Restaurant of the Year: Alter
A runaway hit since it opened this Spring, Alter proved to Miami that fine dining in the artsy Wynwood arts district could work — and work well. It’s new American meets Florida cuisine has everyone talking and has solidified the area as a dining destination.
So Hot Right Now: Izzy's Fish & Oyster
In a town that has more seafood restaurants than it can count, Izzy’s Fish & Oyster has managed to stick out from the crowd. Chef de cuisine William Crandall’s Florida spin on a classic New England style fare has made this the go-to spot for fresh oysters, lobster rolls and whoopie pies.
Saddest Closure: Fox's Sherron Inn
It’s hard to find someone who wasn’t saddened to hear about the closing of Fox’s Sherron Inn. The longstanding bar and restaurant has been a staple in Miami for more than 60 years. Even though the owners promise to bring it back in a new form, we know the old school allure will never be restored.
Stone Cold Stunner: Coya
While Coya’s cuisine is absolutely notable, when you ask people their first impression of the restaurant the space is always the first thing that’s mentioned. And for good reason, its decor was literally designed with Inca kings in mind so you know it’s guaranteed to be beautiful and opulent.
Chef of the Year: Brad Kilgore (Alter)
This is the second year in a row that Brad Kilgore has been named Miami’s Chef of the Year, winning the award last year for his work at J&G Grill at the St. Regis. With his new restaurant Alter, his cuisine has shined once again impress both critics and restaurant goers alike.
Bartender of the Year: Randy Perez (27 Restaurant)
When you’re working under two of South Florida’s best bartenders — Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta aka the Bar Lab Guys — it’s typically hard to stand out from the pack. But at their 27 Restaurant Randy Perez has quickly made a name for himself, working his way up from bar-back to bartender in just a few short years and creating some of the best cocktails in town in the process.