As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
80. Grilled Octopus at Mandolin Aegean Bistro
This tender curlicue of octopus is first marinated in red wine, olive oil, and seasonings, then simmered (perhaps with a cork in the liquid?), then char-grilled (but not blackened) to juicy, smoky splendor; a squeeze of lemon and the treat is complete. The surroundings in which you get to enjoy the octopus is fetching as well: Mandolin's outdoor patio, beneath a thick canopy of leafy, lantern-laced tree branches, with romantic Mediterranean music tinkling in the background.
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave.
Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
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81.Lechon Asado at El Palacio de los Jugos