BEST NEW RESTAURANT (2005)
305-893-4211 It's the nailing-down of a simple formula that makes North 110 better than the other notable new restaurants in town: great food plus great service. Chef Dewey LoSasso's New American cuisine is a clean presentation of local seasonal ingredients heightened with inspired and invigorating twists. The food can be clever, as in a glazed brùlée of goat cheese atop ripe red beefsteak tomatoes splashed with lychees and black peppercorns. It can be brilliant, like duck with figs, gorgonzola, and orange-lavender sauce. The flavors, though, are never cluttered or fussy. Prices are lower than other eateries of this caliber: Most appetizers are under $10, most entrées under $30. Dewey's wife Dale runs the front of the house with equal acumen. Her waitstaff is personable, professional, and wine-savvy -- though perhaps not as knowledgeable as Dale herself, who is a seasoned connoisseur and who'll be happy to take you on a wine flight if you'd like. If not, simply dining at North 110 should be enough to keep you floating on air.
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