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Lunch at The Dutch in Miami

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The Dutch Miami

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There are a plethora of restaurants to choose from in South Beach, most of which are excellent but there are a number of reasons why stopping by for lunch or dinner at The Dutch will be well worth your while. The restaurant is located on Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel and is truly one of the best restaurants in Miami.

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The Dutch seats 170 and offers both indoor and outdoor dining. If it's not too hot, sit outdoors on their gorgeous pool side patio surrounded by lush greenery and hanging lanterns. The inside of the restaurant is just as chic as the outside, with high ceilings and brick walls painted white, decorated with interesting artwork. The vibe is casual and comforting and the food does not disappoint.

Honestly, one of the best things about having lunch (or dinner) at The Dutch is the bread they bring out before you even order. Corn muffins with scallions and soft, doughy (probably Focaccia) bread pieces with tomato topping are served on a wooden platter along with a generous portion of softened honey butter. It would be easy to make a meal on the bread alone but save room for an actual entree.

You may want to start out with some oysters. The restaurant is famous for them, as well as for their amazing fresh pies. If oysters aren't your thing, there are plenty of other appetizers and "snacks" to choose from, like their heirloom tomato salad, ceviche or mushroom pizzette with truffle oil. Next, move on to the main course. The menu isn't large but each item on the menu has been perfected. The blackened mahi with wilted kale is served atop a creamy caesar sauce and sprinkled with panko breadcrumbs. The roasted chicken is incredibly tender and served atop wild rice and dill yogurt sauce and topped with a bright, fresh salad. The lobster roll as well as the pasta with lamb bolognese are also noteworthy menu items.

Dessert is a MUST at The Dutch. The pies are as good as they say and the New Orlean beignets are to die for. As far as the pies go, the salted lime is the best but the warm strawberry as well as the banana cream come in for a close second.

The Dutch is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also The Dutch New York, owned by the same restauranteurs, located in SoHo, and although the menu is quite different, the quality of the food, the atmosphere and the idealogy are very much the same.

By the way, the restaurant has one of the cutest about pages ever.

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