Dine by Your Sign

Hints for dining under the stars

Scorpio (October 23-November 21): Let's be blunt: Food is sex, and vice-versa. Passionate, intense, and fascinated with fare that induces desire, this water sign can be obsessed with oysters, Tuaca (an Italian liqueur said to be an aphrodisiac), and the like. Scorpios are what many folks interested in the occult call "old souls"; they appreciate aged beef and cheeses, dark bread, red wine, and twenty-year-old Scotch. They are mysterious and secretive individuals who like their food to be complexly flavored. Quality Quirk: Scorpios prize authenticity and usually know the best places for regional/ethnic specialties. Fatal Flaw: Scorpio has a black-and-white mind, and will never return to a restaurant (or a dining companion) he considers inferior in any way. Ultimate Eatery: Anokha (3195 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove; 786-552-1030), the Indian escape from CocoWalkian teenybopperdom, where the samosas are sumptuous, the biryani breathtaking, and the curries simply sublime.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Sagittarians are insatiably curious when it comes to food. They are the first to experiment with strange and wonderful ingredients, but work with them very precisely before presenting them to others, which is almost always done in the manner of teaching a lesson. With fun-loving Jupiter as its mentor, the Sagittarian also takes great delight in hosting parties, mixing drinks, and eating rich, cream-filled desserts. Quality Quirk: The exotic has appeal; Sagittarians are the first to swallow goldfish, crunch down on grasshoppers, or tackle raw meat. They make excellent taste-testers for cautious royalty. Fatal Flaw: They can't help but endlessly explain dishes and pontificate on food history. Ultimate Eatery: A nightly party is in progress at Red Square (411 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-0200), where vodkas from around the world flow freely, the Russian-fusion menu is whimsical enough to inspire Sagittarians, and the atmosphere is loud enough to drown 'em out.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Earthy and basic, Capricorns prefer fare that comes from the ground (mushrooms, root vegetables). They're also big fans of texture, and enjoy foods that need to be worked on, like nuts and crunchy vegetables. Capricorn diners are disciplined, even restrictive, and want items served on time and at their proper temperatures, ranging from vichyssoise to baked potatoes. Quality Quirk: Capricorns appreciate meals that make memories, and are frequently inspired to celebrate special occasions with fine fare. Fatal Flaw: Ruled by the planet Saturn, Capricorns are often dry and thirsty, which can make them irritable. Ultimate Eatery: The chupe de camarones at El Chalan (7971 Bird Rd.; 305-266-0212; also 1580 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-8880), which features shrimp, rice, eggs, and of course, potatoes. And the Peruvian hospitality is as proficient as it is warm.

Herb Stratford

Location Info


The Capital Grille

444 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Brickell

Nemo Restaurant

100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Anokha Indian Restaurant

3324 Virginia St.
Miami, FL 33133-5220

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Coconut Grove

El Chalan

7971 Bird Road
Miami, FL 33155

Category: Restaurant > Peruvian

Region: Sweetwater/Westchester/West Miami

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): Those born under this air sign make light meals out of salads, enjoy cold foods like yogurt, and get kicks out of packaged convenience foods eaten on the run. Ruled by Uranus, Aquarians are often perceived as eccentric and avant-garde, and have a particular fondness for anything made with lemons, oranges, tomatoes, or avocados. They tend to snack frequently and particularly like to munch on cheese. Quality Quirk: The water-bearer? Nonsense. The favorite Aquarian drink is champagne. Fatal Flaw: These highly verbal folks may be more interested in dinner conversation than dinner. Ultimate Eatery: Orchids Champagne and Wine Bar (in the Mayfair House Hotel, 3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove; 305-441-0000), natch. Yeah, the upscale bar menu is tempting, but Aquarians will zero in on the dozen or so champagnes by the glass.

Pisces (February 19-March 20): Pisces are born under Neptune, which Omarr labels "the planet of illusion." Sensitive, perceptive, and dreamy, Pisceans appreciate fare that has been veiled when cooked: fish steamed in parchment paper, or veal pounded and laced with a transparent lemon-butter sauce. The subtle flavors of shellfish are irresistible to the average Pisces, as are delicate broths, stocks, and dishes that focus on one particular ingredient. Quality Quirk: They put their emotions into every meal; watching a pleased Pisces is as satisfying as reading a good book. Fatal Flaw: The Piscean longing for simplicity can come across as picky. Ultimate Eatery: The revamped The FishBone Grille (650 South Miami Ave.; 305-530-1915) has a clean new look. Executive chef David Bracha's terrific seafood menu continues to please with light Asian flavors predominating. As for the homemade salad dressings and jalapeño cornbread, well, even a Pisces can't find fault.

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