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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Ten Best Dining Counters in Miami

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Ain't no counter long enough.
We all know the appeal of your designated stool at a bar where everybody knows your name, but the enjoyment of the perfect counter is often overlooked. When you get spectacular food coupled with a peek into the kitchen, a chat with the chef, and so much more beyond a typical dining experience, it is truly magical.

When you don't want to be isolated at a table or are dining solo, counters and bars are a saving grace. Some counters are just for standing, others offer free bites, and some come with sage chefs.

Here we count down the ten best counters in Miami to get your food on.

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11 Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

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Coming soon.
It happens every year. The minute your hangover subsides from New Year's Eve, it's already July. With half the year gone, we decided to look forward to some of the restaurants that are coming up -- mostly in the fall.

We're not listing restaurants that don't have a 2014 opening date, which is why notables such as Michael Schwartz's restaurant and beach club at Paraiso Bay and SLS Brickell's host of offerings -- like the Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, and Michael Schwartz's restaurant -- didn't make the list.

Here are the restaurants we're most looking forward to in 2014. Start making reservations now.

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Ten Best Nutella Dishes in Miami

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Nutella turns 50 this year, and we couldn't let the occasion pass without some fanfare. Whether slathered on a hot crepe from a cart on the sidewalks of France or scooped straight from the jar with your finger, this hazelnut spread of the gods deserves our utmost appreciation.

New York City is celebrating in a big way. In May, pastry master Dominque Ansel doled out 2,000 Nutella-filled cronut holes and had fans waiting in a line 200 people deep. Even better, a bar devoted entirely to Nutella recently opened inside Italian food hall Eataly.

Though Miami hasn't gone that far, we recently reported the happy news that a Nutella food truck is headed our way in August. To satisfy your cravings during the wait, plenty of restaurants are using Nutella in a variety of ways, whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack time. After the jump, check out Miami's ten best (and most unique) Nutella dishes.

See also: Nutella Ice Cream Arriving at Carvel; Nutella Truck Tour Coming to Miami

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Ten Best Salads in Miami

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Brazilian sausage for the win.
It's summertime, and the eating is easy and light. It's too hot for ovens, stoves, and heavy dressings and sauces. Cold food reigns supreme. Yes, we're talking salads. But not all are limited to sides and diet-conscious duty -- some are meant to be stars. Fresh produce is highlighted with hunks of meat, fruit, nuts, and other treats that make salads all they are tossed up to be.

What follows are the ten best, most unusual, and unbelievably hearty salads that will have you overlooking that hot and heavy entrée.

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Ten Best Restaurants in North Miami

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Phuket -- head north.
North Miami may be the place you buy a car, do your Costco shopping, or hit up Yogurtland, but it's probably not the area you initially think of for dining outside cookie-cutter chain restaurants. You're missing out, though, because this suburban city to the north is packed with hidden gems.

What follows are the top ten restaurants you most likely missed while cruising Biscayne Boulevard or 123rd Street and surrounding areas.

See also: Ten Reasons North Beach Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

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Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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There's joy in making a great cocktail.
Anyone can get behind a bar and mix a drink. For that matter, anyone can walk into a kitchen and prepare a meal. We've all cooked for ourselves at home, haven't we? But bartenders, like chefs, have many different levels of expertise.

Though the person who pops your Budweiser can at a beach shack might be considered a bartender, there are others for whom building a beautiful cocktail is an art form. They are the people who make pilgrimages to bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and to Oaxaca to study mezcal plants. Their thirst for knowledge about spirits is rivaled only by their passion to make the most delicious cocktail.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Chefs

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Ten Best Happy Hours in Miami

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Happy-hour beers.
What are the two best words in the English language? No, not "free money" (although we'll take that). It's "happy hour."

For us workers of the world, happy hour is the one thing we have to look forward to. It's a chance to take a break after work and toss back a few with friends. But even though most bars and restaurants offer some kind of deal, all happy hours are not created equal.

We've done our research (which involved spending many weeknights at bars munching on chicken wings and drinking draft beer and house wines) and come up with a list of the ten best happy hours in Miami.

From killer views to extended menus, these are the places offering the best bang for your buck -- both food- and drink-wise.

See also: Ten Best Margaritas in Miami

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Ten Best Meatballs in Miami

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Nunni's meatballs
We've got meatballs on the mind. These rolled wonders vary in size, composition, texture, price, and quantity, but when you break into a good ball, you just know. With a dollop of cheese on top or a bed of spaghetti below, substantial meatballs can hold up and pass the sneeze test. We refuse to lose our poor meatballs.

As a precaution, we are taking inventory of our favorite meatballs in Miami, so dig in and have a ball -- or ten!

See also: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica Lends Italian Charm to the Upper Eastside

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Ten Best Food Items in Miami for One Dollar

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The best a dollar can buy.
Miami may be home to a $1,000 ice-cream sundae, a $65 burger, and other extravagant offerings, but this fair city also offers affordable fare.

Looking beyond the golden arches for dollar menu items isn't easy, though. Short Order scoured the city on a George Washington-dollar-bill budget. We admit we went a nickel and dime over on a couple of choices, but none of these delicious food items will break the bank. Dig in and eat your buck's worth of grub.

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