Seven Best New Restaurants of 2012 In Miami

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Good, simple eats at Blue Collar
2. Blue Collar
Danny Serfer, the chef and owner of Blue Collar in the Upper Eastside, is usually at one of two sections in this 25-seat restaurant. He is either busy in the open-kitchen, or sitting by the bar, chatting it up with patrons. Regardless of where you spot him, Serfer's cooking is always simple and delicious. Menu listings include sandwiches, like a cordon bleu option with crispy chicken, serrano ham, manchego cheese, and dijon mustard for $13, or entrees like pan roasted organic chicken or grilled mahi mahi for under $21. Serfer has earned quite the following with his "veg chalkboard", a rotation of vegetable dishes including roasted beets with goat cheese, curried cauliflower puree, and sauteed kale. That's because diners love to mix-and-match -- and also because Blue Collar has delectable eats for honest, fair prices.

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My Ceviche's specialty
1. My Ceviche
My Ceviche gets the number one spot for many reasons. To start, this an affordable seafood joint run by two experienced, talented youths. Sam Gorenstein is a James Beard-nominated chef, who has already been recognized with Forbes' 30 Under 30. His partner is Roger Duarte, who also runs George's Stone Crab. This year, Duarte made the list for Forbes' 30 Under 30, too. These two are a strong team.

Then there's the the out-of-towner factor: when family or friends visit from elsewhere, they are always taken to My Ceviche. That's because Gorenstein and Duarte offer fresh, local Florida-caught seafood (including stone crabs) at affordable prices. This is the type of food that is unique to Miami. And if you think a seafood ventanita doesn't deserve the number one spot. Well, then, you've clearly never tried My Ceviche's burrito.

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Location Info

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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