Chris Tapper, Executive Chef, Tides Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Painted on a lobby wall of Miami Beach's ultra cool Tides Hotel is a quote from Oscar Wilde: "Nothing is so dangerous as being modern. One is apt to grow old-fashioned quite suddenly." It's an astute quote and fearlessly displayed here at this Ocean Drive hotel, where the dècor is so enduringly classic and laid back that it comes off as intellectually sane in a city known for its excesses.

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