1.Maty’sMidtownAs Val Chang’s first solo act, Maty’s arguably became Miami’s most talked-about restaurant of the year — for good reason. While you can certainly expect some of the expertly executed Nikkei-style ceviches and tiraditos the Chang Gang was known for at Itamae, Maty’s expands on the family’s culinary traditions with deeply comforting, yet finessed Peruvian plates that are rooted in the recipes Val’s grandmother taught her.Now, then, is Chang’s moment to honor the paternal grandmother who raised her and her brother (and fellow chef) Nando in Peru, and you can taste the love and tradition that’s layered into every dish. Take, for instance, the oxtail saltado or the roasted dorade in an aji amarillo beurre blanc sauce. Yet it’s the simple choclo (Peruvian sweet corn) in huancaína sauce – which tastes like a smokey mac & cheese – that we still can’t stop thinking about months later. Plus, the warm, friendly service at Maty’s is exactly what you’d hope for from such a family-focused restaurant.And if you don’t want to take our word for it, a quick reminder that the restaurant was lauded this year by both The New York Times and Bon Appetit, and the siblings were named to Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs list. Word, it seems, has gotten out.