Just thinking about Miami’s steakhouses makes my mouth water,” says Lee Schrager, the founder and director of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February 19–22, 2015). “But I do have some favorites.” Among them: At Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak (19999 W. Country Club Dr.; 786-279-6600), inside Turnberry Isle Miami resort, chef Gabriel Fenton serves up a perfectly crusted filet mignon that cuts like butter.
On Lincoln Road, chef and co-owner Sean Brasel’s Meat Market (915 Lincoln Rd.; 305-532-0088) does a Gourmet Meat Sampler with Kobe Wagyu filet. The bone-in rib-eye at RED, The Steakhouse (119 Washington Ave.; 305-534-3688) is a classic. And executive chef Christopher Lee at The Forge (432 41st St.; 305-538-8533) “is accessorizing prime cuts with things like pickled-vegetable chimichurri and duck egg and smoked bacon [pictured below],” Schrager says.