Our top NEW restaurants of 2018

If you still haven't been to these spots, get a table stat.

We ate, we drank and now you know what we loved the most.

Papi says that, “entre gustos no hay disgustos.” In other (English) words, everyone has different tastes. And there’s no exception when it comes to food. To keep with tradition, The Hungry Post team has thought long and hard to name some of our favorite new restaurants of 2018. From impeccable service to exceptional food to menu creativity, these are the restaurants that stood out the most.

By: Kelly Nercess

Restaurant: Chuy’s Tex-Mex
Neighborhood: West Kendall

Chuy’s Tex-Mex in West Kendall is the latest restaurant to open to satisfy all your Mexican cravings. Everything they serve is freshly made in-house and doesn’t disappoint. Make sure to order their fajitas as your entree (and you’ll probably leave with some leftovers)! Coming with a big appetite? Opt-in for the appetizer plate to get a variety. Fun fact: Bring in a framed picture of your pet and you can get that appetizer for free.


By: Krysten Medina

Restaurant: 222 Taco
Neighborhood: Northbay Village

 

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When we heard the cofounder of Coyo Taco was opening a new spot, we knew it wasn’t going to disappoint. We love it because they somehow captured the festive Mexican vibe while still maintaining an intimate feel. Besides some seriously good margaritas, they offer an exceptionally delicious variety of tacos and other unique creations like a Mexican Pizza. The Cali-style carne asada fries are out of this world – a must-order item. Oh, and did we mention that they serve breakfast all day? Try curing your New Year’s Eve hangover with Huevos Rancheros and a cerveza. They also have a super cute “tiendita” where you can find tons of goodies imported from Mexico and locally sourced. If you stop by during lunchtime (noon-4 PM) you can take advantage of their $8 lunch especiales, your choice of three tacos, a burrito or Mexican pizza and chips, salsa & fountain drink.


By: Sarah Dunn

Restaurant: Fiola
Neighborhood:  Coral Gables

 

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The ocean’s offerings, captivatingly reinterpreted. #FoodFamilyFiola

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We love Fiola because it has brought fine dining to a whole new level in Coral Gables. We recommend it for the pristine service, opulent ambiance, and decadent Italian cuisine. Our favorite dish is the lobster ravioli, which is bursting with sweet lobster meat and served in a delicate sauce. The second location of its Michelin-started counterpart in Washington DC, Fiola is a standout addition to the Miami food scene in 2018!


By: Marianna Castro

Restaurant: Ofa
Neigborhood: Miami Beach


Top restaurant of the year for me was South Beach’s Ofa Restaurant. Although they officially opened at the end of 2017 (but had to close due to the hurricane), their big debut happened at the beginning of early 2018. Ofa gives you a sophisticated atmosphere, along with a traditional menu, that offers all kinds of dishes you’d eat in a typical Brazilian home. Featuring a fun indoor bar, a delightful dining patio and garden lounge, Ofa is a new favorite on the Sunset Harbour area. Mari’s top dish? Picadinho! If you want to know what a well-balanced meal is like in Brazil, go with this: small cubes of filet mignon, cooked in the tastiest meat sauce served with baked plantains, bacon farofa, crispy kale on a bed of short brown rice and topped with a fried egg. And of course, grab a brigadeiro as a sweet end to your meal 😉


By: Diana Rodriguez

Restaurant: Mason Eatery
Neighborhood:  Midtown

My favorite new spot of 2018 goes to Mason Eatery for its upscale diner-inspired dishes. And, what’s not to love about late night food that still looks good on the gram. The Oxtail Pot Pie is the way to go here. It’s served inside a mini cast-iron pot and has several components that make it stand out. For one, a flaky and puff-like crust; and on the other hand, bits of bacon and corn for added flavor to the oxtail.


By: Sabrina Elena Gonzalez 

Restaurant: Biella
Neighborhood:
Sunny Isles


Upscale spot in Sunny Isles, that specializes in Italian food brings an abundance of flavors worth your time. Chef, Jorge Cabrera, formerly of Seaspice and Sugarcane makes you feel as if you were actually in Italy. It is hard to choose between one dish, however, I would say my favorite is the squid ink risotto.


By: Ale Cangas

Restaurant: Hiden
Neighborhood:  Wynwood

 

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Miami now has a delicious and affordable Omakase experience and you need to book it NOW.  Located inside the Taco Stand, Hiden offers a speakeasy experience that adds a cool factor to our local food scene. You’ll leave more than satisfied after your meal but pick up a taco for the road!


By: Jose Ricardo Loor

Restaurant: Jaguar Sun
Neighborhood:  Downtown

 

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Located in the new residential building of X Miami, Jaguar Sun is the spot. At first glance, you’ll think its just a bar but that will change once you smell the freshly made pasta. Its everything you want for an intimate date. The music is not too loud lending itself for the perfect volume for laughs and free-flowing conversations with your significant other. You didn’t go if you don’t try the green ghoul, a combination of tequila and mezcal keeping it fresh with cucumber, chamomile, and lime. As far as dinner goes,  their homemade pasta is the answer to your prayers. If you’re into creamy go for their bucatini and if you’re feeling spicy their rigatoni will do the trick.


By: Nina Quintero

Restaurant: Le Sirenuse
Neighborhood:  Surfside

I have this thing with interiors and this restaurant is definitely GOALS! The views, the food, the drinks, it has it all. No place in 2018 has made me feel the way, Le Sirenuse has made me feel. Imagine being in the restaurant of your dreams (in Positano), watching the ocean and stuffing your face with bowls of pasta. That’s me and that my happiness. Huge fan of pistachio which is why the giardino del bronte is my go-to.


By: Andrea Becerra

Restaurant: Three
Neighborhood:  Wynwood

This is a hard one but I have to shout out Three by Norman Van Aken in Wynwood. I love when a restaurant takes their bread and butter (no pun intended) seriously. Everything else that followed was top notch. Dish standouts include the fluke crudo, the creamy cracked conch chowder, the wood-grilled swordfish, and the slow roasted saddle of venison. For dessert go with the cotton cheesecake. Honestly, I’d put my hand on fire and say everything else on the menu is good, so if you’re feeling something else go for it.