65. Apricot Tart at Essensia at the Palms

As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com. After the jump, find our other choices.

65. Apricot Tart at Essensia at the Palms
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65. Apricot Tart at Essensia at the Palms

If you head to organic and healthy eatery Essencia at the Palms during domestic apricot season (spring through summer), there's no better finish to a light and dainty meal than a rich fruity tart from pastry chef Gail Goetsch, who studied under Hedy Goldsmith, the acclaimed Michael's Genuine Food & Drink dessert creator.


Goetsch's buttery, crisp yet flaky, warm folded pastry holds slivers of lightly glazed velvety, juicy, slightly acidic baked apricot. A scoop of almond-ginger ice cream and spiced, roasted almonds come alongside and provide smooth, cool, and crunchy textural contrast. It's a fresh spin that turns a rustic pie into an elegant, harmonious treat.

100 Favorite Dishes:

66. Vegetable Red Curry at Yuga

67. Cinnamon Bun at Solo

68. Herb-Crusted Salmon at Lulu

69. McBelly at Pubbelly

70. Queso de Cabra al Horno (Baked Goat Cheese with Tomatoes) at Tapas y Tintos

71. Tapas at Xixón

72. Mac 'n' Cheese Pancake at CheeseMe Mobile

73. Yum Yum and Earth Day Tacos at Nacho Bizness

74. Vegetarian-Smoked Duck at Shing Wang Chinese

75. Steamed Local Snapper In-A-Bag at The Forge

76. Gouda Tater Tots at Meat Market

77. Raspberry Flatcakes at Morgans

78. Barbecue Shrimp at Emeril's Miami Beach

79. Croquetas at El Floridita

80. Chicken Salad at Manhattan Cafe

81. Organic Chicken and Sundried Tomato Panini at BLT Steak

82. Tuna Nicoise at The Royal

83. Cubi-Thai Sampler Plate

84. Chicken Chili Con Queso at Deli Lane Cafe

85. Lemon Meringue Cake at Ice Box

86. Fig Pizza at Kokopo Fresh Kitchen

87. Poulet Rouge at Cecconi's
88. Grilled Scallops with Pickled Plum at Zuma

89. Garnachos at Taqueria el Mexicano

90. Pancakes at Sky Grille in Miami Tower

91. Tuna Ceviche at Sushi Samba

92. BBQ Pork Roll at American Noodle Bar

93. Mandolin's Hand-Cut Fries

94. Joe Allen's Bourbon Bread Pudding
95. Lobster Roll at Joe's Stone Crab Takeaway
96. Brussels Sprouts at Sakaya Kitchen
97. Gandules en Escabeche from Raaga Cart

98. Pizza Genovese at Spris

99. Leek Soup at Buena Vista Deli

100. Dumplings at Chow Down Grill

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