As we put a cap on 2015, Eater surveyed a group of friends, writers, and all around experts for their take on the past year. We asked them eight questions: from Top Standbys to Top Newcomers, from Best Meals to Restaurants Broken Up With. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of the 2015. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.
Jackie Gutierrez-Jones (UrbanDaddy Miami): There's a reason My Ceviche is planting its delicious seafood flag all over this city – it's responsibly sourced, it's fresh, it's affordable and their lime roasted jalapeño mayo is the kind of stuff that gets babies made. Just saying. Buns & Buns is my SoMi brunch staple and Coyo and Taquiza are consistently on my taco rotation. But when I'm looking to do it up a bit, it's all about Bourbon Steak and Edge Steak & Bar.
Carla Torres (Ocean Drive): I've gotten to the point that when I'm not eating for work I'm juicing, so I have to give Jucy Lu and Under the Mango tree a shout here for keeping a girl in check. I don't get to Eating House enough but it's always in my top three when people ask what my favorite restaurants are and always top of mind when I'm doing the opposite of juicing. Makoto is always a good idea, and I've been quite obsessed with 27 since it's debut last year.
David Rosendorf (Food For Thought Miami): Alter, BlackBrick, Cake Thai Kitchen, Makoto, Michael's Genuine, Mignonette, Proof Pizza & Pasta, Su Shin Izakaya, Vagabond, Yakko-San.
Andrea Becerra (The Hungry Post): You are killing us with this question. So much good food going around town but where would we be without: Andiamo, Loba, NIU Kitchen, Proof Pizza & Pasta, Oasis Café, Mandolin, My Ceviche, Vagabond and Mignonette.
Ashley Brozic (Racked Miami Editor/Eater Miami Contributor): If I was hungry this year (which I frequently was), you'd most likely find me eating the Wynwood salad at The Lunch Box midday or at Coyo Taco for both lunch and dinner, and often on the same day. If we're talking late night bites, La Latina's arepas kept me out way past my bedtime.
Laine Doss (Miami New Times): Mina's Mediterraneo, Via Verdi, Mignonette, Blue Collar, Coyo Taco, and Blackbrick
Giovanny Gutierrez (Chat Chow TV/Eater Miami Contributor): How about a perfect day? Starting off at The Salty Donut for a Glazed Buttermilk, next - a Catalan style brunch at NIU Kitchen, is it noon? A brasserie-inspired lunch at Marion that transports you outside of Miami, followed by Dominique Ansel Art Basel Soft Serve PopUp, happy hour cocktails by Jossímar Luján’s at GK Bistronomie, seafood dinner sitting at the bar at Lure while Rob makes random rum concoctions, cross the street to Taquiza for a barbacoa taco, night cap cocktails at The Setai w/ Philip Khandehrish’s, ending w/ late night, upgraded pub fare at The Local Craft Food & Drink.
Matthew Meltzer (Thrillist Miami): 90% of my meals are at the Publix Deli, Chicken Kitchen and Pollo Tropical. If those don’t count: La Mar, RED the Steakhouse, Cleo, Stanzione 87, La Locanda and Verde at PAMM
John Dangaran (Eater Miami Contributor): Macchialina, Big Pinks, Mignonette, Zak the Baker
Olee Fowler (Eater Miami): I'm happy to say all my choices from last year remain accurate this year, but I'd also add Macchialina, 27, Pincho Factory, La Mar, Edge — and when in doubt there's always El Taquito down the street from me.