83. Grilled Tiger Prawns at Mare Nostrum

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It's that time of year again when we count down to New Times' Best

of Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100

of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your

own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com.

83. Grilled Tiger Prawns at Mare Nostrum

The "langostinos al grill" ($22.95) at Brickell newcomer Mare Nostrum are simply prepared and deceptively lacking in bells and whistles, so we didn't except to fall in love so easily. This dish takes us to a tiny cafe in Positano (or anywhere with jutting cliffs and big blue waves along the southern coast of Italy) with an authentic replication of what they do best in the Mediterranean region; focus on the main ingredient.

Balloon-sized tiger prawns are char-grilled and generously seasoned with specks of sea salt. A grating of fresh lemon zest and a drizzle of high-quality olive oil, cover the shrimp in a wet blanket of citrus and buttery, grassy scented aroma. There is an inherent smoky flavor of the grill, giving the prawns crispy blackened edges. True aficionados will bite the heads off first, and suck out all the slimy, tasty insides that accumulate. We like to eat the crunchy little eyes too, but hey, if that is the equivalent of a seafood b-horror movie to you, skip it. You will still be in prawn heaven.
100 Favorites Dishes

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87. Red Burger at Red Restaurant

88. Carnitas Torta at Mercadito's Taqueria

89. Bone Marrow Ropa Vieja at Eating House
90. Mushroom-Crusted Grouper at the River Seafood & Oyster Bar

91. Crispy Pork and Onion Salad at Hiro's Yakko-San

92. Moqueca Brazileira at Pearl Restaurant & Lounge

93. Corvina at Edge Steak and Bar

94. Spiked Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

95. Egg Custard Tart with Black Truffles at Philip Ho
96. Soft Pretzels at Mister Collins
97. Serrano Ham Croquettes at Crazy About You

98. The Elena Ruth Sandwich at Sergio's

99. Chow Fun at Chow Down Grill

100. Grilled Artichoke at Peacock Garden Cafe

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