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The Magic City's 8 Most Innovative Restaurants

By Carissa Chesanek
January 6, 2014

We love our go-to staple restaurants with traditional, homey dishes, but every now and then, our dining regime calls for something slightly more avant-garde. Here are eight of the most innovative restaurants to hit Miami. 

  • Drogerie Miami

    Albert Trummer, creator of New York City's first medicinal cocktail bar provides unique scientific concoctions in South Beach's Rubell Hotel.

    What to Drink: The menu is categorized into different health-inspired categories like health and beauty, pain killers and aphrodisiacs to help make the selection. For example, the Hemingway Special mixed with Elixir # 5 bitters and Santa Teresa Dark Rum apparently packs a high-powered stimulant jolt.

    1650 James Ave.; 305-913-1000

  • D-Dog House

    Forget a wait staff - this Brickell snackery is all about technology, letting diners place their order digitally. 

    How to Order: Just park it in one of the comfy booths and order your Columbian dog with crushed potato chips and quail egg right from your table's own iPad.

    50 SW Tenth St.; 305-381-7770

  • Barton G. - The Restaurant

    A favorite among the tourists and big social parties, this South Beach venue knows how impress its diners with over-the-top plate presentations and elaborate fantastical cocktails. 

    Be Prepared for a Show: The dishes here are anything but typical, served in gigantic portion sizes with props that include anything from sparklers in ice cream to an antique toaster used to prepare lobster pop tarts. 

    1427 West Ave.; 305-672-8881

  • Romeo's Cafe

    This tiny Italian space not only offers an incredibly romantic atmosphere, but it takes personalized dishes to a whole other level. 

    Know Before You Go: Don't expect some traditional menu inside this tiny Italian space. Instead, the chef creates an exclusive four or six-course dinner (lasting around two and a half hours) that's customized for you depending on your preferences, tastes and dietary restrictions. 

    2257 SW 22nd St.; 305-859-2228

  • El Carajo International Tapas Restaurant

    A hidden gem that not only acts as a fully functioning gas station, but also operates as a high-quality wine cellar and cozy Spanish tapas restaurant.

    Where to Go: Head inside to the back of the store, where there's a small nook with wine-lined walls and communal tables. Order a bottle of wine to wash down authentic tapas like seafood ceviche in lemon juice and empanadas stuffed with lobster meat.

    2465 SW 17th Ave.; 305-856-2424

  • Chef Adrianne's

    Residing in The Hammocks of Kendall, this rustic vineyard and wine bar offers an eclectic menu with a sensual dining-in-the-dark option.

    No Peeking: The space is known for hosting dark dining themed events where diners are blindfolded and unaware of the menu, relying only on their taste buds to decipher just what it is they are eating.

    11510 SW 147th Ave.; 305-408-8386

  • Dinner Lab

    The latest spot to hit the underground dining scene, this members-only supper club hosts hot new chefs inside unique undisclosed dining destinations.

    Join the Club: While this might seem like an ultra-elite foodie club, you don't have to worry too much about getting accepted. CEO of Dinner Lab Brian Bordainick told us anyone is allowed, they just need to pay the membership fee and be a fearless eater.

    Undisclosed locations

  • Tongue & Cheek

    This South Beach space presents ingredient-driven, quirky-named plates inside a comfortable, intimate setting.

    What to Order: Opt for a playful dish like crispy chicken skin served with Japanese mustard to pair with a signature Walking Dead cocktail that's mixed with Death's Door gin and blood-red strawberries. 

    431 Washington Ave.; 305-704-2900

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Places Mentioned

Barton G. The Restaurant

American • South Beach

Food23 Decor26 Service23 Cost$81
 
 
 
Tongue & Cheek

New American • South Beach

Food22 Decor21 Service21 Cost$53
 
 
 
Romeo's Cafe

Italian • Coral Way

Food24 Decor18 Service23 Cost$85
 
 
 
Food24 Decor20 Service21 Cost$36
 
 
 
 
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