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Food, Wine & Dine Publisher’s pick: The Grill on the Alley With a decadent menu of classic American fare, top-notch service and a rich, speakeasy décor, The Grill on the Alley is truly everything a good steakhouse should be. The dark leather banquettes, polished mahogany floors and framed photographs of Hollywood stars from across the decades evoke the memory of an old-time San Francisco chophouse, while the attentive servers and generous American portions only serve to heighten the sense of nostalgia. First introduced in Beverly Hills in the ’80s, The Grill now has its seventh location in the Aventura Mall, making it the perfect spot for weekend brunch, an indulgent power lunch or a relaxing date night. For an unforgettable dinner, start with the flavorful crab cakes – made with a generous ratio of thick crab meat and served warm with a creamy Beurre Blanc sauce. Follow up with a plump, choice cut of Filet Mignon. Prepared with Boef onions and a succulent red Bordelaise sauce, it pairs nicely with any of their a la carte sides and indulges those carnivorous cravings with the quintessential red meat entrée. And as tempting as it may be to clean your plate, try to leave room for the classic American dessert: a steaming fruit cobbler a la mode, topped with a warm cinnamon walnut crumble. 305.466.7195; 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL 33180 Must-Try: Charles St. Boulan South Beach Hotel introduced its first restaurant this year: a New York-inspired eatery called Charles St. And, true to the city that never sleeps, Head Chef Wolfgang Birk offers up late night bites until 5 a.m. for South Beach weekenders, in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. The modern bistro has that laid back atmosphere that diners crave for their “go-to” neighborhood spot, with an internationally inspired menu that is diverse enough to satisfy everchanging food cravings. Try the Oyster Beignets on your adventurous evenings, or settle in at the countertop bar with a classic sandwich after a long night on the town. 305.763.8983; 2000 Collins Ave. #7, Miami Beach, FL 33139 22 july/august 2013 southfloridaluxuryguide.com


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