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South Florida Food 50: John Kunkel of 50 Eggs Inc.

John Kunkel: 50 Eggs Inc.
John Kunkel: 50 Eggs Inc. 50 Eggs

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.


Social: @50eggsinc, @50eggsjk

John Kunkel’s Top Eats

1. Estiatorio Milos

730 First St., Miami Beach; 305-604-6800.

2. Makoto

9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-864-8600.

3. Bazaar

1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-455-2999.

4. Monty’s

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.

7. Mandolin

4312 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-6066.

8. MC Kitchen

4141 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-456-9948.

9. Blackbrick

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).