Ten Best Miami Restaurants Opening in 2020: El Bagel, Off Site, Red Rooster, Hiyakawa
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Miami’s dining scene directly reflects the people who call the city home. From extravagant restaurants with caviar service and leather-bound wine lists to mom and pop cafes serving recipes that have been handed down for generations, the food reflects the many cultures that make up Miami’s lavish tapestry.
It’s always difficult to predict which restaurants will tap into the soul of the city. The most interesting seem to be those who seem to appear out of nowhere and are run by a passionate cook who makes food from the heart.
With this in mind, several institutions are to be opened that have already caused a stir. From an Overtown restaurant outpost of a celebrity chef’s restaurant to a local icon’s burger joint, here are the ten restaurants to look forward to in 2020.
Photo courtesy of the Grove Bay Group
The top chef Jeremy Ford thrilled Miami with his South Beach spot Stubborn Seed. Opened in 2017, the restaurant quickly garnered rave reviews for the chef’s innovative tasting menus. Now, Ford is partnering with Grove Bay Group to open a 7,000-square-foot restaurant specializing in seafood as part of the Neighborhood’s Regatta Harbor project in Coconut Grove.
Burger Beasts My-T-Fine Burger.
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Burger Beast Burger Joint
8870 Bird Rd., Miami
Opening at the end of February 2020
Who on earth can Miami trust more than a real burger beast to make a real burger? Sef Gonzalez was Miami’s source for burger news and reviews, and now the patty pro is opening his own restaurant. Burger Beast Burger Joint at Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken will open sometime in February. The menu includes burgers with a special blend of beef from Sunshine Provisions, as well as shakes. While you’re there, take home a bottle of Beast Sauce, Gonzalez’s own guava and sriracha mix.
Photo by Carlisle Burch
1500 Brickell Ave., Miami
Opening in early 2020
James Beard nominee Clay Conley returns to the 305 with Chateau Miami. Set to open in the Chateau Petit Douy mansion in 1931, the restaurant offers open-fire and advanced global cuisine. Conley, who owns the hugely successful Buccan in Palm Beach, offers dishes like a fonduta raviolini with quail egg, bacon, peas, and parmesan. organic charred carrots with black hummus and black harissa; and a brunch medianoche.
The Della Bowl returns.
Photo by Della Heiman
The Doral Court
8455 NW 53rd St., Doral
Opening of the first phase in February 2020
If you’ve mourned the closure of Wynwood Yard, there is good news: Doral Yard is slated to open in February. The new iteration offers the same aspects of the Wynwood Yard, but in a more polished setting. Food concepts include Della Bowls, Paleta Morelia, Pokekai, Santo Dulce Churros, Tip and Un Pollo.
Photo courtesy El Bagel
6910 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Opening January 2020
Matteson Koche’s El Bagel will finally open a stationary location in Miami’s Upper Eastside. The Bagel Cafe offers sandwiches on Koch’s popular six-ingredient bagels, including bacon, egg and cheese ($ 10), and Lox Supreme ($ 12), as well as funkier creations like King Guava ($ 9) with his jam of the same name, potato sticks, cream cheese and a fried egg; and Que Fancy, a collaboration with the local sushi spot Itamae, which offers an all-round bagel with wasabi cream cheese, salmon roe, cucumber, microgreens, shaved red onions and dill.
Chef Shuji Hiyakawa from Wabi Sabi by Shuji and Alvaro Perez Miranda, who opened Vagabond Restaurant & Bar with Alex Chang, will open a 36-seat Japanese restaurant on the ground floor of the Cynergi building in Wynwood. At Hiyakawa, the chef focuses on a wider range of Japanese cuisine with seasonal ingredients and dishes such as agemono (fried dishes), yakimono (grilled or fried), shirumono (soups), zensai (starters). and sushi, along with sake, beer and wine. Hiyakawa will also offer an omakase menu, which includes a selection of chefs from each category, creating an ever-changing evolution.
Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi from Bar Lab
Photo by Javier Sanchez
Margot Natural Wine & Aperitivo Bar
Ingraham Building, 21 SE Second Ave., Miami
Opening in early 2020
Margot from Bar Lab will soon open in the Ingraham building and join Timon Balloo’s restaurant of the same name. Margot’s partners – Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi – offer wines and low-alcohol cocktails made from Amaro, aperitifs and vermouth. The bar’s wine selection specializes in natural or “tasty” wines – those that are produced organically or biodynamically with minimal intervention and without chemicals or preservatives, and made from sustainably grown grapes from small producers and in small quantities. A couple of wines at Margot before dinner at Balloo sounds like the makings of a perfect evening in Miami.
Steve Santana and Adam Darnell from Off Site
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Steve Santana (Taquiza) and Adam Darnell (Boxelder) have signed a lease for a nanobrewery in Little Haiti, south of the Citadel (where Santana has an outpost of Taquiza). Off site offers craft beer and a menu of breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches.
Rendering of Red Rooster Overtown
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Chef Marcus Samuelsson is finally going to open an outpost of Red Rooster, his Harlem restaurant, at 305. Red Rooster Overtown will include a main dining room with 209 seats, an expansive garden terrace, balcony terrace and several private dining rooms in a historic building that was once Clyde Killens Pool Hall, a 1960s hot spot. The highly anticipated restaurant will specialize in home-style cooking based on traditional Mediterranean cuisine, and will also offer performance and exhibition space for local talent.
Photo by Laine Doss
Unbranded Brewing is moving into a 30,000-square-foot building in the Leah Arts District and is finally bringing fresh beer to Hialeah. A variety of unbranded beers are served in the taproom, which means they may not meet the guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program. The taproom also serves Texas-style grilled dishes and Cuban dishes in a rustic setting.
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Laine Doss is the food and liquor editor for the Miami New Times. It was featured on Eat Street by Cooking Channel and in the Great Food Truck Race by Food Network. She won an Alternative Weekly Award for her contribution on what it’s like to wait for tables.