Miami , Florida
Tel: 305 759 2001
Concierge.com's insider take:
In 2006, local-girl-made-good Michelle Bernstein opened this homey neighborhood spot on the Biscayne Corridor and tricked it out with whitewashed thrift-store chairs, orange-and-cobalt walls, and crisp white tablecloths, like a '60s beach house. The lunch menu is standard modern American appetizers and entrées; it's better to stop by at dinner, when every dish is offered in half or full portions—a brainwave of her husband-cum-maître d' David Martinez—that allows multiple tastings. The simple yet flavor-packed menu might include a meaty mixed-fish ceviche; blue cheese and shredded duck croquettes; and conch doused in garlic, like escargots. Unlike other celebrity chefs, the charming Bernstein really does work on the line—usually at the sauté station. The chef recently opened Sra. Martinez, a buzzy tapas restaurant in the Design District; the food doesn't quite live up to Bernstein's reputation, but the atmosphere—a two-level former post office with tables on the front patio—is enjoyably buzzy (4000 N.E. Second Ave., Miami; 305-573-5474).
Open Tuesdays through Thursdays 6:30 to 10:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 10:30 pm, and Sundays 6:30 to 9:30 pm.