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South Florida Food 50: Kareem Anguin of The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Kareem Anguin: Oceanaire.
Kareem Anguin: Oceanaire.

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.

Web: theoceanaire.com

Social: @oceanaire_miami

Kareem Anguin’s Top Eats

1. River Seafood and Oyster Bar

650 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-530-1915.

2. Sugarcane

3252 NE First Ave., Miami; 786-369-0353.

3. Edge Steak and Bar

1435 Brickell Ave. (Four Seasons), Miami; 305-381-3190.

4. Yardbird

1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220.

5. Pubbelly

1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555.

6. Proof Pizza & Pasta

3328 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-536-9562.

7. Mignonette

210 NE 18th St., Miami; 305-374-4635.

8. Shokudo

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.

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