Jeff Mcinnis
While the rest of the country may know Chef Jeff Mcinnis from the fifth season of Bravo’s Top Chef, Miami locals in the know have been praising his gourmet skills as the chef de cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach since 2006.
Where were you born ?
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
How long in Miami:
Five years, since summer 2004
South Beach (always south of Dade Boulevard)
Chef (Chef de Cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach)
Favorite Restaurant:
Mine of course, The DiLido Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Best Sushi:
Doraku on Lincoln Road is good and Shiso on 20th is great.
Best Ethnic Food:
Ishq on Ocean Drive near 4th
Best Italian:
Macaluso’s on Alton and 18th st.
Best place for late night dining:
Clarke's Miami Beach
Best dessert:
Icebox Cafe on Michigan Avenue
Best place for a romantic date:
Back seats of my truck or packing a late lunch or dinner into a picnic basket with a radio/iPod, flowers, a huge blanket, some nice wine, and taking the boat out to watch the sun set over the down town skyline, or on the beach if you don't have a boat.
Best Sunday brunch:
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach hosts the best Sunday Brunch with a lavish display of delicacies including a vodka caviar station, fresh seafood, sushi, Bloody Mary station, mimosas, live entertainment, and outdoor seating overlooking the pool and beyond.
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Shore Club
Best place for a power business meeting:
The second floor of Smith & Wollensky
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
Favorite neighborhood in Miami is definitely Stiltsville. I love pulling my boat into that neighborhood and parking at any one of the residences for a bottle of wine and a sunset.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
All the fun little trendy shops on Lincoln Road
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Mayors Jewelry on Michigan and Lincoln
Best Spa:
Any of the Miami Ritz-Carlton Spas
Favorite Charity Event:
The March of Dimes
Favorite Cultural Event:
All the Chef Series at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Jimbos—it’s a little classy bar on Virginia Key
Best Aspect of Miami:
Miami is like no where else in America, complete with warm weather year-round, culture, history, beautiful beaches, amazing dining, and incredible people.
Best Steakhouse:
Gotham Steak, John Suley is an amazing chef!
Best Pizza:
Mellow Mushroom, a bit North of Miami
Best Lunch:
Besides my restaurant, Lime on Alton Road
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
David Barton Gym
Best Massage:
From someone you know, love, and is attracted to you.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
A friend who is sober
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The art walk which takes place every second Saturday of the month in the Design District. It is a great opportunity to view a variety of exhibits and museums all in one place. Also, the Locust Project always has something interesting going on.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. This historic landmark is a beautiful place to visit. It is accessible by water, so I typically end an afternoon by pulling up by boat and exploring the amazing architecture and gardens. It’s like visiting Venice.
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