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8 Best New Miami Restaurants of 2014

RandoMiami, RandoLists, RandoFoodKaty CoffieldComment

Let’s be honest, this year was a great year for Miami restaurants. It seemed like every other day a new awesome spot popped up – all the way from South Miami to Miami Beach. In light of Thanksgiving I think we should all be thankful for these delicious new offerings. If you haven’t visited some of these new Miami restaurants this year then end the year with a bang, and make sure to get out there and eat all you can possibly eat!

Downtown Bistro

114 SE 1st St. | Miami, FL 33131

What you are eating: Every dish here is so full of flavor. What I recommend is you eat the escargot. This quaint French bistro knows what they are doing. Even if you are an escargot virgin – like I was before I visited this restaurant – you must try them! I also recommend the Fried Goat Cheese Medallion and Short Rib Ravioli.

Fried goat cheese medallion

Fried goat cheese medallion

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar

301 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you are eating: Here you are eating the Salisbury meatballs. These meatballs are one of kind, my friends. They are unagi glazed meatballs that sit on homemade mashed potatoes with sautéed peppers and bacon. Yes, I said bacon. Then you are eating their chicken sandwich, and don’t think this is like any other ordinary sandwich. They put a delicious twist on theirs, which is stuffed with grilled ham, crispy bacon, fried egg, sliced tomatoes, and arugula with balsamic glaze. Insane. On my favorite sandwiches, by far.

Chicken sandwich

Chicken sandwich

Seasalt & Pepper

422 NW North River Dr. | Miami, FL 33128

What you are eating: This place is all about the seafood, and I highly recommend you eat one of their casseroles. My personal favorite is the Chilean Sea Bass, which comes with a truffle mushroom crust and Yukon potatoes. So delicious.

Chliean sea bass

Chliean sea bass

Buns & Buns

5748 Sunset Dr. | South Miami, FL 33143

What you are eating: You have to start your experience with the Spinach Poofs. Even though they are “technically” a side you can definitely get them for your appetizer. These heavenly poofs made of spinach, chives and manchego cheese are pure deliciousness. Then you are eating the Knife & Pork Burger with caramelized onions, wilted watercress, their special sauce, and I added an egg – of course. I add a fried egg to everything.

Knife and Fork burger

Knife and Fork burger

Riviera Focaccia Italiana

3252 NE Buena Vista Ave. | Miami, FL 33137

What you are eating: Even if pesto sauce isn’t your thing I highly recommend you try their Mandilli di Seta al Pesto. Their handkerchief style pasta with authentic pesto sauce (made with organic sweet basil, pine nuts, a touch of garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and Parmigiano cheese) is out of this world. I literally couldn't stop eating it. And for those who don't want to venture into the pesto then try their Pansoti al Sugo di Noci – pasta that is stuffed with spinach, ricotta cheese, chard, Italian herbs, spices, and Parmigiano cheese. Or their Polpo Riviera – a lighter option with octopus, diced potato, celery, olives, cherry tomato, topped with extra virgin olive oil.

Mandilli di Seta al Pesto

Mandilli di Seta al Pesto

KUSH Wynwood

2003 North Miami Ave. | Wynwood, FL 33127

What you are eating: You must order the ever enticing frita burger, which is served with guava jelly, melted Gruyere stuffed with potato stix, crispy bacon LoKal sauce. Wow. I mean really. I would also add sweet potato fries with it.

Frita burger

Frita burger

Sriracha House

1502 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, 33139

What you are eating: Here you get to build your own wok bowl with whatever your heart desires. What did I have? I created a bowl with egg noodles and a stir-fry egg with beef. Then I added button mushrooms, bok choy, broccoli, bell peppers, and roasted peanuts. Lastly I topped it off with some tasty sauces – Taiwanese Oyster, Japanese Teriyaki and a dash of Chinese Sweet & Sour. Don’t judge. I love sauces. 

Wok bowl

Wok bowl

L’echon Brasserie 

6261 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33140

What you are eating: These guys are known for their pork and seafood. You need to eat their Pan con L’echon. The perfectly crisp pork is pressed in between the most moist brioche bun you have ever tasted. Then you are having the Cabana Grand Plateau. This more than grand plate comes with 12 oysters, 5 chilled shrimp, 5 chilled mussels, ½ Maine lobster, the ceviche of the day – and seasonal mignonette, classic cocktail, yuzu dijonnaise, warm butter, and lemon. You might need someone to roll you out of the restaurant.

Pan con lechon

Pan con lechon