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The Miami food scene changes everyday with new concepts, restaurants and chefs using fresh and unique ingredients to push the palatable envelope. Here are five new restaurants bringing innovation to the kitchen, and drawing rave reviews right off the bat.


Chef Brad Kilgore’s Wynwood restaurant received 2015 Best Restaurant of the Year from both The Miami Herald and Eater Miami. Each dish features unique produce, uncommon flavors and artistic design. One of the chef’s current lunch favorites is the duck leg confit, which tastes like an elevated corned beef hash with sharp sweetness and juicy bites.The $29 three-course lunch is also the best fine dining deal in the country.


On a corner in Midtown you’ll find a quaint little spot with it’s very own wood-burning brick-oven inside and chefs hand kneading made-from-scratch dough. You won’t find regular cheese or pepperoni slices here, but something more creative like Chef Justin Flit’s famous oxtail pizza topped with mozzarella, black garlic, and thyme. Despite its allegiance to upscale flavor, Proof Pizza & Pasta keeps prices light with its most expensive item— the angel hair pasta with crab, calabrian chilies, and lemon breadcrumbs—at just $17.


James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein just did a total rehaul on one of her most beloved Miami restaurants, Michy’s, and re-opened it as Cena by Michy. This neighborhood favorite has some can’t-miss new dishes like the sweetbread tacos and the beet sorghum risotto. For the ultimate culinary experience, however, food-lovers must go to one of the OmaMichy dinners. A play on omakase servings, the prixe-fixe experience with Chef de Cuisine, Mikey Mayta gathers up to 6 diners to sit at the kitchen bar and enjoy off-menu items using ingredients sourced that day. There are only two seatings per week (every Wednesday at 7pm and 9:30pm) so make sure to make reservations in advance!


27 Restaurant is one of Miami Beach’s favorite new dining establishments with a distinct mix of Middle Eastern and Latin cuisine. It’s not very often that you find shakshuka and tostones on the same menu. Our favorite thing about this place, however, is that it has its own garden from which the kitchen sources ingredients for dishes and drinks. By the way, the cocktails here come from The Broken Shaker, which is considered by many to be the best cocktail bar in the world.


DIRT is Miami Beach’s new go-to spot for healthy, on-the-go dining. Customers can scan separate menus for vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free dishes. In addition to all of the nutrient-packed juices and smoothies, there’s also a variety of tasty bowls with focuses like dragon fruit, which also comes with banana, pineapple, and almond milk topped off by a medley of fresh fruit. Meat eaters can get their fix here too with options like turkey bacon, homemade chicken apple sausage, and grass-fed steak in their eggs or on a breakfast sandwich. The entire menu is totally customizable and most of the ingredients are farm fresh!

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