Art Basel: Where to Find Beautiful Food in Miami
4. DB Bistro
billwisserphoto.com Pistachio-raspberry vacherin at DB Bistro Moderne
In 2010, DB Bistro arrived in downtown Miami with all the refinement expected from an eatery by Daniel Boulud. Executive chef Matthieu Godard, who previously worked under Ramon Freixa in Marbella as well as the Boulud enterprise in New York, offers dishes like grilled Portoguese octupus with marcona almond purée, oranges, arugula and olives. Desserts by Jerome Maure might include vacherins like the one above, or others with coconut tapioca pudding, tarragon meringue, vanilla chantilly and star anise ice cream. Sound good? Well make reservations. Then plan on spending about $75-90 per person.
3. J&G Grill
billwisserphoto.com Soy glazed short ribs with apple-jalapeño puree and rosemary crumbs at J&G Grill
French master Jean-Georges Vongerichten brought J&G Grill to Miami this year. He dubbed the eatery "contemporary American with a local influence". We are all still trying to figure out what the heck "American" cuisine means precisely, but just make the drive to Bal Harbor in the medium term. Chef de cuisine Richard Gras helms the kitchen and turns out dishes like grilled Colorado lamb with braised artichoke and chili crumbs for a whopping $55. The eatery was the winner of New Times' Best Outdoor Dining this year. It's simply a nice spot to spend time, buy pretty things and spend a lot of cash. And isn't that what Art Basel is all about?