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60’s Flash Back – The Continental Restaurant by Stephen Starr

 By Ross Milroy |  Jan 26, 2017

The Continental Restaurant at the Gates Hotel South Beach joins the ranks of other acclaimed Chef Stephen Starr favorites like Makoto, Steak 954 and the recently opened Verde.  Continental Miami (which originally opened in Philadelphia) is located on the captivating peninsula where the Collins Canal and Indian Creek waterways meet.  

A noticeable 60’s vibe fills the restaurant from the server’s uniforms to the historic glass lobby of the 1954 Ankara Motel, which Starr refurbished back to its original splendor. The Continental’s menu of eclectic global dishes are excellent for sharing – especially the selection appetizers.  

A combination you might shy away from, but I suggest you don’t, is the Cheesesteak Eggroll, which combine paper-thin strips of perfectly cooked beef rolled with oozing American cheese and hints of pimento. Other dishes that I have yet to find elsewhere in Miami include Korean fried chicken; served sliced and enveloped in a spicy batter, dusted with white sesame seeds.  

If you opt for one of the delicious salads, as my wife did, then you deserve to enjoy the Caramel Popcorn Sundae. A medley of popcorn-flavor ice cream, caramel popcorn, toasted peanuts and caramel sauce, this is a treat you aren’t going to regret.



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