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The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Miami Right Now

By Carissa Chesanek
October 13, 2014

From a new canal-front Mediterranean restaurant to a cozy comfort-food hangout, here are 10 restaurants heating up the dining scene now in Miami.

  • Miam Café & Boutique

    Why It's Hot: Located inside Wynwood's iconic zebra-striped building, this​ industrial-style bistro serves carb-heavy American eats like grilled cheese and turkey clubs made with locally sourced ingredients. 
    Must-Order: Veggie quiche made with mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and squash ($7.50).
    Insider Tip: Currently it's only open from 9 AM-5 PM, but there's a wine and cheese happy hour in the works.

  • Vintro Kitchen

    Why It's Hot: Inside Miami Beach's Vintro Hotel, this posh Mediterranean eatery boasts antique Cuban tile floors, massive 30-ft. ceilings and solid farm-to-table dishes​.
    Must-Order: Lamb burger with goat cheese and caramelized onions ($15).
    Insider Tip: Park it outside on the pretty terrace overlooking the Collins Canal.

  • L'echon Brasserie

    Why It's Hot: The Pubbelly Boys' latest venture offers family-style French fare in a modern space with an oceanfront outdoor bar. 
    Must-Order: Braised lamb shank with charred onions ($30).
    Insider Tip: The recently launched weekday happy hour (at the bar and courtyard) boasts $6 bubbly and $2 oysters. 

  • Fork & Balls

    Why It's Hot: The guys behind YOLO and Tarpon Bend in Fort Lauderdale welcome a new concept focusing on meatballs. 
    Must-Order: Spicy pork balls ($8) and a side of polenta fries ($7).
    Insider Tip: Skip the wine on tap and go straight for the solid draft beers. 

  • Drunken Dragon

    Why It's Hot: The Foxhole team brings this late-night Korean BBQ hole-in-the-wall to Alton Road with provocative S&M decor and do-it-yourself grilling tables. 
    Must-Order: Stone pot rice with oxtail and kimchi ($18). 
    Insider Tip: The tiki-themed cocktails are ideal for summer, especially the Singapore Sling.

  • Shikany

    Why It's Hot: Inside a massive industrial-style warehouse, this Wynwood newcomer serves contemporary global cuisine with a soon-to-come test kitchen for classes and wine tastings.
    Must-Order: Scallops, plus sweetbreads made with purple cauliflower paint, Licor 43 and vanilla cotton candy ($36).
    Insider Tip: An elaborate 18-course menu with exclusive dishes is offered Thursday-Saturday (one seating per evening) at a 24-seat communal table ($110-$160 per person).

  • Morimoto South Beach

    Why It's Hot: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto helms the kitchen at this amber-lit SoBe post inside the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, featuring indoor/outdoor seating and large sushi bar.
    Must-Order: Omakase multicourse tasting menu full of signature sushi, sashimi and Japanese-style offerings (prices vary).
    Insider Tip: Valet is chaotic, so it's best to search for parking on the street or at a nearby garage.

  • Oolite Restaurant and Bar

    Why It's Hot: Chef Kris Wessel from Florida Cookery parks his American eatery (named after Florida limestone) inside the former Cooper Avenue space, focusing on organic, healthy eats.
    Must-Order: Florida white water clams with safflower aïoli ($16).
    Insider Tip: Try the comfort food as well, like messy barbecue shrimp.

  • Station 5 Table + Bar

    Why It's Hot: South Miami's latest American eatery brings rustic charm to its Sunset Drive location with its vintage light fixtures, metal barstools and hearty comfort food.
    Must-Order: Ma's Shellfish Stew made with mussels, cod and clams in a coconut broth ($11).
    Insider Tip: While the handcrafted cocktails do the trick, the real seller is the collection of Florida craft brews.  

  • ROK:BRGR 

    Why It's Hot: The local chain opens its latest outpost in Gulfstream Park with an inviting ambiance, inventive handcrafted patties and large roster of craft brews. 
    Must-Order: Cuban burger made shredded beef, Swiss and crispy plantain chips ($14.50).
    Insider Tip: There's impressive cocktails here too, like the Manhattan made with bacon and chocolate bitters.

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Places Mentioned

Shikany

Wynwood

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L'echon Brasserie

Brasserie • Miami Beach

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Oolite Restaurant and Bar

American • South Beach

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Florida Cookery

Floridian • South Beach

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YOLO (You Only Live Once)

Fort Lauderdale

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Miam Café & Boutique

Cafe • Wynwood

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Vintro Kitchen

Mediterranean • South Beach

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Morimoto South Beach

Japanese • South Beach

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Station 5 Table + Bar

American • South Miami

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ROK:BRGR

Burger • Hallandale Beach

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