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Atlantikos is located in the St. Regis Hotel in Bal Harbour, just north of Miami Beach. On a recent visit to Miami, I met a friend there for dinner. I entered the St. Regis with its neutral colors and sophisticated feel. A short elevator ride opened to Atlantikos which was like entering a different world. The decor of white lace walls, white chairs and white dishes on top of blue marble tables and a light blue ceiling, along with the live music being played by a solo guitarist, I felt like I was on a boat in the Greek Isles. We took our seats on the comfortable white cushions and I ordered a glass of assyrtiko as we looked over the menu.Such an authentic menu, I recognized so many of the wonderful dishes that I have had in my travels to Greece such as grilled octopus with fava, zucchini fritters and grilled Halloumi cheese.
It's been a few years since I was last in Miami and the last time I was there, I wasn't blown away by the food scene. South Beach seemed more preoccupied with the perception of a foodie scene, rather than the substance of it. But, on a recent trip to Miami for work, I went outside South Beach where I found delicious cuisine at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, located in the Design District in Miami, is owned by James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz. The casual bistro focuses on fresh, local ingredients. The cocktails and wine program are fresh and creative. After a delicious Hemmingway Daiquiri, I was impressed by the eclectic wine list that included Greek wines like the Assyrtiko that we started with and the Arbois Trousseau that we finished with. Hemmingway Daiquiri