Veal is the ever-controversial meat. The beef’s intrinsic tenderness is a product of predominantly male calves which are supplied nutrition in various forms from milk-fed to grain-fed and from free-range to stall-kept. The latter provides the insurance that minimal development of muscle will occur hence rendering the sumptuous meat. If you’re a veal enthusiast or merely an interested party, Haute Living has scoured the city and compiled a brief guide to its most velvety chops.
1 Il Gabbiano
An understated décor is brilliantly illuminated by Miami rays during the day and the shimmering bay and city lights by night. This quintessential Italian restaurant has wowed crowds for years with their excellent service and traditional cuisine. Here the costoletta or veal chop is served breaded and topped with homemade tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Paired with a fine Chianti, this is the ultimate indulgence at this fine culinary establishment.
335 Biscayne Bvld.
2 Red Steakhouse
Red Hot is what this South Beach steakhouse should have been named. On any given night expect to find the ultra-VIP dining area stocked with celebrities from Heat players to the Kardashian clan, with the curtains drawn of course. This is the place to eat and be seen. Whether you choose to go with the free-range veal chop or not, you can’t go wrong with their assortment of aged USDA Certified Angus all seasoned and seared to perfection.
119 Washington Avenue
3 Meat Market
This swanky little eatery is situated on one of the busiest pedestrian roads in Miami Beach and yet feels so far removed at the same time. The ambiance is fresh and innovative with a chic New York vibe to give it a rounded sense of style which has proven its appeal to the masses. The obvious name, Meat Market, leaves no doubt that their selection of beef and chops is exquisite. The restaurant chooses to serve up their prime chop with roasted garlic and herbs while the choice of delicious trimmings is left to the patron’s discretion.
915 Lincoln Road
4 Prime One Twelve
Positioned privately in the “South of Fifth” region of South Beach, Prime is yet another restaurant where the locals can indulge in food and ogle celebrities. The old hotel-turned-restaurant offer common dining areas and private rooms upstairs where fortunate parties are catered at their every whim. The food here stands alone, featuring prime cuts and simple preparation to be paired with their selection of homemade sauces and specialty butters. The truffle mac and Serrano ham and Manchego cheese gratin are items not be missed.
101 Ocean Drive
5 Chophouse Miami
Its consistent quality and marvelous location is a combination made in steakhouse heaven. From power lunches to romantic dinners, Chophouse delivers on multiple levels of satisfaction. Laden with accolades from local and national publications, the restaurant offers a steadfast selection of true cuts including the infamous baby cow. The rib chop is prepared in a traditional fashion showcasing the tenderness and flavorful beef with no hoops to jump through until you get to the bevy of mouth-watering side dishes.
300 Biscayne Bvld.