Root & Bone, 1801 Collins Ave.
Dynamic husband-and-wife chef duo Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth have partnered with Grove Bay Hospitality Group to unveil the Sunshine State mannequin of their wildly widespread NYC concept. Think: the entire comforts of rich, Southern hospitality along with a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free selections. There’s no skipping the quintessential hen biscuits, nevertheless division out with root “tartare,” watermelon and farmer’s cheese salad, and cast-iron seared yellowtail snapper. The hearty fare is totally complemented by a creative craft cocktail program, that features drinks similar to the tequila and dill-agave “Free Bird” and the rum-based “Porch Punch.”
Sushi by Bou, 1116 Ocean Dr.
As illustrious because the scenario by which it resides, Sushi by Bou has opened its first location exterior of New York inside the former Versace mansion. Nestled inside Gianni’s Suite, the four-seat sushi bar serves up a 60-minute omakase experience accessible via key card from Villa Casa Casuarina’s entrance desk, given to these lucky enough to snag a reservation (accessible one month upfront). Offerings embrace the whole thing from torched A5 wagyu beef with truffle salt, to uni from Hokkaido, Japan, and marinated bluefin tuna with daikon radish. Optional sake pairings spherical out the modern, ever-changing menu, or guests can serve themselves from a sake merchandising machine.
Cafe La Trova, 971 SW eighth St.
Miami’s famed culinary sweetheart Michelle “Michy” Bernstein has teamed up with revered mixologist Julio Cabrera, bringing their deal with iconic Cuban meals and drinks to Calle Ocho. In a setting evoking 1980s Little Havana — full with a clothesline hanging over the stage and dominos on the patio — Bernstein’s playful combination of refinement and customized shines. Highlights embrace a Cuban-Lebanese hummus bowl, mezcal-infused tempura-fried calamari and lechón con chicharrones (a braised pork shoulder dish) — capped off with Michy’s signature bread pudding. Cabrera leads his workers of cantineros (outfitted in burgundy tuxedo jackets and vests), in crafting flavorful libations, thanks to house-made bitters and syrups.
La Placita, 6789 Biscayne Blvd.
nominee Jose Mendín pays homage to his Puerto Rican heritage with La Placita, named after La Plaza del Mercado de Santurce, the favored open market in San Juan. A partnership with Latin American telenovela star Julián Gil, the restaurant made a splash by painting its developing with a vast PR flag. The fashion of those roots — along with a design-your-own mofongo offering (a plantain-based dish) — are a welcome addition to the rising Biscayne corridor. Don’t miss the carne guisada a la Zaydi, a stew specialty straight from the recipe subject of Mendin’s mom.
Mira Five Stars, 801 South Pointe Dr.
Oozing with the category that South Beach’s swanky South of Fifth area is known for, Mira Five Stars ensures a Mediterannean meal sure to please basically probably the most discerning diner. White-and-gold decor is accented by lush greens and refined touches: candelabras adorn each desk and an elevated wine assortment reigns behind the bar. With dishes like pumpkin soup with king crab, Dover sole, black crab ravioli, and a variety of risottos, the menu comes with a five-star ticket to match the heavenly cuisine.
International Smoke, 19565 Biscayne Blvd.; Aventura
The third bustling outpost of chef Michael Mina’s barbecue concept — with cookbook author and face of Covergirl, Ayesha Curry — has landed inside the rising Outdoor Oasis at Aventura Mall. With a spotlight on fire-infused style, the menu is a collaboration of influences from the pair’s specific individual travels. From the smoked burrata and charred Moroccan carrots, to the charcoal-grilled Sinaloan hen and signature St. Louis-style ribs (prepared with a number of culturally impressed spices and sauces), the eatery presents a world journey for the fashion buds. Pro tip: Invite some buddies to profit from the shared punch bowls.