February was a huge month for the Miami food scene. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival brought a slew of celebrity chefs -- all wanting to be enchanted by our city's restaurants and bars. And if the likes of Geoffrey Zakarian, Martha Stewart, and Rachael Ray were feeling peckish, they had a host of new restaurants to try. More than a dozen establishments opened their doors in this short month, bringing everything from luxury macarons to seafood to our fair city. The most intriguing openings: 1826 Restaurant & Lounge, which is generating buzz for Danny Grant's lobster dumplings and lamb tartare, and Prime Fish, where Michael Sabin concentrates on the fruits of the sea.
Restaurant closings include the much-loved Chef Ho, Jean Paul's House, and the insanely expensive Tosca. Coconut Grove was hit hard with the closing of Acropolis and Johnny Rockets.
1826 Restaurant & Lounge
5 Napkin Express (a grab-and-go behind 5 Napkin Grill)
The Bent Fork (A Monday evening pop-up by Simon Stojanovic at The Federal)
Buns & Buns
MO Bar and Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Naked Taco at the Dream South Beach
Nothing but the Best
Pinkberry (Alton Road)
Smart Bites Cafe
Spris (midtown and downtown)
Traymore Restaurant at the Metropolitan by COMO Hotel
Yard House (South Beach)
Jean Paul's House