On March 23rd, Eater launched ‘Regional 38,’ a list highlighting the essential restaurants in the American South, including Florida’s very own Alter and El Palacio de los Jugos inMiami, FL.

A playful, exciting, and unexpected ascendant in Miami’s buzzing Wynwood Arts District. Alter’s cramped, stripped-down space in a former warehouse departs from the town’s unending voracity for glitz, but locals and visitors eagerly wade into the melee.

The South never really embraced modernist cooking; the success of chef and co-owner Brad Kilgore’s breakout hit is the deserving exception. Whirling with global flavors, his vibrant creations (poached egg dressed in scallop espuma and truffle pearls as one example) are so exquisitely constructed that cleaning your plate feels like an act of vandalism. — says local expert, Lee Klein

Alter

223 NW 23rd St

Miami, FL 33127

(305) 573-5996

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An exuberant array of traditional Cuban foods and fresh juices, vended from stalls squeezed into a tropical fruit market. Portions are huge, prices are modest, and the mojo-marinated lechón asado is killer.

To lunch at outdoor tables alongside the bustling crowds, with your Styrofoam container of comida, is to take a colossal bite of the Miami-Cuban cultural and culinary experience. El Palacio has multiple locations, but the original on Flagler is the one to visit. — says local expert, Lee Klein

El Palacio de los Jugos

1977 Flagler Street

Miami, FL 33144

(305) 264-8662

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Information provided by Laura Arrubla