Best Restaurant, South Miami-Dade - 2012
Del Sur Gourmet Market
12257 S. Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, FL 33156
This quaint neighborhood spot offers what it calls "honest food." Everything is made in house with a focus on using local ingredients and keeping the food as natural and simple as possible. In its quest to create unassuming and unpretentious dishes, Del Sur offers some of the most flavorful, enjoyable, and gourmet food in South Miami-Dade. There is a full line of both hot and cold appetizers; a mozzarella bar; artisan burgers; pressed sandwiches; hot and cold salads; fresh pastas; an array of grilled items such as steak, sausage, chicken, and fish; freshly baked breads and cakes; and a plethora of pastries and desserts. The hardest part about visiting Del Sur is deciding which of its varied delicacies to order. Try the boquerones ($9.95), made with fresh herbs and roasted garlic and served with slices of homemade baguette. Or the lomito sandwich ($12.95), in which grilled filet mignon, two fried eggs, Parma cotto ham, and Havarti cheese join luscious tomatoes, a fresh spring mix, lemon mayo, and roasted bell peppers between two slices of homemade bread. It all performs a perfect tango on your taste buds. Del Sur also caters to vegetarians with delectable dishes such as artichoke and lemon ravioli with fresh primavera sauce ($11.95) and an out-of-this-world homemade cannelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta and then topped with pink sauce and mozzarella gratin ($11.95). Desserts include two of the finest anywhere: dulce de leche cheesecake ($3.89) and opera cake ($3.95), which features coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache layered between pieces of almond biscuit. You might want to wash down dessert with a cappuccino or latte, but be sure to take advantage of the craft beers such as Monk in the Trunk and Blue Point Toasted Lager or a boutique wine such as the Luca Malbec. As if the food and drink weren't tempting enough, the folks at Del Sur are charming, friendly, and willing to chat about recipes, distinctive libations, and local produce.