Miami's 8 French Bistros to Try NowBy Carissa Chesanek
February 7, 2014
After recently chatting with Pubbelly's Andreas Schreiner about his soon-to-open L'echon Brasserie, we have to admit, it got us craving silk beef tartare, garlic-doused escargot and tender rabbit dumplings. While Pubbelly's new spot won't open until next month, we have plenty of other Frenchy cafes currently opened, serving some of the best authentic eats around. Hungry? Here are eight French bistros to try right now.
Chef Daniel Boulud mixes classic French cuisine with a New American twist in items like house-smoked sturgeon with caviar and porcini ravioli with cream spinach inside this upscale Downtown restaurant.
255 Biscayne Boulevard Wy.; 305-421-8800
This cozy little nook near the Design District has been providing its diners with authentic French fare (think: escargot Provençale and lamb chops) in a relaxed cafe-style atmosphere for several years, which is a sure bet why so many locals keep coming back - the three-course lunch for under $10 doesn't hurt.
4582 NE Second Ave.; 305-456-5909
Serving just one dish - steak frites served with 21-ingredient secret sauce - this Brickell eatery makes figuring out what's for dinner that much easier. It's the 14 different desserts you'll have a hard time deciding on.
1053 SE First Ave.; 305-755-9995
A South Beach staple in the food scene, this French brasserie with adorable sidewalk terrace offers cheese flown in from France, chocolate from Switzerland and freshly baked bread from Miami's own Zak the baker.
110 Washington Ave.; 305-763-8184
Sitting inside the historic Biltmore Hotel, this elegant restaurant is known to serve top-of-the-line French cuisine like frog legs jambonette and smoked Scottish salmon napoleon for equally high-end prices.
1200 Anastasia Ave.; 305-913-3201
This tiny hole-in-the-wall might be unknown to tourists and newbies to the city, but it is a favorite among the hardcore locals, due to its charming setting and savory menu of mussels in white wine and linguini with heavy cream,
538 Washington Ave. ; 305-531-1464
With an ultra-sleek midcentury-style interior done up in muted tones and nautical accents, this South Beacher serves a plethora of traditional high-grade items, from traditional onion soup to Dover sole with capers and lemon.
81 Washington Ave.; 305-503-3811
Situated inside the lavish Bal Harbour Shops this Parisian-inspired venue with a large pewter bar and industrial tin ceilings serves authentic dishes like steak tartare and foie gras au torchon with fig spread.
9700 Collins Ave.; 305-865-2181