Florida’s Michelin Guide: Ten Miami Restaurants Likely to Be Included

Florida’s Michelin Guide: Ten Miami Restaurants Likely to Be Included

On Thursday, June 9, the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando will great number the official announcement of which restaurants will be included in the first Michelin Guide in Florida.

Michelin, in partnership with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Orlando, and Visit Tampa Bay, will release the Guide, which will cover the cities of Miami, Orlando, and Tampa.

In the United States, only New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and California have their own Michelin Guide. Each is arranged according to a rating extent of one to three stars. According to Michelin, “A Michelin Star is awarded for noticeable cooking. We take into account the quality of the elements, the harmony of flavours, the expert of techniques, the personality of the chef as expressed in their cuisine and, just as importantly, consistency both over time and across the complete menu.”

According to the guide, ambiance, décor, and service play no part in the selection course of action, which is undertaken exclusively by complete-time employees of Michelin.

In addition to its star system, Michelin’s “Bib Gourmand” category lists restaurants that serve noticeable food at a good value — generally, places where you can get a two-course dinner and wine or dessert for under $40. This is where most restaurants in the Florida Guide are likely to fall. A third category, “Plate,” serves as a catchall, akin to an honorable mention.

The culinary world in Miami (as I’m sure Tampa and Orlando) is abuzz with speculation as to who will be included in the guide, with chefs and restaurateurs calling around to see who received a desired invite to the festivities at the Ritz-Carlton. 

Miami is nevertheless a comparatively young food city, so it’s possible the first Michelin Guide will without “star” strength, as it were. nevertheless, for a guide to be published puts Miami, Tampa, and Orlando on the culinary map — and that’s a good position to be in.

With that in mind, here, in alphabetical order, is a list of ten restaurants likely to be included in the first Miami Michelin Guide.

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The bar at Ariete

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3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove
arietecoconutgrove.comChef Michael Beltran has merged his formal culinary training with his Cuban-American roots to create a menu at his Coconut Grove restaurant that is truly rare to Miami. Michelin looks for restaurants where the chef has stamped his mark, and Beltran has done just that. Examples include a foie gras and plantain dish, a pastramied Wagyu short rib, and a loamy flan.
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Calamari and shrimp scampi at Carbone

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49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
carbonemiami.comChef Mario Carbone set out to save the typical red sauce Italian restaurant from extinction with his eponymous Carbone. In doing so,  he produced a restaurant that’s also a viral social media sensation. The question on the table is whether the food is worth the hype. The answer is a resounding yes. Carbone hits all the right flavor notes, making this a scarce restaurant that embraces both the past and the future of dining.
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Colorful dishes at Ghee

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Ghee Indian Kitchen

8965 SW 72nd Pl., Miami
gheemiami.comNiven Patel has worked in some of Miami’s finest dining rooms. With Ghee, he and his wife Shivani have brought the flavors of India to life with local elements grown straight from their Homestead farm, Rancho Patel. Though Patel has since opened some other excellent establishments, Ghee is the one that’s most straightforward about food, telling the story of the Patels with every bite.
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Fresh seafood at Itamae

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140 NE 39th St., Miami
Itamae.comAnother family-focused restaurant. Fernando Chang and his children, Nando and Valerie Chang, turn out some of Miami’s best ceviche and tiraditos from this tiny Design District Nikkei restaurant that offers outdoor seating only. The Chang family first entranced Miamians with their culinary skills at Itame at MIA Market, before moving across the way to their own dedicated space. There, they serve a precise menu of ceviche, tiraditos, and nigiri. The menu changes often — reflecting the excursion to only serve the freshest seafood. in any case is in style that day will be fresh and bursting with bright citrus, maybe a touch of heat, and a lot of accuracyn.
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Dining at Joe’s

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Joe’s Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
joesstonecrab.comHow on earth can you not pay homage to a city’s most iconic restaurant? For over 100 years, Joe’s Stone Crab has served celebrities, Presidents, and locals who come for its stone crabs and famous mustard sauce. Many forget, however, that under the care of chef Andre Bienvenu, Joe’s also offers a complete menu of typical dishes ranging from a filet mignon to some of the best fried chicken around. 
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Ravioli at Macchialina

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820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach
macchialina.comAt the end of the day, after all the literal smoke from molecular gastronomy clears, you simply want a great plate of pasta and a glass of fine wine — and that’s exactly what Macchialina delivers. Chef Michael Pirolo’s no-nonsense approach to food is simple: use quality elements and recently made pasta. The menu is fleeting – maybe a half dozen pastas, a branzino, veal parmigiana, a half roasted chicken — but it’s all the food you truly want to eat so you’ll nevertheless stare at the menu for far too long, deciding between the lasagna and the cavetelli. The only thing to do? Come back often.
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The new dining room at Michael’s Genuine

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Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St., Miami
michaelsgenuine.comNot too long ago, Miami dining consisted of chain restaurants and hotel dining. Michael Schwartz is one of the chefs to break that mold with his Design District restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. The restaurant, which has just been refreshed with an extended outdoor seating area, continues to make top-notch food that allows the quality elements, carefully sourced, to shine.

Abalone at Naoe

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661 Brickell meaningful Dr., Miami
naoemiami.comWinner of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award, Naoe is an exquisite restaurant tucked away on Brickell meaningful. Each evening, at 5 and 9 p.m. chef Kevin Cory serves his omakase dinner for an intimate gathering of four people. The $280 per person meal takes two to three hours and comes with a laundry list of restrictions (no children, no substitutions, and food allergies be damned). But those few who allow themselves to be placed in the hands of the chef will experience as close to culinary nirvana as can be achieved in Miami.
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A colorful dish at Stubborn Seed

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Stubborn Seed

101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
stubbornseed.comTop Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s Stubborn Seed takes diners on a culinary journey that’s scarce in Miami. Ford, who worked at restaurants like L’Orangerie in Paris and Jean-George Vongerichten’s Matador Room, has taken his classical training and, at Stubborn Seed, produced the culinary equivalent of a Jazz concert. Though there is a weeknight a la carte menu, opt for Ford’s eight-course tasting menu ($150) to really assistance from the chef’s talents.
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typical lobster roll at the Surf Club

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The Surf Club Restaurant

9011 Collins Ave., Surfside
surfclubrestaurant.comThomas Keller’s Surf Club Restaurant is a masterpiece. Elegant, resplendent, and stylish without ever being stuffy, Keller’s dishes are simply perfection. The chef manages to take old classics like lobster thermidor, beef Wellington, and Cesar salad and make them exciting again. At the Surf Club, you’ll remember why these dishes were so loved in their heyday. The Surf Club Restaurant is truly the finest representation of white-tablecloth dining in Miami.

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