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New Chef Heatmap: Restaurants Worth a Return Visit

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As today's DB Bistro Moderne news will attest, the restaurant scene here is always in a state of flux as far as chef shuffles are concerned. And while many restaurants in the city may not be brand new, the folks running their kitchens are, and they're hopefully breathing new life into old menus. Below, we've rounded up a list of restaurants with new chefs at the stoves that may be worth a revisit.


— Emma Kestler and Layla Khabiri


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. J & G Grill

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9703 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
(305) 993-3333
The chef: Brad Kilgore
Recent Resume: Route 9, Exit One, Brad's Deli at Josh's Deli, Azul at the Mandarin Oriental
The Plan: Kilgore's extensive culinary experience and technique will breathe new life into the resort's signature restaurant.
1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4
Brickell, FL 33130
(305) 374-4612
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The chef: Jacob Anaya Recent Resume: Azul at Mandarin Oriental The Plan: The full dinner menu will launch in November but expect Californian & Asian flavors with menu items like Thai style wings, craft beer fish 'n chips and Hong Kong duck 'n waffles.

3. Palme d'Or

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The Biltmore Hotel
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 445-1926
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The chef: Gregory Pugin Recent Resume: Le Cirque Las Vegas The Plan: Pugin sticks to classic recipes and techniques, but likes to finish his dishes with a twist, creating bursting presentations.

4. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
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The chef: Niven Patel Recent Resume: Brasserie The Plan: Patel's style will influence the menu with Indian spices and fish sandwiches as some of the changes.

5. The Social club

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(305) 604-1800
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The chef: Doug Sisk Recent Resume: Atlantis and The Havana Club The Plan: A new "regionally-inspired" menu arrived just in time for summer with items like Bahamian Conch Tacos, Green Vegetable Gazpacho and a High Tea Mini Oyster Sandwich.

6. Bianca at Delano

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1685 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-5752
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The chef: Luciano Sautto Recent Resume: Joia, Vita The Plan: Many old classics remain and new favorites were added to the menu for the "winter" season including the hot rock appetizer, veal ravioli, ossobuco and Umi Sushi & Sake selections like the big eye tuna pizza. Brunch was also added back in May.

7. db Bistro Moderne

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255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 421-8800
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The chef: Jason Pringle Recent Resume: Epic Roasthouse and Aqua in San Francisco. He also worked at Millesime and David Burke Townhouse in New York. The Plan: Classic French dishes prepared with an emphasis on American market ingredients.

8. Area 31

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270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 424-5234
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Chef: Wolfgang Birk Recent Resume: Casa Casuarina and Cooper Avenue. Plan: Lighter fare like chilled melon and cucumber soup, kale salad and fresh caught lobster.

1. J & G Grill

9703 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
The chef: Brad Kilgore
Recent Resume: Route 9, Exit One, Brad's Deli at Josh's Deli, Azul at the Mandarin Oriental
The Plan: Kilgore's extensive culinary experience and technique will breathe new life into the resort's signature restaurant.
9703 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

2. OTC

1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4, Brickell, FL 33130
The chef: Jacob Anaya Recent Resume: Azul at Mandarin Oriental The Plan: The full dinner menu will launch in November but expect Californian & Asian flavors with menu items like Thai style wings, craft beer fish 'n chips and Hong Kong duck 'n waffles.
1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4
Brickell, FL 33130

3. Palme d'Or

The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL 33134
The chef: Gregory Pugin Recent Resume: Le Cirque Las Vegas The Plan: Pugin sticks to classic recipes and techniques, but likes to finish his dishes with a twist, creating bursting presentations.
The Biltmore Hotel
Coral Gables, FL 33134

4. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
The chef: Niven Patel Recent Resume: Brasserie The Plan: Patel's style will influence the menu with Indian spices and fish sandwiches as some of the changes.
130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137

5. The Social club

Miami Beach, FL
The chef: Doug Sisk Recent Resume: Atlantis and The Havana Club The Plan: A new "regionally-inspired" menu arrived just in time for summer with items like Bahamian Conch Tacos, Green Vegetable Gazpacho and a High Tea Mini Oyster Sandwich.

6. Bianca at Delano

1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The chef: Luciano Sautto Recent Resume: Joia, Vita The Plan: Many old classics remain and new favorites were added to the menu for the "winter" season including the hot rock appetizer, veal ravioli, ossobuco and Umi Sushi & Sake selections like the big eye tuna pizza. Brunch was also added back in May.
1685 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. db Bistro Moderne

255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
The chef: Jason Pringle Recent Resume: Epic Roasthouse and Aqua in San Francisco. He also worked at Millesime and David Burke Townhouse in New York. The Plan: Classic French dishes prepared with an emphasis on American market ingredients.
255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

8. Area 31

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131
Chef: Wolfgang Birk Recent Resume: Casa Casuarina and Cooper Avenue. Plan: Lighter fare like chilled melon and cucumber soup, kale salad and fresh caught lobster.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

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