Restaurants in Miami

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The Forge in Miami
By Nick Jurkowski
One of the best parts about living in the Miami area is no doubt the world-class cuisine that can be found everywhere. The ambiance and presentation of the restaurants varies wildly, even among the most expensive places. If you are in the mood, you can easily find a place that will serve you foie gras in a lunchbox. While these novelties can be quite entertaining, sometimes it’s nice to just go to a classically nice restaurant – and luckily The Forge delivers, and offers fantastic food, wine, and service that makes it one of the standbys of the Miami Beach dining scene.
The first thing that catches your attention is the opulently decorated, rococo-styled dining rooms. As you step into The Forge, it feels as though you’ve stepped back in time to the 1920s or 1930s.The Forge has often been compared to a museum of sorts for all of its artifacts (crystal chandeliers, etc.) While no longer in its glory years (2001-2004 were about the best years for the restaurant), it still satisfies on every level.
One thing that cannot be overstated is The Forge’s wine selection. Widely acknowledged to have one of the finest cellars in the world, The Forge has around 300,000 bottles of wine on hand at any given time. They offer tours of the cellar, and it’s an experience that shouldn’t be passed up. They are cavernous, and you must be careful not to wander away from your guide (you can still occasionally catch glimpses of those who were lost, and now live in the shadowy depths).
The menu is entirely a la carte, and the portions are very large (one side dish will generally serve a whole table). The Forge is known as a steakhouse, though their seafood and poultry are delicious as well. The only thing on the menu that I would caution diners against ordering is “The Super Steak.” Big as it may be, it is just not particularly flavorful, especially when there are offerings like the Oakwood Grilled Prime Rib (honestly one of the most flavorful cuts of beef that I’ve ever enjoyed).
The Forge is a dining experience that I’d recommend to anyone. While a bit expensive, you get what you pay for. This is a restaurant for steak-lovers and wine-connoisseurs alike, and it shouldn’t be missed.