The List: South Florida's best eats with Kuro's Alex Becker

Chef Alex Becker of Kuro.

Chef Alex Q. Becker has traveled extensively in his career, cooking in Michelin-starred kitchens in Italy, as well as for high-end Japanese restaurant brands Nobu and Katsuya. Now at home in South Florida, the executive chef of the new Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood shares his favorite local spots to grab a bite: 

1. Pubbelly

Octopus a la Plancha. Sitting at the bar and watching the kitchen action close up gives me a comforting feeling. 

1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555.

2. La Sandwicherie

Relaxing outside with a massive, delicious sandwich is ideal. 

229 14th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-8934.

3. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Heirloom Tomato Salad and Roasted Fish. That’s what it’s all about.

130 NE 40th St., Miami; 305-573-5550.

4. Macchialina

Fresh Pasta has a large place in my heart. Plus, the hospitality of Jen Chaefsky and Mike Pirolo is a win.   

820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-2124.

5. Hot and Soul

New Orleans-Style Shrimp. This is my neighborhood gem. 

3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 754-206-2155

6. Cafe Seville

Paella. Old-school Spanish tapas spot with a very chill vibe. 

2768 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-565-1148.

7. Bar-B-Q Jack’s 

Brisket Plate. I’m from the South, so occasionally I just need barbecue. 

500 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park; 954-567-9595.

8. Basilic Vietnamese Grill


218 Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-771-5798.

9. Zak the Baker 

Beet Toast. I love great bread, so this is a regular stop for me. 

405 NW 26th St., Miami; 786-347-7100.

10. Gabose

Bulgogi or Bibimbop. Living in L.A. made Korean food a staple of my diet; Gabose helps me feed the need. 

4991 N. University Dr., Lauderhill; 954-572-4800.