Oceano Kitchen — 201E. Ocean Ave., Lantana, 561-5625055. Every bite is delicious and every plate is a polished gem at this cozy patio restaurant with a menu that changes daily from the husband-and-wife team of Jeremy and Cindy Bearman. He earned a Michelin star in New York and she makes exquisite desserts. This dream come true is one of South Florida’s best restaurants. Cash only and no reservations for parties fewer than six. Moderateexpensive. Dinner. Reviewed 12-8-17.
Awash Ethiopian — 19934 NW Second Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-770-5100. The scarcity of Ethiopian cuisine in South Florida is rectified at this friendly, familyrun eatery where the spongy injera flatbread is cool and the well-spiced flavors of lamb, chicken and vegetable dishes can run hot. Wash it down with sweet Ethiopian honey wine or smooth fresh-roasted coffee. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 3-23-18 Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres — 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-615-5859. A shimmering seafood dream, you just might eat an entire aquarium’s worth of fish and sea treats at this joyous Philippe Starck designed dining room in the SLS Brickell. The Spanish-born Andres has trained his crew well – nearly every plate is a delicious culinary adventure. Dinner. Expensive-very expensive. Reviewed 3-3-17. Beaker & Gray -- 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-6992637. Two childhood friends from Miami have opened a bar and global small plates eatery in Wynwood that manages to be trendy and warm at the same time. The food is ambitious and sometimes misses the mark, but you can’t go wrong with cocktails and bar bites. Lunch, dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 2-3-17. Glass and Vine – 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, 305-2005268. A lovely spot for an outdoor meal overlooking Peacock Park in rejuvenated Coconut Grove. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli offers fresh seasonal dishes, including stracciatella cheese on Zak the Baker bread and sea scallops with cauliflower. Lunch-dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 3-31-17. King Palace Chinese BBQ — 330 Northeast167th Street, North Miami Beach, 305-9492339. Barbecued ducks hang in a glass case, live fish and lobsters await their fate in aquariums and happy diners lick their fingers in delight after eating crispy lamb chops with minced garlic and chilies and crab bathed in black bean sauce. The Wu family came from Venezuela after Hugo Chavez took power, giving South Floridians an authentic Chinese restaurant on par with those found in New York. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-15-17. KYU — 251NW 25th St., Miami, 786-577-0150. A nearperfect restaurant in vibrant, artsy Wynwood, with pristine food and polished service without fuss or formality in a relaxed, oakscented setting. Chef Michael Lewis, a well-traveled disciple of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, calls the cuisine “wood-fired and Asian-inspired,” but you can simply call it delicious. Moderateexpensive. Reviewed10-14-16. Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann – 3201Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-655-5600. A stunningly gorgeous restaurant at the Faena Hotel from acclaimed Argentine grill master Mallmann. Indulge on flame-charred and smoke-kissed meats and sea creatures, and don’t miss the chocolate profiteroles for dessert. Very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-28-17. Mignonette Uptown – 13951 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305-705-2159. A seafood festival from chef Danny Serfer (Blue Collar, Mignonette) in a converted1950s-style diner. Simple yet elegant dishes abound, including oysters, caviar and crudos. Don’t miss the buffalo scallops or the crispy-skin fish. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-23-17. Plant Miami — 105 NE 24th St., Miami, 305-814-5365. A stunning restaurant with gorgeous, innovative food and topnotch service from acclaimed California-based chef Matthew Kenney. The things the kitchen does with plants, vegetables, fruits, nuts, flowers, herbs and even seaweed is amazing — and delicious. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-28-16. Stubborn Seed — 101Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-322-5211. Chef Jeremy Ford, fresh from a winning turn on “Top Chef” and triumphant stint at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room, puts his prodigious talent on full display at this small, sophisticated corner eatery where meticulous dishes taste as good as they look. The seasonal menu changes frequently. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 2-9-18. Three — 50 NW24th St., Miami, 305-748-4540. Celebrated chef Norman Van Aken makes a hip and triumphant return to South Florida in Wynwood with a multilevel experience – restaurant, cooking school and rooftop lounge. The dining room is stylish and multicourse tasting menus with plentiful options are offered. The food is haute and mostly tasty, although sometimes too busy with ingredients. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed1-5-18.