As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 this week, Short Order serves up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations, please send them to email@example.com. After the jump, find our other choices.
9. Creamy Polenta at Scarpetta
The price seems steep, but the name says, "I'm worth it." Scarpetta's extremely creamy cornmeal ($16) is fluffy and rich, with a smooth consistency that doesn't want for texture. Served with a "fricassee" of truffled up mushrooms on the side, the first step is spooning the mixture on top; the polenta takes on the exotic fragrance of the shroomy aroma very well. They use a variety of wild mushrooms -- everything from chanterelles to shiitakes gets thrown into that little pot of condensed flavor. The gravy is neither too thick nor too thin, more like a mushroom jus with a beefy backbone. It's a show stealer masquerading as a side dish.
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