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AZUL— Amer­i­can. Dis­cover mod­ern Amer­i­can cui­sine with an Asian twist at the Man­darin Ori­en­tal’s sig­na­ture award-win­ning restau­rant, Azul. Dine in the out­door ter­race to soak in the amaz­ing wa­ter views of Bis­cayne Bay. With ris­ing star chef Ben­jamin Mur­ray at the helm, the menu brims with in­no­va­tion and molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy. The dress code is busi­ness ca­sual but din­ers opt for dress­ing up here. D ( Tu-Sa). www.man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/ mi­ami. 500 Brick­ell Key Drive, Mi­ami, 305.913.8288. BLUE COL­LAR— Amer­i­can. The MiMo Dis­trict’s Blue Col­lar restau­rant is where you go for stick to your ribs com­fort food in a sim­ple at­mos­phere. It’s all about the menu here where owner and ex­ec­u­tive chef Daniel Ser­fer serves up a daily ro­ta­tion of braised dishes, ribs and a wide va­ri­ety of roasted veg-

eta­bles. L (M-F), D daily and week­end brunch. www.bluecol­larmi­ami.com. 6730 Bis­cayne Blvd., 305.756.0366. THE CAP­I­TAL GRILLE— Steak­house. Known for dry aged steaks, fresh seafood and sea­sonal daily fea­tures in a lux­u­ri­ous din­ing room, fea­tur­ing African ma­hogany pan­el­ing and orig­i­nal oil paint­ings. The award-win­ning wine list of­fers more than 350 wines from France, Italy, Ger­many, South Amer­ica and U.S., and a spe­cial “Cap­tain’s List” of sough-af­ter wines. www.the­cap­i­tal­grille.com. 444 Brick­ell Ave., Mi­ami, 305.374.4400; 6000 Glades Road, Boca Ra­ton, 561.368.1077. GAR­CIA’S SEAFOOD GRILLE & FISH MAR­KET— Seafood. This spot is one of Mi­ami’s best-kept se­crets and fre­quented by fish­er­men and dock­work­ers from River­side. Fresh seafood is made to per­fec­tion by many dif­fer­ent meth­ods, in­clud­ing black­ened, fried or sautéed. The Cuban-Caribbean cui­sine also fea­tures Gar­cia old-fam­ily recipes such as the grouper chow­der and conch frit­ters. The large pa­tio is home to long, wooden ta­bles to dine and an area where boats can dock. www. gar­ci­as­mi­ami.com. M-F 11 am-10 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-11 pm. 398 NW N. River Drive, Mi­ami, 305.375.0765. VER­SAILLES CUBAN RESTAU­RANT— Cuban. A meet­ing place for ev­ery­thing from power bro­kers to po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sions, this Cuban restau­rant is a glo­ri­fied Cuban Cafe, with chan­de­liers and mir­rors evok­ing its French name­sake. Has an out­side walk-up win­dow, where you can or­der Cuban cof­fee. B,L, D daily. www.ver­saillesrestau­rant.com. 3555 SW 8 St., 305.444.0240.

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