Now in Miami: New Restaurants

That little thing called a recession hasn't stopped new restaurants from cropping up all over Miami, or the city's food-lovers from dining at them. It has, however, made us just a bit more choosy. Get the lowdown on the best new Miami restaurants--be they casual date spots or fine dining boites--that are worth your time, money and even a return visit.

Updated: January 04, 2010

Buzzworthy Bites

BLT Steak

1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This elegant steakhouse on showy Ocean Drive defies its brethren with its light, airy, bistro-like decor, but it's just as serious about its steaks. The kitchen flashes prime cuts into a 1,700-degree broiler, then cools them with herbed butter. Yum.

Burger & Beer Joint

1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This place lives up to its name, as premium burgers and 100 varieties of international brews crowd the menu. Scene cravers order The Mother Burger, weighing in at a whopping 10 pounds. It is hacked into portions with a saw, tableside.

Au Pied de Cochon

81 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The iconic Parisian eatery with the same name now has has an Art Deco home in South Beach. The Belle Epoque design brightens up the brasserie with formal European furnishings and the menu is so authentically French that a passport stamp may be in order.

Prelude By Barton G

1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Local impresario Barton G. dazzles theater guests with his edible eye candy. Artistically plated tapas and monitors showing graceful jellyfish add to the sensory overload long before the curtains part.


2229 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

The path to authentic Mexican cuisine in Coral Gables makes a few Latin American stops along the way, but there's nothing wrong with some Peruvian ceviche before diving into pulled pork chilorio tacos or chicken huarache.