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The Hottest New Restaurants in Miami, September 2021

Which restaurants to check out this month

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? And while the restaurant industry certainly looks different now, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a bevy of new restaurants have persevered and have managed to open their doors over the past few months to new customers. Here are 16 of the best this month.

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Editor’s Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. La Traila Barbecue

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8030 NW 154th St
Miami Lakes, FL 33016
(786) 703-6197
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Founded by Austin native and pit master Mel Rodriguez and Miami native and Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, the restaurant originally debuted as a pop-up in the summer of 2020 and quickly grew a following. The counter-service style space serves up items like the Brisket Sundae made with a mac and cheese base then layered with baked beans and cream corn then topped with smoked brisket, cotija cheese, crema and house sauce; platters and meat by the pound like smoked pulled pork, smoked sausage, pork spare ribs and Texas style brisket; and for some Miami and Texas fusion: brisket y queso empanadas and smoked pork rib croquettes.

2. ZZ's Sushi Bar

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151 NE 41st St Suite 117
Miami, FL 33137

From the team behind runaway hit Carbone, comes their latest Miami outpost: Zz’s Sushi Bar, a  two-story hybrid version of the group’s popular ZZ’s Clam Bar and a sushi and private members club. Guests can opt for an omakase experience at the sushi bar, or opt for a meal in the adjacent dining room that boasts a modern Japanese menu with a range of raw and cooked dishes, including the largest offering of wagyu beef along with a variety of ZZ’s favorites — from the toast topped with trout roe and honey to the carpaccio of tuna, foie, uni, and scallop.

3. Cote Miami

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3900 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 434-4668
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The much-anticipated Miami outpost of Michelin-starred Korean barbecue eatery Cote has finally arrived in the Design District. The steakhouse made a name for itself by serving up 45-day, dry-aged beef, presented in a Korean barbecue format that is prepared at the table on smokeless grills. The most popular order at Cote is the butcher’s feast boasting a chef’s choice of cuts along with different vegetables and kimchi, egg soufflé, two stews, rice, and soft serve for just $58 per person. But for those who want to go more high-brow, a 10-course steak omakase is available for $165 per person. 

4. The Oasis

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2335 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood’s latest hotspot is a hybrid food hall, concert venue, bar, and lounge all rolled up into one, from the team that brought the Magic City Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky. Food choices include Instagram favorite Prince Street Pizza; acclaimed Italian sandwich shop Alidoro; Los Buenos, serving tacos on hand-pressed tortillas; fried chicken sandwich focused CHIKIN; gyoza and dumplings from Buya Dumplings + Buns; and an outpost of the Mediterranean focused Mr. Mandolin.

5. Casa Isola Osteria

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1418 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 558-5787
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Jose Mendin’s latest creation is Italian in focus, taking over the former Pubbelly space in Sunset Harbour. For this new venture, Mendin has partnered with Santo Agnello, who has spent the past seven years at perpetual hotspot Lucali. The menu features plenty of dishes that come from Angello’s childhood with that trademark Pubbelly twist like prosciutto bread with parmesan butter; veal chop parmigiana; Milanesa carpaccio with wagyu beef, balsamic, black truffle, heirloom tomatoes; and raviolini ai funghi with porcini mushrooms and pine nut gremolata.

6. Benh Mi

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1436 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Benh Mi started off selling through Instagram during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to great fanfare, and that success has parlayed into a permanent location for the restaurant off Espanola Way. The star of the menu is the classic Vietnamese sandwich, the banh mi, which is served in various protein styles from lemongrass meatball to herb and roasted pork; along with dishes like the extra crunchy spicy chicken tenders; vegetable spring rolls; beef salad with skirt steak; and green papaya salad with mangos.

7. Como Como

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915 Collins Ct
Miami, FL 33139
(305) 423-8004
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This sleek and sexy newcomer on the ground floor of the Moxy South Beach showcases popular high-end Mexican flavors with a heavy seafood slant. Don’t miss the Pescado a la Talla made with snapper that is butterflied, grilled, and topped with two marinades: green on one side and red on the other; the carnitas de Pescado made with octopus and completed with all the best taco toppings; and raw bar items have a Mexican twist like oysters served with a pineapple-vinegar mignonette and hand-chopped Tartar de Pescado, made tableside.

8. Strawberry Moon

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601 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 745-8050
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The dynamic duo that is Pharrell Williams and David Grutman have debuted their latest restaurant in Miami, Strawberry Moon, which boasts an outdoor pool area by day and a restaurant and lounge by night. The whimsical, pastel colored space features a Mediterranean-inspired menu with a variety of mezzes, small plates, Turkish pizzas, kebabs, and more, with a side of celebrity spotting.

9. Margot Natural Wine Bar

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21 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33131

From the team behind Miami bar staple the Broken Shaker comes Margot Natural Wine Bar, a hip new Downtown Miami wine bar boasting a “70’s Scandinavian meets 80’s Italian aesthetic.”  Featuring a natural wine list of more than 75 options in whites, reds, and roses, skin-contact, and beyond, the menu also includes low ABV cocktails, and a rotation of dishes like pinto gild made with anchovy, olives, and piparra peppers; swordfish crudo; tuna tiradito; and fondue all of which is meant to pair with the wines on hand.

10. Jia

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808 1st St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 206-1063
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This self-described “Chinese Dinner Club” in the South of Fifth neighborhood serves a long list of Cantonese dishes like honey-roasted pork, spicy and sour seafood soup, black truffle sticky rice, tea-smoked beef tenderloin, and more. The space fuses Chinese, Art Deco, and tropical decor, with everything from Chiang Mai dragon veiled walls, rustic wood accents. bamboo chandeliers, and a 12-person seated wrap-around marble bar in the center of the room.

11. Abbale Telavivian Kitchen

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864 Commerce St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 902-3477
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This cozy and laidback Israeli and Mediterranean cafe from the guys who brought Miami favorites like My Ceviche and Pura Vida has quickly become the go-to spot in the South of Fifth neighborhood. For breakfast it serves up items like za-atar-lemon croissants, tahini walnut banana bread, and Israeli Shakshuka; while at lunchtime guests can find items like Fattoush, pitas stuffed with falafel and lamb kofta, and fire roasted whole branzino, all of which can be paired with a large selection of Israeli wines.

12. Oche Miami Beach

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200 South Pointe Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(240) 421-1977
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Show off that competitive side at this new dart and food restaurant. Named for the line players stand behind when throwing darts, Oche features 13 dart booths that guests can rent for 85 minute sessions at $25 a person. Along with games, food is taken up a notch with dishes like bacon wrapped maduros (plantains), spicy tuna cones, wagyu sliders, chicken thigh skewers, crab cakes, and a variety of pizzas like the piccante topped with spicy sausage, burrata, and spring onion, or the rock shrimp pizza topped with manchego, scallions, cilantro, and lemon.

13. Ch’i

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701 S Miami Ave #339a
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 257-8726
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This massive four-in-one space inside Brickell City Center offers a variety of Chinese food with Latin twists, drinks, and music.  The space is divided into four sections: the garden, the Mercado, the lounge, and the main dining room, offering everything from casual fare, patio dining, to a full-service restaurant, and even a hidden late-night lounge.

14. Zitz Sum

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396 Alhambra Cir Suite 155
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(786) 409-6920
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After becoming a runaway favorite last year during the COVID-19 shutdown through social media, “Asian-ish” eatery Zitz Sum has opened its permanent outpost in Coral Gables. Offering a much larger menu than its original creative dumpling offerings, diners can feast on dishes like cucumber salad, charred cabbage, grilled pork chops, and hanger steak — but don’t worry, the dumplings also make the menu. To wash the bites back, guests can sip on a large selection of natural wines, sake, beer, and more.

15. Forte by Chef Adrianne

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45 Miracle Mile
Miami, FL 33134
(305) 517-6181
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Chef Adrianne Calvo continues to expand her culinary footprint on Miami, with her latest restaurant Forte by Chef Adrianne debuting in the former Cibo Wine Bar space in Coral Gables. Expect Italian classics like cacio e pepe, tagliatelle bolognese, carbonara, braised lamb shank, veal chop Florentine, along with a variety of wood-fired pizzas and even a burrata bar.

1. La Traila Barbecue

8030 NW 154th St, Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Founded by Austin native and pit master Mel Rodriguez and Miami native and Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, the restaurant originally debuted as a pop-up in the summer of 2020 and quickly grew a following. The counter-service style space serves up items like the Brisket Sundae made with a mac and cheese base then layered with baked beans and cream corn then topped with smoked brisket, cotija cheese, crema and house sauce; platters and meat by the pound like smoked pulled pork, smoked sausage, pork spare ribs and Texas style brisket; and for some Miami and Texas fusion: brisket y queso empanadas and smoked pork rib croquettes.

8030 NW 154th St
Miami Lakes, FL 33016

2. ZZ's Sushi Bar

151 NE 41st St Suite 117, Miami, FL 33137

From the team behind runaway hit Carbone, comes their latest Miami outpost: Zz’s Sushi Bar, a  two-story hybrid version of the group’s popular ZZ’s Clam Bar and a sushi and private members club. Guests can opt for an omakase experience at the sushi bar, or opt for a meal in the adjacent dining room that boasts a modern Japanese menu with a range of raw and cooked dishes, including the largest offering of wagyu beef along with a variety of ZZ’s favorites — from the toast topped with trout roe and honey to the carpaccio of tuna, foie, uni, and scallop.

151 NE 41st St Suite 117
Miami, FL 33137

3. Cote Miami

3900 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

The much-anticipated Miami outpost of Michelin-starred Korean barbecue eatery Cote has finally arrived in the Design District. The steakhouse made a name for itself by serving up 45-day, dry-aged beef, presented in a Korean barbecue format that is prepared at the table on smokeless grills. The most popular order at Cote is the butcher’s feast boasting a chef’s choice of cuts along with different vegetables and kimchi, egg soufflé, two stews, rice, and soft serve for just $58 per person. But for those who want to go more high-brow, a 10-course steak omakase is available for $165 per person. 

3900 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

4. The Oasis

2335 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood’s latest hotspot is a hybrid food hall, concert venue, bar, and lounge all rolled up into one, from the team that brought the Magic City Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky. Food choices include Instagram favorite Prince Street Pizza; acclaimed Italian sandwich shop Alidoro; Los Buenos, serving tacos on hand-pressed tortillas; fried chicken sandwich focused CHIKIN; gyoza and dumplings from Buya Dumplings + Buns; and an outpost of the Mediterranean focused Mr. Mandolin.

2335 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

5. Casa Isola Osteria

1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Jose Mendin’s latest creation is Italian in focus, taking over the former Pubbelly space in Sunset Harbour. For this new venture, Mendin has partnered with Santo Agnello, who has spent the past seven years at perpetual hotspot Lucali. The menu features plenty of dishes that come from Angello’s childhood with that trademark Pubbelly twist like prosciutto bread with parmesan butter; veal chop parmigiana; Milanesa carpaccio with wagyu beef, balsamic, black truffle, heirloom tomatoes; and raviolini ai funghi with porcini mushrooms and pine nut gremolata.

1418 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Benh Mi

1436 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Benh Mi started off selling through Instagram during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to great fanfare, and that success has parlayed into a permanent location for the restaurant off Espanola Way. The star of the menu is the classic Vietnamese sandwich, the banh mi, which is served in various protein styles from lemongrass meatball to herb and roasted pork; along with dishes like the extra crunchy spicy chicken tenders; vegetable spring rolls; beef salad with skirt steak; and green papaya salad with mangos.

1436 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Como Como

915 Collins Ct, Miami, FL 33139

This sleek and sexy newcomer on the ground floor of the Moxy South Beach showcases popular high-end Mexican flavors with a heavy seafood slant. Don’t miss the Pescado a la Talla made with snapper that is butterflied, grilled, and topped with two marinades: green on one side and red on the other; the carnitas de Pescado made with octopus and completed with all the best taco toppings; and raw bar items have a Mexican twist like oysters served with a pineapple-vinegar mignonette and hand-chopped Tartar de Pescado, made tableside.

915 Collins Ct
Miami, FL 33139

8. Strawberry Moon

601 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The dynamic duo that is Pharrell Williams and David Grutman have debuted their latest restaurant in Miami, Strawberry Moon, which boasts an outdoor pool area by day and a restaurant and lounge by night. The whimsical, pastel colored space features a Mediterranean-inspired menu with a variety of mezzes, small plates, Turkish pizzas, kebabs, and more, with a side of celebrity spotting.

601 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. Margot Natural Wine Bar

21 SE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33131

From the team behind Miami bar staple the Broken Shaker comes Margot Natural Wine Bar, a hip new Downtown Miami wine bar boasting a “70’s Scandinavian meets 80’s Italian aesthetic.”  Featuring a natural wine list of more than 75 options in whites, reds, and roses, skin-contact, and beyond, the menu also includes low ABV cocktails, and a rotation of dishes like pinto gild made with anchovy, olives, and piparra peppers; swordfish crudo; tuna tiradito; and fondue all of which is meant to pair with the wines on hand.

21 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33131

10. Jia

808 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This self-described “Chinese Dinner Club” in the South of Fifth neighborhood serves a long list of Cantonese dishes like honey-roasted pork, spicy and sour seafood soup, black truffle sticky rice, tea-smoked beef tenderloin, and more. The space fuses Chinese, Art Deco, and tropical decor, with everything from Chiang Mai dragon veiled walls, rustic wood accents. bamboo chandeliers, and a 12-person seated wrap-around marble bar in the center of the room.

808 1st St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Abbale Telavivian Kitchen

864 Commerce St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This cozy and laidback Israeli and Mediterranean cafe from the guys who brought Miami favorites like My Ceviche and Pura Vida has quickly become the go-to spot in the South of Fifth neighborhood. For breakfast it serves up items like za-atar-lemon croissants, tahini walnut banana bread, and Israeli Shakshuka; while at lunchtime guests can find items like Fattoush, pitas stuffed with falafel and lamb kofta, and fire roasted whole branzino, all of which can be paired with a large selection of Israeli wines.

864 Commerce St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Oche Miami Beach

200 South Pointe Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Show off that competitive side at this new dart and food restaurant. Named for the line players stand behind when throwing darts, Oche features 13 dart booths that guests can rent for 85 minute sessions at $25 a person. Along with games, food is taken up a notch with dishes like bacon wrapped maduros (plantains), spicy tuna cones, wagyu sliders, chicken thigh skewers, crab cakes, and a variety of pizzas like the piccante topped with spicy sausage, burrata, and spring onion, or the rock shrimp pizza topped with manchego, scallions, cilantro, and lemon.

200 South Pointe Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Ch’i

701 S Miami Ave #339a, Miami, FL 33131

This massive four-in-one space inside Brickell City Center offers a variety of Chinese food with Latin twists, drinks, and music.  The space is divided into four sections: the garden, the Mercado, the lounge, and the main dining room, offering everything from casual fare, patio dining, to a full-service restaurant, and even a hidden late-night lounge.

701 S Miami Ave #339a
Miami, FL 33131

14. Zitz Sum

396 Alhambra Cir Suite 155, Coral Gables, FL 33134

After becoming a runaway favorite last year during the COVID-19 shutdown through social media, “Asian-ish” eatery Zitz Sum has opened its permanent outpost in Coral Gables. Offering a much larger menu than its original creative dumpling offerings, diners can feast on dishes like cucumber salad, charred cabbage, grilled pork chops, and hanger steak — but don’t worry, the dumplings also make the menu. To wash the bites back, guests can sip on a large selection of natural wines, sake, beer, and more.

396 Alhambra Cir Suite 155
Coral Gables, FL 33134

15. Forte by Chef Adrianne

45 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134

Chef Adrianne Calvo continues to expand her culinary footprint on Miami, with her latest restaurant Forte by Chef Adrianne debuting in the former Cibo Wine Bar space in Coral Gables. Expect Italian classics like cacio e pepe, tagliatelle bolognese, carbonara, braised lamb shank, veal chop Florentine, along with a variety of wood-fired pizzas and even a burrata bar.

45 Miracle Mile
Miami, FL 33134

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