by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
It never fails. Someone throws a potluck party and you're stuck trying to tickle the taste buds of your family, friends or co-workers. From gourmet seafood rice entrees to decadent sticky bun treats, we know where to go when you want to impress even the most jaded of foodies.
Updated: January 11, 2010
When "just bring a dessert" are your marching orders, this French bakery has dozens of exotic tarts and cakes tempting sweet seekers. From a three-layer strawberry souffle cake to Charlotte Cecile's blend of chocolate and Bavarian mousse, the treats are premium-priced and know how to show it.
Miami Beach fixture since the 1940s serves up gourmet deli specialties and imported foodstuffs. When you're pressed to present a standout side go for off-the-beaten-path choices like the curried black-eyed pea salad or stuffed mushroom caps. They'll think you were slaving away in the kitchen for hours.
When sticky fingers are the Kodak moment of success this low-frills barbecue joint sells its fired up staples in party platter sizes. From meaty ribs, brisket and chicken entrees to signature baked beans, cole slaw, and buttery corn on the cobs, don't forget to ask for extra wet napkins.
This downtown institution is a restaurant and a gourmet marketplace. Go with group-sized ham or spinach frittatas for breakfast or brunch get-togethers. Pates, baked brie and pistachio-crusted lamb chops are there to appease food snobs later in the day.
The lines are long but well-earned on weekends at this seasonal produce stand that opens only from Thanksgiving through Easter. The baked goods are the queue starters, offering sticky cinnamon buns, shoofly pies and herbed bread loaves. Any of them should prompt second helpings from comfort food buffs.