Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 26, 2021

Rainbow ceviche is on the menu at Ola.

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Miami Beach bites

Don’t be fooled by barely-there bikinis. The people in this beach town know how to eat. It’s not all early-bird specials either. Mega chefs have moseyed in and set up a slew of swanky, albeit expensive, restos, and the food is like nowhere else. It’s called Floribbean, in fact; a fusion of Caribbean, South American and seafood. If you’re headed south, embrace being fashionably late. Dinner is eaten as late as 9pm.

For Cuban

Case in point is Havana 1957 (405 Española Way; The art deco-inspired throwback resto is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 9am to 1am, Fridays and Saturdays until 2am. Its especialidad de la casa is a roasted chicken in Cuban gravy served with white rice, black beans and plantains (US$17.95). There’s Cuban coffee too (US$3) and a bar with 70 different rums.

For South American

Argentinean-born Horacio Rivadero was one of Food & Wine’s top 10 Gulf Coast chefs to watch in 2012. You’ll want to watch him at Ola at the Sanctuary Hotel (1745 James Avenuel; in 2013 too. Its menu includes 10 different ceviches, plantain-crusted mahi-mahi and churrasco-style filet mignon served with grilled asparagus, a chipotle-crabmeat dressing and chimichurri . (Yummy, yummy).

For seafood

Grillfish (1444 Collins Avenue; deserves a nod if only because it’s been open for almost 20 years and is still going strong. Its menu isn’t fancy schmanchy — blackened grillfish cakes, tuna burgers with wasabi mayo, clams or mussels over garlic-wine linguine, grilled grouper, snapper, mahi-mahi etc. — but it shouldn’t disappoint.

Bonus: the three restos above are a max 10-minute walk from the Loews Hotel, host of the annual AAD meeting next spring. (See box for details).

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