Din­ing near Mi­ami

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Sun Sentinel din­ing ar­biter Michael Mayo, who throws com­pli­ments (and stars) around like man­hole cov­ers, has re­cently given three stars or more to these Mi­ami-area res­tau­rants:

Amara at Paraiso, 3101 NE Sev­enth Ave., Mi­ami; 305-702-5528, AmaraAtParaiso.com

Mayo: “[James Beard Award win­ner] Michael Schwartz calls his lat­est res­tau­rant, Amara at Paraiso, ‘a love let­ter to Mi­ami.’ De­spite what­ever mis­giv­ings a diner may have about gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion, frus­tra­tion in nav­i­gat­ing a rat’s maze of streets un­der con­struc­tion and ex­as­per­a­tion in en­coun­ter­ing a menu with yet an­other $100-plus steak ($110 ac­tu­ally, for a fam­ily style, 32-ounce, grass-fed rib­eye) it is al­most im­pos­si­ble not to love Amara back. The view is un­beat­able. The Latin-in­spired food is

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