Christy’s Restaurant is a foodie paradise. The main factor contributing to this excellent restaurant is its cuisine, of course. There is also the Christy team, comprised by Executive Marketing Director, Dulce Blacher, Operations Manager, Chris Klaic, Chef Seth Barrs, and a phenomenal staff. Everyone plays their role to perfection. By doing so, patrons are regaled with an exquisite dining experience. New customers quickly join the long list of regulars. Who can resist dining at a foodie paradise? Coral Gables Restaurant Week is the brainchild of Ms. Mari Gallet the Executive Director of the Downtown Coral Gables Business Improvement District. She wanted to create an event that would attract traffic to Coral Gables, the “city beautiful”, as George Merrick, the City of Coral Gables’ founder, named it. During Coral Gables Restaurant Week, diners are offered pre fixe menus at a much lower rate and dining options to choose from. Christy’s Restaurant, which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary is participated in this event, which is in it’s in its 6th year; by offering a pre fixe menu at the incredibly low price of $35 (price excludes taxes or gratuities) which includes appetizer, entrée and dessert. Christy’s pre fixe menu allows customers to choose one from two appetizers, one from four entrees, and a slice of delicious Homemade Key Lime Pie for dessert. Everything is prepared by Chef Seth Barrs, except for the dessert. Customers had the option to choose one of each, appetizer, one entrée such as Atlantic Salmon with Edamame, corn, squash and grape tomato succotash, lemon dill crème fraîche or Bay Leaf Basted Outer Banks Scallops with Braised leeks, ginger soubise or Braised Short-Rib with Garden vegetables or Asian short-rib jus or Filet Mignon 8oz with Grilled Asparagus mustard vinaigrette. Our party ordered the Bay Leaf Basted Outer Banks Scallops, which tasted tender and moist, with the ginger soubise around the plate adding sweet flavor. These were some of the best scallops we have ever tried. The Braised Short-Rib was cooked to perfection, the meat soft, yet thick in its richness. Tasting one bite is enough for diners to become eternal followers. Chef Seth prepares each dish with his personal touch, guaranteeing 100% satisfaction. Rarely have my picky companions praised a chef so many times. The crab cakes, which weren’t included in the pre-fixe menu, were ordered by one of the foodies in our group and they were 5 star quality. The shrimp cocktail was ordered by another, and they were very fresh and juicy. We had the pleasure of being introduced to Dulce Blacher, Christy’s Marketing Director, who is a very beautiful woman with long dark hair and bright eyes. She was very elegant in a multi-colored blouse with dark classic pants. Dulce is passionate about the restaurant. It shows in her delight in speaking about everything from how the pre fixe menu was decided upon, to how full the next two weeks already are with reservations (get yours now) and the exciting LIVE jazz on Fridays and Saturdays. Dulce tells us that Christy’s has many thrilling stories, a large following, and the cuisine to satisfy your palate. She will grace us with an interview when we return for the regular menu review. We also met Chris Klaic, the Operations Manager, a tall, distinguished looking man, who spoke to us about Christy’s and its sister restaurant, Red Fish Grill, which will also be reviewed by this Examiner. Chris told us how Christy’s is a tradition for diners, known for its magnificent cuisine. Diners come from everywhere for an excellent dining experience. Tony, our server was attentive, refilling our coffee and drinks in a timely manner. He was very knowledgeable about the pre fixe menu and explained each entrée thoroughly. Our whole dining experience was so marvelous that we plan on returning to Christy’s very soon to review its regular menu. Chef Seth Barrs stepped out from his busy kitchen to give me an exclusive interview.