Five Best Restaurants To Close in 2009

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Au Pied de Cochon: "Just what we needed", we crowed back in July -- a dazzling 1940s-style 24/7 indoor/outdoor South Beach bistro serving country French fare in a fun setting. And boy those mustard-coated, bread crumbed pig trotters were tasty, as were the lamb chops, and the pork shank too. Alas, the best laid plans of rice and hen...

Cacao: The corvina ceviche, wild boar anticucho, corn soufflé with dipping sauces...the roasted quail swollen with chicken and chorizo mousse! Venezuelan chef Edgar Leal's vibrant contemporary Latin American cooking made this restaurant a favorite of ours during its seven successful years. This is one Cacao we wish didn't melt away.

North One 10: Biscayne construction took a heavy toll on this restaurants' early years, and chef/owners Dewey and Dale LoSasso never really recovered from those losses. Still, the couple gave us one of our first quality neighborhood restaurants -- great food and wine without the fuss. Dewey has moved on to become the latest chef at the refurbished Forge, and Dale is managing Solea at the W Hotel South Beach.

Table 8: We were a little disappointed by this outpost of Govind Armstrong's successful Beverly Hills venture (as apparently were New Yorkers, as that city's Table 8 just folded too). But it was nonetheless a pretty spot to enjoy clean, farm-fresh food cooked in light, uncomplicated, and flavorful fashion.

Tuscan Steak: The decor was sophisticated (originally designed for Savannah, Marvin Wood's low country cuisine restaurant). The namesake steak was fantastic. The truffled garlic bread will go down in local food lore as one of the first and ultimately best uses of truffle oil in South Florida. That's why we'll miss Tuscan Steak.

Runners up: La Gastronomia; Plein Sud.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.