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The 38 Essential Miami Restaurants, July 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: Shake Shack, gastroPOD, Red, The Steakhouse, Scarpetta, The River Seafood & Oyster Bar, Versailles, and Barton G. The Restaurant.

The great news is that in their places come: Sustain Restaurant + Bar, The Pit Bar-B-Q, Islas Canarias, The Villa by Barton G, Jimmy'z Kitchen, Pubbelly, and CVI.CHE 105. 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 section or here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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2. Sra. Martinez

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3. La Moon

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144 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130

4. Osteria del Teatro

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1443 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-7850
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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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NE 163rd St
Miami, FL

7. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

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398 NW North River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

8. Sustain Restaurant + Bar

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3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33127

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
Miami, FL 33144

11. Prime 112 Restaurant

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112 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. The Pit Bar-B-Q

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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. Islas Canarias

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285 NW 27th Ave
Miami, FL 33125

17. El Palacio De Los Jugos

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14300 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184

18. Buena Vista Bistro

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4582 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

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. Chow Down Grill

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9517 Harding Ave
Surfside, FL 33154

23. Ola

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1745 James Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

24. The Villa by Barton G.

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1116 Ocean Dr
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. Burger & Beer Joint

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1766 Bay Rd
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. Casa Tua

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(305) 673-0973
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31. Sakaya Kitchen

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3401 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-8096
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32. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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3250 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 369-0353
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33. Jimmy'z Kitchen

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2700 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

34. Pubbelly

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1418 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305)-532-7555
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35. Tropical Chinese Restaurant

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

36. Hakkasan

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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. CVI.CHE 105

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105 NE 3rd Ave
Miami, FL 33132

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1. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink 130 Northeast 40th Street (305) 573-5550

2. Sra. Martinez

Sra. Martinez 4000 Northeast 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137 (305) 573-5474

3. La Moon

144 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130
144 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130

4. Osteria del Teatro

1443 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1443 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

NE 163rd St, Miami, FL
NE 163rd St
Miami, FL

7. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

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

8. Sustain Restaurant + Bar

3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33127
3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33127

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

11. Prime 112 Restaurant

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

12. The Pit Bar-B-Q

SW 8th St, FL

13. Red Light Little River

7700 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
7700 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

14. AltaMare

1223 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1223 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. Ortanique On the Mile

278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134
278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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16. Islas Canarias

285 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33125
285 NW 27th Ave
Miami, FL 33125

17. El Palacio De Los Jugos

14300 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33184
14300 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184

18. Buena Vista Bistro

4582 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
4582 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

19. Timo Restaurant

17624 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
17624 Collins Ave
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

20. Zuma

270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
270 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

21. The Forge Restaurant | Winebar

22. Chow Down Grill

9517 Harding Ave, Surfside, FL 33154
9517 Harding Ave
Surfside, FL 33154

23. Ola

1745 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1745 James Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139