TALDE Miami Beach
Top Chef followers have another restaurant to love, now that Dale Talde has joined Miami’s neverending celebrity toque parade. After wooing diners in Brooklyn and Jersey City with his all-encompassing Asian crowd-pleasers (Korean fried chicken, crab fried rice), the Chicago native expanded his namesake empire to the Thompson Miami Beach. “I love Miami’s diverse flavors, and its culinary scene is booming,” says Talde, whose inviting vibe and addictive dishes fit right in. And he obviously gets Latin dining hours: “The late-night noodle program features more options for spring.” Seasonal specialties include lamb shoulder rubbed with Vietnamese spices and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and mint; it’s served on bao buns with pickled red cabbage.
4041 Collins Avenue; taldemiamibeach.com
With Root & Bone in New York humming along, chefs Jeffrey McInnis and Janine Booth returned to Miami Beach, where their romance blossomed. “We met over a famous short-rib meatloaf,” says McInnis, offering a preview of the Southern-meets-dim sum dishes at the couple’s Sarsaparilla Club. “They’re aromatic small plates curated to excite all your senses,” adds Booth, who’s already planning their next concept, a seafood joint in Sunset Harbour.
1801 Collins Avenue; shelbornewyndhamgrand.com