Top Ten Ingredients and Where to Find Them
You're scanning a menu, and a word jumps out at you. One specific food item in one specific dish that you now can't help but order. It's like a trigger. The thought of that ingredient has turned on a switch in your brain. The phrase "Pick me" plays over and over in your head for no apparent reason.
Lyssa Goldberg The ingredients on Oak Tavern's menu make our brains run wild.
Sometimes it's seasonal. You say pumpkin during fall and there's no stopping us. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin loaf, and then that one time
at band camp when we tried pumpkin Pop Tarts. Other times it's more irrational -- just some food trend that we have no control over. Take truffle oil, for instance. No, we can't taste it on our pizza over the heavy marinara sauce, and we're not even going to pretend we understand what it really is, but it sounds fancy and expensive, so why not? Or gold flakes, 'cause like, they're not actually food but they're pretty.
Miami is full of restaurants that play mind games with us, so Short Order has come up with a list of the top ten ingredients that make us tick and the eateries that use them best.
10. Caramelized onions
Onions aren't for everyone. Eaten raw they can be too strong, even though we love crisp sliced red onion in a salad or on a burger. But when they're caramelized, their sweet flavor can appeal to even the pickiest of onion haters. The BBQ pulled pork sandwich at The Daily Melt would be nothing without its caramelized onions. With Swiss cheese and jalapeño potato chips, it's a great, buttery specialty grilled cheese for $5.95.
How To Eat
Kale is the new quinoa. Have you seen how many restaurants are serving Kale Caesar salads these days? Kale is the "it" veggie of superfoods, and the garlicky kale at Whole Foods Market is simple but surprisingly delicious. (We know it's a grocery store, not a restaurant, but you can sit and eat there, so calm down.) It can be purchased from the cold food bar by the pound, and you can enjoy it straight away while sitting in the cafe.
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