Chef Michelle Bernstein is composing thoughtful plates of veggies, seafood and steak at her new Seagrape restaurant at the Thompson Miami Beach (see Miami.com’s full review). Here’s where she likes to eat when she’s not cooking:
1. Bourbon Steak
Our favorite steakhouse. Everything chef Gabe Fenton whips up is great!
19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 786-279-6600.
Best Korean in South Florida, hands down. Do not miss the Korean Short Ribs.
4991 N. University Dr., Lauderhill; 954-572-4800.
3. Petit Rouge
Chef Neal Cooper’s Caesar Salad is perfect, Steak Frites delicious, Onion Soup exactly what you’re hoping for.
12409 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami; 305-892-7676.
Whole Snapper on the Grill and the best Yellow Rice in town.
398 NW N. River Dr., Miami; 305-375-0765.
Chef Makoto Okuwa is so talented. I go crazy with Sashimi and Sushi but everything they do is delicious. Always ask for whatever dishes are new as they are always exciting. I love all the Vegetable Robatas, Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Chicken Wings and of course his Miso Bass.
9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-864-8600.
Chicken Soup with Vegetables and Steamed Rice on the side. We all have our favorite Cuban places, for years mine has been Enriqueta’s. I can’t leave without a small bowl of soupy, tasty Black Beans, and if I’m up for a full meal I get the Chicken on the Plancha topped with Caramelized Onions, Lime and Platanos Maduros.
186 NE 29th St., Miami; 305-573-4681.
7. Udipi Cafe
Thanks to my show “Check, Please!” I was able to find out about Udipi. A vegetarian, kosher, Indian café serving some of the best Indian I have ever had in South Florida. The Dosai (thin crepes) are perfect, and the Masalas are deliciously spiced.
2100 N. University Dr., Sunrise; 954-748-5660.
8. Panya Thai
Larb Beef, Papaya Salad and Spicy Ground Pork. It’s not easy to find authentic Thai food in Miami, and ever since hearing about Panya I have been so grateful. Ask for fresh-made Sticky Rice and a Whole Steamed or Crispy Fish (takes a little time but it’s worth it). The food is spicy so drink a cold beer and enjoy.
520 NE 167th St., North Miami Beach; 305-945-8566.
9. My Ceviche
Sam Gorenstein has always been one of the best chefs in Miami. Try the Charred Corn on the Cob and Traditional Ceviche.
10. Hy Vong
I can’t skip the Pork Rolling Cakes (I order two), Crispy Spring Rolls and Hand-Cut Noodles with Beef and Peanuts. The best. Probably the restaurant I have most frequented in my life. I order enough for five people and bring the rest home.
3458 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-446-3674.