Miami

June 3, 2010

A Front Porch Supper at 660 at The Angler’s Miami Beach

I was originally turned onto 660 at The Angler’s Boutique Resort by an employee who literally fed me the information on their new Thursday night ”Summer Suppers” called the Front Porch Supper Series at 660 at The Angler’s which are “Boils” or “Clam Bakes” of fresh crustaceans flown in from the Northeast and the Gulf Coast all cooked together with sweet corn, red potatoes and served with huge pieces of garlic bread. There are three “Boils” on the menu: The Chesapeake Blue Crab Boil: Maryland Blue Crabs, Mussels, Clams, Sweet Corn, Red Potatoes and Garlic Bread; Low Country Shrimp & Sausage Boil: (due to theBP oil spill this “Boil” may not be on the menu pending further shrimp and crawfish inventory) Gulf Coast Shrimp, Crawfish, Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Red Potatoes and Garlic Bread; and finally the New England Lobster Boil: 1 1/2 lb. Maine Lobster, Mussels, Clams, Sweet Corn Red Potatoes and Garlic Bread. As if the menu wasn’t enticing and fun enough this Thursday night Supper is served at communal tables on the front porch of The Angler’s Boutique Resort, perfect for going with a group of friends or meeting new ones.

Some things just simply resonate with people and this “Clam Bake on the Front Porch” appeals to me on so many levels. I’m originally from New England. I love eating outdoors. Shellfish rocks my world and it’s a blast to eat with your fingers versus forks and spoons. Now here’s another thing, each of the “Boils” are $26, they have authentic Narragansett Beer on the menu for $3/16 oz. can and the Fruit Cobbler for dessert goes for $3 you can have this mind-boggling dinner for under $40, where else in South Florida are you going to find that? I’m the biggest fan of this “Summer Supper on the Porch!”  All of the seafood is super fresh and cooked to order. Giorgio Rapicavoli is the Executive Chef, a young, adventurous wunderkind when it comes to being creative in the kitchen and playing with his food. He is literally setting the place on fire with his imaginative ways of food preparation and pairings.

For starters we ordered the Maine Lobster & Chorizo Croquettes and the Old Bay Fries. Ok so here’s the skinny on this: fried. potatoes. lobster. chorizo. and  what exactly would be wrong with any of that? Great picnic starter foods. For my entree I ordered the Low Country Shrimp & Sausage Boil thinking this might just be the last time for a while I’ll be able to get Gulf Coast Shrimp and Crawfish. It was spot on, Giorgio cooked the shrimp and crawfish perfectly, there was a snap when you bit into them. My dinner guest ordered the the New England Lobster Boil, yes this too was cooked to perfection. Not waterlogged, not overcooked just right. The combination of the shellfish with the seasonings and vegetables was hands down authentic, a true Northeast summer supper. When Giorgio came to the table and introduced himself to me I commented on how perfectly cooked the shrimp was he began to rattle off the exact cooking time for each of the shellfish; I just smiled and thought ”Giorgio is going places.”

For dessert we shared the Banana Cobbler. A bit odd, banana cobbler? I was thinking more fruity, fruit but hey Giorgio hasn’t steered us wrong yet. Holy Mackerel! Caramelized bananas in a butter streusel with vanilla whipped cream and Nutella ice cream. There was not one streusel crumb left. Don’t knock it until you try it, Banana Cobbler has got my vote! But of course it didn’t end there, my favorite new chef knows how to make a mean cocktail too, Giorgio whipped up this libation called Ménage à Poire. A delightful little cocktail made with Xante (Pear Brandy), VS Cognac, Champagne, lemon juice and a sugar cube soaked in bitters. This little drink was the perfect ending to the meal, not too sweet, not too heavy just the right balance for such an indulgent meal.

It was truly an enjoyable, entertaining and delicious evening; one that I will talk about and partake in again and again. My reservation is already on the books at 660 for when my family comes to town at the end of the month, maybe I’ll see you at the communal table. To view photos of the dinner click here. 660 at The Angler’s 660 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 305-534-9600
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