Ten Best Restaurants to Open in 2014 (So Far)

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1826 Restaurant and Lounge: Gorgeous in every way.
Welcome to another Miami July. Local weather forecasters are chatting about some tropical activity brewing in the Caribbean, electronics stores are touting their layaway specials for Christmas, and we're just trying to take a walk without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.

What to do? We suggest catching up on all the new restaurants introduced in the past few months. In the early part of the year, eateries were opening fast and furious, sometimes as many as a dozen spots in a month. Now that we're in the throes of summer, the rate of new restaurants has slowed somewhat, allowing us to catch up on the places that might have eluded us. Now is a great time to explore.

See also: 11 Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

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10. Uvaggio
Tucked away in Coral Gables lies Uvaggio. This wine bar, opened in April by owner Craig DeWald, sommelier Heath Porter, and former Top Chef contestant Bret Pelaggi, features what the restaurant calls "backward wine tasting." Order from the small yet satisfying menu that consists of items like salt cod croquetas ($5) and octopus "naranja agria" ($16), and allow your server or Porter to select the proper pairings for your meal. The intimate restaurant caters to both serious oenophiles as well as the casual wine lover, and for that it was named New Times' 2014 Best Wine Bar.

See also: Best Wine Bar: Uvaggio

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9. Uncle Tom's Barbecue
Let's face it. Everyone is a sucker for nostalgia, and Uncle Tom's Barbecue holds a special place in the hearts and stomachs of most Miami natives. Unfortunately, being around for 60 years doesn't guarantee a great meal, and Uncle Tom's changed hands and menus one too many times. Tom lost his luster and last year was forced to close due to fire damage. Instead of abandoning the restaurant, which fed nearly every celebrity who passed through Miami in the '50s and '60s, Ariel Rodriguez and Orlando Morales purchased the place and original recipes with a vow to reclaim the barbecue joint as the best in South Florida. Uncle Tom's reopened in June with a menu full of authentic pit barbecue items like brisket ($10.95), baby-back ribs ($19.95), and chicken ($9.95). Great barbecue at a good price. How retro.

Location Info

Basil Park

17608 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Uncle Tom's Barbecue

3988 SW 8th St., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Uvaggio Wine Bar

70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

1826 Restaurant and Lounge

1826 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


251 NW 25th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Oolite Restaurant & Bar

1661 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

L'echon Brasserie

6261 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Drunken Dragon

1424 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Zak the Baker

405 NW 26th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


661 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Jason Ferguson
Jason Ferguson

I tried Uncle Tom's today and I most say, it's not good at all. I wish I could get a do over.

Chris Allred
Chris Allred

Susana Fernandez-Adams Amelia Toural Bill Hildebrandt looks like we need to catch up on some new eateries.

Faye Ibars
Faye Ibars

I've got friends in high places... Claire Hutin: Basil Park is on the list! Jon Thorp: So is Shikany!

Carlos Ortega
Carlos Ortega

Definitely Sarah! Can't wait to see you again. Have a safe trip home. We've missed you.


Thanks for the reminder about Drunken Dragon. I've been wanting to check it out along with high end Peruvian place Embarcadero 41 fusion. Have you been there?

Sarah Mayer
Sarah Mayer

Carlos Ortega I'm back next Friday, August 1st! We should check one of these out! Miss you guys xoxoxoxx

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