CEN­TRAL PALM

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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. Joe’s Stone Crab — 11Wash­ing­ton Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-673-0365. The cen­tury-old Joe’s is South Florida’s old­est restau­rant. It runs flaw­lessly and serves the best stone crab claws and Key lime pie in the re­gion. Ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed12/18/15. 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 ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­view 6-27-14. Lure Fish­bar — 1601Collins Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-6954551. This New York trans­plant of­fers fresh seafood in ev­ery guise, from oys­ters and sushi to ex­pertly pre­pared fin fish. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 4-25-14. Mi­ami Smok­ers — 306 NW 27th Ave., Mi­ami, 786-5205420. With just one ta­ble, this is more butcher shop than restau- rant. But An­dres Bar­ri­en­tos and James Bow­ers start her­itage­breed pork to cre­ate ba­con, ham and sausage that they use to cre­ate in­ven­tive sand­wiches. Lunch, din­ner. In­ex­pen­sive. Re­viewed 3-11-15. Michael’s Gen­uine Food and Drink — 130 NE 40th St., Mi­ami, 305-573-5550. James Beard Award-win­ning chef Michael Schwartz’s flag­ship restau­rant con­tin­ues to wow din­ers with its farm-to-ta­ble ethos and in­ven­tive menu. A 2014 ren­o­va­tion added to the restau­rant’s com­fort­ably al­lure. Ex­pen­sive. Lunch, brunch din­ner. Re­viewed10-17-14. Ms. Cheezious — 7418 Biscayne Blvd., Mi­ami, 305-9894019. While the food trucks that be­gat this stand­alone restau­rant are still serv­ing sig­na­ture grilled cheese sand­wiches, here you can or­der them and sit in the out­door gar­den. The Frito pie melt is highly rec­om­mended. Craft beer and fine wine are also on the menu. Lunch, din­ner. In­ex­pen­sive. Re­viewed 9-16-15. NbyNaoe — 661Brick­ell Key Drive, Mi­ami, 305-947-6263. Chef Kevin Cory’s one-price omakase, or chef’s choice bento box, menu is for se­ri­ous food­ies look­ing for an ad­ven­tur­ous Ja­panese meal. The set­ting is serene. Ser­vice is out­stand­ing. Very ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­view 9-3-14. Ol­tremare Ris­torante — 80001Overseas High­way, Is­lam­orada, 305-664-0073. Cedar Key clams and tagli­atelle and frito misto with rock shrimp is what you get when you cross an Ital­ian restau­rant with fresh Florida seafood. The up­dated re­sort in­te­rior in­cor­po­rates lots of wood and wicker. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Break­fast, lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 7-3-15. Or­tanique on the Mile — 278 Mir­a­cle Mile, Co­ral Gables, 305-446-7710. For 15 years, chef Cindy Hut­son has been cre­at­ing Caribbean-in­flu­ence dishes us­ing fresh lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. The ser­vice is out­stand­ing. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Lunch week­days, din­ner daily. Re­viewed 5-15-14. PB Steak — 1787 Purdy Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-695-9550. Ex­cep­tional steaks and in­no­va­tive side dishes in­side a bustling din­ing room that’s part cow­boy mess hall and part French bistro. Ex­pen­sive. Din­ner, brunch. Re­viewed 3-20-14. Piripi — 1315 San Lorenzo Ave., Co­ral Gables, 305-4482423. Solid mod­ern Span­ish food from a chef whose re­sume in­cludes a stint at Fer­ran Adrià’s famed El Bulli. From char­cu­terie to paella, ev­ery piece of clas­sic Span­ish cui­sine has a place on the menu. Ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 6-10-15. Qual­ity Meats — 1501Collins Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-3403333. From the same team that brought Smith & Wol­len­sky to Mi­ami Beach comes this next-gen steak­house that moves the genre from retro clubby to sexy farm-totable. How does house-cured ba­con with peanut and jalapeño jelly sound? Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 5-15-15. Sea­grape — 4041Collins Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 786-605-1043. South Florida’s fa­vorite chef, Michelle Bern­stein, de­lights lo­cals and tourists at this ocean­side oa­sis that’s been exquisitely re­done to ac­cen­tu­ate its midcen­tury glam­our. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Break­fast, lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 4-17-15. Skip­pers Dock­side — 528 Caribbean Drive, Key Largo, 305-453-9794. A 2,000-square­foot tiki hut is the set­ting for up­graded Keys-style food, in­clud­ing house-blend burg­ers, loaded flat­breads and ex­cep­tional mahi sand­wiches. In­ex­pen­sive­mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 5-20-15. Vagabond — 7301Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami, 786-409-5635. Set in­side a “Mad Men”-wor­thy 1953 ho­tel, chef Alex Chang de­liv­ers big-fla­vored, glob­ally in­spired small plates. From roasted car­rots with Mex­i­can mole to but­ter­milk fried quail, ev­ery dish is in­cred­i­ble. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­view 3-6-15. Zuma — 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Mi­ami, 305-577-0277. This small-plates Ja­panese spot is per­pet­u­ally packed, and for good rea­son. Ev­ery dish of­fers a dif­fer­ent take on Ja­pan’s culi­nary canon. Ex­pen­sive, Din­ner, lunch, brunch. Re­viewed 9-24-14.

Amer­i­can

Av­o­cado Grill — 125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561623-0822. French-born owner Julien Gre­maud com­bines ex­quis­ite tech­nique with as many lo­cally grown in­gre­di­ents as he can find in his mostly small-plates menu. Or­der any­thing with av­o­ca­dos, and you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. Mod­er­ate-ex­pen­sive. Din­ner, lunch, brunch. Re­viewed1-30-15. Kitchen — 319 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, 561-249-2281. The chic, 36-seat Amer­i­can brasserie serves up­dated clas­sics and ex­cel­lent grilled fish. Amer­i­can. Ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 7-7-14.

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