Celeb chefs share their local dining faves

Anthony Bourdain goes loco for San Loco. Photo by Ronna Gradus

Compiled by Fred Gonzalez, Howard Cohen, Lydia Martin and Aurora Rodriguez

Anthony Bourdain prefers San Loco for the burritos. Mario Batali enjoys Las Vacas Gordas. And Paula Deen is a fan of Joe’s Stone Crab.

When they come to town, even celeb chefs have their “usuals,” here’s a sampling:

Tyler Florence: “I really like Table 8 and Joe’s Stone Crab and Prime 112. Casa Tua is one of the sexiest restaurants in the country. It’s fantastic.”

Bobby Flay: “I think Prime 112 does a fantastic job. I know it’s a hot scene and everything, but the food is always fantastic. And you gotta go to Joe’s Stone Crab. I hold an annual lunch there, I take like 20-something people. It might be a cliché to people who live here, but when I am down here, to me there is nothing better.”

Jamie Oliver: ”He is an incredible talent,” The Naked Chef said of Michael Schwartz and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Design District. “I have to say, of all the places I’ve been to in America in the last ten years, it’s in my top five.”

Giada De Laurentiis: “Casa Tua. It’s not only the food that is excellent, but the ambience, the whole feeling in that place is like going home. I think that’s what I love about it so much. It’s kind of tucked away, not on the main strip, romantic, kind of like a hidden treasure. For me, those are always the most fun.”


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