Prais­ing Ari­zona

DINE and Destinations - - ON THE COVER - By Katy Lynch

If you are like us, then you know that plan­ning your trip around where you are go­ing to eat is of the ut­most im­por­tance. We’re here to make your life eas­ier and present you with a lo­cal’s guide to the hot new places in the city and what to order at each

Sat­isfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Jean-ge­orges Von­gerichten’s South Florida out­post, where pas­try chef ex­traor­di­naire An­to­nio Ba­chour cre­ates show-stop­ping mas­ter­pieces that are as beau­ti­ful as they are de­li­cious. Pick up a copy of Ba­chour’s lat­est cook­book, Ba­chour Sim­ply Beau­ti­ful, to cre­ate his desserts in your own kitchen. Must try dish: Any­thing from the dessert menu will do. We have yet to be dis­ap­pointed. The St. Regis Bal Har­bour, 9703 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles;

(305) 993-3333; streg­is­bal­har­bour.com

Of­fer­ing a menu of rus­tic Ital­ian cui­sine in a com­fort­able, yet sleek set­ting, we find our­selves re­turn­ing to Cibo fre­quently. To pair with their en­tic­ing cui­sine, Cibo has an in­cred­i­ble wine se­lec­tion that is of­ten lauded as one of the best in the city, which fea­tures nearly 4,000 bot­tles on their floor to ceil­ing wine rack. Must try dish: Order a bot­tle of wine and you’ll get quite the show, as Cibo’s wine an­gel is raised up with a rope and har­ness to re­trieve your se­lec­tion. 45 Mir­a­cle Mile, Mi­ami; (305) 442-4925;

ci­bowinebar.com

En­joy ocean­front din­ing in a warm and invit­ing set­ting at AQ, where renowned Chef Dewey Lososso serves up a menu of cre­ative Mediter­ranean-in­spired fare that high­lights fresh from Florida in­gre­di­ents. Must try dish: Herb seared yel­lowfin tuna

Ac­qualina Re­sort & Spa on the Beach, 17875 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles; (305) 918-6816;

ac­qualinare­sort.com

Food be­comes art at SHIKANY, where ad­ven­tur­ous din­ers can en­joy a cre­ative play on colours, flavours and tex­tures in ev­ery dish. In ad­di­tion to the a la carte menu, SHIKANY of­fers a 10-20 course de­gus­ta­tion menu, avail­able on Fri­day evenings. Must try dish: But­ter Poached Maine Lob­ster Mac

251 NW 25th Street, Mi­ami; (305) 573-0690; shikany.com

Span­ish ta­pe­ria meets hip, ur­ban eatery at Ta­pe­ria Raca, the lat­est ven­ture by Chef Gior­gio Rapi­cavoli of the Eating House. Chef of­fers a menu of small plates and ta­pas where clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary Span­ish flavours are given a whim­si­cal flair. Must try dish: Patatas Bravas 7010 Bis­cayne Blvd, Mi­ami (Mimo District);

(305) 751.8756; ta­pe­ri­araca.com

An au­then­tic Cuban cafe­te­ria meets a chic gas­tropub at Bread + But­ter, where Chef and owner Al­berto Cabr­era blends to­gether clas­sic Cuban recipes with mod­ern Amer­i­can tech­niques and in­gre­di­ents. Must try dish: The Me­dia Noche Cro­quettes 2330 Salzedo Street, Co­ral Gables; (305)

442-9622; breadand­but­ter­counter.com

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