Why go? Alter's stark neon and concrete interior has all the hallmarks of a hipster hang-out, but Bradley Kilgore's precise cooking and elegantly presented dishes wouldn't look out of place in a luxurious fine dining restaurant.
Typical dishes: The terroir-driven set menus reveal the scope of Miami's produce and diverse food culture in technically accomplished dishes. Witness a vibrant yellow and orange mosaic of fluke, shot through with Indian spices, tomato hollandaise and roasted avocado. Other highlights include prime short rib with smoked squash bread and the signature 'barely poached egg' with Italian truffle pearls.
About the chef: Originally from Kansas, Kilgore has a CV with some serious fine dining pedigree, including stints at Chicago's L2O, Alinea and Boka. Before opening Alter, he was executive chef at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's J&G Grill in Miami.
The wine: Alter's co-owner Leo Monterrey is a wine obsessive, which translates into a carefully crafted drinks list that takes in progressive US vineyards and the pick of old-world boutique producers.
Accolades: Influential food website Eater declared Alter as one of the '21 Best New Restaurants in America' last year, while Food & Wine magazine named Kilgore the Best New Chef in the country.
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