By Matt Goldstein & Norman Andrew Cay
Welcome to the new South Florida where elegant and trendy has taken a step back to an absolutely magnificent cuisine. From comfort food, to steakhouses, Italian and Asian fusion, to some of the best tacos in the country, South Florida has made a serious statement in influential eateries. If you ask yourself why three Gary Rack restaurants have made the top 10, one needs not do much else other than try them…
1. RACKS Downtown Eatery + Tavern, Boca Raton
402 Plaza Real, Mizner Park
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Owned and operated by Restaurateur Gary Rack, featuring the delicious culinary expertise of celebrity chef Matthew Danaher, this all-American, comfort food hotspot will have you guessing whether you’re in New York or L.A. With a spectacular ambiance, award-winning cuisine, and attentive hospitality, this swank downtown eatery and tavern is undoubtedly our hottest new pick for South Florida’s #1 restaurant in 2010. This “must-see and taste” dining establishment is perfect for power lunches or dinners; and with its modern, high-energy Happy Hour bar, RACKS is definitely a dining experience you won’t want to miss.
2. Prime 112, South Beach
112 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
With a reputation for its chic eateries, Myles Restaurant Group has blessed South Florida with its latest creation: Prime 112. Located in the heart of Miami’s celebrity-clad Ocean Drive, this establishment’s beautiful and sleek décor will intrigue your interests; but it’s chef Mike Sabin’s tasty recipes that will entice you to stay. Along with Prime’s impeccable staff catering to your every need, Sabin’s diverse menu of appetizers, salads, prime steaks, lobster, raw seafood bar, and assortment of potato dishes are sure to leave you craving for more. That being said, what are you waiting for? Come to South Beach’s brand new hotspot for the food or the crowd—whichever you prefer—and we guarantee it won’t be a decision you regret.
3. Mr. Chow, South Beach
2201 Collins Avenue
Miami, FL 33119
With its international acclaim and popular appeal, it’s no surprise to the modern jetsetter that Mr. Chow has decided to add a fifth location to sunny South Florida. Elegantly located at the base of Miami’s luxurious W Hotel, Mr. Chow’s white-on-white dining room—complete with a 123-foot Gold-leaf and Swarovski crystal chandelier—will truly make you feel like one of South Beach’s most talked-about celebrities. Whether it’s fish, chicken, beef, or lobster you’re craving, Executive Chef Shao Xiao Lei—regarded as one of the best in China—offers it all, and at an exceptional quality. Located directly at the beach, Mr. Chow’s indoor and outdoor private rooms, spacious outside dining patio, and interior bar and lounge make it the perfect place to toast to any special occasion!
4. Meat Market, South Beach
915 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
One of South Beach’s new, iconic steak houses, Meat Market offers you a dining experience like no other. With unique brunch, dinner, cocktail, and dessert menus featuring everything from Smoked-Salmon Waffles to Pineapple Foie Gras and Wood-Roasted African Pheasant, Executive Chef Sean Brasel’s mouth-watering creations will leave you hungry for more. Be sure to compliment one of these delectable dishes with one of Meat Market’s unique, handmade cocktails—and if you’re still craving something tasty, surely a Lobster Empanada from the Crudo Bar will do the trick. Complete with a sensual main dining room and elegant array of outdoor lounge and table service options, this new South Florida fine dining concept will certainly leave you coming back for more.
5. Mercadito, South Beach
3252 Northeast 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
Arriba! This casual, laid-back Mexican taqueria—known for its savory tacos and thirst-quenching margaritas—brings the heart of Tijuana to South Florida. With a “delicioso” menu of salads, guacamole, traditional Mexican fare, specialty sodas, and traditional and signature tacos, this contemporary addition to Midtown Miami is the perfect location for a quick lunch, late dinner, or even an informal snack. Capturing the essence of urban Miami, this authentic tacqueria—adorned in 3D graffiti and a containing an outdoor patio large enough for 45—will leave you begging for a cruise to Cancun.
6. Michelle Bernsteins at the Omphoy, Palm Beach
2842 South Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Situated at The Omphoy Ocean Resort on the luxurious Palm Beach coast, Michelle Bernstein’s pristine location is just one of many elements that make this sophisticated new dining concept a “must-go” for South Florida’s most influential socialites. The dishes—a perfect mixture of salads, crudo, appetizers, and entrees featuring a variety of seafood and meats—entice all five senses with delicious Mediterranean flavors, complimented by a selection of esteemed wines. With an outstanding view of the Atlantic Ocean at your fingertips, come to Michelle Bernstein’s for a delicious combination of ambience, indulgence, and a taste of South Florida cuisine.
7. Table 42, Boca Raton
401 Southeast Mizner Boulevard
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Pioneered by renowned Restaurateur Gary Rack and celebrity chef Matthew Danaher, this recent addition to Boca Raton’s Mizner Park gives you a dining experience with an Italian spin. This hip, sophisticated eatery boasts a “hopping” lunch and dinner scene—bringing to fruition its ever-popular “$5 Burger Nights,” which allow hungry patrons to design their own gourmet-quality burgers for an attractive price. Furthermore, feel the transformation of your senses as you enter Table 42; letting the aromas of fresh-baked, bubbling pizza lift your spirits and fortify your hunger. If it’s not pizza you’re craving, Table 42’s succulent gourmet burgers and diverse wines and dining specialties will leave any true foodie wanting more.
8. Cut 432, Delray Beach
432 East Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33483
From bar managers, to visionary restaurateurs the dynamic mogul duo—Brandon Belluscio and Brian Albe—have revitalized Downtown Delray with this bold, high-energy steak house. After successfully launching their first dining concept, Vertical 114, these rising restaurateurs have successfully opened Cut 432. This isn’t your run of the mill steak house; the crowd mostly consists of hip, sexy, young fashonistas in their 20s-mid 30s. As for the food, each USDA prime grade steak is carefully hand-picked by the owners for exceptional tenderness, age and flavor. Carefully placed in the heart of Atlantic Ave, this steak house is the total package of food and hospitality. The waiters are experienced with pairing the delectable foods on the menu with the assortment of excellent wine offered. Don’t miss out on the social hour Cut432 offers!
9. RACKS Italian Kitchen, Miami
3933 NE 163 rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Move out of the way Little Italy, Racks Italian Kitchen is moving up. Offering one of the most spectacular views of the Intracoastal, RACKS is a perfect dining choice for anything from a casual boat stop to an executive lunch spot or dining out with the fam. Stop in and you just might catch a glimpse of Enrique Iglesias or another Miami celebrity that wants to dine incognito. The diverse menu, presented by Restaurateur Gary Rack and by Culinary Director Matthew Danaher, provides a new understanding for quality modern Italian dining, while the rustic theme is detailed with urban chic decor. Quality and freshness is apparent with every dish. Each wine is meticulously chosen to compliment each plate on the menu. Come one; come all to food that Mama raised you on.
10. Canyon, Fort Lauderdale
1818 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Co-owned by Mario Di Leo and Executive Chef Chris Wilber, here at this hotspot, the Southwest meets South Florida at Canyon. From their illustrious Tequila and Jalapeño Smoked Salmon Tostada to their celebrated prickly pear margarita these dishes cannot be replicated anywhere in the area. Sultry ambiance and diverse music mix fused with cuisine inspired by Asian, South and Central American flavors makes dining here an experience for your taste-buds they soon not forget. This restaurant is constantly flowing with customers who want a bite, you can’t make reservations at Canyon, and so, if you want to avoid the wait, you better get here early!
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