“On any given day, I’ll get a text from a friend or a family member asking, “Where should I eat?”

That question’s too big to answer — particularly in Miami-Dade county, which is developing some of the most exciting, interesting cuisine in the country. So I usually text back, “What part of town are you in?” Because all over the county, you can find great food, from unadorned comfort classics to menus meant for special nights out.

So this is my list. It’s not a best-of and it’s not comprehensive. I constantly add to and subtract from it — and I still have a lot more eating to do.”

Pinch Kitchen: What I love most about Pinch — a creative kitchen started by veterans of Pubbelly and Casa Tua — is that it’s the kind of place where you can go for dinner with friends and order a host of sharing plates (pork dumplings, Spanish octopus, the Pinch salad which uses local greens, a housemade focaccia), or go for lunch with sweaty kids and order one of Miami’s best burgers. Plus they look for whatever is growing seasonally in South Florida and build their menu around it, supplementing with great ingredients flown in.”

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