First of all,
Thanks to all who responded to my post a few
weeks ago about dining in South Beach. T Pigeon, your recs were right on. I twas nice to be in south Beach the week of the worst storm in the NE this year. I won't rub it in.
Hubby and I stayed a week at Ritz Carlton in the club area so we quickly were bored with their dining options but had Breakfast every AM in the Hotel. usually smoked Salmon, omlettes, juices etc.
Hotel restaurants were dilido and Americana
Dilido Beach club. Right on the Beach and awesome Mojitos.
Great Burgers, wraps and casual fare.
Americana- Had one excellent dinner there with my mom who met us. Had a Foie Gras app with spicy cashews, a scallop app. 2 U4 scallops over oxtail ravioli in a black truffle sauce..delish, and a wonderful midcourse of sweet potato risotto candied pecans and parm cheese, entrees, huge veal chop perfectly cooked, filet with green peppercorn sauce, and an ok durade that was bland. Service was great. We Went back another night and it was a dreadful experience. not one dish was edible, food came out cold.
Blue Door- In a league of it's own. One of the best meals I've had in a while. Up there with Top restaurants in country. 4 of us dined. Hostess could not find our rez.. they made us wait only a few minutes and seated us. App's, 2 had Foie Gras banana , mango frangelico? and they did not share said it was awesome, I had Crabavocat...crab salad, tomato coulis crispy shrimp and guacamole just a great clean refreshing dish, hubby had the other Foie Gras a little burger on a homemade bun with a brick of Foie Gras caramelized onions, and
a tomato glaze he declared his second favorite burger next to the truffle burger in NYC at db bistro, entrees, my black grouper was outstanding in a brown butter sauce over hearts of palm and cashew nuts garlic lime, other couple each had lobster with caramelized banana, raisin, lime and it tasted superb. I thought I would like lobster only with butter but this prep came together harmoniously, hubby had a giant filet in a gorgonzola sauce perfectly med rare. side dishes were some of the best we ordered two potato foam with black truffle, the mushroom cocktail which had 6 types of much in a cappuccino cream and spinach, and fried asparagus GBD!! Decor, service, eye candy were great. Will be back next month for dinner. Yes that good.
skipped dessert (went to a gelato place next to the hotel....reminded me of Capogiro in Philly)
Vix- Went there after a few recommendations from the board. Very interesting space. looked quiet when we arrived, giant Bar in the center, cramped tables, but excellent service. Food is for the adventurous palate.
the menu is broken down into regions of the world. The chef incorporates different spices in every dish, hubby and I had app's of fire roasted flat iron mussels in a bold tomato broth, a Foie Gras three ways, one a terrine with truffles and cognac, another with chocolate, and another with a tropical chutney very good, the entrees, I had a Osaka cod in a miso glaze
book choy it was awesome I was about to lick the plate.
Hubby had roasted rack and leg of lamb with casserole of aromatic melting shoulder with crushed green chick peas, Moroccan-spice tomato-eggplant relish and coriander. He loved the three presentations of lamb.
from the combo of all these spices. Dessert was good not great I had the Mango fritters with fruit compote and hubby had a cheese plate that was very good but stingy on the 3 cheeses. when we left the restaurant was essentially a nightclub as I was bumping into patrons trying to escape the scene. It is a place to try if you really enjoy spices and Moroccan, Asian, Indian, Latin fare but I would not return. Hubby later that eve he had a bit of nausea and GI distress as all the spices seemed to hit him.
Capital Grille- Excellent dinner. Will post another time as I believe they are a chain and I don't want my post to be removed in the usual draconian fashion. Always a great steak and Lobster and the creamed spinah is a winner.
Joe's- Did not do this trip just did not want to wait in line for stone crabs.
Prime 112- Cancelled our reservation after talking to another couple at the Hotel. Sounded like more hype than great food.
Thanks again to all and if you are coming to Philly feel free to shout out for advice.