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February 23, 2010 Power Rankings

February 23, 2010

There is something special happening at Midtown Miami.  And you might walk right by it without even noticing.  Located just next to Five Guys and around the corner from Target is Sakaya Kitchen.  This place is serving up some of the best food in Miami.  I repeat, the best food in Miami.  Four visits under my belt and I can’t wait to go back for the honey orange ribs, the steamed pork buns, and, best of all, the constantly changing menu of items created from farm-fresh vegetables delivered by Swank Farms.  The spinach salad (plus mache and other greens, I think, for good measure) mixed with a raw honey dressing is just one example of how chef Richard Hales is so skilled at building flavor in all of his dishes.  It was so good I forgot to mention the pork belly that came with it.  You can read up about Chef Hale’s wealth of culinary experience (Asian chef at Azul @ The Mandarin Oriental, working for Jean-Georges Vongerichten, that sort of thing) but just go to Sakaya Kitchen and eat his damn food.  You’ll be glad you did.

In other news, went back to Eos and realized that I’d misunderestimated it, as our former Commander-in-Chief might say.  While I’ve always heaped praise on the Lobster and Sea Urchin Risotto (it was, after all, the honorable mention for 2009 Dish of the Year), that might not even be the best dish on the menu.  Those roasted mushrooms with bone marrow and thyme are beyond reproach.  In fact, I dare you to reproach them.  Do it.

Anyways, here’s the seismic realignment of restaurants (the same caveat as always applies, but bears repeating: this is just one lowly eater’s opinion, grain of salt, yadda yadda):

(Last Week’s Rankings in Parentheses)

1. NAOE (1)

2. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (2)

3. Red Light (3)

4. Sakaya Kitchen (*New Entry*)

5. Buena Vista Bistro (4)

6. Bin No. 18 (5)

6. Hiro’s Yakko-San (6)

8. Eos (NR)

9. BLT Steak (9)

10. GastroPod (8)

11. Fratelli Lyon (7)

12. Michy’s (10)

13. Bourbon Steak (11)

14. Pizzavolante (13)

15. Mandolin Aegean Bistro (15)

16. Azul (12)

17. Sra. Martinez (14)

18. Metro Bistro Cafe (16)

19. Latin Burger and Taco Truck (17)

20. Joe’s Stone Crab (18)

On the Bubble: Sardinia (19); Pacific Time (20).

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