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The 38 Essential Miami Restaurants, April 2011

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Here, now, is an updated version of Miami's Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group, which is in no particular order, has been culled from a panel of experts and covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, histories, locations, and, collectively, satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those who are never happy. Every so often we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible, or have stepped up their game. We'll also drop those that are no longer deemed 38-worthy. The only serious rule of engagement here is that a restaurant must be open at least six months to qualify for inclusion on the list.

After pouring over reader emails and comments, we've decided to drop: Escopazzo, Joey's, Azul, Area 31, Wish, Latin Burger & Taco Truck, and Meat Market.

The great news is that in their places come: Osteria del Teatro, Shake Shack, Buena Vista Bistro, Chow Down Grill, Burger & Beer Joint, Casa Tua, and La Moon. Welcome to the show.

Think there's a vital omission? Or a spot that shouldn't be here? Nominate your favorite restaurant in the comments or here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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Sra. Martinez

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La Moon

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Osteria del Teatro

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Bourbon Steak

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Hiro's Yakko-San

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Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

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The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

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Joe's Stone Crab

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El Mago De Las Fritas

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Prime 112 Restaurant

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Shake Shack

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Red Light Little River

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AltaMare

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Ortanique On the Mile

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Versailles

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El Palacio De Los Jugos

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Buena Vista Bistro

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Timo Restaurant

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The Forge Restaurant | Winebar

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Chow Down Grill

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Scarpetta

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BLT Steak Restaurant at the Betsy Hotel

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NAOE Miami

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Burger & Beer Joint

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Michy's

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La Palme D'Or

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Casa Tua

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Sakaya Kitchen

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Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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Barton G. The Restaurant

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GastroPod Miami

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Tropical Chinese Restaurant

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Hakkasan

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Red, The Steakhouse

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