Miami’s first Top Chef winner has opened his first restaurant, and it is everything we could imagine and more!

By: Sarah Dunn
Stubborn Seed
Location: South Beach
Address: 101 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Meal type: Dinner
Cuisine: New American
Ambience: Modern with earthy accents
Background music: SoFi chill
What to wear: South Beach chic (or casual if you prefer)

What to expect: If you’re lucky enough to experience a Top Chef-driven restaurant, you would expect nothing but the best. The attention to detail at Stubborn Seed reflects the passion of an incredibly talented chef who worked for Jean-Georges at Matador Room. The space itself is modern and inspired, with a large window facing the kitchen for a perfect view of Chef Jeremy Ford and his team hard at work. The décor is earthy and contemporary – no white tablecloths needed.

The Menu: The menu has a wide selection of raw dishes/snacks and meats/fish. The dishes are beautifully plated and presented, with a focus on herbs and vegetables.

What to order: The Hawaiian Kajiki is not your typical crudo dish – it is artfully served with fermented chili, buttermilk, kombu, sea grape, and Asian pear. The resulting flavor combination is incredible. We also loved the Umami Short Rib, which lived up to its name, braised to perfection and paired with a colorful array of heirloom carrots, trumpet mushrooms, and miso mustard butter. The most decadent dish was the Maine Lobster, butter-poached, succulent and rich. The lobster was accompanied by caramelized cauliflower, garlic crumbs, and a green curry.

How to score a table: The restaurant only seats 74 guests, so we recommend making a reservation beforehand. But if you’re lucky, you may be able to walk in and be seated.