Monday, October 22, 2007

Movin' on up...

I wasn't really a foodie when I was growing up in Miami, and honestly know very little about the food scene there. So I asked the Miami Herald's Victoria Pesce Elliott where she felt Miami fell in the grand scheme of things - here's what she had to say:

Victoria: I'm from Miami originally, but have lived up in DC for six years, and have become a bit of a foodie. I know that DC is considered one of the top food cities in the country, but where would you rank Miami? Aside from Michelle Bernstein what other chefs are noteworthy?
Anthony, Washington DC

Dear Anthony: Well, yes, when you switched zip codes certainly took a big step up foodwise. Miami has been flirting with becoming a top-notch eating city for years but the efforts seem to go in fits in spurts.

There certainly are some fine restaurants here and some great chefs but overall, the culinary scene is still ruled by the big fat steaks, caesar salad and fried calamari menus proferred to tourists at high prices.

Some other local chefs in addition to Michelle Bernstein who are deservedly getting national attention include Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Cindy Hutson of Ortanique and, of course, Norman Van Aken whose new Town N tavern just opened down in Key West. Thanks for checking in,
Victoria Pesce Elliott

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