OLA (Of Latin America), Miami Beach
1745 James Avenue
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 695 9125
Concierge.com's insider take:
This onetime Biscayne Boulevard staple defected to a prime spot on the beach in fall 2006, inside the Sanctuary Hotel in South Beach. The clubby, fairly formal space has large, modernist uphosltered chairs and crisp white tablecloths, but the menu's much zanier and more laid-back. Chef Douglas Rodriguez cooks up fish-heavy, pan-Latin selections (hence the name: Of Latin America) that jump from tapas-sized ceviches (try the Ecuadorian shrimp) to fusion appetizers such as foie gras-and-fig empanadas. The mojitos are superb, too.