Devon Seafood & Steak: Kendall's Finest New Eats

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Because metropolitan Miami is so awesome, we often neglect traveling to the suburbs, especially when we're hungry and impatient. But with the recent opening of Devon Seafood & Steak, we just had to make the trip. Situated in the Palms at Town & Country mall in Kendall, Devon is a neighbor of Cadillac Ranch, Blue Martini, Carmine's, and Outback. The big, flashy Disney-like signs ensure that no one drives by without noticing their presence. Devon sits on the mall's corner, lake-side, with no overhead sign. One would easily miss it if it weren't for the number of people walking in and out of the place.

It was 8 p.m. on a recent weekend when we stopped by, and the seafood-and-steak restaurant was crazy busy. Tables were being flipped faster than steaks. The space is huge. Upon walking in, you find the hostess stand and behind it a gargantuan glass wine cooler that extends into the bar/lounge area. The bar area blends seamlessly with the outside, becoming almost one space. Tables outside allow for a nice dinner by the water, or couches in front of the fire for cocktails and romance. Through the bar's glass shelves, you can see some of the dining room's action.

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Our large booth in the main dining room was slightly elevated. It provided a clear view of the almost-open kitchen, which is concealed by beads of some sort. The décor is contemporary American, with colorful abstract art placed across the dining room's light wooden walls. Servers walked around with large trays of freshly baked biscuits and homemade honey butter that had a hint of OJ in it. Music played in the background but was unidentifiable because of the room's volume of conversation, which is a good thing.

Our server approached our table with a complete understanding of the menu and the restaurant's strong suit, which she explained is seafood. As as steak-and-seafood boutique restaurant, Devon purchases fish daily from locals. Executive chef Scott Barrows has more flexibility than he did in downtown Chicago, where he used to work.

Asked why Devon decided on this precise location, manager Jeff Merritt told us the restaurant group looks to establish itself where demand exists. "After doing our research, we realized a demand existed in the growing Kendall area for fresh and good-tasting seafood that clients can trust," he said. "We're very central, in between midtown and Homestead, and can target a large scope of people here that after driving an hour in traffic from work, don't want to have to drive all the way back to midtown to get a decent meal."

Though Devon is not open for lunch yet, the unexpected demand is calling for opening sooner rather than later. Brunch service launched recently. And, get this, kids under age 4 get complimentary brunch. Ah, the perks of being a child. You'll have no problem getting your toddler to eat an unlimited number of made-to-order Belgian waffles and cinnamon fritter desserts. The kids might be less excited about the cold seafood display, which includes assorted smoked fish, oysters on the half-shell, and cocktail shrimp, but you won't. Adults will also enjoy the carving station as well as the sushi and sashimi, all offered for just $27 per person. Wonder if the $5 cocktails and champagne glasses are free for the kids as well. The hardest thing here is choosing from all the selections.

And they don't make it any easier with dinner. With an extensive menu that contains soups, salads, appetizers, chilled shellfish, crab, lobster, USDA Prime steaks, seafood entrées aside from the fresh fish of the day, and sides, you'll need to knock a few cocktails back to select just an appetizer. Cocktails are all priced at $10, while food ranges from a low $2.50 for oysters to a high $45 for a 16-ounce Kansas City strip. Because we didn't want to do any thinking -- just eating -- we let our savvy server guide us in our tasting of the menu.

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Homemade biscuits and honey butter

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Cadillac Ranch

11735 Sherry Lane, Kendall, FL

Category: Restaurant

Blue Martini at the Palms at Town & Country

8405 Mills Drive, Kendall Lakes, FL

Category: Music

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Javierquin1
Javierquin1

My wife and I went tonight to eagerly try the new restaurant nearby our home which we had heard about, @Devon_Kendall. Our first impression was not that great after my wife called about a week ago to inquire about a reservation, and were told that the earliest they could seat us Valentine's day would be at 5:00pm. This was too early for us, so we proceeded to make reservations for Friday, and my wife was told that they would put us on the waiting list for Thursday (Valentine's day) in case a spot opened up later than 5:00pm. The day before, Wednesday, my wife received a voice message from a girl from the restaurant informing her that some spots had opened up (3 spots, around 7pm), and asking her to please call back if we wanted those spots. My wife called them back within about an hour, and after we explained the call she received from the restaurant, the person who answered proceeded to tell my wife that there were not spots available and she couldn't explain the messages my wife received (nor confirm they were actually made). After my wife insisted she had received a call from the restaurant, she then got transferred to 3 different people who seemed unable to explain what had occurred and insisted there were no spots available. Finally, the last person she spoke to informed her that she would indeed accommodate us, and we were "confirmed" for 7:00pm. I know this was exactly what occurred, because the entire time I was sitting next to my wife listening to the conversation, as we were driving to the hospital to visit here grandfather who was moments from passing away. Despite the poor first impression of how this restaurant handled phone calls and reservations, we decided to go against our gut and go there the next day for Valentine's day. Unfortunately, we now know we should have paid closer attention to out initial instincts, because as we arrived there on Valentine's day, early for our so-called "reservation", desperately hoping to take our minds off of losing my wife's grandfather the previous day, we were told upon arriving that we were not on the list of reservations anywhere. My wife calmly and nicely (as only my wife can do), told the manager exactly what had transpired with the phone calls the day before. I explained that I was sitting right next to her while these conversations took place, and my wife offered to play the voice message for the manager of the call which she received letting us know they had some spots open up for us. Rather than apologize for confusion and attempt to figure out what the employees of this business establishment had done incorrectly and use this as an opportunity to improve their customer service by listening to customer feedback....the manager decided to accuse us of lying by stating that the message wouldn't prove anything because we might have not called them back! So we decided (or more I decided, unfortunately for my sweet loving wife who would have likely allowed this restaurant and their 20-something year old manager to mistreat us because of her natural tendency to avoid confrontation and be kind to people)....to walk out and look for another place to enjoy our evening dinner and give our business to (thank you Town Restaurant for accommodating us!).

As two business owners, my wife and I are always shocked when we find businesses who seem to feel that they are not providing a service but rather doing a favor by servicing clientele and collecting their money! Devon restaurant, we will never step foot in your establishment and we will be sure to share our experience with whoever will listen. Word of mouth travels fast, especially when it's a bad experience.

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