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Local Experts: Miami, Carla Torres

By Local Expert Carla Torres

Where Celebrity Chefs Eat in Miami

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Naoe

Naoe

Chef Kevin Cory ‘s eight-seat sushi haven has received rave reviews from award-winning chefs and the sternest critics. As the proclaimed toughest seats to snag in town, reservations must be made months in advance. Chefs, including local hero Michael Schwartz, come for Cory’s family-brewed sake and 200-year-old soy sauce recipe. 

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Joe’s Stone Crab

Joe’s Stone Crab

When Joe’s opens its door in October for stone crab season, it’s a near-holy event. For six months, celebrities and chefs flock to the Magic City for Joe’s crustacean feast that starts with claws and continues with a fried chicken that professional foodie Lee Schrager dubs the best in the nation. As the man behind the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and the book on fried chicken, Fried & True, his word is gospel. 

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Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

If celebrity chefs are in town for only one night, they’re eating at Michael’s Genuine. You’ll likely find them breaking the double yolk farm egg that Schwartz roasts in a wood burning oven with aged Gruyere, or taking great spoonfuls of the local stracciatella. Masters of the trade also come for tarts, streusels, and a signed baking bible by Schwartz’s pastry chef, James Beard-nominated Hedy Goldsmith. 

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Pubbelly

Pubbelly

What do you get when three guys are united by a passion for pork? The culinary love story of the Pubbelly boys and Miami’s first Asian-inspired gastropub. During South Beach Wine & Food Festival, visiting chefs sneak off for a bite from the Pubbelly’s daily menu. Plates range from shortrib tartare with a bite-size quail egg to pork cheeks on black truffle gnudi

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Makoto

Makoto

Chef Makoto Okuwa has been rolling sushi since the age of 15. After serving as Iron Chef Morimoto’s Head Sushi Chef (New York; Philadelphia) and Sous Chef on Iron Chef America, Makoto finally opened his own outpost in 2011. Top toques flock to this lacquered sushi shrine for fried rice with frozen Kobe beef and optional foie gras, and lobster maki with ginger pickled jicama. 


Visit the Where Celebrity Chefs Eat in Miami

Makoto
9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154, United States
9.2/10

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Japanese Restaurant
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Pubbelly
1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
8.8/10

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American Restaurant
2
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
130 NE 40th St (Design District), Miami, FL 33137, United States
9.3/10

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American Restaurant
3
Joe’s Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
9.3/10

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Seafood Restaurant
4
Naoe
661 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131, United States
8.9/10

People like this place

Japanese Restaurant
2
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