Every year, we look forward to Miami Spice. Why? Because Bourbon Steak and Corsair Kitchen & Bar put out some of our favorite Miami Spice menus in town. This year is no different, as both restaurants at Turnberry Isle are participating again.
Change is scary for most people, but not for The Local Craft Food + Drink’s Phil Bryant. At the Coral Gables gastropub, the chef actively embraces it in his Southern cuisine. What’s on the menu one day will be most likely be gone the other, making each visit to the neighborhood spot a unique one. Case in point: All the items we had during our visit for this story are no longer available.
It doesn’t matter, though, because one thing has remained the same at The Local under Chef Bryant’s care: the quality of the experience.
If you were to ask us where to go for brunch on a Sunday, La Mar by Gastón Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental would be one of our first recommendations. The Brickell Key restaurant’s brunch, which we tried last year, was — and continues to be — one of the best weekend deals in town. An extensive buffet spread and unlimited pisco sours? Yes, please.
But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that we finally stopped in for dinner. Chef Diego Oka has been traveling the globe lately, and he’s come back and put all that worldly inspiration onto the plate. We were fortunate enough to take part in a 12-course affair that highlighted classic La Mar dishes as well as some new additions (shout out to Chef Oka for the hand-written menu).
Twelve courses is a lot, so we’ll keep this short and sweet. Cue the food porn.