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Fall Preview 2015: The 12 most exciting restaurant opening in Miami

by Bill Kearney

The metamorphosis of Miami’s food scene over the past decade has been kind of like watching a South Beach party girl grow up and move to the mainland. She used to shake her booty, pining for the attention of tourists in tony hotels on the beach; now she buys from the local farmers’ market, makes her own ricotta, nips leaves from her vertical herb garden and crafts damn good meals for her neighbors. An oversimplification? Sure — culinary giants still set up shop here to tap into the international cash flow, and they plate some phenomenal food, but smaller, locally focused eateries have made the mainland the belle of the ball.

A rash of closings this spring and summer has hardened survivors and made room for a new crop of openings this fall — some local, some imports. Lots of the places below have predicted early-fall opening, which in Miami means late fall. With any luck, the new kids on the block will be firing orders soon.

GK Bistronomie

Once-barren Wynwood couldn’t get any hipper, with retailers like Warby Parker, Ducati and Marine Layer popping up and Brad Kilgore’s Alter opening to high praise this summer. Next up is GK Bistronomie, from Peruvian chef Rafael Perez, who cut his teeth in Ecuador, winning accolades with Zazu, and then in the Keys at Little Palm Island Resort and Spa. Perez brings a global influence to a mostly seafood menu with ceviches such as yellowfin tuna with foie gras, scallions, pineapple and sesame oil and entrées like sous-vide lobster tail with Arborio rice, morels, mascarpone cheese and smoked applewood bacon. Opening in early October, 218 N.W. 25th St., Miami

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