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April 2014 Power Rankings

(Note: If you’d like to read about the methodology, you can find it at the beginning of this post.)

1. NAOE

 2. Estiatorio Milos

 3. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

4. NeMesis Urban Bistro

5. Blue Collar

 6. Eating House

 7.  The Dutch

 8. Bourbon Steak

 9. MC Kitchen

 10. The Bazaar

 11. Las Tapas De Rosa

 12. Michy’s

 13. Blackbrick

 14. The Federal

 15. Josh’s Delicatessen & Appetizing

 16. Lucali

 17. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

 18.  Joe’s Stone Crab

 19. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

20. Viva Mexico

On the bubble: My CevicheBuena Vista Bistro

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Matthew Greer November 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I know I am not a foodie, but since you aren’t either I guess I can venture a comment. I think ambiance, service, and plain old sticking to what you are good at should count, and if so then much-maligned Casa Tua should at least get an honorable mention…

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Ryan November 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Matt, thanks for the comment. As will become a trend on this blog, I’ll actually admit with much embarrassment that I’ve never been to Casa Tua. So their exclusion from the list can only be chalked up to that, at least for now.
I’ll also admit though that I usually am willing to be abused by servers so long as there is good food to be eaten. So I usually undervalue service (see, e.g., Red Light at #3). But I definitely need to get over to Casa Tua, among other places.

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The Chowfather December 13, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Safe to assume you have not been to Talula?

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Ryan December 13, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Yes, safe assumption. The list right now includes Casa Tua, Talula, Palme D’Or. And I’m sure there will be others that I’ll add to that list but hopefully I’ll start to chip away.

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Trina January 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I just discovered this website. Hmm, interesting. How are the rankings generated? It’s a novel idea.

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Ryan @ MRPR January 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

Trina: You raise a good point. I’m going to put up a post soon about the methodology (short version: there is none; the website was hatched as a response to many friends asking advice on where to dine so it really is just one person’s opinion answering that particular question). I’ll also try to spell out my biases so you can see what I weigh more or less heavily (preview: having grown up in Miami, I gave up on service a long time ago. So I don’t really value that unless the service is so abysmal that it gets in the way of the food). Anyhow, thanks for checking out the blog and I’ll post more indepth thoughts shortly. Also, I’ll occasionally post “guest power rankings” and am always looking for folks willing to share their top 10 list with the blog.

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Trina January 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I will stay tuned.

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Rex February 2, 2010 at 1:57 am

Has anyone been to Gibraltar? I haven’t been, but have found myself reading a tremendous amount about it lately.

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Emma February 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I will safely assume that you have not been to Barolo

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Ryan @ MRPR February 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Emma, that’s right, I haven’t been to Barolo. Worth checking out?

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Jose February 18, 2010 at 12:21 am

Just came back from BLT and I would bump it up past Bin No. 18 without hesitation. What are you waiting for???

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Mario April 15, 2010 at 7:47 am

Nice site…I cant wait to try some of the places that have not made my own list.

May I suggest my fave spanish Tapas/Catalonian restaurant, recently moved to a larger location as the lines were always out the door.

http://www.xixoncafe.com/

Im putting Bin 18 and Buena Vista Bistro on my list for now. Keep ‘em coming.

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Douglas May 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

Great work! I check in every week.

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Natalia April 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I really liked American Noodle Bar in its early days, but I just re-visited yesterday, and it’s gone down in my book. They changed up their menu a bit, which is cool, but #12 is a generous rank.

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Axel April 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

Thanks for your recommendations. My wife and I regularly try the places on your list and are rarely disappointed. I noticed that you have an affinity for Asian food. Have you thought about making a ranking list by cuisine? I agree with Natalia, ANB is okay but I don’t know if it should be on the list anymore, especially since Michael Bloise has departed.

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Andres Aleman April 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Michy’s should be in top 3!

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Ana July 6, 2011 at 12:00 am

Hey Ryan- Love your rankings and agree with most of them. Red Light, however, needs a revision. I ate there on Saturday and am actually speechless.

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Ryan @ MRPR July 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thanks Ana. Speechless good or speechless bad? I actually think it’s one of the best spots in town but I definitely have come to realize it is one of the most polarizing as well.

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Yani February 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Can anyone recommend a good restaurant for valentine’s day ;) thanks

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Ryan @ MRPR February 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Yani, I guess it depends a bit on what you’re looking for (cuisine? neighborhood? price?) but I think Tuyo in downtown Miami is a great choice for the food, service, and ambiance.

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Janet February 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

What about blue collar in Mimo???

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Bill March 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Have you tried the two new places in the St. Regis?

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Ryan @ MRPR March 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

Haven’t yet, but worth a visit?

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Bill Ley April 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I went to Atlantico and enjoyed it

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April April 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Villa Mayfair in Coconut Grove should be on the list…amazing food and beautiful restaurant!!

http://villa-mayfair.com/home/

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edward July 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Surprised not to see Zuma up there, I believe it is arguably the best in town. I look forward to seeing your rankings expand!

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Bill August 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

Seems the list might be moving away from the big fancy places to places with just good food. Good job. No nothing about Las Tapas De Rosa but nice to see this type of place on the list.

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Zoe September 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

What about The Bazaar?

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Bill January 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

MC Kitchen
Not getting the best reviews on Yelp.

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Emily R. March 21, 2013 at 11:25 am

These look DELICIOUS! I just went to Fogo de Chao last night and I think they need to be on here too – they have a free bottle of wine promo right now when you come with 3 others, so we got to drink for free!

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Anthony April 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

I love the list and concept… and I think you will always get suggestions that should be on the list. But its a top 20, not top 1000 and I think it should stay that way. And that means there’s going to places that don’t make that top 20 that are great places to eat (I, too, like Casa Tua for example), they’re just not among the top 20. In other words, increasing the list devaluates the list, but it doesn’t mean everything outside the top 20 is crap or inedible. If anything, given there are so many places outside the top 20 that are great is a credit to Miami’s food scene.

And I like the idea that things change even on a weekly basis. Keep up the good work, and I for one, look forward to trying them all! :)

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Timi October 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I always follow the rankings and visit the most of the listed restaurants. Yesterday I came across from a restaurant called The District. I went to buena vista and passed by this place, they didn’t have a sign so I asked the valet, who told me they opend a week and that they accepted walk ins, so I gave it a chance. And I was glad I did so…. Food, service, decor and ambiance was amazing. I recommend this place to everyone !

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