New Times' Iron Fork Recap
Presidente flowed as Chef John Critchley laid the culinary smackdown on
Giancarla Bodini for the 2009 Iron Fork title. Critchley's on a
winning streak, with his seafood-celebrating Area 31 having been
recently named one of Esquire magazine's best new restaurants this year.
focus, however, was the side show -- edible offerings of 40 South
Florida restaurants through which crowds weeded mowed. Here are some
fall-off-the-bone pork with golden honey cider barbecue sauce on a bed
of slaw with corn bread cube was a balanced bite. Rumor has it,
brother-sister owners, Brendan and Kristin Connor are scouting for
bigger digs, still in Coral Gables. We approve, as long as they find a
way to maintain the restaurant's intimate charm.
bite of deer was upstaged by its tuna, masago, and
seaweed salad on crisp, asymmetrical wonton shards, both in
presentation and flavor. This seconds-worthy bite was enough to
encourage us to plan a visit to its Wynwood home.
- It was a pleasure to catch up with Chef Sean Brasel who manned his Meat Market booth
with class and panache, serving up tender slices of perfectly-cooked
skirt steak on a bed of frisee. Brasel will be joining chefs Clay
Conely, Michael Bloise, and Michael Schwartz at the January 10 Dinner in Paradise at Paradise Farms in Homestead.
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may have scored our favorite dish of the night with its spicy goat,
served with a smile by General Manager Gary Sanon-Jules. Its
finger-licking bone-on bites left lips tingling from a habanero-laced
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|Chef Allen's team presented shrimp salad profiterole while he emceed and judged the cooking competition.|
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