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The best raw bars in Miami

Miami is abuzz with excitement anticipating Blue Collar's Danny Serfer and blogger Ryan Roman's opening of the Edgewater New Orlean's inspired oyster bar and restaurant, Mignonette. We took the time to revisit some of our already favorite spots to shuck, slurp, pinch, peel and repeat.

The River Seafood and Oyster Bar in Brickell
Kumamoto, Hama Hama, Fanny Bay, Cotuit, Flying Point, Beaver Tail. Name the oyster, chances are they've got it. If you're looking for a little heat, the clams casino ($6) or fire-roasted oysters ($11) will hit the hot spot.

Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill in Midtown
The only thing that enhances the already-blissful experience of dining at this luscious, tropical, bright cabana space is ordering a seafood tower ($70)—two levels of stacked mixed oysters, king crab legs, clams and octopus-miso salad.

Lure Fishbar in Miami Beach
Josh Capon's raw bar offers plateaus in varying sizes, which include littlenecks ($1.75 each), mussels escabeche ($12) and king crab legs (M.P. per half pound). When in doubt, the clever staff recommends what they like to refer to as "Tupac meets Biggie" ($16)—a selection of four of the dressed oysters, such as the Kukomotos with wasabi leaf and lemon or Blue Points with shallot mignonette.

Tarpon Bend in Coral Gables
This happy hour staple on the Mile offers one of our favorite after-work snacks: oyster shooters ($2.25 each, $11.5 for half a dozen). The briny bivalves are shucked and served with lemon and cocktail sauce in a double shot glass. Go ahead, add the Grey Goose floater ($1.50 each); you've earned it.

Prime Fish in South Beach
The seafood-heavy menu offers one of the best raw selections in town. It's so luxe, in fact, that the restaurant has only one size of stone crabs—go big or go home with a Colossal (M.P). And make sure you ask for your oysters dressed à la Moscow ($6), with a dash of caviar on top.

Oceanaire Seafood Room in Brickell
Twelve different styles of oysters may only be upstaged by American Hackleback caviar ($74.95) served with hardboiled egg, capers and toast. We also go for the spicy tequila shrimp ceviche ($15.95) with avocado, served on chile-dusted tortillas.

Monty's in Coconut Grove
This is the closest you'll get to feeling like you're in the Keys without taking the Overseas Highway—not only because of the open deck and live tropical steel drum performers, but because of "the bounty": six oysters, six clams, three jumbo shrimp, three medium stone crab claws and a serving of the conch ceviche salad with sweet onion and roasted red peppers (M.P).

A Fish Called Avalon in South Beach 
Locals and tourist alike have made this Ocean Drive institution a destination. The raw bar, while simple, has all the classics: oysters ($9), shrimp ($16), stone crabs, lobster ($22) and Alaskan king crab legs (M.P).

Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish in Overtown
Garcia's is Miami's seafood market of choice, so it only makes sense that its sister restaurant, which has an open deck on top of the Miami river, has only the freshest fish, beginning with an extensive stone crab selection.

Lure Fishbar 1601 Collins Ave Miami Beach FL 33139 305-695-4550 Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill 3252 Northeast First Ave. FL 33137 786-369-0353 The River Seafood and Oyster Bar 650 South Miami Ave. Miami FL 33130 305-530-1915 Tarpon Bend 65 Miracle Mile FL 33134 305-444-7654 Prime Fish 100 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 33139 305-532-4550 Oceanaire Seafood Room 900 South Miami Ave. Miami FL 33130 305-372-8862 Monty's 2550 S Bayshore Dr. Coconut Grove FL 33133 305-856-3992 A Fish Called Avalon 700 Ocean Dr. FL 33408 305-532-1727 Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish 398 NW North River Dr. fl 33128 305-375-0765

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