Seven Best New Restaurants of 2012 In Miami

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Agnolotti del plin at Macchialina Taverna Rustica
If you were to look back at the restaurants openings of 2012 in Miami, you might notice a bit of a trend. Our epicurean vista has evolved and diversified.

We are now home to more mid-priced, chef-driven eateries: Surfside gained a deli; South Beach has a ceviche joint run by a James Beard nominee; and the Upper Eastside debuted an eatery serving pig wings and duck in a jar. Design District and Midtown continued on the culinary ascent, with recent additions like Oak Tavern and MC Kitchen, and Wynwood's nightlife scene exploded with late-2011 newbies like Wood Tavern.

Yet not every eatery was a charmer. Miami still has an unrelenting obsession with the small-plate concept. (Which by now just means forking over $15 for Brussels sprouts with bacon and "fusion" raw plates with pretty things doused in ponzu or soy sauce.)

But that just makes me appreciate the good eateries even more. So, here's the list of the 7 best new restaurant of 2012 in Miami. These are the places that I love for their character, good pricing-to-quality ratio, and just simple, delicious eats.

See also:
- 12 Uppers and Downers in the Miami food scene in 2012

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Fancy eats at J&G Grill in Bal Harbour
7. J&G Grill
One long name, three words, one hyphen: Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In early 2012, powerhouse restauranteur Jean-Georges opened the first Miami outpost of his international empire. (His restaurants are located in New York, Shanghai, Paris, St Barths, and beyond.) This Bal Harbour joint has already won love from New Times; it was prized with 2012's Best Outdoor Dining. But J&G Grill is also a symbol of what the Magic City has become. With big names coming in, Miami's epicurean prospects are definitely on the rise.

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J&G Grill

9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Federal Food Drink & Provisions

5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Josh's Delicatessen and Appetizing

9517 Harding Ave., Surfside, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

My Ceviche

235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Macchialina Taverna Rustica

820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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28 comments
RaeWitte
RaeWitte

Congrats!!! @EpicuriousChic @TheFederalMia

HipPOPsTruck
HipPOPsTruck

@bluecollarmiami - congrats Danny - in our books you are #1!!!

MBrown
MBrown

Blue Collar and a Deli? That's what chef's cook on their days off. Why would you pay someone to cook food you can make at home? Lame.

EmilyCodik
EmilyCodik

@Alksandra Thanks. These are all really great additions to the scene.

bluecollarmiami
bluecollarmiami

@TheChrisHags @short_order @joshsdeli thank you. What excellent company to b in. Go josh abd sam

joshsdeli
joshsdeli

@TheChrisHags @Short_Order @bluecollarmiami nice, thanks chris

cptcrunch
cptcrunch

  interesting that u picked blue collar and the deli to prove your point... couldn't u also cook pasta, make ceviche, even cook a steak or grill a fish from your home as well?

juan.ruiz7
juan.ruiz7

If you cook like Blue Collar at home, I'm coming over tonight.

Alksandra
Alksandra

I'm missing 2 from your list. Now looking forward & reserving fast RT @EmilyCodik Thanks. These are all really great additions to the scene.

RaeWitte
RaeWitte

@EpicuriousChic need to be soon, but I fly to NY for 8 days as you will be wining! I'm sure ill need to defrost w some wine when I get back

Short_Order
Short_Order

@bluecollarmiami Yeah Christmas has the better food, though.

monkey
monkey

@cptcrunch The style of food and how it's prepared.  Not the actual dish. 

EmilyCodik
EmilyCodik

@Alksandra which of these haven't u tried yet?

RaeWitte
RaeWitte

@EpicuriousChic thank you :) to you and yours too!

EpicuriousChic
EpicuriousChic

@RaeWitte Enjoy NY!!! Happy holidays to u & ur fam!

Short_Order
Short_Order

@bluecollarmiami Really hard to find the kosher variety, though. Give me Christmas cookies! Egg Nog! Mulled Wine! Christmas beer!!

Alksandra
Alksandra

@EmilyCodik J&G Grill, Macchialina, and also Chef Andres' Bazar

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