Top 15 Restaurants Reviewed in 2013

Categories: Best of Miami

Barbecue indoors, eat tongue, and down kimchi at Gabose in Lauderhill.
'Twas the year of chicharrón tacos and bacon-wrapped quail eggs, a time of fried alligator and pan-seared frogs' legs... Alright, enough poetry: Last year was a good year for eating, so now it's time to give thanks.

2013, thank you for the barbecued beef tongue at Gabose; the ridiculously delicious burger at the Cypress Room; the perfect yet pricey pizza at Lucali; the messy croque-monsieur at Frenchie's Diner; and the Everglades gumbo at Box Park. (May it rest in peace.)

What follows are the top 15 restaurants reviewed in 2013.

See also: In 2013, Miami's Food Scene Finally Blossomed

Pretty duck confit in Coral Gables.
15. Frenchie's Diner
Praise the coziness of mom-and-pop restaurants: the concise menus, the personable attention, and the homespun, unfussy food. Frenchie's Diner in Coral Gables mashes French bistro cookery with American diner fare. There are burgers, duck confit, and frisee aux lardons. But if you go, you must try the croque-monsieur. It's among the sandwiches in town.

See also: Frenchie's Diner in Coral Gables: A Lovely, Uncontrived Affair

Let's eat charcuterie.
14. Oak Tavern
Oak Tavern is a great spot for a drink, particularly after a long work day when nothing but a glass of wine and stone crab crostini will do. Chef David Bracha, who has been cooking at the River Seafood & Oyster Bar in Brickell for nearly a decade, launched his new restaurant last year. Today, it's a top Design District destination, serving curried goat empanadas, bacalao croquettes, and bacon marmalade toast.

See also: - With Oak Tavern, David Bracha Takes Root in the Design District
- Miami Restaurants Make Their Own Bacon

Get cheeky with some lamb belly at Tongue & Cheek.
13. Tongue & Cheek
At Tongue & Cheek, Jamie DeRosa's cooking is eclectic and fun. There are lighthearted cocktails, such as pumpkin pie martinis and smoking apple and fig. Dishes don't cling to a single cuisine. There's pekin duck, Moroccan braised beef short ribs, and Idaho river trout. It's a nice place to eat well, drink well, and have a good time.

See also: At South Beach's Tongue & Cheek, Jamie DeRosa Gets Frisky

Location Info

Tongue & Cheek

431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

MC Kitchen

4141 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Khong River House

1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Oak Tavern

35 NE 40th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Frenchie's Diner

2618 Galiano St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Bar Crudo

40 S. Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sumi Yakitori

21 SW 11th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Cypress Room

3620 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Swine Southern Table & Bar

2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Gabose Restaurant

4491 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, FL

Category: Restaurant


1930 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


5555 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

PB Steak

1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Viva Mexico

542 SW 12th Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Box Park

1111 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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