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Miami's November Heatmap: Where To Eat Right Now

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, where the Pubbelly group just opened their latest venture. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it's not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.


11/07/13: Added Semilla Eatery & Bar, The District Miami
10/04/13: Added Area 31, Lippi, and L'Entrecote
9/05/13: Added Boxpark, Bar Crudo
7/11/13: Added Huahua's Taqueria, Barley & Swine
6/6/13: Added Umami Burger, Cipriani Downtown
5/2/13: Added Tongue & Cheek, Restaurant Michael Schwartz, Biscayne Tavern
4/4/13: Added Swine Southern Table & Bar, The Cypress Room, Bulla Gastrobar
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Macchialina Taverna Rustica

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820 Alton Road
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
(305) 534-2124
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The latest addition to the Pubbelly Family, Macchialina, which comes from the words "Macchia" meaning "mark or spot" and "Maialina" meaning piglets, aims to be reminiscent of a "small rustic eatery in the heart of any Italian town". Former Scarpetta chef Michael Pirolo mans the kitchen, cooking up Italian classics like braised shortrib lasagna and pork chop Milanese.

2. Area 31

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270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 424-5234
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Area 31's back and with a new chef, Wolfgang Birk of Casa Casuarina and Cooper Avenue. His new menu includes dishes like chilled melon and cucumber soup, roast lamb from Florida's Fresh Beef Farms and fresh caught lobster.

3. L'Entrecote de Paris Miami

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1053 SE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 755-9995
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Steak-Frites is the only entrée on the menu of this French import. It's served alongside the requisite frites, and a 21-ingredient secret sauce. There's more to choose from on the dessert and drink menus, which include classics like profiteroles and crème brûlée as well as extensive wine and cocktail lists.

4. Eating House

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806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, Florida 33134
Back by popular demand, the pop-up Eating House has reclaimed its place in the old Cafe Ponce space. Expect delectable eats for dinner with the menu changing nightly and long waits for a table at their coveted brunch.

5. Oak Tavern Fine Food & Spirits

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35 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 391-1818
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The newly opened second restaurant from David Bracha already has a buzz about it in the Design District, with tables filling up constantly. He's serving up modern American tavern-style food in a casual setting.

6. Florida Cookery

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1680 James Ave
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
Since Red Light's closing, Florida Cookery has become Kris Wessel's new pride and joy at the James Royal Palm Hotel. It's got his signature Floridian fare that pays homage to his local roots in a big way.

7. MC Kitchen

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4141 Northeast 2 Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
Another restaurant breathing fresh air into the pulsing Design District is Dena Marino's MC Kitchen. Her modern Italian cuisine and pia-Dena's are already becoming popular.

8. Khong River House

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1661 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8147
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The latest from 50 Eggs Restaurant Group, Khong River House is about as close to eating in Thailand as you'll get in Miami. The former Miss Yip's/Buck 15 space is converted into somewhat of a Thai boat house with a bi-level space and expansive bar on both floors.

9. Serafina Dream South Beach

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1111 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-8455
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New York's Italian restaurant makes its debut in South Beach at the Dream hotel. Serafina is known for their 24 varieties of pizza, but also has great pastas, salads, and entrees.

10. Catch Miami

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1545 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
A NYC transplant, Catch Miami at the James Royal Palm hotel, brings “globally influenced” seafood delights to South Beach. Try classics such as the Cantonese Lobster and “Miami-inspired” eats such as the Shorecrest roll.

11. Dolce at The Gale Hotel

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1690
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dolce Italian, the Gale Hotel’s new restaurant, features classic Italian dishes at affordable beach prices. Since they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can stop by any time. Enjoy your meal inside or out on the pool deck.

12. OTC

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1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4
Brickell, Fl 33130
(305) 374-4612
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A fairly new addition to Mary Brickell Village, OTC has gathered quite the following for its “over the counter” gastropub fare. Expect tasty eats on wooden cutting boards, ever changing craft beers and a packed room during their popular brunch.

13. Swine Southern Table & Bar

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2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
The latest tasty offering from the 50 Eggs restaurant group, Swine, is all about “pork-centric” dishes and southern charm. Try their raved-about burnt ends or any of their smoked and barbecued dishes. Or anything at all, really. Where have their restaurants ever gone wrong?

14. The Cypress Room

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3620 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 520-5197
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Michael Schwartz’ new eatery just opened up last week, but its already the talk of the town. With Schwartz as executive chef, Roel Alcudia as chef de cuisine and Hedy Goldsmith making her famed desserts, its no wonder their dishes are already turning heads.

15. Bulla Gastrobar

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2500 Ponce De Leon
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Por Fin fans were skeptical when the spot reopened as Bulla Gastrobar, but it turns out the new tapas restaurant is quickly garnering its own group of followers. Try out their patatas bravas or Jamon Serrano sandwich.

16. Tongue & Cheek

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431 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 704-2900
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Jamie DeRosa’s first restaurant, Tongue & Cheek, just opened up a couple of weeks ago, but food enthusiasts are already raving about its contemporary American grub and hooked on dishes like the fried chicken, the beef cheek burger and the cauliflower panna cotta. Oh, and the spot’s swanky, laid back décor and specialty cocktails don’t hurt a bit.

17. Restaurant Michael Schwartz

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Anything Michael Schwartz related gets Miamians’ mouths watering and his latest restaurant is no exception. The stylish Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the Raleigh oozes with that same eco-friendly mentality that Schwartz brings to his other restaurants and serves up a variety of dishes all reflecting seasonality and freshness.

18. Biscayne Tavern

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146 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 307-8300
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Jeffrey Chodorow’s Downtown eatery hits the spot with its organic comfort food. Not to mention an extensive and wonderful list of craft beers and seasonal brews. A kick back kind of place to relax and chow down on stuff like the tavern burger, fried oyster po-boy and spicy baby back ribs.

19. Umami Burger

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1080 Alton Road
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
(305) 672-4334
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Adam Fleischman’s brainchild and legendary West Coast restaurant, Umami Burger, has newly arrived on the South Beach scene. Named for the fifth taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour, Umami boasts burgers with perfection in every bite. Menu favorites include the Manly Burger and the Truffle Burger.

20. Cipriani Downtown

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465 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
Last month’s opening of Cipriani, marked restaurateur brothers Maggio and Ignazio Cipriani’s 20th worldwide expansion. Their Miami spot brings together all the Italian cuisine and glamour they’re best known for in a bi-level, 8,000 square foot, waterfront space located Downtown

21. Huahua's Taqueria

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1211 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-8226
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Brought to you by the man behind HaVen Gastropub, Todd Erickson, the much buzzed about Huahua’s (pronounced “wa-wa’s”) sits quietly on Miami Beach, but walk inside and you’ll find one mean taco that’s anything but shy. If you want the classic stuff, they have that too, but for those more adventurous, bringing a playful appetite will surely be rewarded.

22. Barley & Swine

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9059 SW 73 Court
Miami, FL 33156
If you’re in Dadeland and want boatloads of pork dishes, follow you’re your nose to the newly opened B & S. These guys don’t abide by the new health-conscious trend, at all; there’s a different tune being sung here and it’s “Praise the lard”, a mantra they never leave out of your sticky pig ears or pork belly. Worship by means of craft beer guzzling is highly encouraged.

23. Bar Crudo Miami

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40 S Pointe Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The newly opened Bar Crudo by Andy Travaglia (owner of Lee & Marie's Cakery) is quickly gaining popularity for its delicate and simple treats. Expect raw items like octopus carpaccio and a variety of other fish dishes; meat options like beef carpaccio; ceviches and creative desserts like vodka infused watermelon with feta gelato.

24. Boxpark

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1111 Southwest 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
The Hoxton's sister, Boxpark, is Nobu veteran Santiago Rodriguez’ second Miami concept in what is to be a group of three (Harvey Wolf to come next) and it’s buzzing. Go for some of the British-inspired eatery’s funky options like citrus-cured triggerfish or ask them to choose for you. You can’t go wrong.

25. Lippi Restaurant

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600 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 579-1888
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New American meets Mediterranean at this new 200+ seat restaurant. The menu is also impressive in its size, offering over 75 dishes to choose from with an emphasis on organic ingredients.

26. Semilla

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1325 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL
Michelin chef Frederic Joulin’s latest adventure, the very-recently opened Semilla Eatery & Bar, is quickly gaining popularity. Here’s a place to hang around the open kitchen and watch Joulin prep your meal, knowing it’s all seasonal, fresh and organic. Those herbs on your plate come from their wall of live plants after all.

27. The District Miami

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190 ne 46 street
Miami, FL 33137
Design District’s latest opening, The District Miami offers Pan-American fusion dishes created by chef Horacio Rivadero (named Best New Chef for the Gulf Region by Food & Wine in 2012). A kick-back and relax kind of place, with a worthwhile happy hour menu.

1. Macchialina Taverna Rustica

820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
The latest addition to the Pubbelly Family, Macchialina, which comes from the words "Macchia" meaning "mark or spot" and "Maialina" meaning piglets, aims to be reminiscent of a "small rustic eatery in the heart of any Italian town". Former Scarpetta chef Michael Pirolo mans the kitchen, cooking up Italian classics like braised shortrib lasagna and pork chop Milanese.
820 Alton Road
Miami Beach, Fl 33139

2. Area 31

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131
Area 31's back and with a new chef, Wolfgang Birk of Casa Casuarina and Cooper Avenue. His new menu includes dishes like chilled melon and cucumber soup, roast lamb from Florida's Fresh Beef Farms and fresh caught lobster.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

3. L'Entrecote de Paris Miami

1053 SE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33131
Steak-Frites is the only entrée on the menu of this French import. It's served alongside the requisite frites, and a 21-ingredient secret sauce. There's more to choose from on the dessert and drink menus, which include classics like profiteroles and crème brûlée as well as extensive wine and cocktail lists.
1053 SE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33131

4. Eating House

806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134, Miami, Florida 33134
Back by popular demand, the pop-up Eating House has reclaimed its place in the old Cafe Ponce space. Expect delectable eats for dinner with the menu changing nightly and long waits for a table at their coveted brunch.
806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, Florida 33134

5. Oak Tavern Fine Food & Spirits

35 Northeast 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137
The newly opened second restaurant from David Bracha already has a buzz about it in the Design District, with tables filling up constantly. He's serving up modern American tavern-style food in a casual setting.
35 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137

6. Florida Cookery

1680 James Ave, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
Since Red Light's closing, Florida Cookery has become Kris Wessel's new pride and joy at the James Royal Palm Hotel. It's got his signature Floridian fare that pays homage to his local roots in a big way.
1680 James Ave
Miami Beach, Fl 33139

7. MC Kitchen

4141 Northeast 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
Another restaurant breathing fresh air into the pulsing Design District is Dena Marino's MC Kitchen. Her modern Italian cuisine and pia-Dena's are already becoming popular.
4141 Northeast 2 Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

8. Khong River House

1661 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The latest from 50 Eggs Restaurant Group, Khong River House is about as close to eating in Thailand as you'll get in Miami. The former Miss Yip's/Buck 15 space is converted into somewhat of a Thai boat house with a bi-level space and expansive bar on both floors.
1661 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. Serafina Dream South Beach

1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
New York's Italian restaurant makes its debut in South Beach at the Dream hotel. Serafina is known for their 24 varieties of pizza, but also has great pastas, salads, and entrees.
1111 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Catch Miami

1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
A NYC transplant, Catch Miami at the James Royal Palm hotel, brings “globally influenced” seafood delights to South Beach. Try classics such as the Cantonese Lobster and “Miami-inspired” eats such as the Shorecrest roll.
1545 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Dolce at The Gale Hotel

1690, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dolce Italian, the Gale Hotel’s new restaurant, features classic Italian dishes at affordable beach prices. Since they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can stop by any time. Enjoy your meal inside or out on the pool deck.
1690
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. OTC

1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4, Brickell, Fl 33130
A fairly new addition to Mary Brickell Village, OTC has gathered quite the following for its “over the counter” gastropub fare. Expect tasty eats on wooden cutting boards, ever changing craft beers and a packed room during their popular brunch.
1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4
Brickell, Fl 33130

13. Swine Southern Table & Bar

2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134
The latest tasty offering from the 50 Eggs restaurant group, Swine, is all about “pork-centric” dishes and southern charm. Try their raved-about burnt ends or any of their smoked and barbecued dishes. Or anything at all, really. Where have their restaurants ever gone wrong?
2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

14. The Cypress Room

3620 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Michael Schwartz’ new eatery just opened up last week, but its already the talk of the town. With Schwartz as executive chef, Roel Alcudia as chef de cuisine and Hedy Goldsmith making her famed desserts, its no wonder their dishes are already turning heads.
3620 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

15. Bulla Gastrobar

2500 Ponce De Leon, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Por Fin fans were skeptical when the spot reopened as Bulla Gastrobar, but it turns out the new tapas restaurant is quickly garnering its own group of followers. Try out their patatas bravas or Jamon Serrano sandwich.
2500 Ponce De Leon
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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16. Tongue & Cheek

431 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Jamie DeRosa’s first restaurant, Tongue & Cheek, just opened up a couple of weeks ago, but food enthusiasts are already raving about its contemporary American grub and hooked on dishes like the fried chicken, the beef cheek burger and the cauliflower panna cotta. Oh, and the spot’s swanky, laid back décor and specialty cocktails don’t hurt a bit.
431 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

17. Restaurant Michael Schwartz

Miami Beach, FL
Anything Michael Schwartz related gets Miamians’ mouths watering and his latest restaurant is no exception. The stylish Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the Raleigh oozes with that same eco-friendly mentality that Schwartz brings to his other restaurants and serves up a variety of dishes all reflecting seasonality and freshness.

18. Biscayne Tavern

146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Jeffrey Chodorow’s Downtown eatery hits the spot with its organic comfort food. Not to mention an extensive and wonderful list of craft beers and seasonal brews. A kick back kind of place to relax and chow down on stuff like the tavern burger, fried oyster po-boy and spicy baby back ribs.
146 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

19. Umami Burger

1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Fl 33139