First Bites

Brasserie Central in the Gables: Literal Garlic Bread, French Onion Soup, and Steak Tartare

Walk into Pascal Oudin's Brasserie Central and you just might feel like you're in Paris rather than in Merrick Park. The intimate eatery exudes the warmth and charm of the traditional French Bistro, especially if you sit at the communal table or snag a minute two-top in the back corner. The low ceiling in just this area and a bird's eye view of the entire restaurant makes it the best seat in the house.

The only problem is you'll have to pace yourself with ordering from the vast menu because your table won't fit more than two plates at once. That's more of a reason to take your time - order up a glass of wine, some charcuterie, pate, and then really dive into the traditional French fare. There's lots of it.

See also: Pascal Oudin's Brasserie Central Opens Today

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.