Eating Out: Miami

Published Date Author: , May 26th, 2015

The Matador Room

If you watched the show Best New Restaurant on Bravo (where I’m a judge for two episodes), you would have been introduced to some of the best new dining hot spots in the country. While each featured restaurant was recently opened and served up headline-worthy dishes, there was one collective factor that went unnoticed: the diners were mostly under 30.

It’s a trend happening globally: Millennials are fascinated with the culinary arts and about good food at reputable restaurants. Miami has become the stomping ground for young gourmands, foodies, and dining thrill seekers alike. In fact, there’s no other city that’s impressing the young and adventurous as notably as Miami. But that doesn’t mean all travelers aren’t reaping the benefits of a young dining scene. New, emerging chefs are taking over kitchens and opening new establishments while seasoned, old-school master chefs are ditching traditional recipes and going outside the box with edgy presentations, new culinary twists, and smart restaurant design. While the city already attracts a younger audience with music festivals, fashionable new hotels and burgeoning, artsy neighborhoods, the food scene is equally pandering to the impressionable. Whether fronted by a rising chef or a world renowned icon, the best of the best new restaurants in Miami have a love affair with the young and the restless (and hungry), and these new eateries are destined to become classics, emphatically approved by the millennial jet set.


Notable chefs across the nation have been permanently clocking out of their Michelin-starred restaurants and packing their knives for Miami to start anew. It’s not unusual, considering Miami’s happening dining scene is the most significant to date. To be involved in the movement is to be part of history. One chef that’s gone south is Christopher Lee, who departed the two Michelin-starred Gilt in New York City to helm Miami’s iconic The Forge. The Forge is a fantastical, whimsical restaurant with uber-high ceilings, oversized booths, and creative furnishings like tiered chandeliers, a cavernous wine cellar, and well preserved old school flair (it was opened as a restaurant in the 1930s).

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