Guido’s on the Quay. When I heard my parents
say these four magical words, I used to be completely filled with joy because
that meant we would dine at my all time favorite restaurant in Miami. Unfortunately,
all good things come to an end and with Guido’s retirement it seemed as if the
restaurant had closed its doors forever. Now, after years of laying fallow,
finally someone felt worthy of following in Guido’s footsteps. From Guido to
Monica – at least “on the Quay”
remains the same. I have to admit, I wasn’t optimistic from the start, but you shouldn’t
judge a book by its cover, right?
Arriving at the Quay, my dinner date and I are
given a warm and friendly welcome and the staff treats us like we were
childhood friends. The decoration and the breathtaking sunset create a
priceless ambiance and although Guido is no longer with us, the spirit, the energy
and the memories connected with this place continue to resonate. Now, there are
only ten romantic dinner date tables since the new smoker occupies a lot space
on the sunshine state deck (so, if you want to surprise your loved one with a
romantic dinner, set up your reservation at least one week in advance!) The new chef from San Francisco has designed
an amazing menu and brings the American classics of burgers, steaks and fries
into a modern, romantic setting. The absolute highlight: We can follow every
single step the chef is taking in the open kitchen and on the smoker to create my
boyfriend’s unimpeachable burger and the steak I’m craving for. But what’s so
special? How does she take it to another level? The secret is: she lets the
piping hot grill do the work and simply watches the flame creating this unique,
smoky flavor of the patty and the crispy bun. However, the finger licking
looking curly fries would have benefited from a lighter hand on the salt shaker.
Finally. Here comes the steak, and the smell alone tells more than a hundred
words: it’s brushed with garlic, bathed in butter and oil, and from the perfect
color I can swear that it’s seared to a heavenly perfection. Pretending to be
healthy, I chose a salad to keep company for my juicy, organic steak; but Jesus,
I would have never thought that a salad could be so damn delicious and satiable.
To conclude, everything makes this restaurant well worth a visit. Frankly,
things have changed. But sometimes it’s necessary to accept changes. And sometimes
it’s simply time to make new memories.