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Miami's Top Five Gastropubs

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The Federal's fisherman's chowder
​3. The Federal Food Drink and Provisions
This is the latest in a welcome rash of hip, casual neighborhood restaurants to open over the past year. The Federal's food is as distinctive as can be, from jar-o-duck with sweet potato and marshmallow fluff to Buffalo-style pig wings to sweetbread with biscuits & gravy. Some half-dozen pints of draft beer include Avery Brewing Company's IPA and Summit Red Ale. A similar number of bottled brews include the Golden Monkey Tripel from Colorado. Over 100 wine selections are culled exclusively from family estate producers.

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McBelly at Pubbelly
​2. Pubbelly
It was our pick for Best Restaurant in South Beach last year, and chef/partner Sergio Navarro was recently nominated for Best Chef South by the James Beard Foundation. Yes, the small-plates menu of 30-plus Asian-accented items are fresh, creative, and flavor-packed. The $6 McBelly, for instance, packs the fatty pork into a bun with pickles, shaved onions, and kim chee barbecue sauce. Bowls of ramen, plates of imported Spanish hams, raw bar items, duck-and-pumpkin dumplings. Yum. On the pub side: more than a dozen bottled beers, 14-ounce draughts, a couple of dozen boutique red and white wines.

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Haven's Swedish meatballs with cremini mushrooms.
​1. Haven
This is not your daddy's gastropub. For one thing, your daddy never had a gastropub as they weren't invented yet. But Haven is unlike anybody's gastropub, mostly because of the ambiance: wraparound LCD screens immerse diners in scenes of snow-capped mountains and other visual wonders, a thousand or so ice-cube lights line the ceiling, the Siberian white-onyx bar changes colors, and, if you stay long enough, an electric late night crowd ambles in and turns the wattage up even more. Granted, this is not the typical environment we think of in terms of gastropubs, but it's local, has fantastic and creative and uber-ambitious food by chef Todd Erickson, and beers, wines, and cocktails match the quality of all else -- the last come smoking from liquid nitrogen. This is a gastropub for sure -- only it's the next generation gastropub.

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Location Info

Haven

1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Pubbelly

1418 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Federal Food Drink & Provisions

5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Local Craft Food & Drink

150 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pubbelly Sushi

1424 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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Momo
Momo

Pubbelly is good, don't hate, it never ever dissapoints.  Haven is a ripoff and they think its a nightclub with that idiot standing behind the velvet rope.

Ferran Adria
Ferran Adria

Im Convinced that Lee Klein is Chef Mendin's Biological father , only explanation for the pedestal they have Pubbelly on.  Its a rip off of many succesful gastropubs.  Their famous " MCbelly" was done 3 years ago at Animal which is were they got it from.  Place is a real joke and Miami is the perfect place for it. #OVERRATTED!!!!

a Sanchez
a Sanchez

Please explain your correlation between TGIFs' menu and El Woods.

Tequesta Medicine Man
Tequesta Medicine Man

Haven sucks.  Pubbelly is a rip off.  The local used to be great before the head chef left recently.   Look forward to trying The Federal.    

Test
Test

if someone is saying that the local USED to be great before Alberto Cabrera left then its probably him posting this. I am a regular at the local and in all honesty the place has gotten better. I would see the dude sitting at the bar. One of the unfriendliest people Ive ever seen. 

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