MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

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Al­ter — 223 NW23rd St., Miami, 305-573-5996. Chef Brad Kil­gore’s Wyn­wood restau­rant spe­cial­izes in un­ortho­dox but com­pelling cui­sine that fuses pre­cise tech­nique with orig­i­nal and fa­mil­iar fla­vors and in­gre­di­ents. He’s out to al­ter our per­cep­tion of restau­rant food. The 38-seat in­dus­trial chic din­ing room is not great for con­ver­sa­tion. Ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 8-28-15. Amer­i­can So­cial — 690 SW First Court, Miami, 786-8012466. Triple the size of its first lo­ca­tion in Fort Laud­erdale, this gas­tropub con­tin­ues to serve some of the best beer and burg­ers around. It’s set on the Miami River, and you can’t beat the view. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner, brunch. Re­viewed 4-8-15. Basil Park — 17608 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-705-0004. Not un­til you read the fine print do you re­al­ize this stylish restau­rant spe­cial­izes in health­ful­ness. Beef is grass-fed. Chicken is free-range. The kitchen is gluten-free. Mod­er­ate-ex­pen­sive. Break­fast, lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed10-8-14. By­b­los — 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-508-5041. This is Mid­dle East­ern like you’ve never seen, with in­tri­cate small plates that are both tra­di­tional and ex­per­i­men­tal. Lamb ribs, duck kibbeh and yo­gurt baked fluke are among the high­lights served in an ec­cen­tri­cally dec­o­rated din­ing room that’s 1970s chic. Din­ner. Re­viewed11-20-15. Cavalli Miami Restau­rant and Lounge — 150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-695-4191. What does fash­ion de­signer Roberto Cavalli know about food? Turns out, lots. His mod­ern Ital­ian restau­rant joins lo­ca­tions in Milan and Dubai. Very ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 9-17-14. Cena by Michy — 6927 Bis­cayne Blvd., Miami, 305-7592001. South Florida’s fa­vorite celebrity chef, Michelle Bern­stein, along with hus­band David Martinez, have cre­ated a com­fort­ably dreamy neigh­bor­hood restau­rant with in­ven­tive small plates that other chefs will be us­ing for in­spi­ra­tion. Be sure to try both the snap­per and the char­coal-grilled lamb chops. Ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 7-17-15 Cipri­ani — 465 Brick­ell Ave., Miami, 786-329-4090. The ex­quis­ite wa­ter­front set­ting paired with out­stand­ing food and ser­vice, makes for an in­cred­i­ble spe­cial-oc­ca­sion meal. Ex­pen­sivev­ery ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 5-30-14. Cor­sair by Scott Conant — 19999 W. Coun­try Club Drive, Aven­tura, 786-279-6800. Conant, who built his rep­u­ta­tion on Ital­ian cui­sine, serves some of the best pasta dishes in South Florida, along with very good lo­cally sourced seafood. It’s deep in­side the Turn­berry Isle Miami with a view of the golf course. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Hours: Break­fast, lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed10-23-15. Drunken Dragon — 1424 Al­ton Road, Miami Beach, 305-397-8556. The menu is mostly Korean, with bar­be­cue ta­bles in the sexy din­ing room of­fered on a first-come ba­sis. Shared small plates are ex­cep­tional, in­clud­ing twice-fried chicken and spare ribs. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 1-15-15. La Mar by Gastón Acu­rio — 500 Brick­ell Key Drive, Miami, 305-913-8358. Peru’s culi­nary am­bas­sador op­er­ates some 40 restau­rants world­wide, so it’s no won­der he’s landed in South Florida with a menu of clas­sic and re­fined Peru­vian. Ex­pen­sive-very

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