Barton, Miami

Although Miami is not considered the most cultured city in north America, The Arsht Centre for the Performing Arts is doing its best to build the scene. Built atop the foundation of an art deco building first constructed in 1929, the incredible tiered structure that is the Arsht Centre is a perfect home for the always artful, often layered, culinary delights of Barton G.

Being the second outpost of Barton G, Prelude by Barton G takes pains to separate itself from the original. Although you might think, Prelude would lean more heavily into the realm of food design, being that Barton G itself is quite well known for their tendency to over-present, the eponymous Prelude tastefully saves the drama for the main event — the stage.

But the underplayed look of the food does not translate into taste. The menu is a well-represented balance of Florida and function. Featuring items like the Prelude salad, a classic mix of chopped romaine and iceberg lettuce, hearts of palm, sweet corn, brioche croutons, chevre, grape tomatoes, avocado, basil-lemon dressing; or the watermelon and tomato salad, the new Miami restaurant allows for a light meal before heading into a potentially heavy play. At the same time, if you’re heading to a comedy, a heavier meal might be more palatable. In this case, I suggest starting with the sweet corn and bacon chowder, moving to the short ribs en croute or the duck with braised green lentils garlic sausage, carrots, onions and leeks, followed by the “PB&J,” grape jelly gelato sandwiched between peanut butter mousse pyramids topped with macadamia praline glaze and chocolate ganache. If this meal requires a post-gluttony nap, no worries, you can always sleep in the theatre while your wife continually nudges you to stop snoring.

If theatre is altogether not your thing, Prelude, despite its suggestive name, does not exclusively provide a pathway into the theatre. On the contrary; the modern eclectic design of the space suggests a resto-lounge kind of atmosphere and seems worthy of keeping you and your money entertained all night.

Address: 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL
Contact: 305-357-7900
Cuisine: Contemporary
Area: Downtown
Venue: Restaurant
Hours: Daily: 5:00pm – 12:00am
Price Range: $$$$ (Expensive)
Payment: Master Card, Visa, American Express

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