As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, readers & foodies. This year, we asked the group eight questions, from Top Newcomer to the unusually succinct description of the city's Dining Scene in One Word. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of the week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted and unedited herein.
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Q: What was the best dining neighborhood in Miami over 2012?
Chelsea Olson, Miami Editor, Eater Miami: Design District
Frodnesor, of Food For Thought: A Miami Food Blog: Sunset Harbour in Miami Beach - "Pubbelly Street", plus Sardinia, Burger & Beer Joint around the corner
Ryan Roman, of Miami's Restaurant Power Rankings: The Upper Eastside a/k/a MiMo a/k/a the Biscayne Corridor a/k/a Weezy. The recent closing of Red Light really stings, so let's just say that I will no longer be staycationing at the Motel Blu on Biscayne & N 77th, thank you very much.
Cari, of Fatgirl Hedonist: I'm going to have to say the MiMo District. With restaurants like Blue Collar, The Federal, Ni.Do Caffe and old favorites like Michy's, Jimmy's Eastside Diner and Andiamo, this neighborhood is blossoming into one of Miami's best (and most diverse) dining neighborhoods in my opinion.
Steven, of Chowfather: The Bazaar, The Dutch, Milos, Florida Cookery, Joe's and Shake Shack put South Beach back on top.
Aleksandra Marcotte: Design District & MiMo, the quadrant from N.Miami Ave. & 39 St. up Biscayne Blvd. to 79 St., with a string of favorites such as Michael's, Mandolin, Buena Vista Deli, Harry's, Jimmy's Eastside Diner, Metro, Dogma, Michy's, Blue Collar, and the departed Red Light.