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January 2021: New year, same top eats. Our list of the best restaurants in Miami remains relatively untouched with every single one of our 2020 picks returning, including one of our favorite ventanitas in the city where late-night eating seemingly never stopped. Itamae—a game-changing Nikkei-inspired restaurant, which opened late fall 2020—is our only new addition this go-around. Below, our first look at Miami’s best restaurants and the ones we hope stick around through 2021 and beyond. And remember, whether you’re dining out or ordering in this month, stay safe, mask up and tip well.
Talk about resilience. The best restaurants in Miami have weathered months of lockdown and come out the other side stronger, more nimble and with a deepened commitment to hospitality. We’ve seen tiny dining rooms pivot to become remarkable takeout operations. We’ve witnessed fine-dining spots lose the white tablecloths and the china in favor of disposable buckets filled with fried chicken. We’ve also come across many chefs and restaurant owners who added new titles and responsibilities to their existing roles—from delivering meals and taking orders to embracing social media as a way to stay connected to customers. Our picks of the top places to eat in the city reflect the current state of affairs, combining notable cheap eats with some pricier spots worth your hard-earned cash plus waterfront restaurants with great views and outdoor dining options for folks seeking some fresh air.
Just as we did before, Time Out’s local experts scour the city every day for great eats, great value and insider info (even if most of our research is done virtually these days). We value fun, flavor, freshness—and value at every price point. While we normally update the EAT List quarterly, plus whenever there’s a truly spectacular new opening, we’ll be making changes monthly. These are extenuating circumstances and we’ll be doing our best to keep you informed as new places open, others close and some of our favorites return. It could be a mega-hyped destination restaurant or a pop-up-turned-permanent spot: if it’s on the list we think it’s awesome and think you will too.
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