Choose the ratatouille, a terrific take on the traditional mix of eggplant, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and, in this case, a sweet, heavy dose of roasted peppers. A sauté of green beans and seared red onions was delicious as well; French fries are fresh and cleanly cooked, just like the potatoes served with the crêpes except cut into vaguely rectangular shapes.

One of my dinner guests was surprised at the lack of patrons in the restaurant. If this place were located in New York or San Francisco, he said, you'd have to wait for a table. It's not because the cuisine is of astonishing quality; it's simply fresh, homemade, and flavorful. The point was rather that Otentico should be more crowded because of its genuine value: Starters are $7 or $8, those rather extensive cheese/meat platters go for $10, entrées run $10 to $15 (for filet mignon), crêpes cost $7, and sweet crêpes are $5.50.

Joe Rocco

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Otentic Fresh Food Restaurant

710 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Bistro

Region: South Beach

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710 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1464. Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 a.m.

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The last are luscious, whether they are smeared with honey, sugar, jam, cream, chocolate mousse, or the one I'm partial to, Nutella. Other house-made desserts include roasted pineapple with raspberry sorbet, molten chocolate cake, and vanilla crème brûlée. For the discount price of $6.15, you can nab a sampler of all three, along with vanilla ice cream and choice of coffee or tea. Another delectable deal: Breakfast, beginning at 9 a.m., brings a crêpe, mini fruit salad, fresh orange juice, baguette, honey, jam, butter, and coffee, hot cocoa, or tea. That's $7.40. It bears repeating: Otentico represents great value. So tell your friends about this sweet little restaurant. We spoke with the owners, and they say it's OK to mention it's French.

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