Restaurants are like recipes—created through endless tastings, feedback, and passion. Azur is the finely tuned recipe of lifelong friends and fellow travelers Michael Mosi and Drew Wenzel. Since 2007, Azur continues to win fans. In 2011, TV 10 Miami named it a top five brunch spot in all of South Florida (try the Key lime pie stuffed French toast).
Azur dwells in a residential neighborhood, surrounded by prime examples of gingerbread architecture. Guests may sit inside, surrounded by local art, or outside, amidst tropical plants. Either is a perfect environment for coastal cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean, including charred octopus and grilled whole branzino. The tuna on the Niçoise salad is olive oil-poached. The gnocchi is made daily by hand. There’s an authenticity gained from distant travels (and Michael’s family in Pistoia, Tuscany). But Azur accents it with local punctuation points. Tropical fruits accompany the Greek yogurt for breakfast. Key West pink shrimp top a yellowtail snapper dish at dinner, both straight off the fishing boats that day.