John Kunkel, CEO of 50 Eggs Inc.
Why he’s in the Food 50: Miami-based restaurateur John Kunkel has been on an absolute tear lately. He’s been scooping up kitchen talent like crazy. Top Chef Masters contestant Patricia Yeo and former Azul and OTC chef Jacob Anaya are now in charge of the food at Khong River House in Miami Beach, and Kunkel tapped Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant to open a new burger-taco-whiskey concept (BTW) this spring in the former Lime Mexican restaurant in South Beach. Kunkel just opened a Yardbird, his second, in Las Vegas. And for his next trick: a fast-casual fried chicken chain called Lewellyn’s Chicken & Biscuits, named for a recipe his grandmother created and a staple on both Yardbird menus. First locations are slated to open at the University of Miami and Miami International Airport.
Where to find him: Multiple locations.
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John Kunkel’s Top Eats
1. Estiatorio Milos
730 First St., Miami Beach; 305-604-6800.
9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-864-8600.
1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-455-2999.
300 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-672-1148.
5. The Federal
5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-758-9559.
6. Blue Collar
6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-756-0366.
4312 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-6066.
8. MC Kitchen
4141 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-456-9948.
3451 NE First Ave., Miami; 305-573-8886.
10 (tie). The Forge & Prime 112
432 W. 41st St., Miami Beach; 305-538-8533 (The Forge). 112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-532-8112 (Prime 112).