Crumb on Parchment: Design District vs. the Webster

Categories: First Bites
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Emily Codik
Seared rare local tuna sandwich at Crumb at the Webster ($16)
See also: Michelle Bernstein Brings Crumb on Parchment to Miami Beach.

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.

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Emily Codik
Interior of Crumb on Parchment at the Webster
The boutique's fashionista employees are still getting accustomed to the new restaurant. In fact, as soon as guests walk into the new Crumb, two impeccably dressed staffers approach with a question, "Are you here for the restaurant or the boutique?" They then refer diners to a seat before congregating back at the shop's entrance. Because the shop's staffers stand near the restaurant's tables, it makes for an awkward experience while you eat.
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Emily Codik
Mannequins at Crumb on Parchment at the Webster
Most offerings on the menu have experienced a South Beach up-charge, with prices having increased by about a dollar: The chopped Greek salad went from $8.95 to $10, the Crumb turkey sandwich went from $8.25 to $9.50, and the croque madame went from $8 to $9.

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).

Location Info

Crumb on Parchment

3930 Northeast 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Webster

1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

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That $16 plate in the photo has the visual appeal of something dealt out by a flight attendant in coach. Perhaps the "fashionista" door attendants are also sharing responsibility  for removing the Saran wrap and slapping things on plates?

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