100 Favorite Dishes: Grilled Octopus at Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Photo by Lee Klein
As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to cafe@miaminewtimes.com.

80. Grilled Octopus at Mandolin Aegean Bistro

This tender curlicue of octopus is first marinated in red wine, olive oil, and seasonings, then simmered (perhaps with a cork in the liquid?), then char-grilled (but not blackened) to juicy, smoky splendor; a squeeze of lemon and the treat is complete. The surroundings in which you get to enjoy the octopus is fetching as well: Mandolin's outdoor patio, beneath a thick canopy of leafy, lantern-laced tree branches, with romantic Mediterranean music tinkling in the background.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

100. Warm Buffala Mozzarella With Clay-Baked Roma Tomatoes and Eggplant at Timo
99. Butter Sweet Potato Pecan Cheesecake at the Mahogany Grille
98. Jerk Penne Pasta at Ortanique on the Mile
97. Herb-Basted Chicken Potpie at Gables Diner
96. Calzone Brooklynese at Pizza Volante
95. Deep-Fried Frogs' Legs at Coopertown Airboats in the Florida Everglades
94. Caramelized Onion Quiche at La Provence
93. Huevo Frito con Patatas, Jamón y Setas at Solea
92. Side of Bone Marrow Served With Steak at BLT Steak in the Betsy Hotel, South Beach
91. Swordfish at the Oceanaire Seafood Room
90. Twice-baked upside-down Gruyère cheese soufflé at Pascal's On Ponce
89. BBQ Shrimp at Red Light Little River
88. Thai Spring Rolls at the Asian Cultural Festival at Fruit and Spice Park
87. Sunday Fish Fry at the Shantel Lounge
86. Old Dirty Dawg at gastroPod Miami
85. Vegan Ding Dong at Lido at the Standard
84. Mahi-Mahi Tacos at Fish Shack & Market
83. Moroccan Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Elie's Café
82. Spicy Tuna Rock at Asia Bay
81.Lechon Asado at El Palacio de los Jugos

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