Sometimes drowned out by all the Latino noise is the fact that Miami is also a top U.S. city for folks from the English-speaking Caribbean. Since 1999, Delius Shirley and Chef Cindy Hutson’s little gem in downtown Coral Gables has been the star among the strangely few local restaurants focusing more on the West Indies end of the pond, with a little of the French Antilles thrown in—much less an upscale, nouvelle version thereof. How about jerk-rubbed foie gras over a warm salad of mache lettuce, crisp potatoes, and duck confit drizzled with a sauce of burnt orange marmalade and Grand Marnier? Or a “West Indian–style” bouillabaisse (in coconut curry broth)? Decor is warm and soothing, with details suggesting the islands, such as mahogany wainscoting and gingerbread trim. Shirley and Hutson also run acclaimed restaurants in Grand Cayman and the Bahamas, where the locals know from fancy Caribbean eats.
- David Paul Appell