LoAnn Loves…Innovative Bar Food
Story by LoAnn Halden
You can take the girl out of Missouri, but you can't take the Midwest out of the girl. Where I come from, fried is a food group; as much as I love champagne and caviar, there's also something to be said for a heapin' helping of comfort food. So, when I find a place that allows Highbrow and Lowbrow to collide on a plate, well that's my idea of heaven.
At Karu & Y (71 N.W. 14th St.; 305-403-7850), the recently re-opened Miami megaclub, Chihuly's Blue Icicle chandelier greets guests of the on-site restaurant, a Murano glass wall provides a photographer's dream backdrop in the private dining room, a waterfall spills over the bar in the Y Garden, and the back courtyard would be at home in any upscale South Pacific resort.
All told, it's 55,000-square-feet of nightlife bacchanalia that draws a well-heeled, age-spanning group -- including LGBT types who prefer scene to strength in numbers. And when those late-leaning downtown denizens get the munchies, divine intervention comes via the lounge menu: smoked mac & cheese "lollipops," lobster corn dogs with Creole remoulade, buffalo chicken with Maytag blue cheese, Kobe beef sliders.
Let's pause and reflect a moment on those first two items: macaroni and cheese, quite possibly the perfect comfort food, served fried on a stick, and lobster, tucked into a cozy battered coat. High meets low, opposites attract, and the result -- though eyebrow raising in description -- is sublime.
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LoAnn Halden is a contributing editor to OutTraveler.com. Check back often for more dispatches on her travel "loves."