Florida is making its mark in the restaurant world with the inaugural edition of the Michelin Guide Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Inspectors for the guide found 14 one-Michelin-star restaurants and a two-Michelin-star restaurant between the three cities.
Visit Florida and Michelin announced their partnership last year, combining the former’s strength in tourism and the latter’s 120-plus years of experience in gastronomy. Now we are seeing the restaurants earning the coveted stars.
“As you can see, Miami, Orlando and Tampa have very much to offer to international food and wine enthusiasts,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides. “These talented chefs and their committed teams create culinary experiences matched only by the amazing attractions of each city. This very first selection of the Michelin Guide in Florida highlights glittery Miami, storied Orlando and breathtaking Tampa, offering a unique blend of international cuisine and Florida flavors. Local foodies as well as travelers will enjoy exploring these mesmerizing and rich Florida culinary destinations.”
Miami’s L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, led by Director of Culinary Operations Alain Verzeroli, received two Michelin Stars. The restaurant’s website describes it as “a modern French menu featuring iconic signature dishes, alongside new, ever-changing seasonal creations utilizing ingredients sourced from top local and regional purveyors.”
Inspectors said of L’Atelier, “The menu offers both tasting portions and large plates; but go with the seasonal prix fixe. The bread basket is a lovely opener, arriving in advance of such thrilling bites as a seared sea scallop with toasted spices. The Design District setting bears all the beloved hallmarks with its counter and open kitchen.”
There are 14 new one-Michelin-star restaurants. You can see the inspectors’ comments on the Michelin Guide website:
- Ariete (Miami, Contemporary cuisine)
- Boia De (Miami, Contemporary cuisine)
- Cote Miami (Miami, Korean cuisine/steakhouse)
- The Den at Sushi Azabu Miami (Miami Beach, Japanese cuisine/sushi)
- Elcielo Miami (Miami, Colombian cuisine)
- Hiden (Miami, Japanese cuisine)
- Le Jardinier Miami (Miami, French cuisine)
- Los Félix (Miami, Mexican cuisine)
- Stubborn Seed (Miami Beach, Contemporary cuisine)
- The Surf Club Restaurant (Surfside, American cuisine)
- Capa (Orlando, Steakhouse)
- Soseki (Orlando, Fusion/sushi)
- Kadence (Orlando, Japanese cuisine/sushi)
- Knife & Spoon (Orlando, Steakhouse)
The Michelin Guides have been published by the Michelin tire company since the early 1900s. What started as a way to help motorists develop their trips turned into guides and later, one, two, or three stars for fine dining establishments. Today, the guide rates over 30,000 establishments in over 30 territories across three continents. More than 30 million Michelin Guides have been sold worldwide.
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