win the NBA title at Will Call but they couldn't get the game on the TVs. Nightmare debut.
John Lin, PR guru/Founder of IAmJohnnyBoy.com "These damn Asian fusion restaurants, or whatever some white person calls it these days? What Miami needs more is authentic Chinese / Vietnamese / Japanese / Korean food. How can a city have 'Asian fusion' when there are so few 'Asian' restaurants in Miami? I mean, if there were 'Italian fusion', I can totally understand, as every block there's a decent Italian restaurant.
Sunny Oh, Chef, Juvia "The critics."