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The Hottest Restaurants in Miami Right Now, February 2015

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, where the Pubbelly Group just opened their latest venture. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it's not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

02/05/15: Added: Vagabond Restaurant, Ted's at YoungArts
01/08/15: Added: Matador Room, Proof Pizza & Pasta, Little Bread
12/04/14: Added: 27 Restaurant, Seagrape, Taquiza
11/06/14: Added: Barley & Wich, Miami Smokers
10/02/14: Added: Morimoto, Hannya Asian Cuisine

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Buns & Buns

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A mysterious team of people traveled the world finding recipes, came back to South Miami, opened a restaurant and executed those worldly dishes awesomely. Oh, and they make bread to go with everything, fresh, warm, homemade bread of all sorts (focaccia, naan, etc).

Drunken Dragon

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The Alton Road construction isn’t getting in the way of Drunken Dragon’s big debut one bit. It’s already difficult to land a table at SoBe’s new Asian gastropub (especially a Korean barbecue-style one), but probably worth a try.

Il Mulino New York South Beach

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Since opening Il Mulino's much anticipated South Beach outpost it has been totally packed. Must tries include the beef carpaccio, ravioli with porcini mushrooms and ossobuco.

KUSH Wynwood

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The latest offering from LoKal owner Matt Kuschner and partner David Rodriguez boasts some seriously legit beer offerings (18 taps! And some very rare finds). Like LoKal, Kush sources locally, uses only fresh ingredients and keeps it playful with action figure taps, kegs for tables and fun menu items (see: kush brownies).

L'echon brasserie

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The Pubbelly Boys’ latest culinary offering tackles French cuisine (with their signature playful twist, of course) in their first ever hotel restaurant at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach.

LOBA Restaurant

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MiMo’s new realtor-run restaurant has been getting serious attention since it opened just the other week. A small, crafty space decorated by owner Jessica Sanchez makes use of FIU students to fill various positions, and serves up a mix of Latin, New American and Southern dishes.

Mignonette

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When Blue Collar chef Danny Serfer partners with Miami Power Rankings blogger Ryan Roman, a quaint, "plain and fancy" oyster heaven takes shape. They've got a ton of other seafood items, too, as well as non sea-dwelling options like prime rib, chicken and veggies.

N by Naoe

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Chef Kevin Cory from Naoe finally serves lunch at his newest offering, N by Naoe. Slightly less sushi here and a little bit more "natural Japanese cuisine." Stop by for lunch or dinner.

NIU Kitchen

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Named for the Catalan word “nest,” Downtown’s newest restaurant, Niu, serves up modern food from Barcelona in a small, cozy environment. Check it out for lunch or dinner any day of the week except Sundays.

Oolite Restaurant & Bar

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Kris Wessel’s back! He’s made good use of the ex-Cooper Avenue space where he now cooks up healthy and simple dishes like verbena steamed grouper and Florida orange rotisserie duck.

Station 5 Table and Bar

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Think classic American with little twists from chef Julie Ning (dishes like salt and pepper tacos with starfruit and apple slaw) served up in a laid back atmosphere with rustic and vintage decor.

Ticety Iced Tea Bar

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A charming tea shop in Coral Gables, Ticety Iced Tea Bar serves their brews both hot and cold in large glass pitchers. And to accompany those teas, small gourmet French dishes.

Uvaggio

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Owned by Top Chef alumn Bret Pelaggi, Craig DeWald and wine-obsessive Heath Porter, Coral Gables’ new European-style wine bar and restaurant has gathered a quick following for its rare bottles and laid-back attitude. The menu, created by “tasting backwards,” hasn’t gone unnoticed either.

Morimoto South Beach

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto is here. In South Beach. After months of anticipatory drooling over his sushi. And enough said.

Hannya Asian Cuisine

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From the man who brought South Miami Akashi Sushi, Larry Chi, comes this new swanky Asian eatery. Apparently, it's offerings are equally as impressive as Akashi's.

Miami Smokers

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Miami's smoke whisperers have at last opened their very own smokehouse and deli. It's a place for all things meaty like treats of the candied bacon, housemade charcuterie, bacon jerky variety. Oh, and sandwiches.

27 Restaurant

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The first full-service restaurant and bar from the guys that brought us the Broken Shaker, 27 Restaurant plays homage to Miami’s diversity with an eclectic menu filled with signature dishes from South America, the Caribbean and even the Middle East. Located in a historic two-story house adjacent to the Broken Shaker, it features the same laid-back spirit and inventive drinks of the Broken Shaker in a hip (and air conditioned) setting.

Seagrape

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The unofficial queen of Miami cuisine, Michelle Bernstein, is back with her latest restaurant Seagrape, located inside the newly opened Thompson Hotel. The massive, Florida-inspired brasserie serves a mix of small plates, large steaks and an ample raw bar in a retro setting complete with tropical prints and pastel leather seating.

Taquiza

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This casual walk-up taqueria right smack dab in South Beach madness of Collins Avenue is creating simple tacos with authentic ingredients like house made corn tortillas and slowly braised carnitas. Wash them all down with one of the many beers available by draft or bottle while making sure to save some room for a icy paleta for dessert. [Photo]

Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co.

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The latest addition to the growing restaurant scene of Little Havana, Little Bread offers its unique spin on traditional Cuban sandwiches and dishes. On the menu expect classic Cuban flavors with a hint of whimsy like its Media Noche Croquetas, Frita Sliders and Guava Pound Cake.

Proof Pizza & Pasta

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While plenty of Neapolitan-style pizzerias have opened up in Miami over the years, not many have garnered the buzz like Proof has. The chefs manning the kitchen have done stints in notable restaurants like DBGB and Gramercy Kitchen and are turning out creative pies, pastas and desserts to an ever-growing clientele nightly.

The Matador Room

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The newest restaurant from mega chef Jean-Georges fuses the different flavors of Latin cuisine — think Spanish, Caribbean and South America — into one distinctive menu. Housed in a large glamorous room reminiscent of 1950s Miami, the menu is packed with with fresh seafood, pizzas, tacos, tapas and what some are calling the best paella in town.

Ted's at YoungArts

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Taking the term "dinner and a show" literally, this restaurant housed on the seventh floor of the YoungArts building provides live entertainment by YoungArts students, anything from jazz performances to spoken word, along with cuisine by the guys from the Starr Restaurant group.

Vagabond Restaurant

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Housed in the recently renovated Vagabond Hotel, this mod-chic restaurant, complete with a sunken in bar in the middle of the room, features a global menu inspired by Executive Chef Alex Chang's extensive travels.

Buns & Buns

A mysterious team of people traveled the world finding recipes, came back to South Miami, opened a restaurant and executed those worldly dishes awesomely. Oh, and they make bread to go with everything, fresh, warm, homemade bread of all sorts (focaccia, naan, etc).

Drunken Dragon

The Alton Road construction isn’t getting in the way of Drunken Dragon’s big debut one bit. It’s already difficult to land a table at SoBe’s new Asian gastropub (especially a Korean barbecue-style one), but probably worth a try.

Il Mulino New York South Beach

Since opening Il Mulino's much anticipated South Beach outpost it has been totally packed. Must tries include the beef carpaccio, ravioli with porcini mushrooms and ossobuco.

KUSH Wynwood

The latest offering from LoKal owner Matt Kuschner and partner David Rodriguez boasts some seriously legit beer offerings (18 taps! And some very rare finds). Like LoKal, Kush sources locally, uses only fresh ingredients and keeps it playful with action figure taps, kegs for tables and fun menu items (see: kush brownies).

L'echon brasserie

The Pubbelly Boys’ latest culinary offering tackles French cuisine (with their signature playful twist, of course) in their first ever hotel restaurant at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach.

LOBA Restaurant

MiMo’s new realtor-run restaurant has been getting serious attention since it opened just the other week. A small, crafty space decorated by owner Jessica Sanchez makes use of FIU students to fill various positions, and serves up a mix of Latin, New American and Southern dishes.

Mignonette

When Blue Collar chef Danny Serfer partners with Miami Power Rankings blogger Ryan Roman, a quaint, "plain and fancy" oyster heaven takes shape. They've got a ton of other seafood items, too, as well as non sea-dwelling options like prime rib, chicken and veggies.

N by Naoe

Chef Kevin Cory from Naoe finally serves lunch at his newest offering, N by Naoe. Slightly less sushi here and a little bit more "natural Japanese cuisine." Stop by for lunch or dinner.

NIU Kitchen

Named for the Catalan word “nest,” Downtown’s newest restaurant, Niu, serves up modern food from Barcelona in a small, cozy environment. Check it out for lunch or dinner any day of the week except Sundays.

Oolite Restaurant & Bar

Kris Wessel’s back! He’s made good use of the ex-Cooper Avenue space where he now cooks up healthy and simple dishes like verbena steamed grouper and Florida orange rotisserie duck.

Station 5 Table and Bar

Think classic American with little twists from chef Julie Ning (dishes like salt and pepper tacos with starfruit and apple slaw) served up in a laid back atmosphere with rustic and vintage decor.

Ticety Iced Tea Bar

A charming tea shop in Coral Gables, Ticety Iced Tea Bar serves their brews both hot and cold in large glass pitchers. And to accompany those teas, small gourmet French dishes.

Uvaggio

Owned by Top Chef alumn Bret Pelaggi, Craig DeWald and wine-obsessive Heath Porter, Coral Gables’ new European-style wine bar and restaurant has gathered a quick following for its rare bottles and laid-back attitude. The menu, created by “tasting backwards,” hasn’t gone unnoticed either.

Morimoto South Beach

Chef Masaharu Morimoto is here. In South Beach. After months of anticipatory drooling over his sushi. And enough said.

Hannya Asian Cuisine

From the man who brought South Miami Akashi Sushi, Larry Chi, comes this new swanky Asian eatery. Apparently, it's offerings are equally as impressive as Akashi's.

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Miami Smokers

Miami's smoke whisperers have at last opened their very own smokehouse and deli. It's a place for all things meaty like treats of the candied bacon, housemade charcuterie, bacon jerky variety. Oh, and sandwiches.

27 Restaurant

The first full-service restaurant and bar from the guys that brought us the Broken Shaker, 27 Restaurant plays homage to Miami’s diversity with an eclectic menu filled with signature dishes from South America, the Caribbean and even the Middle East. Located in a historic two-story house adjacent to the Broken Shaker, it features the same laid-back spirit and inventive drinks of the Broken Shaker in a hip (and air conditioned) setting.

Seagrape

The unofficial queen of Miami cuisine, Michelle Bernstein, is back with her latest restaurant Seagrape, located inside the newly opened Thompson Hotel. The massive, Florida-inspired brasserie serves a mix of small plates, large steaks and an ample raw bar in a retro setting complete with tropical prints and pastel leather seating.

Taquiza

This casual walk-up taqueria right smack dab in South Beach madness of Collins Avenue is creating simple tacos with authentic ingredients like house made corn tortillas and slowly braised carnitas. Wash them all down with one of the many beers available by draft or bottle while making sure to save some room for a icy paleta for dessert. [Photo]