The Hungry Post team dishes out on the best Miami dining experiences of the year.

What a year it has been for the Miami food scene! Am I right or am I right? What we love most about this year is that the team praised what local Miami chefs were putting on their plates. There’s a mix between Miami staples that we shouldn’t forget and new spots that you need to visit. Happy New Year and remember don’t slow down, cause dessert is waiting…

Stubborn Seed

By: Sarah Dunn
Location: Miami Beach
Stubborn Seed made our list because their attention to detail is unlike anything we’ve experienced in Miami. Chef Jeremy Ford is Miami’s first Top Chef winner, and the menu and space reflect the vision of this accomplished chef. We recommend the Hawaiian Kajiki, the Smoked Foie Gras, and the Maine Lobster. Insider tip: if it isn’t too busy, ask to meet the Chef and he will be excited to meet one of his many fans.

Beaker & Gray 
By: Andrea Baigorria 
Location: Wynwood
Beaker and Gray has been one of my top picks for years now. It is consistent in delivering the best overall experience, cocktails, and bites. The menu is fantastic and new items are constantly coming out. Great vibes for any occasion, whether it’s for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Must have brunch items include sticky buns, waffle panini, chilaquiles, and crispy French toast. Off the regular menu, we recommend the cauliflower, Spanish octopus, yellow curry noodles, pumpkin gnocchi and the dulce de leche dessert. Insider tip: sit at the bar for the ultimate experience – bartenders are the best to talk to whether it is for a unique cocktail creation, great bite recommendation or someone you that will give you unbiased advice.

Amelia 1931
By: Andrea Ochoa
Location: Kendall
Experimental meets savory cultural twists from around the world. Amelia’s 1931 offers an extensive beer selection and great wines to pair with their mouthwatering dishes. With so many great bites, you’ll want to keep coming back for more and try everything thing on the menu! Our favorites include Peruvian arroz con pollo fritters, Korean style frita, and fried sweet chili + kaffir lime rock shrimp.

By: Diana Rodriguez
Location: Brickell
Fi’lia was my top restaurant of the year because they started on the right foot using fresh ingredients from their artisanal bread and pasta to the Caesar salad prepared right at your table. In their first year, they have won me over with the Braised Short Rib Crespelle—the Italian’s versión of the crepe covered in a white sauce and two types of cheese.

Via Emilia 9
By: Marianna Castro
Location: Miami Beach
I’ve spent a long time looking for real Italian food in South Florida, and Via Emilia 9 is everything I wanted in an Italian restaurant: intimate, personable and 100% authentic. The entire menu is executed extremely well, but the tagliatelli is a house specialty, which I highly recommend. Also, the gnocchi! OMG, the gnocchi. Oh, and make sure you save room for the “chocolate salami”. Trust me on this. Best dessert ever! A little pro tip: go check out the place on Tuesdays– the entire menu is half off! And if you’re a fish lover, Thursdays are the only days they serve the seafood special menu.

By: Natalie Montesinos
Location: Miami Beach
Everything about the restaurant was truly excellent from the service to the food. Sushi is abundantly available in Miami, but this sushi by far stood out to me the most. The flavors were insane, the food melted in your mouth, and I would go back over and over. Favorite dishes include steak & eggs, grouper tiradito and pork leg. Insider tip: get there before 5 pm on a weekday (besides Wednesday) and Chef Danny will make the sushi donut for you.

Ending the weekend on a sweet note @naiyaramiami Thai tea Mille feuille

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Lung Yai
By: Jose Lamas 
Location: Wynwood
Lung Yai’s cozy atmosphere and tapas style menu make for a remarkable combination.  It is most definitely the headliner in Miami’s growing Asian cuisine scene.  But remember: be prepared to wait; they don’t take reservations and it’s first come, first serve.

Fried Pork ribs #thai

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Kiki on the River
By: Jennifer Barrios
Location: Downtown
This waterfront spot on the Miami River transports you to Greece with Mediterranean inspired dishes, boho-chic decor, floor to ceiling windows and a tropical outdoor terrace. While you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, our favorite dish is the octopus which is great for sharing and is perfectly braised with olive oil and garnished with red onions, fried capers and parsley. Whether you go for lunch, brunch, dinner or happy hour it’s the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion, romantic date or girls night!

My Ceviche
By: Alejandra Cangas
Location: Multiple locations
My Ceviche has everything I’m looking for on a daily basis. It’s my go-to stop for a quick, wholesome and convenient meal. They have multiple locations and also provide delivery through their amazing app. The octopus burrito bowl with quinoa and avocado is my favorite dish on the menu.  Insider tip: Order at least two sides of the lime-jalapeño mayo. You won’t regret it.

Pubbelly Sushi
By: Andrea Becerra
Location: Multiple locations
This is probably the restaurant I went to the most this year (off the clock). I’ve dreamt about their buffalo rock shrimp, tostones con ceviche and wagyu beef roll that comes with a poached egg dipping sauce. This isn’t a regular sushi spot, the menu is inventive and filled with flavor. With five locations in South Florida, the general consensus is that Pubbelly Sushi is here for the long run. Insider tip: If you go to the location in Miami Beach, you can order from the Pubbelly Noodle menu next door. Noodles and sushi?! I think I just made your year.

The Spillover
By: Jose Loor
Location: Coconut Grove
The Spillover is my spot for local seafood and more. It’s the kind of laid back place that works well with parents, friends or when I’m on a date. I’m on a mission to try their entire menu. So far, I can vouch for the rustic tomato salad, buffalo heirloom cauliflower, BBQ gator ribs and the rich man’s po’boy. Insider tip: They have a dog menu. I always bring my nephew, Tartufo (that’s Italian for truffle). He’s an Aussie Shephard, thanks for asking. He loves the chicken and rice.

By: Andy Joseph
Location: Miami Beach
Byblos was my favorite restaurant of the year because the Mediterranean food, drinks, and service are top notch in a very cool atmosphere situated inside the Shorecrest hotel in Miami Beach. The downstairs lounge is perfect for after dinner drinks and dancing. Must haves are the truffle pide and lamb ribs.

Old Lisbon 
By: Ivy Bernardo
Location: Sunset
In a multi-cultural city like Miami, our stomachs are constantly craving new/foreign tastes. This year, my tastebuds elected Old Lisbon as the restaurant of the year for its eclectic flavors and impeccable service. Old Lisbon’s home cooked dishes transport you to a Portuguese culinary paradise; offering delicious traditional cuisine. Top dishes include the grilled or sautéed octopus and the bacalhau a bras.

Parrilhada de mariscos 🍤 @oldlisbon_restaurants

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