Top 15 Restaurants Reviewed in 2013
'Twas the year of chicharrón tacos and bacon-wrapped quail eggs, a time of fried alligator and pan-seared frogs' legs... Alright, enough poetry: Last year was a good year for eating, so now it's time to give thanks.
CandaceWest.com Barbecue indoors, eat tongue, and down kimchi at Gabose in Lauderhill.
2013, thank you for the barbecued beef tongue at Gabose; the ridiculously delicious burger at the Cypress Room; the perfect yet pricey pizza at Lucali; the messy croque-monsieur at Frenchie's Diner; and the Everglades gumbo at Box Park. (May it rest in peace.)
What follows are the top 15 restaurants reviewed in 2013.
15. Frenchie's Diner
billwisserphoto.com Pretty duck confit in Coral Gables.
Praise the coziness of mom-and-pop restaurants: the concise menus, the personable attention, and the homespun, unfussy food. Frenchie's Diner in Coral Gables mashes French bistro cookery with American diner fare. There are burgers, duck confit, and frisee aux lardons. But if you go, you must try the croque-monsieur. It's among the sandwiches in town.
14. Oak Tavern
billwisserphoto.com Let's eat charcuterie.
Oak Tavern is a great spot for a drink, particularly after a long work day when nothing but a glass of wine and stone crab crostini will do. Chef David Bracha, who has been cooking at the River Seafood & Oyster Bar in Brickell for nearly a decade, launched his new restaurant last year. Today, it's a top Design District destination, serving curried goat empanadas, bacalao croquettes, and bacon marmalade toast.
13. Tongue & Cheek
billwisserphoto.com Get cheeky with some lamb belly at Tongue & Cheek.
At Tongue & Cheek, Jamie DeRosa's cooking is eclectic and fun. There are lighthearted cocktails, such as pumpkin pie martinis and smoking apple and fig. Dishes don't cling to a single cuisine. There's pekin duck, Moroccan braised beef short ribs, and Idaho river trout. It's a nice place to eat well, drink well, and have a good time.