Kareem Anguin, Chef-partner of The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Why he’s in the Food 50: In a city where chefs and restaurants come and go, Oceanaire’s strong run in Mary Brickell Village (eight years and counting) is a testament to the culinary skills and work ethic of its executive chef, Kareem Anguin. Raised in Jamaica and educated at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Anguin puts his own stamp on Oceanaire’s menu. He blends the jerk seasoning he uses to flavor black grouper caught off the Keys, topping it with a pineapple chutney.
And he is laser-focused on sustainability: He sources yellowfin tuna from Trinidad and Tobago instead of overfished bluefin, and he brings in farm-raised cobia from a University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science fish hatchery. Those touches, plus Anguin’s constant presence in the kitchen and dining room, make Oceanaire feel more like a Miami original than part of a corporate-owned chain.
Where to find him: The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami.
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Kareem Anguin’s Top Eats
1. River Seafood and Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-530-1915.
3252 NE First Ave., Miami; 786-369-0353.
3. Edge Steak and Bar
1435 Brickell Ave. (Four Seasons), Miami; 305-381-3190.
1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220.
1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555.
6. Proof Pizza & Pasta
3328 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-536-9562.
210 NE 18th St., Miami; 305-374-4635.
4740 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-758-7782.
9. Clive’s Café
5890 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-6512.
10. City Fish Market
7940 Glades Rd., Boca Raton; 561-487-1600.