Thursday, July 14, 2005
Style File: Barton G: The Restaurant
Most of us go to a restaurant hoping to enjoy a good meal. But in tonight's Style File, we found a hot spot where going out for dinner is an edible experience. It may be the one place in town that requires an appetite for excitement.
WSVN -- Sashimi on plastic snow cones. Duck salad served in an actual rubber ducky. And desert right out of an easy bake oven. This is no toy store, it's Barton G.: The Restaurant: a place where eating out is truly a production.
Restaurant Owner Barton G. Weiss: "It's like a stage, it's show time you know people come in and the curtain goes up and they are just floored by what's going on inside."
And Barton would know since he's the man responsible for this food frenzy. Known as one of the countries premier party planners, in 2002 he decided to bring his creative talents to the culinary world.
Barton G.: "I could not really find anyone to interpret my ideas so when I would explain this to someone who was in the culinary industry they would say to me it's impossible."
Impossible not for Barton. Now his ideas come to life with the help of Chef Arthur Jones. Together they come up with these food fantasies.
Executive Chef Arthur Jones: "Over the top, every dish that goes out from the desserts to the entrees, everyone is turning their heads, wow it's smoking, it's flaming, it's what we try to say over the top."
Cast a spell with some voodoo shrimp that will spook you. Try your luck with the "Clams Casino"-- Barton G. throws in the chips. A straight-up seafood martini cocktail is beyond jumbo, and, for you video game junkies with a sweet tooth, check out the "G-man" dessert-- with a side of Pac-Man.
Sure the presentation is way over-the-top, the food comes out in the most creative ways you could ever imagine but at this place if the food doesn't taste as good as it looks, it will never make it on the menu.
And the menu changes two to three times a year but they keep some crowd pleasers like the southern style fried chicken and popcorn shrimp.
Barton G.: "The fun part about it is changing it consistently and keeping it fresh, keeping it new."
And Barton has fans of all ages. Margaux and Bridgett are just 12 years old and already they're regulars.
Customer Margaux Galitz: "It's so much fun to come here because all the stuff is so pretty. They make everything really fun."
Customer Bridgett Greenberg: "At this restaurant they'll have like this whole nice presentation with some have waterfalls, and some have video games with it. It's really cool."
Barton g is a big animal lover he has several pet monkeys. One of the restaurant's most popular desserts is the Sabrina sundae and Barton G.'s signature cocktail the sabrina-tini is named after one of his beloved chimps.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Barton G: The Restaurant
1427 West Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139