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The 38 Essential Miami Restaurants, January '11

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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, covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, histories, locations, and, collectively, satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. 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, though strong consideration is given to neighborhood favorites over fancier destination spots.

After poring over reader emails and comments, we've decided to drop: News Cafe
Las Vacas Gordas, Buena Vista Bistro, La Sandwicherie, and The Cafe at Books and Books.

The great news is that in their places come: Zuma, The Forge, Ola, Gigi, and Red, The Steakhouse. 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.

1. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, 130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137

2. Sra. Martinez

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Sra. Martinez, 4000 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

3. Meat Market

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915 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. Escopazzo Organic Italian Restaurant

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1311 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-9450
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5. Bourbon Steak

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19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

6. Hiro's Yakko-San

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W Dixie Hwy
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

7. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

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398 NW North River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

8. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

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650 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130

9. Joe's Stone Crab

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11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. El Mago De Las Fritas

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5828 SW 8th St
West Miami, FL 33144

11. Prime 112 Restaurant

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112 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Joey's

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2506 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

13. Red Light Little River

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7700 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

14. AltaMare

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1223 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. Ortanique On the Mile

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278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

16. Versailles

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3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
305-445-7614

17. El Palacio De Los Jugos

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14300 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184

18. Azul Restaurant

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500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

19. Timo Restaurant

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17624 Collins Ave
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

20. Zuma

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270 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

21. The Forge Restaurant | Winebar

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22. Area 31 Restaurant

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270 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

23. Ola

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1745 James Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

24. Scarpetta

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Collins Plaza Hotel, 318 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

25. BLT Steak Restaurant at the Betsy Hotel

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1440 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

26. NAOE Miami

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(Across St Tropez Condominiums) 175 Sunny Isles Blvd
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 (305) 947-6263

27. Wish Restaurant

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801 Collins Ct
Miami Beach, FL 33139

28. Michy's

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6927 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

29. La Palme D'Or

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1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

30. Latin Burger and Taco Truck

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1428 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131

31. Sakaya Kitchen

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S Miami Ave
Miami, FL
(305) 576-8096
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32. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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3250 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 369-0353
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33. Barton G. The Restaurant

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1427 West Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

34. GastroPod Miami

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35. Tropical Chinese Restaurant

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7991 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 262-1552

36. Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau

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(786) 276-1388
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37. Gigi

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3470 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305)573-1520

38. Red, The Steakhouse

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119 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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1. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, 130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137

2. Sra. Martinez

Sra. Martinez, 4000 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Sra. Martinez, 4000 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

3. Meat Market

915 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
915 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. Escopazzo Organic Italian Restaurant

1311 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1311 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Bourbon Steak

19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180
19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

6. Hiro's Yakko-San

W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
W Dixie Hwy
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

7. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

398 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128
398 NW North River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

8. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

650 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130
650 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130

9. Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. El Mago De Las Fritas

5828 SW 8th St, West Miami, FL 33144
5828 SW 8th St
West Miami, FL 33144

11. Prime 112 Restaurant

112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
112 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Joey's

2506 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
2506 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

13. Red Light Little River

7700 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138