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Happy, Enjoyable Truluck's; Stellar Tudor House

Lee Klein checks out Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House on Brickell, a place that "touts itself as a corprorate food chain with a conscience." There, he admires the "classic steak-house-style dining rooms," and "a piano man playing casual tunes." Oh, and "everyone at Truluck's wears a happy face." But how 'bout that food? Crabs, the house specialty, passed muster, as did the fish---the Cook Inlet sockeye is delectable." The Niman Ranch churrasco skirt steak was "toothsome," and the "premium" side of crab fried rice proved to be "insipid" and something "a bachelor with limited culinary skills might cook." Bottom line? "You will likely enjoy dining at Truluck's at least in part because they try so hard to make your dining enjoyable." [MNT]

Victoria Pesce Elliott is very impressed by Geoffrey Zakarian's Tudor House, a "sophisticated foodie mecca worth experiencing." It's "gorgeous and low-key," and "the wait staff is more of the pretty than prim school." A long list of "What Worked" includes "a perfectly fluffy meatball," "picture-perfect mason jar of steak tartare," "DeRosa's Cuban sandwich--perhaps the best I have ever had," "a dish of tiny,eraser-size clams that approached greatness," and lots more. What didn't work? "So very salty buttery sauce," "basil-infused watermelon cocktail that tasted medicinal," and "fried chicken with a mealy texture." It matters not. Bottom line? Three and a half stars. []


777 Brickell Avenue, , FL 33131 (305) 579-0035 Visit Website

Tudor House

1111 Colins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139