NY Times Article (South Beach)
Probably belongs on the media board, unless Sobe or others care to comment on it.
Having spent some time in Miami Beach after Hurricane Andrew -- while doing some work for the Sheraton Bal Harbour -- I witnessed the early wild and wooly growth of the district.
I tend to agee with the NYT author that it has helped Miami to become a true food town. The SoBe restaurants and the Food & Wine event powered up the city's place among food meccas.
Interesting article. I tried to find a copy of Setei's menu online but couldn't. I am really curious to see it. Does anyone have a link?
I had drinks at the bar a month or so ago and took a peek, but can't recall the details of any dish because I was too astonished by the prices. Here's another review that gives some details:
Sorry to hear the new Bouley place get panned. There have been mixed reviews here as well.
ha hahm, spent last weekend in SoBe and dining is all about the scene. it's all about the view, whether natural or man-made, if you catch my drift.
if your focus is food, you'll go to Sardinia & Enoteca or Jope's Stone Crab. Hell, even the Forge. Social, Table 8, Prime 112, the Setai, Karu & Y - scene- or concept-driven. Bouley? not unless you're 50+. Michy? no one except for the neiborhood locals goes there as it's off the main drag (aka Collins Ave) Azul at Mandarin Oriental? glory days are over.
having eaten at most places Bittman wrote about, ugh, not sure what i'd recommend - perhaps Sardinia-one of the two places i didn't eat at? it just sounds...honest... no tricked-out bar snacks masquerading as dinner. (the other is Bouley - i live in NYC and have visited quite a few times in the past few years)
i swear, you can't swing a cat w/o hitting kobe sliders (or any sliders) or burrata
you know, i started thinking a view and ability to eat outside Jan-March is not such a bad thing and can (almost) make up for the food...
Nux - while SoBe in particular is mostly about the scene (yes, often silicone-enhanced), I'm not sure that's a completely fair or complete assessment of the local dining universe. They are few and far between but there are places that are genuinely about the food. I'd put Talula and Mark's on South Beach in that category, as well as Timo further north in Sunny Isles, places which don't get a ton of attention but which crank out high quality interesting food night in, night out.
Michy's frankly (and much to my chagrin) is far from a neighborhood place and is a big draw due to national press. Very much a bummer for me, since it is 5 minutes from my house but you can never get in without a reservation (we will sometimes try to squeeze in early or at the bar though). Azul has not been the same since Michelle Bernstein left (and later started Michy's). From what I've heard Sardinia is already becoming a victim of its own success -- too bad I still haven't gotten there.
"Can't hit a cat ..." -- I agree this is a valid complaint, there's not much original going at most places; if I see one more tuna tartare with potato crisps... But in fairness, you see the same thing happen in many other communities too, where a dish shows up and then suddenly everyone's doing it.