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Top Restaurants In South Florida Worth The Hype

Your friends have told you how amazing it is. Your neighbors bragged about how they got seated right away, without waiting. Even your co-worker mentioned what an incredible meal he had there - and you haven't even been yet? Here is all of the information you need to make a reservation and have one of the most memorable meals that South Florida has to offer. These are not fad restaurants, these are highly rated, always-talked-about, making-headlines-around-the-nation kinds of places. And, they are definitely worth the time, money and calories.
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db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 421-8800

Chef Daniel Boulud's Manhattan counterpart is not only beautiful in decor, but the French flavors intertwine with American creating a new breed of temptations for your palate. Choose a seat in the posh yet comfortable lounge, in the dining room with its soaring 16-foot ceilings or outside on the terrace where the energy of downtown seeps into your soul. Whether you prefer to dine for lunch, brunch, dinner or a quick plate before catching a show, the variety on each menu will please. Highly rated by Zagat as one of top French restaurants in Miami, db Bistro Moderne will not disappoint, especially if you try the Truffle Burger. Find this restaurant inside the Marriott Marquis in the heart of downtown Miami.

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Palme d'Or
The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 913-3200

It's the highest rated restaurant in Miami and it will put a dent in your wallet ($80 per person for dinner), but it's worth every penny. Michelin starred and James Beard "Rising Star" nominee Chef Gregory Pugin prepares fresh, local and sustainable ingredients so each guest will have an authentic French dining experience. Palm d'Or also received the 2013 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and it will surely have you leaving your own five-star review at TripAdvisor. Don't miss its signature dish: Heart of Palm & Stone Crab Napoleon. Parking at The Biltmore is half price for restaurant patrons or you can park for free in the west lot. But really, if you're dropping that kind of money for dinner, who cares about a parking fee?

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
130 N.E. 40th St.
Miami, FL 33134
(305) 573-5550

When you think about outstanding cuisine, you probably don't think of the farming town of Homestead. But you should. Chef Jodrick is getting recognized for his authentic Puerto Rican dishes like mofongo, tripletas and alcapurrias, not to mention his Greek tabouleh, miso salmon and Mongolian beef. If you haven't heard of Chef Jodrick, perhaps you've heard of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Chefs On The Run was the first ever restaurant from Homestead to be invited to this prestigious event - and he represented well. He won the Miami New Times Best Bites on the Beach award at the Grand Tasting Village for his maple-bourbon bacon pork skewers with smoky chipotle mac and cheese.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
1600 Lennox Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-5220

"There ain't no kinda problem that a little home cookin' can't fix," according to Yardbird. If you believe in the goodness of Southern food and how it can heal what ails you, then Yardbird is what you've been praying for. The fried chicken has won accolades and it has been rated one of the Best Southern Restaurants Outside Of The South. To whet your appetite, diner favorites include shrimp and grits, fresh brewed sweet tea, slow roasted Sunday chicken and the crowning dessert glory of bacon-butterscotch cake. It's so good, it'll make you give back things you never stole. If you can't make it for lunch or dinner, try the weekend brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Y'all are gonna love it.

Related: Top Southern-Style Bars In South Florida

Jill Martin is a family travel expert, appearing on numerous television and radio shows. She spent five years as the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, has penned children's books, and is the creator of Sunshine Brain Games – trivia cards about Florida. A Miami native, Jill resides in Redland. Her work can be found on

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