Crumb on Parchment: Design District vs. the Webster
|Seared rare local tuna sandwich at Crumb at the Webster ($16)|
Michelle Bernstein has a knack for opening Crumb on Parchment at inorganic locations. The lunch spot's first locale is in the Design District, in the atrium of a design shop complex. With its mismatched tables, chairs, and couches, the space more easily resembles a showroom of scattered living rooms than an eatery. But despite its odd, food-court-like space beneath a staircase, Crumb at the Design District is surprisingly cozy.
On August 29, Bernstein took Crumb's delicious scones and sandwiches to South Beach's Webster -- the luxury multibrand fashion shop located inside a remodeled art deco hotel on tourist-heavy Collins Avenue at 12th Street. The hotel's former lobby previously functioned as a lounge, where shoppers enjoyed beverages like a glass of champagne or cup of coffee. It's there that Crumb on Parchment has taken the reigns, without much change to the décor or setting.
|Interior of Crumb on Parchment at the Webster|
|Mannequins at Crumb on Parchment at the Webster|
Some sandwiches didn't even make the trip across the causeway. Neither the pulled rotisserie chicken sandwich nor the portobello mushroom sandwich are offered at the Webster location.
The tofu salad from the Design District didn't make the trip either. Instead, there's a Chinese chicken salad -- chili-and-soy-roasted chicken with chopped lettuce, cabbage, and finely sliced vegetables in a sesame-ginger dressing ($10).