photo credit: Deborah Jones
Bouchon is the French sister restaurant of The Surf Club, one of Miami’s most tuxedo-appropriate fine dining spots. But this Gables bistro does a good job at pretending to be casual. Menus are made of paper, you might hear Daft Punk over the speakers, and the entrees are all under $50. Still, there’s a special occasion quality to Bouchon. It’s inside a historic building and has a lovely dining room that hits that aesthetic sweet spot between intricate and minimal. The food is very good—but the hors d'oeuvres are the best part of the menu, and the crispy pig ears are guaranteed to shift the table’s conversation to the topic of how unbelievably good the pig ears are.