Who doesn’t enjoy a trendy neighborhood complete with vibrant architecture, innovative boutique shopping and best of all, a plethora of fabulous foodie options? The Miami Design District offers all this, and more. But if you happen to in the mood for a quality meal at a great value, check out this trio of restaurants owned by the famous Chef Claude Postel. Bringing the European style small bistro to South Beach, Chef Postel was one of the original restaurateurs in this now bustling neighborhood.
Start your morning off right at the Buena Vista Deli where Chef Postel and co-owner Corentin Finot offer French style, artisan crafted breads that are baked daily, the perfect complement to their one-of-a-kind, homemade pate. The ambiance is as charming as any French cafe, with a cozy air that makes patrons want to linger. A complete line of delicate pastries, made from scratch, are the hallmark of this bistro. If your appetite craves something a little more substantial, you’re in luck. The Buena Vista Deli offers a delicious array of sandwiches or if you prefer a Panini, with a side of soup or salad. The Greek salad or the Avocado Chicken Sandwich are a hefty meal in themselves. Delight in the premium cheeses that are served or a traditional Quiche Lorraine.
If you enjoy French cuisine at an affordable price, then the Buena Vista Bistro is the place for you. Take in a three course lunch for under twelve dollars or for dinner try their Veal Forrestiere, a fancy veal stew featuring veal cutlets sautéed in garlic, shallots, swimming in a delicious hefty mushroom broth. Dinner entrees are served standard with homemade mashed potatoes or Basmati Rice & Ratatouille. No French restaurant is official without a fantastic Bouillabaisse, and the Buena Vista Bistro serves one of the best you’ll find in any Parisian restaurant.
Finally, I can say I have become a rabid fan of the Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine establishment located just next door to Chef Postel’s other venues. Experience exotic flavors such as saffron laced truffles. Not only will you find a stock of hard to find wine, but also elegant wine accessories such as suede or leather bags to tote your favorite bottle to the beach. For seven generations this family has produced fine chocolate desserts, so this was a natural addition. Whether you enjoy your wine at the pleasant outdoor seating or take it home with you, this trio of French cuisine, chocolates and winery is worth a visit.