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Aug 15, 2010 10:51 AM

Small Gripe: Why is it that most (not all, but many) Miami menus seem so heavy in August?

Do pardon my gripeyness and grumpyness, I do realize we really only have two seasons in Miami (summer and breezier summer). Still, I can't help wondering why the food seems so heavy in the summer months. Some menus, like Michael's and Michy's are quite thoughtful about the season.

We in South Florida are entitled to cold weather comfort food. I'm not saying let's take soups off the menu and erase all meat dishes. I'm just thinking aloud that it would be nice to see lighter menus with more vegetables, perhaps bolder, cleaner flavors.

In August, I don't really want my scallops enrobed with bacon and served with a polenta wedge (on the menu as a special at a newly opened restaurant). In January, I very well might.

Any thoughts?

Example 1 from Timo

These sounds delicious but terribly wintery to me:

Polenta crusted line caught wahoo with citrus aïoli,rock shrimp and organic baby lettuces
(The polenta makes it seem heavy)

Slow braised veal short ribs with gorgonzola dolcelatte gnocchi and black truffle

Lamb chops with rösti potato & goat cheese cake, and tomato-mint pan sauce

Example 2: from Quatrro:

Tortellini in Brodo
Prosciutto and Veal Tortellini in a Rich Beef Consommé

Tagliolini Alla Puttanesca
Tagliolini with Tomato Sauce, Capers, Anchovies, Garlic, Black Olives and Chili Flakes

Saltimbocca Di Vitello Alla Romana Con Pisellini Novelli Seared Veal Scallopini, Topped with Prosciutto and Sage, with Green Peas


6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

Collins Ave, FL, USA, Collins Ave, FL

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  1. Now I'm hungry lol. You're right though, those do sound heavy, but I guess I've gotten used to seeing it on restaurant menus all year long.

    1. You wouldn't be asking this question if you had those veal short ribs... amazing

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      1. Even in south florida winter we need to pack on the weight for winter> I here it might get down to 45 degrees for 2-3 days this winter. what a great reason to eat heavy