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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.

Miami-Dade County

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.

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