The image of Miami conjures up a suited, sprinting Michael Weston in “Burn Notice,” youngsters giggling through Spring Break, and twinkling nightclub lights that never seem to wane; but it’s time to peer through a culinary lens, thanks to the city’s robust restaurant scene.
The Continental, Stephen Starr’s latest eatery on Miami Beach, is one of the most recent and popular entrants, with a throwback glamor feel. It bears a name that is a tribute to Starr’s 20-year-old restaurant in Philadelphia. With shareable dishes and a focus on cocktails, the restaurateur’s fourth South Florida outpost has a distinctly 1950’s vibe, with plenty of botanical motifs, geometric designs and a dash of neon that screams out the name of the restaurant.
Miami’s nightlife still casts its spell on the crowds, but it is safe to say that the world-class and competitive culinary scene –with its mix of star power and rising hopefuls—will be the reason to visit in the immediate years to come.