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Great neighborhood restaurants are what makes a great restaurant town, and though Miami is a ways from being considered a great restaurant town, Cafe Pastis is certainly a great neighborhood restaurant. From an impossibly tiny kitchen, this modest, unassuming eatery consistently turns out simple, hearty, satisfying French bistro fare at prices affordable to mere mortals. The housemade pté is a restaurant signature and an excellent way to begin a meal. Then go on to first-rate steak frites or a superlative bouillabaisse, followed by a cookbook-perfect crème brûlée and be thankful you're in Cafe Pastis' neighborhood.
?DB Bistro Moderne picked up our Best French Restaurant nod in this past year's "Best of Miami" issue. 1st Avenue Bistro & Bakery won for Best French Breakfast. Nobody took the prize for... More »
If you want to know why San Francisco is a great restaurant town, go to South Miami. Bear with me; it's not really that big a stretch. San Francisco is a great restaurant town not because of its handful of uber-luxe, four-star establishments,... More »
Pastis is an anise-flavor liqueur popular throughout the south of France, particularly on the Côte d'Azur in Provence. Locals there have even worked the word pastis into their dialect, using it to mean "confused," or "mixed," a definition that is... More »
Houdini would have been hard-pressed to match the magical act of Marseille-born, Paris-trained chef Philippe Jaccquet, who somehow produces a full menu worth of authentic Southern French bistro cuisine from a kitchen smaller than Richard Simmons' wardrobe closet. The cramped dining room is barely larger, but brightened with Gallic knickknacks and posters hanging from vibrantly colored walls. A favorite is the mussels and frites, and also steak frites — heck, we really like the frites, crisply culled from fresh potatoes and served in paper-lined tins. Other lunch and dinner specialties hit the spot in flavorful no-frills fashion, from escargots to bouillabaisse to steak in peppercorn sauce; from duck pâté with fig tapenade to lamb shank roasted in orange and thyme (appetizers average $10 to $15, main courses $11 to $21). It doesn't take sleight of hand to conjure an honest country meal here — except on Sundays, when Pastis is closed.
Houdini would have been hard-pressed to match the magical act of Marseille-born, Paris-trained chef Philippe Jaccquet, who somehow produces a full menu worth of authentic Southern French bistro cuisine from a kitchen smaller than Richard Simmons' wardrobe closet. The cramped dining room is barely larger, but brightened with Gallic knickknacks and posters hanging from vibrantly colored walls. A favorite is the mussels and frites, and also steak frites -- heck, we really like the frites,... More »
Since August 1999, when French native Philippe Jacquet joined with Miami native Scott Price to open this cozy little café, the place has become a neighborhood favorite, with scores of fiercely loyal customers dining here regularly -- strip mall or no strip mall. It's easy to see why. Aside from the friendly ambiance and charming décor (quite an accomplishment for a storefront operation), the food is consistently excellent across the full range of the menu -- from salads and... More »
Every chef extraordinaire knows that one key ingredient to serving outstanding French fries is a magnificent little metal container. That is what they arrive in (with a paper liner) at this savory little slice of France near Sunset Drive, thus keeping them warm all the way through your exquisite bowl of mussels in white wine and shallots. There is nothing nice about cold, soggy fried-potato fragments. At Café Pastis the hot, yellow-white, and slightly crispy outside keeps the robust... More »
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