Top Takeout Picks
Lifestyle spotlights restaurants throughout South Florida offering delicious takeout dishes. Today, Ariete in Coconut Grove and Dune in Fort Lauderdale
The restaurant: Ariete
Where: 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove
Takeout treats: New American cuisine is cast under the magical spell of talented chef Michael Beltran. The menu is an eclectic blend of comfort dishes (pastrami-style short rib), Latin-inspired (plantain gnudi) and bold spins on iconic classics (candy cap mushroom flan.) Ariete also is offering “food and beverage kits.” There’s a pizza kit, a pasta kit, and cocktail kits, as well as a happy hour kit ($45; with two classic fritas and six of Ariete’s signature HH cocktail, the Dimelo Viejo).
Don’t miss: Chug burger* ($13). Featuring a double patty, American cheese, bread and butter pickles, and secret sauce, this is sure to become habit forming.
Contact: 786.615.3747; arietecoconutgrove.com
* Ariete photo courtesy of Blue Shell Media
The restaurant: Dune
Where: Auberge Beach Residences & Spa; 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Takeout treats: Chef Edgar Beas’ ode to Auberge’s Napa Valley ties continues to delight locals with an abbreviated but inspired “take-away” menu, available Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Offerings include grilled chicken pita wraps, garagnelli pasta (with spring veggies), grilled Faroe Island salmon—and, on Sundays only, a pan-fried chicken dinner (for $26.95) that pays homage to the Ireland Inn (and its famous fried chicken) that once occupied this spot overlooking the beach. The meal includes mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, a veggie medley and two buttermilk biscuits. Beer and wine by the bottle also is available; orders can be picked up at the Dune valet stand.
Don’t miss: Steak** ($21). Beas’ talented team knows how to put on a culinary show, but the kitchen also dazzles with basic meat-and-mashed potatoes dishes like this one. This presentation also comes with roasted veggies.
Contact: dunefl.com; 754.900.4059
Photo courtesy of Libby Volgyes (libbyvision.com)