Run they did... Miami fell fast for Swine Southern Table & Bar, top on our list of 2013's best restaurant and bar openings.
New restaurants and bars are constantly popping up in Miami, and the perennial "Where should we eat tonight?" question gets harder and harder to answer. Allow us to narrow the playing field with this list of the 10 best new restaurants and bars of 2013.
1. Swine: Miami is reclaiming its sourthern roots lately, with a bevy of restaurants promising a taste of the deep south. Following in the footsteps of sister restaurant Yardbird, Coral Gables' pork-centric Swine Southern Table & Bar serves up suppertime specialties like bacon and waffles and a smoked pork shoulder with all the fixings. 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-360-6433
2. PB Steak: The Pubbelly triumvirate is complete with the opening PB Steak, a welcome alternative to the traditional steakhouse. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the dynamic Pubbelly team, known for their refreshing, dare we say whimsical, brand of creative culinary concepts. We recommend crowding the table tapas-style and trying a little bit of everything. 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-9550
3. The Regent Cocktail Club: Boasting a sultry speakeasy vibe, the cocktail bar and lounge at the Gale will transport you to another era. Think a 1920s jazz lounge with the goods to back it up: vintage crystal glasses, intimate booths, and a killer bar. Definitely one of the chicest spots in town for a nightcap. 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-0199
4. Bread + Butter: In a cozy Cuban eatery that looks more Brooklyn than Little Havana, first-time restaurateur Alberto Cabrera churns out his version of Cuban cuisine. Located in Coral Gables, this gastropub-inspired spot with a cafeteria-meets-café feel is full of fun twists: liquid nitrogen shakes, goat cheese flan, and grilled cheese with ropa vieja. 2330 Salzedo St., Miami, 305-442-9622
5. Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh: The James Beard Award-winning chef's latest venture combines a locally-sourced, Miami-inspired menu with a beautiful poolside patio setting. You can’t go wrong with Schwartz’s grilled octopus with crushed hazelnuts or Beard-nominated pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith’s whole pie with homemade ice cream. 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-612-1163
6. The District: The District fuses North, South, and Central American flavors with Caribbean touches in a space that’s truly intriguing. Nestled in the Buena Vista neighborhood, the industrial-inspired design features exposed brick, metal, and wood, yet still oozes coziness. Try the Colorado lamb tartare or Joyce Farms poulet rouge with a selection from the well-curated wine and beer list. 190 NE 46th St., Miami, 305-573-4199
7. Cypress Room: Michael Schwartz takes things up a notch at this fine dining establishment in the Design District. Elegantly appointed with mint banquettes, sparkling chandeliers, and a taxidermist-approach to wall décor, the celebrated restaurant's menu focuses on dishes from the wood-burning grill and rotisserie. 3620 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-520-5197
8. The Butcher Shop: Pulling double duty as an indoor butcher shop and outdoor beer garden, The Butcher Shop covers all of the bases. Join the casual crowd at communal outdoor tables, or grab a cut of meat to go. Better yet, skip the prep work and let the pros at the shop cook your meat for you. 165 NW 23rd St., Miami, 305-846-9120
9. The Broken Shaker: From pop-up to permanent, the ever-changing menu at this James Beard Award-nominated watering hole never ceases to disappoint, and the setting is a sight for sore eyes. Watch the masters at work in the vintage Florida bar with an endless amount of liquor bottles you’ve probably never seen, or pull up a seat next to the pool surrounded by lush landscape. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-2727
10. Bar Crudo: Bar Crudo breathes new life into the South Pointe area of South Beach with a spread of raw dishes from land and sea. Inspired by travels to coastal communities, dishes focus on minimalism and sustainability, while incorporating local, farm-fresh produce. 40 S Pointe Dr., Miami, 305-763-8508