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Exit 1

1111 Crandon Blvd. Miami, FL 33149 | Key Biscayne | 305-361-3500

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At Exit 1 in Key Biscayne, too many blunders overshadow a rising chef's true potential. That rising chef is Bradley Kilgore, the toque who co-owns the eatery along with his wife, Soraya, and Jeremy and Paola Goldberg. Given Kilgore's impressive resumé -- which includes a stint as senior sous-chef at Azul inside the Mandarin Oriental, an appearance on Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods America, and time at Alinea under Grant Achatz and L20 under Laurent Gras -- it is difficult to understand the restaurant's many failings. At the secluded seaside spot, windows are dusty, plates are dirty, and the cuisine is rife with flaws. There are exceptions, such as the heirloom red and candy-striped beet salad -- with piped dollops of velvety pistachio anglaise, ethereal black sesame powder, and a perfectly astringent anise vinaigrette -- as well as a skin-on local snapper fillet, arranged artfully atop a creamy golden Romesco sauce. Those are the dishes that show Kilgore's true potential. Otherwise, there are few reasons to return to dine at Exit 1. Let's hope the Goldberg-Kilgore team starts running a tighter ship. They can do much better than serving smeared platters in a dusty country-club setting.


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Details

  • Cuisine(s): American
  • Hours: Dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 to 11 p.m.
  • Price: $$$
  • Serving: Dinner, Late Night
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Free, Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Attire: Elegant
  • Features: Private Party

Related Stories

  • Short Order: Restaurant News
    Well, that was quick. Two months after joining Jeremy and Paola Goldberg as partners in the eateries Exit 1 and Route 9, Brad and Soraya Kilgore have announced that they are no longer...
  • Dining: Reviewed
    It was nearly 6 p.m. on a brisk Saturday, and only three tables at Key Biscayne's Exit 1 were occupied. A mural of a lighthouse scene filled a white stone wall, which was framed by dark...
  • Short Order: Review
    It was nearly 6 p.m. on a brisk Saturday, and only three tables at Key Biscayne's Exit 1 were occupied. A mural of a lighthouse scene filled a white stone wall, which was framed by dark...
  • Short Order: First Bites
    It was a rainy night on Key Biscayne. That didn't make finding Exit 1, the restaurant by the owners of Route 9, any easier."OK, it's after the tennis center but before Bill Baggs State...
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