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Written by Andrew McLees, BT Contributor   
February 2017

Food news we know you can use

LPix_Dish_2-17ast month we proclaimed 2016 as “the year Miami felt like it had earned its place at the table of international food cities.” We proudly stand by this claim.

As it turns out, we’re not the only ones who hold Miami in such high esteem. According to SmartAsset, a New York-based personal finance technology company, Miami is the “Best City for Foodies” in America, followed by Seattle and San Francisco.

How did they arrive at this conclusion? SmartAsset relied on information compiled from various 2014 U.S. Census Bureau surveys, the Department of Agriculture, and crowd-sourced data from the 100 largest cities in America. Some of the data collected included the total number of restaurants in a city, the number of restaurants per 10,000 residents, the number of farmers markets and community-supported agriculture per 10,000 residents, and the total number of service employees, as well as specialty grocers.

Considering the wealth of diverse cuisines, the sheer quantity of new restaurant openings in 2016 alone, and the continuing trend of Miami pulling in some serious international talent, it’s hard to contest this award. According to SmartAsset, though, the average three-course meal for two at a mid-tier restaurant will set you back around $70. Coming from a person who’s made the rounds in this city’s food scene, I can confirm that it’s a nigh-impossible truth to dispel: Miami is expensive, and dining here is no different. But then again, not everyone has a taste for polling experts and their fancy opinions, so take all of this with a grain of salt.

What’s in the pipeline for the “Best City for Foodies”? Turns out there’s a lot to be excited for as far as 2018.

The biggest news is undoubtedly the arrival of celebrated chef Thomas Keller in Surfside. The chef behind renowned three-star Michelin-rated restaurants Per Se and French Laundry will open a concept-driven eatery on the forthcoming Four Seasons Surf Club property in 2018. While the restaurant is still in its gestational state -- it doesn’t even have a name yet, or a menu for that matter -- it could become one of Miami’s premier fine-dining destinations, if only for its association with Keller, who is widely regarded as America’s best chef. Will it prove a contender for Michelin status and shine a brighter light on Miami’s dining scene?

The Brickell financial district continues to boom with the force of a supernova in its bid to become Miami’s top dining destination. Not only have we seen the recent arrivals of the delicious Luke’s Lobster, American Harvest, Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill, and Pubbelly Sushi at the Brickell City Centre (701 S. Miami Ave.), as well as Fi’lia (1300 S. Miami Ave., 305-912-1729) in the SLS Brickell, among others, but more are reportedly on the way.

Restaurateur Arjun Waney’s hotly anticipated La Petite Maison (Brickell House, 1300 Brickell Bay Dr.) is slated to open this month. Toward the middle of the year, popular South Beach “clean lifestyle” eatery Dirt will expand to Mary Brickell Village. Finally, later this year Fabrizio and Diana Bianconi will expand their already impressive international portfolios with a namesake restaurant, Bianconi, serving traditional Italian fare.

The A&E District between Wynwood and Downtown Miami is set to get a new restaurant from Alter (223 NW 23rd St., 305-573-5996) and Cake Thai Kitchen (7919 Biscayne Blvd., 786-534-7906) co-owner Javier Ramirez. Sometime this year, Ramirez will open Amelia, a Venezuelan bistro named after his wife’s great-grandmother. Expect arepas, roasted fowl, and sandwiches with succulent cuts of pork.

 

OPENINGS

There’s a new raw bar in town, courtesy of the crew who put the diminutive oyster back in vogue. In January, chef Danny Serfer of Blue Collar (6730 Biscayne Blvd, 305-756-0366) and attorney Ryan Roman opened Mignonette Uptown (15975 Biscayne Blvd, 305-947-2255) in the former Gourmet Diner in North Miami Beach. Most of the menu, which skews heavily in favor of seafood and raw items, is thankfully still intact, with a few added surprises prepared by chef de cuisine Anthony Ciancio for good measure.

More restaurants continue to open around town. Last month, Jack’s Home Cooking (2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-640-5507) and Zak Stern’s new Zak the Baker Deli (405 NW 26th St., 786-347-7100) opened in Wynwood, as well as the aforementioned restaurants in Brickell City Centre.

 

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