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The Early Word on The Bazaar; Five Affordable Alternatives to Miami's Hottest Restaurants

SOUTH BEACH - Ever since opening a few weeks ago, The Bazaar has run the gauntlet of hype, love and criticism with diners knocking down the doors of the SLS South Beach to get an early taste of the whimsical and inventive cuisine of José Andrés' Miami kitchen. So far, some diners have had unforgettable experiences, while others were less than thrilled with the smoke and mirrors.

SPLURGE/STEAL - Don't have the cash flow right now to try any of the cool new restaurants you read about? Or simply can't get into any of them on a busy night? Here are a few recommendations for inexpensive, accessible alternatives to five of the hottest places in town.

GATEKEEPERS - On the heels of the success of their pop-up Phuc Yea!, self proclaimed "bar wrench, pot stirrer and co-conspirator" Aniece Meinhold, along with chef Cesar Zapata and Alejandro Ortiz, wanted to open a modern twist on the American tavern, rich with ingenuity and charm. We recently chatted with Aniece about opening The Federal, the kitchen's best offerings and vegans.

FLASHBACKS - Busy week for old Miami as we took a nostalgic look back on two legends from Miami's history: Embers and Park Avenue Restaurant. Also, with the announcement of Gil Dezer's plans to build a mix-use project, we took a moment of silence for a Miami legend, Rascal House.