Christmas 2012: Miami Restaurant Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Guide
Can it be here already? Christmas is just around the esquina. As of today, Miami has 5 days to scrounge up plans, coordinate with the relatives, designate dishes, and have an overall panic attack realizing CHRISTMAS IS LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY.
Christmas is sneaking around the corner like a dirty thief.
Not to worry, though. Short Order has Miami's restaurant guide for Christmas and Christmas Eve.
Screw the colossal mountain of dishes at the end of your meal (someone's getting paid holiday time for that). Tell a potentially dry, overcooked turkey to kiss your Miami sun-kissed ass (there's no room for dry turkey at Miami establishments). But most importantly, take a load off and leave the Christmas meal to the experts.
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The Place: Quattro
The Vittles: Menu will include antipasti selections such as stuffed truffle polenta with fontina cheese fondue and white truffles. First courses will include champagne risotto with scampi and Ostera caviar, and "Langhe" taglioni, butter and white truffle. For the second courses, options include Turbot with artichoke, black olives and basil sauce, and duck breast with butter foie gras and sweet saba.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Christmas Ever and Christmas Day. For more information and reservations, call 305-531-4833.
The Price: A la carte, price range from $34-$75 per dish.
The Place: BLT Steak
The Vittles: Chestnut apple soup with ginger whipped cream and apple tuille, Nantucket bay scallop with persimmon grilled county bread and candied kumquat, braised lamb shank with blood orange gremolata, or seared tarbot with black trumpet and salsify ragout, or 20 oz dry age KC Strip with smoked brisket marmalade. Sides include rainbow chard with parsnip and bacon lardons, wil mushroom tart with roasted tomato, and desserts include apple pie sundae with calvados ice cream and fleur de sel caramel, and buche de Noel with candy cane buttercream and vanilla "mushrooms".
The Details: BLT will offer the usual a la carte dinner menu on Christmas Eve, as well as the blackboard specials listed above. For reservations, call 305-673-0044.
The Price: A la carte, price range from $11-$55 per dish.
The Place: Gotham Steak
The Vittles: Holiday-inspired dishes include grilled Australian lamb porterhouse and roast prime rib of beef. Gingerbread and chocolate desserts will be expected to end the night on a sweet note.
The Details: Christmas Eve, Gotham will serve the regular dinner menu from 6p.m. to 12a.m.. Christmas Day, holiday dishes will be available from 6p.m. to midnight in addition to the regular menu. For reservations, call 877-326-7412.
The Price: TBA, but note that valet parking will be discounted to $12 with validation.
The Place: Scarpetta
The Vittles: Selections include raw yellowtail and creamy polenta to start. For pasta, the option of Scott Conant's spaghetti with tomato and basil, and for main course, the option of Alaska halibut or 21 day-aged sirloin of beed. Desserts include coconut panna cotta as well as two other selections.
The Details: Regular dinner menu will be offered on Christmas Eve from 6 p.m. to midnight. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will offer a four-course prix fixe dinner menu from 5- 10 p.m.. For reservations, call 877-326-7412.
The Price: $75 per person. Note that valet parking will be discounted to $12 with validation.
The Place: Toro Toro
The Vittles: On Christmas Eve, Toro Toro will offer a seafood buffet from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will offer a four-course prix fixe plated dinner.
The Details: Christmas Day, the prix fixe dinner will include family-style appetizers, all-you-can-eat rodizio service and family-style desserts from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.. For reservations, call 305-372-4710.
The Price: Christmas Eve seafood buffet, $55 per person, $27 for kids 6-12 years old. Christmas Day prix fixe, $75 per person, $37.50 for kids 6-12 years old.