AREA 31— Seafood. This breathtaking restaurant on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel brings a menu of fresh, premium seafood prepared with a Mediterranean influence. Stop by for a hand-crafted cocktail and take in views of Downtown Miami. www. area 31restaurant. com. Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.424.5234. ATRIO— American. From the spectacular, 25th-floor sky lobby in the beautiful Conrad Miami, UK-born Executive Chef Jonathan McCann brings more than 25 years of Michelin-starred restaurant and luxury hotel experience to this
sleek, downtown hotel. Atrio focuses on locally sourced, sustainable produce and seafood. B, L and D (daily). conradhotels3.hilton.com. 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.503.6500. BROTHER JIMMY’S BBQ— Southern & Barbecue. Brother Jimmy’s BBQ brings North Carolina, slow-smoked barbeque to South Florida. Try any of the “down-home” items on the menu like hush puppies with maple butter, BJ’s humongous BBQ nachos, sliced marbled brisket and many more mouth-watering entrees. Brother Jimmy’s BBQ is a casual dining experience with a southern comfort feel. www. brotherjimmys.com. 11401 NW 12th St., Miami, 305.517.5124; 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305.517.5124; 5701 Sunset Drive, South Miami, 305.667.6627. DB BISTRO MODERNE— French. Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, located in the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami, shares the energy and style of its famed Manhattan counterpart. The menu is a mix of traditional French bistro cooking with seasonally inspired, contemporary American flavors. Dinner offerings include ricotta cavatelli, butter-poached halibut and crispy duck confit. Also: Lunch L’Express or quick sandwiches served at the bar with homemade soup du jour. The stylish bar and lounge, as well as the terrace, overlook the Miami River. www. danielnyc.com. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.421.8800. EL CARAJO— Spanish. Inside the Mobil gas station off US1, in the Shenandoah neighborhood of the city of Miami, you’ll find a Spanish tapas bar, bakery and wine store like no other. The small plates and paella are meant to be shared, and show off the best of Spanish cuisine. L, D seven days a week. www.el-carajo.com. 2465 SW 17th Ave., Miami, 305.856.2424. 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. M-F 11 am-10 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-11 pm. www. garciasmiami.com. 398 NW N. River Drive, Miami, 305.375.0765. MIGNONETTE— Seafood. From the owner of Blue Collar restaurant in the Miami Modern (MiMo) historic district comes an oyster bar called Mignonette. Try the oysters, a bottle of champagne and enjoy classic seafood preparations like oysters Rockefeller and clams casino, and scrumptuous prime rib at this 1930s gas station turned seafood restaurant. www. mignonettemiami.com. 210 NE 18th St., 305.374.4635. 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 8th St., 305.444.0240.