by Olee Fowler
After we heard all of the great buzz surrounding the first Dishcrawl Miami that happened in mid-April, we knew we had to check it out for ourselves. So on Tuesday, May 21, we did just that and met up with 40+ fellow food-lovers to eat our way through Brickell.
While we knew we were going to visit four restaurants in the neighborhood during the Dishcrawl, we only knew the first stop of the night, which was Atrio, located inside the Conrad Hotel. At the restaurant were warmly greeted by Vicky Kei, the organizer of the Miami Dishcrawl, and helped ourselves to half-priced drinks while taking in the amazing views the restaurant offers. Once seated we got to enjoy a tasting of three dishes including an open-faced lobster sandwich, grilled snapper with a mango salsa and basil aioli and hanger steak with fingerling potatoes and chorizo, all prepared by Atrio’s Chef de Partie Jonathan Capo. Two lucky crawlers even won a spa gift certificate for tweeting about their meal.
As we eagerly walked to our next stop, we kept asking (i.e. begging) Kei to tell us where we were going but she wouldn’t budge. We finally arrived to Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant, right in the center of Mary Brickell Village. While we all had been to this popular watering hole before, none of us had ever had the chance to eat there – and boy have we missed out. The impressive pub fare that we got to taste included savory stuffed cheese puffs, roasted pork belly, harp battered fish tacos and pulled lamb sliders with au jus.
On to our next stop, Bonding, the delicious new sushi and Thai restaurant located next door to Tobacco Road. The owner, and birthday boy, Bond Trisransi greeted the crawlers while we dined on some of the restaurant’s delicious dishes including the shrimp dumplings, chicken curry and rice, and dragon ball sushi rolls. And since it was a birthday celebration as well, we couldn’t leave with out a celebratory shot of sake… or six. But, hey, who’s counting?
The sweet ending to our crawl came at Amore Gelato where we all got to enjoy a scoop of whatever frozen dessert – gelato, sorbet, yogurt – our heart desired. The variety of flavors made it almost hard to choose but it certainly was a great way to end a fun, food-filled night.
Next Dishcrawl is scheduled for June 25th – “Discovering Midtown And Beyond” Use promotional code “cctv” to save $5.