by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
Given Miami's popular shoreline, tourists and locals alike take in the salty seas and are left hungering for seafood. Thankfully this town can throw a net or fishing line down like the rest of them, and an easy way to spoon into the maritime flavor is with a hearty bisque. From traditional lobster to crab meat and even more culinary tweaks, a good cup seafood bisque always warms the soul.
Updated: June 25, 2010
The Biltmore Hotel's tony restaurant ladles out a "My Way" version of the classic bisque, filling the creamy soup with lobster ravioli and spiced with saffron cappuccino. The menus may change with the seasons at the Coral Gables hotel, but there's always a fresh tweak to its Maine lobster bisque.
There's a meaty--and spicy--kick to this South Beach bistro's version of the classic hearty soup. Sliced up chorizo, plantains, and peppers join the flaky lobster meat for this rendition. A jalapeno pepper comes on the side, for those daring to scorch things up a bit.
Even upscale Italian eateries cash in on the French starter. Heavy cream, chives, brandy and chunks of lobster go into the "Zuppa di Aragosta" at this downtown restaurant. Spoon down the bisque during a late weekend dinner and watch the restaurant turn into a lively lounge after midnight.