Restaurant of the Year: Alter
A runaway hit since the minute it opened, Alter proved to Miami that fine dining in the artsy Wynwood arts district could work — and work well. The New American-meets-Florida cuisine has everyone talking and has solidified the area as a dining destination.
Chef of the Year: Brad Kilgore
This is the second year in a row that Brad Kilgore has been named Miami’s Chef of the Year, winning the award last year for his work at J&G Grill at the St. Regis. With his new restaurant Alter, his cuisine has shined once again impress both critics and restaurant goers alike.
So Hot Right Now: Izzy's
In a town that has more seafood restaurants than it can count, Izzy’s Fish & Oyster has managed to stick out from the crowd. Chef de cuisine William Crandall’s Florida spin on a classic New England-style seafood shack cuisine has made this the go-to spot for fresh oysters, lobster rolls and whoopie pies.
Bartender of the Year: Randy Perez
When you’re working under two of South Florida’s best bartenders — Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta aka the Bar Lab Guys — it’s typically hard to stand out from the pack. But at 27 Restaurant, Randy Perez has quickly made a name for himself, working his way up from barback to bartender in just a few short years and creating some of the best cocktails in town in the process.
Stone Cold Stunner: Coya
While Coya’s cuisine is absolutely notable, when you ask people their first impression of the restaurant the space is always the first thing that’s mentioned. And for good reason: Its decor was literally designed with Inca kings in mind so you know it’s guaranteed to be beautiful and opulent.
Saddest Closure: Fox's Sherron Inn
It’s hard to find someone who wasn’t saddened to hear about the closing of Fox’s Sherron Inn. The longstanding bar and restaurant has been a staple in Miami for more than 60 years. Even though the owners promise to bring it back in a new form, we know the old school allure will never be restored.