Best of 2016: Our Favorite Spots of the Year

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As 2016 comes to a end (finally), we want to thank everyone for their continued support. It’s been fun sharing our food adventures with you this past year, and we have a lot more in store for 2017. With that said, we’ve eaten a ton of food in 2016 and there have been plenty of highlights.

Below, you’ll find a few of our favorite spots. We’ll see you next year!

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La Feria by Mercado de San Miguel Returns to Downtown

La Feria - Bar

In fall 2015, La Feria by Mercado de San Miguel set up shop in Downtown to bring a taste of Spain to the 305. Based on a similar Spanish food market in Madrid, the popup stayed put for a few months before going on tour and expanding the experience to others. This past October, La Feria 2.0 made its return to Miami, bringing back much of the same delicious food plus several fun additions.

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BRAVA By Brad Kilgore Redefines the Classics

BRAVA by Brad Kilgore
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Brad Kilgore needs no introduction. The widely acclaimed chef has been earning awards and accolades left and right — and deservedly so. He’s helped put Miami’s dining scene on the radar and then some.

Now, he’s taken his talents to Downtown Miami and turned theater food on its head with BRAVA By Brad Kilgore, the signature restaurant of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

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STK Miami: Downtown Gets a Modern Steakhouse

STK Miami - Dare To Be

With over a dozen locations and many more in the works, STK is doing something right. The steakhouse recently double downed in Miami, opening a second location in Downtown. If you’ve been to the South Beach outpost, you already know what to expect: quality American fare and a fun vibe.

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Verde’s Summer Guest Chef Series Ends on a High Note

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All summer long, Verde invited guest chefs to collaborate on family-style feasts inside the Perez Art Museum Miami eatery. The star-studded lineup for the monthly meal included local favorites like Edge Steak and Bar’s Aaron Brooks and Macchialina’s Michael Pirolo. To close out the series, Verde’s own Kaytlin Dangaran and former Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink Chef de Cuisine Niven Patel treated diners to an unforgettable three-course culinary experience.

We here at Miami Food Pug have been eagerly counting down the days until Chef Patel opens his latest project, Ghee Indian Kitchen, in Downtown Dadeland. And if this meal was any indication of what to expect, the neighborhood is really stepping up its restaurant game.

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