About the Chef
Chef Jimmy Carey, the man responsible for all three Jimmy'z Kitchen locations, has worked in five-star hotels and celebrity-owned hot spots. But his own restaurants are the epitome of casual. Diners order from a counter before asking for a to-go bag or grabbing a table for dinner. Don't let the laidback atmosphere fool you, though. Chef Jimmy's food deserves to be taken seriously.
Here's how critics have praised his menu.
Wok Town’s selection of Chinese and Asian fusion dishes give diners with special dietary preferences a number of options for curbing their hunger. Customers looking for a spicy bite can dig into Singapore-style curry noodles with pork or The Mongolian, a wok filled with spiced soy sauce, onions, peppers, scallions, and a choice of protein. If low oil is a requirement, diners can try an Asian calamari salad or a plate of broccoli ginger and beef, while meat-less options, such as the steamed veggie bowl, ensure vegetarians can continue to watch Babe without bursting into guilt-ridden tears.
In addition to saying AltaMare has ?the freshest fish in town,? South Beach Magazine, praised owner Claudio Gordano for creating a ?menu that showcases the best catches from local fishing boats intermingled with classic Italian dishes.? Diners can feast on battered local yellow-eye snapper blanketed with cucumber cr?me fra?che or lightly seared wahoo plated with baby artichokes and arugula.
Not to be outdone by the entrees, many of the desserts are creative takes on classic dishes: a ?ceviche? swaps seafood for a m?lange of tropical fruits swimming in citrus dressing, and the deconstructed tiramisu combines mascarpone mousse, ladyfingers, and shots of espresso and Bailey?s.
The Miami outpost of popular seafood chain Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is located in the very tourist-oriented Bayside Marketplace downtown. Although mostly a hotbed for visitors passing through the area, Bubba Gump also does a serious local business, thanks to kind service and a great outdoor patio that provides beautiful views of the bay. Of course, it helps that this kitschy eater is within walking distance of the American Airlines Arena. The casual seafood restaurant still retains much its thematic elements from the classic film Forrest Gump, including menu options like the Bubba’s After the Storm Bucket of Boat Trash, fried shrimp, fish with Cajun spice and a steamed cluster of snow crab; and the Lt. Dan’s Drunken Shrimp, char broiled shrimp and Andouille sausage, mash potatoes and a bourbon sauce. The interior offers seafaring décor, with touches of movie memorabilia thrown in.
Tony Chan's Water Club's menu bridges the gustatory gap between China and Japan with a menu that includes both Hong Kong–style Cantonese cuisine and fresh sushi. Earning their food a Zagat rating of "very good to excellent," the chefs accessorize stir-fried orders of chicken, seafood, and vegetables with many different sauces, lending spicy, savory, or tangy flavors to the entrees. At the counter, they carefully arrange orders of nigiri and specialty sushi rolls, which can include premium fillings of shrimp tempura, jalapeños, and parmesan cheese.
The spacious dining room tempts diners with two distinct views: floor-to-ceiling windows gaze directly out onto the waterfront, while a similar wall of windows enables diners to peer into the kitchen. Behind the glass, watched chefs stay calm as they wok-fry entrees and hand-write inspiring quotations on grains of rice.
Despite already having a pantry full of culinary accolades, including a Best New Chef award from Food & Wine and a Chef of the Year honor from Eater Miami, E. Michael Reidt continues to put his best work on the table as executive chef of Area 31. His sustainable seafood-focused menu features starters such as shrimp ceviche and tuna tartare, as well as entrees of scallops with braised pork cheeks and corvina with shellfish moqueca stew—a nod to his adoration of Brazilian cuisine. There are also meat and poultry options, as well as a gluten-free menu and accommodations for vegetarian diners. Located on the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel, Area 31 boasts city views through the dining room windows and even better vistas from the outdoor terrace. There is also a more casual Pool Bar, where guests sip wine or creative cocktails while fishing for arm floaties from a pair of infinity pools.