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As one of Miami’s most celebrated bakers (who happens to be married to another chef—Brad Kilgore of Alter, Kaido and Ember), Soraya Kilgore is quite literally an expert on great food. That’s why we asked her to dish on her absolute favorite spots to go for lunch, date night or dancing.

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1. Jaguar Sun

“The food and drinks are always great. Plus, it’s tucked away in a high-rise in downtown Miami, so it’s dark, sexy and delicious. Perfect for date night.”

230 NE Fourth St.; 786-860-2422 or jaguarsunmia.com

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2. Sweet Liberty

“If you want to dance and let loose, this is the place. They have amazing cocktails and great service. The cauliflower nachos are a must.”

237-B 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-763-8217 or mysweetliberty.com

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3. Club Space

“This place is great for electronic music, if you’re into that. The best DJs in the world play here. It’s a true peek into Miami’s night scene.”

34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-357-6456 or clubspace.com

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4. Meat Market

“Sometimes I crave a juicy steak and some Brussels sprouts, and chef Sean Brasel always knows how to deliver. Make sure to look out for the koji rub.”

915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-532-0088 or meatmarket.net

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5. St. Roch Market

“Itamae is always my go-to if I want a light, bright and fresh lunch. Tran An, which is also in the market, is the spot for some feel-good pho.”

140 NE 39th St.; 786-542-8977 or miami.strochmarket.com

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6. Mandolin

“Dining at Mandolin makes me feel like I’m on a European vacation. The food is always on point too. Chef Roel Alcudia is amazing.”

4312 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-749-9140 or mandolinmiami.com

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7. Stanzione 87

“They have the best pizza! And co-owner Ashley Stanzione’s wine list is a must!”

Various locations; stanzione87.com

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8. NIU Kitchen

“Overall this is just a great spot. Between the food, the wine and the atmosphere, you can’t go wrong.”

134 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-542-5070 or niukitchen.com

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