I want to try and re-create the warm asparagus salad at Resto Leon at home, but I can't find the menu/ingredients online. I know it has black and white sesame seeds, goat cheese, and some sort of red wine-y sauce, but I can't decide whether to saute the asparagus in oil or butter. Alternately, if anyone has any great recipes for something similar (a French bistro-style warm asparagus salad) I would love to hear it!
My family ate at Antonia's for the first time about 2 weeks ago and it was all-around so so. Their homemade pasta was excellent but the sauces were bland (except for the fettuccine alla checca). Entrees were just average, but our appetizers were excellent, including a goat cheese souffle and baked asparagus. La Trattoria is definitely a better bet for Italian, we eat there regularly and always have a good time. Opera is actually worth a second try, it's interpretive Italian but always well prepared, and the owner and manager are very friendly.
Santiago's Bodega is a great tapas place but make a reservation as far in advance as possible! They have very few tables, although this time of year is wonderful for outdoor seating.
I would recommend retrying Siboney and get the first item on the menu. They do the best Cuban pork I've ever had, just go for the traditional.
Sandy's Deli has excellent pork and Cuban mix sandwiches, they are great to split for a light lunch.
For the best key lime pie, Blonde Giraffe makes the best.
The crepe place on Duval is also a must, get the cream cheese and guava paste sweet crepe.
For breakfast/brunch, give the new reopened Dennis Island Deli across the street from Blue Heaven. It's about a third of the cost of Blue Heaven brunch, they have a great Cuban french toast with guava paste sandwiched in between.