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Top 20 Restaurants For Right Now

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Virtuoso Life

Top 20 Restaurants For Right Now

By: John Mariani
Virtuoso Life

Virtuoso Life

Remember how, just a few years ago, it looked like restaurants were getting bigger and grander and far more expensive than ever? Funny how that now seems like dated decadence. Posh has yielded to a new style of dining that’s more casual and inventive – through still luxurious, but in an accessible and affordable way. There’s never been a better time to dine out, as these 20 new restaurants prove.

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Forty years ago The Forge was Miami’s grandest restaurant, with acres of Tiffany glass and polished brass. It closed last year for a $10 million renovation, toning down much of the glitz. Today The Forge attracts a younger crowd that loves pouring their wine from a state-of-the-art Enomatic wine wall. Chef Dewey LoSasso impresses with his generous portions, culinary imagination, and wit, evident in dishes like his lobster PB&J, made with big chunks of lobster, chopped peanuts, onion marmalade, and toasted brioche ( but don’t worry – the famous 16-ounce prime ” super steak” is back on the menu). If you want to live large in Miami Beach right now, The Forge is the one place you cannot miss. 432 41st Street; 305538-8533;

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20 Must Try Restaurants

Posted by: Ross Werland

For those who travel on their stomachs, and that’s probably most of us, Virtuoso Life’s September/October edition lists 20 must-try restaurants around the world that is says are casual and inventive but in an accessible and affordable way.

1. Culina in Beverly Hills — “An amalgam of the best that is served in Italy, but with a So-Cal twist …”
2. Sage in Las Vegas — “A well-focused contemporary American menu …”
3. Sinatra in Las Vegas — “Features many of Sinatra’s favorite dishes from his Rat Pack days…”
4. St. Francis in Phoenix — “Affordable wood-fired cuisine.”
5. Eight K Restaurant in Snowmass Village, Colo. — “The best Colorado rack of lamb you’ll ever have …”
6. The Mansion Restaurant in Dallas — “Texas flavors with French precision …”
7. Brennan’s of Houston in Houston —“Louisiana-inflected hospitality and grand tradition of fine dining …”
8. Le Foret in New Orleans — “Modern French and American cuisine with New Orleans traditions …”
9. Elate in Chicago — “Bar-centered, chef-driven …”
10. Maialino in New York — “As close an approximation to a true Roman trattoria as any outside Trastevere.”
11. Le Caprice in New York — “An international menu of impeccably wrought, simple dishes …”
12. Sampan in Philadelphia —“A wide array of inexpensive dishes that jump off the table with spice, zest and sizzle …”
13. Bourbon Steak in Washington —“The traditions of steakhouse fare … but there’s also lobster pot pie …”
14. Miller Union in Atlanta — “One of the city’s smartest new dining venues …”
15. The Forge in Miami — “Generous portions, culinary imagination and wit …”
16. Ame in Toronto — “Inventive pan-Asian cuisine …”
17. Tempo in London — “Specialties are small-plate antipasti like seared octopus and pomegranate salad …”
18. Frederic Simonin in Paris — “comfort level, prices and ingenuity of a young chef are the appeal.”
19. La Moraga Iberica in Marbella, Spain — “The food comes fast, and it’s all very quick-footed and fun.”
20. The Chairman in Hong Kong — “The classic cooking of historic Canton …”

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September 16th, 2010 at 10:36 am

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