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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.

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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Sustain Restaurant + 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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The Pit Bar-B-Q

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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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Islas Canarias

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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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The Villa by Barton G.

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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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Jimmy'z Kitchen

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Pubbelly

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Tropical Chinese Restaurant

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Hakkasan

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CVI.CHE 105

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Sra. Martinez

La Moon

Osteria del Teatro

Bourbon Steak

Hiro's Yakko-San

Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

Sustain Restaurant + Bar

Joe's Stone Crab

El Mago De Las Fritas

Prime 112 Restaurant

The Pit Bar-B-Q