As Art Basel approaches, I thought I would put together a little list of some of my top choices of Resto’s with a Patio that are fashionable, delicious AND strategically located. Here are four spots to lunch at while you are on the go…… Here is where I am running to sup at during my busiest week of the year!
On the beach…..
This uber-lux hotel has one of the most delicious restaurants in town. Often forgotten about by locals, it should be your ‘go-to’ spot for a beyond tasty and gourmet experience, ala Chef Mathias Gervais, who will be serving a White Truffle Pizza priced at $250 during this year’s Art Basel (last year they sold 359 pies).
They also offer an AMAZING express lunch menu called Le Quicker, Monday – Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Perfect for the “ladies who lunch” groups or moms who want to grab a bite with their girlfriends before picking up their kids from school in a nice location.
Imagine: The Restaurant offers four dishes and a glass of wine (red or white) for $25. The catch? All four dishes are presented at the same time to ensure you’re in an out and still receive high quality cuisine and a fine dining experience.
2001 Collins Ave.
Considered to be ‘thoughtfully sourced American fare’ by Chef Michael Schwartz of Cypress Room and Michael’s Genuine, this outdoor area, including the most amazing landscaping with an authentic vibe of Esther Williams meets the Monaco Beach Club, the Raleigh’s ‘Restaurant Michael Schwartz’ is a great option for that relaxing lunch. You wont want to be rushed while supping on one of the city’s best Club Sandwiches or Burgers.
1775 Collins Ave.
Stephen Starr launched his latest project at the Perez Art Museum. Perhaps you did not know Verde existed, as it is set in the back of the museum with views of the city scape, but let it be known that the food truly matches the perfect view. Light, fresh and healthy (with healthy portions as well), I suggest the pizza’s, the chicken on a brick and the Peruvian ceviche’s.
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Via Verdi is my new favorite find. The old chef from Lincoln Road’s Quattro ventured off on his own to take over what once was UVA on Biscayne Boulevard. The menu tastes like Italy, and believe me, I know. The Vitello Tonnato (Vitello tonnato is a well-known Italian dish of cold, sliced veal covered with a creamy, mayonnaise-like sauce that has been flavored with tuna) is one of the best I have ever experienced and their gluten-free pastas are perfection. The ‘non osso buco,’ a short rib entrée, is also not to be missed.
6900 Biscayne Blvd.