The Gold Coast Editors Pick 3 Florida Restaurants That Are Worth The Road Trip
The thing about the Cobia “Rosa” Ceviche at Bazaar Mar in Miami is there’s a right and wrong way to eat it. We ate it the wrong way. It was during Miami Spice, and while every dish by chef José Andrés arrived looking like art, this dish was especially stunning, with cobia, sweet potato and corn nuts arranged in the shape of a rose. We used our forks like surgical forceps, careful not to mess up the masterpiece—until the waiter informed us we were supposed to mix up the ingredients before digging in. Bazaar Mar by José Andrés; 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami; sbe.com
Appetizers are a beautiful concept—the ability to pre-game a meal with more food is one of my favorite parts of a full-course dinner. At Costa, a Mediterranean eatery in Palm Beach, the tapas-style appetizers were the most memorable. I raved to my coworkers the following day about the house hummus, served with house-made naan bread. While hummus isn’t anything new, Costa offers the option to customize it with add-ins like toasted pine nuts, feta and pomegranates. Costa, 150 Worth Ave., Ste. 234, Palm Beach; costapb.com
Anyone who knows me knows I’m game for Italian food anytime. So, of course, there was no refusal during a trip to Orlando with a special stop at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek to try out the signature restaurant, La Luce. The pasta dishes keep me daydreaming about La Luce still to this day. Go non-traditional and order the light, airy gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce, pears, toasted walnuts and black pepper. It’s everything you hoped a pasta dish could be. La Luce, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane A, Orlando; laluceorlando.com
The editors weigh in on which Florida restaurants merit a road trip.