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Miami restaurants

Miami's celebrity chef–heavy culinary contingent, pricey seafood restaurants, and passion for New World cuisine fusing Latin American, Caribbean, and European influences have led more than one foodie purist to cry style over substance in the past. And yes, there are lots of flashy eateries, especially in South Beach, that are overpriced and underwhelming. But there are also serious chefs exploring the city's culinary traditions, both native and imported. You can see both sides of the coin at the annual South Beach Food & Wine Festival every February (

The city's Latino and Caribbean roots shine brightest, and "Floribbean" ingredients like Scotch bonnet peppers, yucca, hearts of palm, and fresh seafood are prevalent. The greatest concentration of authentic Cuban food and culture is in Little Havana, where men in guayaberas hawk jewel tone fruit from their pickup trucks and the walk-up counter at the legendary Versailles restaurant on Calle Ocho does brisk business in espressos and Cuban sandwiches. Other island cuisines include Haitian at Tap Tap and the beachfront OLA, which offers fantastic seviche as well as modern Latin-fusion dishes.

But it's hardly all plantains and mango sauce in Miami. A local food movement is gaining ground, evidenced by spots like Buena Vista Bistro and Michael's Genuine. For a classic Miami experience, head to Joe's Stone Crab, an institution where the chilled claws are revered like steaks are in Chicago, or the authentic waterfront fish house Garcia's for Miami's best mahimahi sandwiches.

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Meat Market, Miami Beach

Meat Market is the only upscale restaurant on Lincoln Road, a popular pedestrian mall lined with casual outdoor cafés, art galleries, and clothing stores....more

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

The latest spot from chef Michael Schwartz—of Nemo fame—is this industrial-chic indoor-outdoor space with a raw-concrete floor and simple dark-wood...more

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Michy's, Miami

In 2006, local-girl-made-good Michelle Bernstein opened this homey neighborhood spot on the Biscayne Corridor and tricked it out with whitewashed thrift-store...more

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Miss Yip Chinese Café, Miami Beach

This trendy Chinese spot in South Beach, owned by scenester Jenny Yip, has the feel of an Indiana Jones–era Shanghai bistro: dark, bentwood furniture;...more

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OLA (Of Latin America), Miami Beach

This onetime Biscayne Boulevard staple defected to a prime spot on the beach in fall 2006, inside the Sanctuary Hotel in South Beach. The clubby, fairly formal...more

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Prime One Twelve, Miami Beach

Detractors—probably those who've had to wait a long time in the bar even with a reservation—say this restaurant in the Browns Hotel is just a steak...more

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Scotty's Landing, Miami

Coconut Grove is one of the oldest neighborhoods in town, and tucked in among the expensive homes and mini-malls you can still find vestiges of Miami the Way It...more

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Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Miami

Introduced in January 2009 by the folks behind Sushi Samba, this wildly popular spin-off restaurant's innovative tapas-meets-raw-bar menu and stunning...more

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Tap Tap, Miami Beach

This longtime South Beach standby, decorated with brightly colored murals, serves some of the best—and best-presented—Haitian food in Miami. It's a...more

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Versailles, Miami

This Little Havana standard will win no awards for decoration—it's actually an avalanche of kitsch with chandeliers and mirrors meant to emulate the...more

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