10 Hot Miami Restos That Are Foodie-Approved

Ever been famished and ready for a fabulous supper with a S.O. or a BFF, but instead ended up at a standstill over where to actually go? Yup, been there. And it sucks. Seriously, wouldn't it be great if someone could just hand you a list of proven winners? We certainly thought so. So, we took it upon ourselves to poll Miami's famed foodies and uncover all of the secrets dining spots they've been attempting to keep to themselves. And don't worry, we're ready to share. From a brand-new bistro serving gourmet comfort food to a famed Miami eatery that's a celeb-spotting haven, these expert-approved spots should have you covered the next time you're about to get into a fight over who's going to pick the resto. Just click through, and call for a ressie.
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Photo Courtesy of: Sugarcane

Lee Schrager
Credentials: Founder, South Beach Wine and Food Festival
Picks: Sra Martinez, 4000 NE 2nd Avenue; Miami
and Sugarcane, 3250 NE 1st Ave; Miami

Lee is known far and wide for his festivals, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and the New York Wine and Food Festival. He's also known for having a popular Twitter and promoting great local restaurants. When we asked him about his Miami favorites he mentioned he likes to stick around his 'hood. And we totally get it.

Two of his top choices are Sugarcane and Sra Martinez.

Sugarcane in Midtown is helmed by Executive Chef Tim Balloo. Popular since day one this sexy bistro's latest offering is an exclusive fifteen person, six course, booze-lovin' dinner series known as "Dinner with Friends" hosted by Chef Balloo.

Sra Martinez is part of the the Michelle Bernstein empire. While you might immediately think tapas, your second thought should be cocktails. Esquire named Sra Martinez's second floor boutique bar one of the best bars in the country. One drink and you'll know why.
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Photo Courtesy of: The Federal

Lesley Abravanel
Credentials: Editor, Eater Miami
Picks: Bourbon Steak, 19999 W Country Club Dr; Miami
and The Federal, 132 Biscayne Blvd; Miami

Oh what's that? You want to know the latest happenings around town from restaurants to celeb sightings? Then Lesley should be your go-to. She's been covering Miami's scene for years and is known for her knack at cracking jokes and scooping stories.

Amongst her picks, The Federal and Bourbon Steak.

The Fed might be new but the all-star trio behind it includes Alejandro Ortiz, Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata. Aniece and Cesar were last associated with the popular pop up Phuc Yea. Lesley shared her love for The Fed: "So many reasons, among them the pig buffalo wings and the very special, fiery pickled vegetables because I am a fiery kinda gal." Oh yes you are, and we love ya for it.

From a hot NKOTB to a classic. Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in Aventura has been wowing diners with their duck fat fries, burger bar, and adult milkshakes.
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Photo Courtesy of: Tuyo

Ryan Roman
Credentials: Founder, Miami's Restaurant Power Rankings
Picks: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink , 130 Northeast 40th Street; Miami
and Tuyo, 415 NE Second Avenue; Miami

Miami may not have a huge blogging community but what we lack in numbers we are making up in quality. Example A: Miami's Restaurant Power Rankings. Founded by Ryan Roman, MRPR has gained a wealth of followers. Roman has now crossed over to print media, contributing to Ocean Drive magazine.

Two of his favorites spots for dining are Micheal's Genuine Food and Drink and Tuyo.

Tuyo offers an impressive view to go with its locavore, farm-to-fork menu created by James Beard award winning, legendary chef Norman Van Aken. Tuyo is also part of the new Miami Culinary Institute. Feeding minds and souls. We dig it.

Michael's Genuine appeared on three of our five experts' lists. The wildly popular and trailblazing MGFD is part of the Genuine Restaurant Group led by master chef Michael Schwartz. It's an internationally acclaimed eatery loved as much for its homemade pop tarts as for its smart moves like having a full time forager and meticulously maintained blogs.
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Photo Courtesy of: Makoto

Sara Liss
Credentials: Editor, UrbanDaddy Miami
Picks: Makoto, 9700 Collins Avenue; Bal Harbour
and Spris, 731 Lincoln Road; Miami Beach

Back in the mid aughties, when everyone was living large thanks to the real estate boom, Sara Liss was documenting it all on her blog, All Purpose Dark. In 2008, she launched Urban Daddy's Miami edition and in between she's found time to contribute to Miami Modern Luxury and the Miami Herald dining section.

Two places she likes are Makoto and Spris

Makoto in the Bal Harbour shops pays extra close attention to detail from a winning menu which includes black tiger prawn sushi and Kurosawa bone in rib to its charming minimalist decor.

Gourmet pizzas and people watching on Lincoln Road? You can't go wrong at Spris.
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Photo Courtesy of: Scarpetta in The Fontainebleu

Suzy Buckley
Credentials: Editor-in-Chief, Ocean Drive
Picks: Scarpetta, 4441 Collins Ave; Miami Beach
and Prime One Twelve, 101 Ocean Drive; Miami Beach

Suzy Buckley has hosted travel shows, written for Town & Country, Lucky, Allure, the New York Post, and The New York Times. But most importantly, she's been a part of Miami's famed Ocean Drive magazine for years, working her way from columnist to Editor-in-Chief.

When dining out Suzy prefers to stick to a select group of favorites and two of her top choices are Scarpetta and Prime One Twelve.

You may think you've had spaghetti but the reality is, until you've been to Scarpetta, you haven't.

Prime One Twelve is famous for being a celebrity favorite for everyone from Heat players to the Kardashian klan. But don't let that fool you Prime's kitchen sends out some of the best dishes in Miami. And while you're waiting for your table grab a drink and some bacon at the bar. Yes, we said bacon.