Top Five Miami Restaurants for Dining During a Hurricane
|db has lots of places to stretch out.|
Fantastic French food, a huge inventory of great wine and spirits, and a J.W. Marriott Hotel's worth of bedrooms upstairs. If all the rooms are booked, the lobby couches are very comfortable, as are those in the lounge (see photo). And while panic and pain reign on the flooded streets outside, you can be savoring steamy cheese gougéres, pâté de Campagne, scallops over saffron-soaked fregola, and a basket of madeleines from chef Jarrod Verbiak and his stellar kitchen crew/ The 30-page wine menu should keep most folks engaged through as many days as is necessary. It'll almost be a sin to have it so good while others have it so bad, but what can you do? Life just isn't fair.
|Area 31 offers a room with a view.|
Firstly, the name of the restaurant sounds like a hurricane shelter -- or else a place where aliens are being hidden. Secondly, the view from the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel should be stunning -- with potentially dramatic photo-ops of Biscayne Bay in a tempest. What does one feel like eating when viewing surging waters? Seafood, of course, and nobody does it better than chef E. Michael Reidt at Area 31. As with the other noted establishments, there's plenty of wine, spirits, and places to sleep. Also, sometimes building sway in these storms, which probably feels something like being in one of those revolving Hyatt restaurants, except less dizzying.
Never mind the prepared foods -- you'd be better off stranded at Fresh Market if that's all we're talking about. But if the storm has you trapped for a few days or more, there's no place better than a quality supermarket with a cafe. ;Any Whole Foods will do, but the one in Aventura seems the sturdiest, and has one of the larger selections of goodies. Still, they all have seating and lots and lots of things to eat -- and to eat quickly, assuming the electricity is down and the ice cream is melting and the cheeses, cold cuts, smoked fish, caviar and other delicacies have only so long a period before expiring. Crackers to go along? Practically limitless! Olives, pâtés, peppers, olive oils, a bakery, sandwich shop, and lengthy aisles of wines and beers, too. (IMPORTANT NOTE: First thing to do if you should find yourself in a Whole Foods Market/hurricane scenario is assemble a team of physically able bodies to quickly move all the beers into the freezer section). Then there's all the fruit, produce, juices...a lengthy internment here can prove to be more salubrious than a week spent at an expensive spa resort.
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