I occurs to be that Miami suffers for an overpopulation of certain kinds of restaurants and we are missing a whole lot of others. This is not say I that we don't have decent restaurants, we do, but we should have so much more. This is what I think; Please chime in with your situations/agreements/disagreements:
1) Burger Joints. I love a burger, but enough already, especially the McDonald wannabe's like Shake Shack and 5 Guys...
2) Ceviche/sushi/crudo....Great Sushi is a wonder of the world, but Miami is full of mediocre places that serve raw fish that is NOT anyone of these great dishes.
3) Overpriced Med places like Juvio and Villa Azur etc etc.....basically any place that adds "and Lounge" to it's name..The French Laundry or The Fat Duck or any other great restaurant is just that, it's not the "The French Laundry and Lounge"
4) Latin American Cuisine. OK, this is a bit harsh given the population, and we have enough.
5) Anywhere with a menu that advertises "Fusion street food from SE Asia, by way of Lima and Madrid with an inspiration from the Caribbean..." Total bollocks, great street food is local to the city, anywhere in the world. I lived for 7 years in SE Asia (Bangkok, Singapore, Jakata and Manila) and thai food was thai food, indonesian was indonesian. Pick one and do it right...
6) New York Imports....never as good as the original and shows lack of imagination on behalf of the locals, We have plenty great locals Michaels, Michy's etc, enough with the imports. Next like you are in Vegas, look for a home grown place, all you will find are imports, Vegas is an up scale chain food court, we don't need it here.
7) Any place with "small plates" God, I hate this, small plates are appetizers, large plates are entrees, less marketing BS...
WHAT IS MISSING
1) Proper SE Asian street food. Small places going 1 or 2 things and doing them well. We don't need 25 choices to eat well. Bangkok and Singapore have great, great places that do only one thing, but for 25 years of so, they have it perfected. Also street food is cheap, $5 not $25 a plate.
2) More ethnic diversity. Where are the Moroccan, Ethiopian, Eastern European places. I would love to see a proper Italian place, think Babo, you know, a place that doesn't think pasta is a fitting accompaniment to chicken parm ! Real regional Spanish would be good too, Galician seafood, ummmmm On the same note decent Indian food would be welcome, and I not talking Tikka Masala high, something like southern veggie, dhosa and sambar etc..
3) Real neighborhood bistro's. Small places, with simple but excellent food that you you can enjoy on a friday evening after work. The sort of place that you see the same people in week after week and the owner (and their wife/husband) knows you by name. There was a small place in London we used to visit, owned by a local doctor, who would come by your table, with a bottle of wine, pour you glass on the house, sit down, tell you about the menu for that night, chat.......and the food was speculator, he was really proud of the place and it showed.
4) Tea Room/Bakery that does the full on high tea and also serves fabulous coffee, cakes and pastries. White linen, china cups sort of place. No paper cups, no food in a bag eaten on your lap, NO mooching students/unemployed there for the free wi-fi (for sure...NO WI-FI, and NO TV..)
That's my thoughts......have at it...