The Cherry On Top
3413 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL
When cruising the Grove on a gorgeous day in Miami, it’s easy to pass by The Cherry On Top. Camouflaged in between green awnings, and located in the heart of Coconut Grove, it fits right in with the other restaurants, boutiques and bars. With a strictly cold kitchen, this unique restaurant offers an array of salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as exotic cheese and hard meats.
One step inside transforms your world into an international delight. Their passion for food is obvious with various displays of imported wine, Italian pasta and Belgium chocolates, to name a few. Walking upstairs for restaurant seating, the walls are lined with artwork by Pittsburg artist Ashley Beech Reid, which are also for sale. The high barstools give the restaurant a Parisian feel; add the menu and you have a recipe for a chic dining experience.
Originally owners of an engineering company, you’d think Baruch and Alisa Pletner would be influenced by living in Israel, but much of the menu inspiration comes from their time traveling in Italy and France, tasting the local fare. “What we aim for is quality of the product,” Alisa says. Mission accomplished.
Specializing in vintage, hard to find wines, the pairing of food to beverage is well executed, not to mention delicious. The mesclun salad with blue cheese, candied pecans, white wine poached pears, dried cranberries and red wine vinaigrette has the perfect blend of sweet and savory, and just the right amount of dressing. Balanced with a glass of Amestori from Northeast Spain, it’s the absolute perfect meal to fight the Miami heat.
The cheese and meat platters are impressive and without a doubt worth the $18-32. One of the “must –haves” off the cheese menu is the Brillat Saverin, a sweet cheese covered in papaya, which must be washed down with sparkling Prosecco. The menu is reasonably priced, and rich in flavor, ranging anywhere from $8-32 for food and $7-22 per beverage. If you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon with an unprecedented meal, The Cherry on Top is the place to go.