Ten Best Reviewed Miami Restaurants of 2011

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Farewell 2011: We laughed, we cried, but mostly we ate. And there were a lot of very good meals to eat throughout the year. This coming week, the Cafe review will feature a look back at the past twelve months. In the meantime, let's chew over the ten best restaurants we visited.

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Fried chicken, mac & cheese at Sustain.
10. Sustain Restaurant + Bar
"One bite into Sustain's 50-mile salad and any thoughts of gimmickry evaporate like morning dew. The bright medley is made of wood-roasted beets, pickled red onions, caramelized carrots, mixed brassica greens from Paradise Farms, and soft crumbles of fromage blanc from Hani's -- all sourced within the namesake distance. It seems midtown Miami residents have yet another fine restaurant in the neighborhood."

Pubbelly's McBelly.
9. Pubbelly
"Soft serve ice cream is prepared on premise, and serves as the base for a couple of desserts -- including one dandy topped with diced brownies and a pinch of bacon bits that adds a slight contrasting bite of salt. Like so much of the preceding food, it was fresh, homespun, tasty, and a legit value at $6. Pubbelly has figured out the secret to success."

Chef Philip Ho's hand-pulled noodles with shiitake mushrooms.
8. Chef Philip Ho
"Chinese dim sum restaurant Chef Philip Ho debuted in Sunny Isles Beach a little more than one month ago, and already the name is burning on the tongues of local food trenders like too much Chinese mustard. Ho hit the social-network jackpot: Chowhounders, Yelpers, bloggers, and tweeters posted instant reviews, whose extrapolation would read like a rallying cry -- Go to Ho! If you like Chinese food, this is very good advice indeed."

Location Info

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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I tried Philip Ho with a friend and was terribly disappointed.  Both dishes we ordered were quite bland and could have used more sauce.  Communication in ordering was a real challenge; the server said that sugar peas were like sweet peas or snow peas.  We ordered the dish anyway to find that they were sugar snap peas.  No one ever came to our table to ask how the food was.  Then, when the check came, to add insult to injury, we had been charged for refills of iced tea.  I don't plan a return visit.

Roberto moreno
Roberto moreno

One more biased list by Mr Klein.... When will it stop?


you must be kidding, Yardbird?!?  Mediocre is more accurate.  Your list is rubbish.  Sustain, it will closed by June.  Makoto, overpriced and under-delivers.  

Brenda G
Brenda G

To me, Makoto is a gem and well worth the pretty penny (although if you go for lunch it's very reasonable). I'll vouch with you and say Yardbird ST&B and Sustain are fads that will fade as quickly as they arrived. Their food is an embarrassment to the gastronomic community here... which I understand is still growing... but a toddler stage Miami food scene or not, they're both awful (beautiful interiors though!!).  

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