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Seasonal Desserts Are The Thing At The Coterie Room

The desserts don't tend to be as molecular as Spur's with their espumas, crystalized zests, and other self-described "playful accompaniments," but they do tend to be playful in their own right—and downright delicious.
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First Look: My Sweet Lil Cakes

The pancakes are cooked to order, taking about five minutes to appear and starting at five dollars apiece. Many have matching sauces for dipping, making them an interactive eating experience. Flavor combinations are interesting.
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Local 360 Serves Up a Bacon Happy Hour

Seems like bacon hasn’t gone out of style yet. In fact, Local 360 is featuring it in a special Bacon Happy Hour on Friday, March 8 from 3-6pm. When Robin Leventhal (formerly of Crave) and Brian Cartenuto (back in town, formerly of Cantinetta) are cooking…
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Sexy Feast: Dante’s Inferno Dogs Offers a Devilish Sex Lesson about Wieners

Growing up in New York, I knew that Sabrett hot dogs, for me, were the best of the bunch, boiled right at the pushcart until they reached that tell-tale snap at first bite. Then again, at home we ate Hebrew Nationals, delicious when grilled. The…
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Zagat and Broiler Bay Burger Disappointment

The Internet, and its readers, love lists. Restaurant lists are especially popular. I get it: These posts generate a lot of hits, a lot of discussion, and a lot of debate. “They liked what?” and “How did my favorite place not make the list?” are…
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Flourless Chocolate Cake at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

On the surface, this sounds like a throwback to the 1980s, but what sold me was the server's description of the olive oil sorbet topping and salted caramel drizzle, both of which I knew would elevate the dessert.
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A Meal at Michael’s in Miami Makes Me Appreciate Tom Douglas Even More

Note: I file this report (about what I hope was just an off-night at this popular restaurant) to show that being a food writer doesn’t always mean special benefits. As a “VIP,” I didn’t expect extra service, but I was surprised that the restaurant didn’t…
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Two from Texas: Tei-An and FT33, Featuring Josh from Top Chef Seattle

Last week, I stumbled into Dallas in the midst of seven flights in four days. After being in Bowling Green (OH) and Johnson City (TN), I was ready for finer dining. Remembering that Top Chef: Seattle (given the feeble coverage of our city, I call…
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Hangover Helper: “The Hangover” at Meander’s Kitchen in White Center, WA

The potatoes are crisped until crunchy, holding up well even while swimming in the sauce. Really, though, this dish is all about that gravy.
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Sugar Rush: Orange “Creamsicle” Frozen Soufflé at Rebel House in Boca Raton, FL

The name alone brought back fond memories of the joyful sounds and sights of the Good Humor truck. And the dessert would deliver on my joyful expectations.
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