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5 Enduring Miami Favorites

BY The Editors | June 26, 2017 | Feature Features

The 50 finest things happening in Miami's culinary scene right now.

1. ZUMA Rarely does a Miami restaurant maintain both service quality and in-crowd popularity after seven years, but Zuma’s weekend brunch, a parade of designer-clad locals and tourists eager for its black cod marinated in miso and wild mushroom hot pot (with black truffles a la carte when in season), has all but ensured its longevity in our fickle city. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.577.0277

2. THE FORGE It may almost be 50, but The Forge is progressive at every turn. Executive chef Julia Doyne is one of the few Miami female chefs heading up a kitchen and her artichoke ravioli with pancetta and pine nut biscotti is second to none. 432 W. 41st St., Miami Beach, 305.538.8533

3. MICHAEL'S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK On the heels of its 10th anniversary, Michael’s keeps packing them in even as serious competition continues to open doors in the Design District. That’s because chef de cuisine Timothy Piazza loves to charge up the farm-to-table menu with dishes such as pan-roasted chicken with zucchini, almonds and manchego. 130 NE 40th St., Miami, 305.573.5550

4. CHRISTY'S Still boasting the classical paintings and red palette that gave it its appeal when it opened in 1978, Christy’s is your grandfather’s steakhouse and proud of it. A Coral Gables pioneeer, this eatery knows its top spot in our dining scene has all to do with a steady clientele, the type of white-glove service that seems so rare in Miami these days and menu winners like the prime aged beef rib that’s roasted for two hours. 3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.446.1400

5. CAFFE ABBRACCI Turning 28 this July (and fresh from a renovation), Abbracci continues to stay relevant due to owner Nino Pernetti’s tenacity. The man still travels to Lake Garda, Italy, every summer and comes back with recipes of honest dishes. Up next? Escargots in phyllo dough and Tuscan risotto with fennel sausage. 318 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305.441.0700

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