Two New Must Try Restaurants In Miami’s Downtown
By Laurie Werner for Forbes
With all of the business activity in Miami’s downtown, Brickell City Centre’s recent opening as a high end shopping bazaar and the Disney park-like People Mover elevated tram making the area more accessible without a car, it makes sense that new restaurants are also moving into the area.
Bachour Bakery + Bistro in office tower dominated Brickell Avenue is quickly becoming an SRO spot for breakfast and lunch (sometimes truly SRO since it doesn’t take reservations) —or a place to grab one of star baker Antonio Bachour’s pastries to go. They’re irresistible: flaky, rich guava cheese, pecan and Nutella croissants, chocolate brioche, buttery pastries crusted with sugar that taste like caramel croissants, classic French pain du raisin and many others.
Also downtown is the latest outpost of chef Jose Mendin and his partners,the local restaurateurs known as the Pubbelly Boys after their original restaurant, the Asian-inspired gastropub Pubbelly which opened in 2010. This one, PB Station is modeled after a train waiting room with dishes that, correspondingly travel all over the map to display local dishes of the Americas with some original twists. Since this is Miami, there’s an assortment of seafood charcuterie and during the season—October to May, stone crabs and crab variations such as stone crab linguini with rock shrimp and saffron. I don’t know which city would claim the BBQ dates wrapped with bacon, mustard, smoked brisket and cole slaw but they’re absolutely delicious, as are the French Onion soup dumplings with braised short rib and gruyere, roasted octopus with lemongrass, green mango, peanuts and cilantro, gnocchi with short rib, and a giant, smoky pork chop. This isn’t light food—the manager was quite clear that they’re aiming for a masculine market. But women are certainly capable of eating heartily as well.