DINING: MIAMI BEACH Artisan Beach House A rtisan beach house at the ritz- Carlton Bal Harbour offers waterside dining overlooking the sand, sea and swaying palms of Miami Beach. Grab a table on the terrace to enjoy the open air along with fish and seafood fresh from local waters, accompanied by locally sourced sides and creative starters. Dense and luscious Biscayne Crab Cakes with chayote and green mango slaw come directly from the Bay; Cobia Ceviche with Florida citrus, leche de tigre, aji amarillo, sweet potatoes, crispy shallots, and cilantro combines land and sea. Perfectly prepared Colorado lamb chops over a roasted eggplant babaganoush, with arugula and tomato marmalade, and lemon-thyme organic chicken also grace the menu. The closing clincher: a Passion Fruit and Key Lime bar with key lime filling, passion fruit cream and meringue on a graham cracker crust. Service is knowledgeable and friendly. Craft cocktails can be enjoyed on the terrace, in the lounge, or in the indoor dining area. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and weekend brunch. 10295 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour 305/455-5460 Atlantikós Bright, airy and inviting, Atlantikós at the St. Regis offers Greek and Mediterranean fare with flare. Start with a meze platter of classic Greek spreads with pita to share, or a towering raw seafood platter, available in “Atlantikós,” “Grand” and “Royal” proportions. Move on to excellent entrees like baked yellowfin seabream with tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and capers; or a vegetable moussaka with eggplant, potatoes, zucchini, and mushroom ragout, topped with a creamy béchamel. Be sure to try a beguiling house specialty cocktail incorporating Ouzo or Metaxa, melded with fresh herbs and infusions. Diners can choose to be seated indoors, at the bar, or on the enclosed terrace overlooking one of the St. Regis pools. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday brunch. 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour-Miami Beach 305/993-3300





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