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Area 31 @ Epic Hotel, Downtown Miami

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I stopped in at Area 31 last night to meet some friends for happy hour. Turns out on Thursdays they do free specialty cocktails for ladies. Needless to say there was quite a bevy of Bettys in there last night. We had a few cocktails, a fritto misto consisting of delicately fried seafood with a fried caperberry, some swordfish croquetas, and the chef's plate charcuterie. I'm on a mission to not eat any fried food for the month of June and I stuck to it even though the misto and croquetas were calling me to dominate them. The chefs charcuterie was awesome with the standouts being foie gras "preserves", a spreadable foie that went on some crisp toast, and the chef's smoked tuna (crap, I'm 90% positive it was tuna) that had an insanely good smoke to it.

I was happy to see it was really busy at Area 31 because I think Chef Critchley is doing some great things there and being on the 16th floor of a hotel is tough. The only buzzkill is that you have to valet there and even when you get your ticket validated the charge is $12 (just went up $2!). I parked at a meter down the street at the Intercontinental out of spite. Cost me $6 and I got a little exercise from the 5 minute walk. Parking charges aside, definitely check this place out. I recently had dinner there with friends and chose the Chef's Sustainable Seafood Dinner consisting of multiple courses paired with wine. It was fantastic. More on that here:

http://blindtastes.blogspot.com/2010/...

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Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

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  1. Glad to hear your health-conscious eating habits have you shifting away from fried foods in favor of foie gras and cured meats. Maybe you'll be able to give up the Spanx.

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      Hahaha, thanks. I'm sort of doomed tonite though as I'll be heading to NAOE for dinner and one of the box compartments is always tempura. I guess if I'm gonna cheat though, that's the place to do it.

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      NAOE
      175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

      1. re: Blind Mind

        Valet turned out to be $10 after all. Still steep.