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Reviews for BLT Prime Miami and The Cook & The Cork

Two new restaurants score high points with the critics.

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Food critic Victoria Pesce Elliot says Donald Trump's newest eatery, BLT Prime, "mostly sizzles." Though disappearing waiters, the presence of children and a couple of unimpressive items (like "stale," "tepid" coffee and steaks that "lacked flavor") disappointed, mostly everything else worked for the critic. Noting service was slow, VPE writes:

When appetizers did arrive, I was thrilled to sample one of the best crab cakes I have had in years. This thick, full-on meaty patty was draped in ribbons of shaved fennel and bracing chunks of lemon pulp, see-through coins of radishes and showered with piles of fresh dill, all resting in a deliciously rich aioli.

All in all, Elliot finds the food "mostly spot on" and advises only a "few tweaks" as well as a "service revamp."

Up in Coral Springs, The Cook & The Cork "delivers creative comfort fare," per food critic of Clean Plate Charlie Nicole Danna. Writes the critic:

Despite the artisanal touch, it's evident that the restaurant menu is inspired by the catering business. Many of them are familiar, please-everyone dishes that you might see on a wedding menu. But Blaushchild works his creative side, offering a tasty twist on each.

Danna praises dishes like the chicken and waffles, an otherwise sweet dish with a spicy kick, a well-presented lobster mac and cheese and foie gras served on mushroom brioche bread and multiple others.

· Miami restaurant review: BLT Prime steakhouse mostly sizzles at Trump National in Doral [Miami.com]

· A Perfect Partnership: The Cook & the Cork Delivers Creative Comfort Fare in Coral Springs [CPC]

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