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Miami's Ten Best Restaurants

Categories: Best of Miami

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Codik
Housemade s'mores. They do exist.
Your buddies just don't understand.

You had an earth-shattering rossejat at the Bazaar. You loved the place -- that is, until you heard some tragic news. Your pal once had a bad bao con lechón there. Now that guy's never going back.

Disgruntled patrons rarely forget a dinner done wrong. Strokes of luck -- and, yes, misfortune -- often determine how Magic City restaurants are assessed.

New Times' Best of Miami issue arrives June 13 and, in honor of the forthcoming awards, I've compiled a list of our town's prime dining spots. These restaurants are great. But be warned: These are personal picks. So don't tell me about about your burnt-croqueta-this, and your scorched-snapper-that. Because, more likely than not, those were flukes.

These places, no matter the haters, are good.

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Char siu ramen at Brickell's enigmatic Momi Ramen
10. Momi Ramen
If you were to tell a friend about Momi Ramen, always begin with the pork. Talk about its pungent scent, an aroma that rises from bubbling kettles full of bones. Brief your buds on the décor. Describe the preserved pork belly that glistens like a shrine in the middle of the teeny dining room. And the sake. Don't forget the sake. The noodle house's walls are lined with tons of the stuff. End your story with this: Momi Ramen is quiet. Dine there and hear nothing but slurps. Because, when you're eating Miami's best ramen, there's no need for words.

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Order a salad at Yakko-San. Get this.
9. Yakko-San
Something wonderful happens when you order a salad at Yakko-San, the Japanese restaurant in North Miami Beach. You get some vegetables: sliced cherry tomatoes, radishes, and watercress. But you also get deep-fried morsels of pork. These bits are crisp, smothered in a top-secret homemade soy-based sauce. It's a delicious salad ($7.50). The menu here is extensive, and hours are long. So the best approach to Yakko-San is to visit often. Whenever you go, get the salad. Oh, and try the bok choy. It's fried, too.

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Location Info

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Naoe

661 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Macchialina Taverna Rustica

820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

My Ceviche

235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

El Mago De Las Fritas

5828 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Khong River House

1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Yakko-San

3881 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Momi Ramen

5 SW 11th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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57 comments
Kelly Murphy
Kelly Murphy

Hedy Goldsmith rocks dessert!! Love EVERYTHING she creates

actionplease
actionplease

"50 Eggs is not a restaurant group, it's a budding empire." 

could you suck kunkel's dick any harder? lol

Jeff Arean
Jeff Arean

Bah. Most of those places are subpar. Far from the top ten!

Vanessa Mandina
Vanessa Mandina

MGFD , Canyon , Tongue & Cheek , Buns & Buns , Steak 954 , and more like that..

Michael Haney
Michael Haney

Tapas y Tintos on Española Way. Delicious food.

Kelly Miller-law
Kelly Miller-law

@ Naomi - I was going to comment on the Cuban restaurant as well. It is my fav. But idk the name. It is family owned and run.

Iluv Sevim
Iluv Sevim

this article basically says i love pig deep fried and here are the many restaurants that serve it

Naomi Walski
Naomi Walski

There's a delish Cuban place in South Beach...

Shelly Martinez
Shelly Martinez

Someone should open a Belizean restaurant. Or a Doner kebab stand.

Tyson tk'Lo
Tyson tk'Lo

its a shame they put momi in the top 10... anyone who has been to New York and tasted real good ramen knows its a sham

Gregg Shienbaum
Gregg Shienbaum

With the exception on Naoe your picks are so yesterday. You people choose the same restaurants for every category that you write about. Can't you come up with something new?

Andy Gonzalez
Andy Gonzalez

La Carreta and Flannigans. The only 2 restaurants I need

Kyle Brea-Stevens
Kyle Brea-Stevens

I'm not a food critic but I do have high standards when it comes to food, and this list is in no way representative of the top food establishments in Miami at any price points.

Luis Sotomayor
Luis Sotomayor

Well technically these people are not my friends Gerry A. Gutiérrez lol but Miami new times usually put good restaurants on their list so I kind off trust their judgement

Gerry A. Gutiérrez
Gerry A. Gutiérrez

Omg. The comments made by people at the bottom of this article are all negative and your friends here seem to agree as well. Let's just make our own top list. Lol.

Alfonso Lozada
Alfonso Lozada

Worst list I've ever seen from you guys. :( I won't hold it against you since the others have been so good.

jeremy
jeremy

It almost discredits this "journalist" from any list, review or write up she ever does in the food world again. Just terrible. 

jeremy
jeremy

 Wow. This is a terrible list. Blue  Collar? Mandolin? My Ceviche? Really? Go figure this list is from a vegetarian food writer. No DB Bistro? Tongue & Cheek? MC Kitchen?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..............how is this RE-HEATED article from JUNE 2013 relevant today (JAN 2014) ? ! ?

Luis Sotomayor
Luis Sotomayor

Gerry A. Gutiérrez i say we go try these places !

BestSushiEver
BestSushiEver

Tough to top Naoe.  I'm guessing none of these commenters have eaten there.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

you forgot shake shack and stop putting cuban restaurants on the list

xxmoiz57xx
xxmoiz57xx

This list in nonsense.  Anyone who knows food knows this list is nonsense. Who do I see about getting that wasted ten minutes of my life back?

Steve Berke
Steve Berke

Daniel Boloud's spot doesn't even make the list? If you don't think DB Moderne is a top 10 restaurant, then you don't know food.

diradira1980
diradira1980

You want good ceviche go to Aroma de Peru. All of their ceviches are just great

theresevidal
theresevidal

I went to Momi Ramen today and it doesn't deserve to be one of the top 10 restaurants in Miami, I wouldn't even call it good. Fair would be a better review. There are 3 soups on the menu, which is basically the same soup with 3 different toppings, pork, pork belly and mushroom. They didn't have one of the two salads and didn't have one of the 3 dumplings. The noodles tasted like spaghetti al dente, the broth was ok, and the pork meat just tasted boiled. I know good soup because I know how to make it and have enjoyed Pho, which I admit is a different recipe for it's unique blend of flavors. Momi Ramen doesn't make the cut. By the way the ladies rooms didn't have any soap in it. Mmmm, not good.

eugenebuck69
eugenebuck69

This is what happens when you hire underpaid writers and fire all the good ones just to save money, typical New Times ideology, maximum profit with little or no costs. this writer does not know her head from her crotch,  10 best restaurants in Miami and you have a Frita joint?  The Fritas are good there but this place is far from being a restaurant, also if these restaurants are the best that Miami has then we are in trouble.

monkey
monkey

these are terrible. who wrote these is either unemployed or doesn't have any money for food...

actionplease
actionplease

@monkey it only makes sense they name these places because who do you think offered to pick up the check for them?  free food = free press!

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