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Barton G in South Beach

JmVikmanis | Dec 29, 200309:33 AM

Went to dinner at this trendy South Beach restaurant on West Ave. near Lincoln Road last night. Had a terrific time and excellent food. Serving good food with a touch of humor and kid-like fun is the basic premise here. We were seated in a place which permitted us to see lots of food being served to other tables and gave us a glimpse of several of their quirky dishes served in quirky dishes--like the popcorn shrimp served in a popcorn box, the sashimi sno cones, the french fries served in a little toy red wagon to accompany the seabass in paper, the fois gras club sandwich served in a tiny school kids lunch box, the iceberg lettuce salad served as a giant cone wrapped in strings of cheese, and the gigantic mauve cone of cotton candy placed in the center of the table to be eaten with fingers all around--looked a bit like tall hair at a little old ladies luncheon. While the food is amusing it is also very good and the decor is terrific. Some of the standouts our party of five had included a lobster bisque served in a tiny copper pot atop a sterno flame with real lobster flavor and lots of lobster chunks, a set of four hanging kebobs of seafood with four accompanying dipping sauces to be enjoyed by two people, and a wonderful off the bones barbecued short ribs. We ate inside where areas are separated from one another by floor to ceiling green/orange sheer curtains and modern art is accented by plenty of traditional arrangements of tight white roses. A lovely outdoor area is also available where tables are separated from each other by tropical greenery and the setting made special by white linens and white candles which set the crystal to sparkling. The place is fun, beautiful and has good food--what you expect from a trendy new place on South Beach. True to expectations you can also run up a pretty decent bill for the fun. With about $200 for drinks and a 20% gratuity added into the bill by the management our bill for 5 came to $540. At this rate, it's not likely to become a weekly event, but it could be a special place to go for a special occasion with special friends who have a good sense of humor and enjoy good food.

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